Go Mr. Bill, Go

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In this video, Bill Maher talks about religion and presidential politics, describing Mitt Romney’s Mormanism as a belief in “magic underpants that will protect him” and suggesting that “Maybe a President who didn’t believe our soldiers were going to heaven might be a little less willing to get them killed.” He also says that he wouldn’t vote for any theist to be in charge, if you believe you have a relationship with a “Space Daddy”, who’s going to party through eternity with you after you die, that you’re crazy, you have an “electrical storm in your head.”

I wonder at the reaction Bill’s going to get attacking the sanity of all believers, but I sure wish there were more people like him speaking out. He says ten to fifteen percent of Americans agree with him, and that he prefers to call them Rationalists. And according to Bill, there’s hope, 20% of those under thirty agree with him.

It’s still a long way until the percentages are the other way around. The depth of ignorance and inconsistency is astounding. An about to be published column in The Nation about the evolution vs creationism debate , points out that a 2007 survey shows that more than half of Americans believe god created the first humans less than 10,000 years ago. It doesn’t mention that the poll shows huge inconsistencies.

In reporting it USA today said:

“Two-thirds in the poll said creationism, the idea that God created humans in their present form within the past 10,000 years, is definitely or probably true. More than half, 53%, said evolution, the idea that humans evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, is definitely or probably true. All told, 25% say that both creationism and evolution are definitely or probably true.”

That’s one hell of an electrical storm. At least Bill knows what he believes.

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