My somewhat deranged, but extremely intellectual friend Andrew forwarded me this piece (courtesy of author Frank Schaeffer).
It expresses some of my personal thoughts on how America heading down a road not unlike the movie Idiocracy, only tinged with a nice Evangelical flavor to a tee:
How is it possible that a significant portion of the American population believes or says it believes, that President Obama was not born in America, that Donald Trump would make a great president, that Sarah Palin is fit to lead our country, that Michele Bachman is telling the truth, that health care for all means “Death Panels” etc., etc., ad nauseam?
Put it this way: being ignorant in America is now considered a virtue.
This is an unintended spinoff of our commitment to free speech. Since we’re all free to say or believe anything then, the thinking goes, we should respect whatever it is our neighbor says he or she believes.
This is a mistake: Just because we’re all equal before the law doesn’t make everything said or thought of equal value, let alone deserving of respect.
Evangelicals are a group to which no idea is too farfetched. From birth they are told that facts are lies and that “true believers” like them — and they only — have access to the actual and only truth: the Bible.
And this isn’t just any Bible theirs is the literal “I-believe-every-word-to-be-true” Bible.
Ignorance has been elevated to a new form of “virtue”.
The belief of most Americans is that everyone has the right to believe what they want, say what they want, be what they want.
But today’s’ Republican Party and the third of Americans who believe in both creation myths and that President Obama is Kenyan etc., proves that it’s been a horrible mistake to offer stupidity a serious platform.
And sincerity of beliefs isn’t the point.
Respect for religious stupidity is — by extension — why the media gives Trump, Bachman et al platforms from which they can spread falsehoods. Trump isn’t remotely religious but the sort of people ready to believe in someone like him (or the Tea Party) have been fed a steady diet of mythology that has literally altered the way their brains work.
If a scientist, an expert or the “liberal media” says something is true than ipso facto the opposite — no matter how hare brained must be true!
Actually believing that the Palins, Becks, Trumps of this world are serious people is just the political version of giving creationists a “serious” place on textbook committees.
Or to paraphrase Bill Maher’s catchphrase: One should choose one’s imaginary friends carefully.