Monday, December 20, 2010

Another Nut-Case Appointed

Ryan J. Reilly of TPM:

Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) -- the guy who thinks that man can't really destroy the planet because the Bible says only God can -- was passed over for chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in favor of Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI).

But now Upton has named Shimkus to chair the Environment and Economy Subcommittee. That subcommittee has jurisdiction over issues like national energy policy, energy regulation and utilization and the Clean Air Act.

Shimkus, you may recall, questioned whether decrease the use of carbon dioxide was taking away plant food from the atmosphere, declared that cap-and-trade proposals were scarier than terrorism and said global warming was not an issue because God promised Noah he wouldn't destroy the Earth again after the flood.

When global climate change wrecks the lives of these nut-cases' children in a few years or a couple of decades, they'll find another explanation... no doubt one conformable to their religious beliefs... for why their god changed his mind and reneged on his promises like a Washington politician. Religious zealotry means never having to say you're sorry wrong.


  1. '----why their god changed his mind." 'His', when they find out that 'She' is having an eon PMS, they'll change their view.

  2. When these clowns prove to me that they can read Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic, then I might consider that they might have some standing to make pronouncements about "The Word of G-D".

    The Torah only encompasses the first five books of the Old Testament, but if you are looking for an impassioned argument go to a Jewish neighborhood and approach any gathering of elderly men. They have been arguing their entire lives over the meaning of individual words in the Torah, and there are tons of scholarly books written about the meaning of various passages by people who do read Hebrew. This has been going on for thousands of years.

    If these guys can't agree on the meaning of the Book of Job, what makes anyone think that some loud mouth in a double-wide can tell you exactly what it means?

    I studied that Book for a semester at Colgate University, one of the first Baptist colleges in the US, under the Harry Emerson Fosdick Chair of philosophy and religion, and learned not to attempt to nail it down. If Professor Adams, who told jokes in ancient Greek, wouldn't commit to one meaning, it is pretty damn arrogant of some Congresscritter to think he knows.



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