Tim Egan, professor emeritus of Harvard University, with a masters degree in molecular biology, atmospheric climate sciences and a doctorate in paleontology and mathematics, pens a piece for the NYT’s calling the GOP the stupid party. This declaration rests mainly on his denunciation of people of faith.
Apparently, politicians can’t be stupid unless they believe in the Bible. Apparently the left is completely Godless, how else would Egan explain the current holder of the title “the Dumbest Man Holding the Highest position of Political Importance” – Joe Biden.
Ostensibly, you can be dumb as shit as long as you carry the water for climate change, abortion on demand and every other crackpot leftist view. You see, in Egan’s world, if you can find dumb republicans, ipso facto, leftist policies are smart. See how that works? Bible thumpers are dumb, therefore Leftism is the way to go.
There’s a problem with that thesis:
John Dingell, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Patty Murphy, Dianne Feinstein, Charlie Rangel, Pete Defazio, Rosa DeLauro, Jerry Nadler, Hank Johnson, Eddie Johnson, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz…
These are simply not smart people. Should I follow them off the cliff, blind faith-y?
The other part of the faulty thesis is that Egan has no idea what the steadfast religious beliefs of the democratic members of the senate and congress are. Some on this list can have a deep abiding faith in their Christian values. If that’s the case, shouldn’t that subject them to Egan’s pointing and laughing?
I can’t believe a professor emeritus would actua— what’s that?
Update: I’m being told in my earpiece that my short bio for Egan is incorrect. Turns out he’s just a stupid schmuck with a keyboard – like me.
Here’s a bit of his essay:
Take a look around key committees of the House and you’ll find a governing body stocked with crackpots whose views on major issues are as removed from reality as Missouri’s Representative Todd Akin’s take on the sperm-killing powers of a woman who’s been raped.
On matters of basic science and peer-reviewed knowledge, from evolution to climate change to elementary fiscal math, many Republicans in power cling to a level of ignorance that would get their ears boxed even in a medieval classroom. Congress incubates and insulates these knuckle-draggers.
The chairman of a subcommittee that oversees issues related to climate change, Representative John Shimkus of Illinois is — you guessed it — a climate-change denier.
At a 2009 hearing, Shimkus said not to worry about a fatally dyspeptic planet: the biblical signs have yet to properly align. “The earth will end only when God declares it to be over,” he said, and then he went on to quote Genesis at some length. It’s worth repeating: This guy is the chairman.
I can deny climate change without ever bringing up the Bible. I can use peer-reviewed science. Now what, Egan?
Are you just having too much fun bashing Christians to address the logical folly of your screed?