Why do I participate in the freethought movement? Why am I an activist? Why do I care? Why should I care?
I care because ignorance has been running rampant for far too long now. I am living in a country where a non believer cannot get elected to a high office. However, incompetent buffoons who prattle gibberish rise to positions of leadership. Allow me to introduce to you Delegate Jeff Fredrick of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Now Mr. Fredrick is not only a delegate of Old Dominion, he’s the chairman of Virginia’s Republican party. That’s right, this man leads one of this country’s two major parties in its 13th largest state.
As you may have already guessed, he is indeed a kook and a nincompoop. So why am I concerned with him? Well, I wouldn’t be if he were just an aberration, but he’s not. He is a symptom of the disease. A nimrod like him could have never achieved the position he has unless that type of ideologue and dogmatist was seen virtuous by a large number of powerful people. This is the man who Virginia Republicans want leading them! It should scare all of us into action.
But on to specifics. Here is Delegate Fredrick addressing the Virginia assembly on Charles Darwin’s birthday.
Let’s dissect what he said.
Ladies and gentlemen of the House, as the gentleman from Alexandria pointed out, today is Darwin’s birthday. Charles Darwin was born February 12th 1809, but there was also somebody else that was also born on February 12th 1809. [pauses] I’ll tell you who! It was the first Republican president of the United States–a guy named Abraham Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln is best know (sic), as you all well know, for freeing the slaves by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation affirming in his Gettyburg (sic) Address in 19, I’m sorry, 1863, saying “Our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
Clearly this man is a somewhat of a dolt. However he does appear to have a plan. He’s pulled the line from the
Gettyburg Gettysburg Address where Lincoln quotes the Declaration of Independence, then tied it to the Emancipation Proclamation. Yes, clearly the first Republican president is a man to be admired. Now let’s hear what he has to say about Darwin.
Darwin however is best known for the theory of evolution, arguing that men are not only, quote, are only, not, not created, but they are not equal, as some are more evolved… While Darwin’s theory was used by atheists to explain away the belief in God, the last act of congress signed by Abraham Lincoln before he was shot, was to place the phrase “In God We Trust” on our national coin. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Let’s ignore the incoherence for a moment. On second thought, let’s not; the man is a complete twit! Now back to the critique. Some men are more evolved??? Obviously he’s saying that to contrast it with “all men are created equal”, which was said by Lincoln–quoting Jefferson (and neither of these men were Christians). Ah yes, evil Charles Darwin was the antithesis of good ole amercun values. The thing is, I’ve read a bit of Darwin–and quite a bit more about him–and I don’t remember him saying exactly that.
As for atheists using evolution to explain away the belief in god, while the wording is somewhat awkward, it is technically true for many atheists. The rub is that many atheists have also used the Christian bible to explain away the belief in god.
Why do I do this? Exhibit A: Jeff Fredrick.