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The Sciences

Only God can destroy the Earth? Phew!

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitMarch 31, 2009 12:03 AM

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Some people like to think that fundamentalist goofballitude is limited to southern states, which is unfair and untrue. For proof, I present one Illinois Congresscritter named John Shimkus. In a recent hearing, he claimed that man cannot destroy the Earth, only God can do that. Here's the video: Watch the whole video. He says he thinks the Bible is inerrant, and he says quite clearly that Man cannot do harm to the Earth. It's clear he's talking global warming here; he even says in the video we may need more carbon pollution in the atmosphere! So go out and pollute, waste energy, whatever. We'll just make more of whatever we use up, and if it damages the planet, well, we can just let God sort it out. And this may shock you, but it turns out Shimkus is a big coal advocate. I often wonder when I hear politicians talking like this... do they believe in the End Times, and that it's their duty to bring about the predictions in Revelation about the Apocalypse? Remember, Congress can vote on declarations of war. Um, Illinois? What gives here?

Tip o' the voting booth lever to David at AtheistMedia.

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