This is John Shelby Spong, a retired Episcopal New Jersey bishop. It’s people like this that give me hope in the potential of religion to be a positive, non-corrupt force.
Quote by Bill Maher on Real Time with Bill Maher (5/1/09)
New Rule: Since viruses, like swine flu, get to be potentially deadly because they “evolved,” if you don’t believe in evolution and you get it, you have to pray it away.
You can’t crap all over Darwin and stem cell research and global warming and then come crawling back to science when you want Tamiflu. That’s for us sinners.
A recent Zogby phone poll found that 78% of Americans favor teaching evidence for and against Darwin’s theory; 43% also believe the pollster asking the question was in fact a tiny man living inside the phone.
Now, last week I spoke about Governor Rick Perry of Texas, who mentioned secession as an option for dealing with Obama’s big government. But, now with swine flu from Mexico coming at him, suddenly the idea of being all alone on the border isn’t quite so romantic, is it?
Yes, Governor Perry hates two things: government and science. He appointed a creationist to head the Texas Board of Education. Which is shocking. Texas has a board of education?! And now he wants 37,000 courses of antiviral flu medicine. Sorry, Rick, we’re all out. But, we do have 37,000 tea bags. Will that help?
You know, is it too much to ask for a little consistency? When I get sick, you don’t see me begging Jimmy Swaggart to put in a word to Jesus about my gout. I go to the doctor like a normal person, and then I sell the left over pills to Rush Limbaugh.
Folks, there is a lot that isn’t known yet about this swine flu, but there is one thing that we do know: the process that brought us the new flu is called evolution. It’s not rocket science, but it is science. A virus is Darwinian behavior we can see in real time. We can see that it jumps on a host, procreates until the host is exhausted and then jumps on something new. Like Mel Gibson.
Or think of it this way: viruses are like the free market. You adapt to survive or you die. I mean, except for Citibank and AIG and Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, General Motors, Bear Stearns… Okay, bad example. They’re nothing like the free market.
And, by the way, intelligence-challenged members of the mainstream media, creationism and Darwinism are not “opposing but equally legitimate theories” to be treated as such. This flu virus didn’t make the leap from pigs to humans because God felt like f*cking with Mexicans. It happened because, like I said, viruses adapt to survive. Just like all other organisms on Planet Earth. With the possible exception of the Republican National Committee.
Anyone who believes Christianity to be a “flawless symbol of morality” and a “perfect moral compass” should check out Operation Save America (formerly Operation Rescue), and particularly its founder and ex-leader Randall Terry. Note: the link I’ve provided is not an un-biased news source or a leftist review, but the group’s own website. Before you get defensive and try to isolate your own personal Christianity as “not like theirs,” I’ll kindly point out to you that what they “preach” is completely biblical, if ignorant of conflicting passages (Exodus 21:22, Ecclesiastes 6:3). You might wonder if maybe they do some good work, too. Well, click on “Hurricane Relief Effort.” Are you greeted with pictures of OSA members helping in the reconstruction effort? Nope. The most important thing they’ve seen fit to inform us is, “There are NO abortion clinics open in New Orleans!!”
If the group’s own website doesn’t scare you, a mere Google search should surface a laundry list of violent acts performed by group members, including the murder of prominent abortion doctors, and the bombing of abortion clinics. Randall Terry has said, of doctors who perform abortions, “when I, or people like me, are running the country, you’d better flee, because we will find you, we will try you and we will execute you.”
Hmmm… religious fundamentalists performing Scripturally-sound acts of terrorism? Sounds so familiar…