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An Example of Faith-Based Government

24 April, 2008

Yesterday, I wrote a post called The Effects of Faith Based Education in which I attempted to make the case that faith-based education means an educational system without cause and effect relationships or evidence and conclusions.  Then, like a wet fish at the end of a Zebco fishing kit flying back in my face (really happened to me (more than once)), I see this over at Pharyngula:

Representative John Duncan of Tennessee (Republican) was in a hearing regarding the absolute and total ineffectiveness of abstinence-only education.

Confronted with a vast amount of evidence provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, the US Institute of Medicine , the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Psychological Association that abstinence-only education does not work, does not reduce the incidence of either teen pregnancies or sexually transmitted disease, and that it is a waste of money, the honorable Mr Duncan declared his complete disinterest in data and expertise.

Rep. John Duncan, a Tennessee Republican, said that it seems “rather elitist” that people with academic degrees in health think they know better than parents what type of sex education is appropriate. “I don’t think it’s something we should abandon,” he said of abstinence-only funding.

Yes folks, that’s right.  Listening to people who use those weird things (statistics, mathematics, real honest-to-FSM numbers) would be kowtowing to elitists.  This guy is a flaming example of faith-based education (of course, for him it is faith-based governing).  Don’t bother him with reality.  His faith will create the reality he wants (um, strong pharmaceuticals can help that, Mr. Representative).

Modern conservativism, the modern Republican Party, has discovered an easy way to govern.  Don’t worry about facts.  Don’t worry about the actual results of a law.  Don’t concern yourself with the lives ruined or lives lost.  Just smile blandly and say, “I have faith that it will work.”  And when experts who actually look at the numbers tell you it doesn’t, just call them elitists.

Damn.  That’s simple.  Course, it would have to be for people like Duncan to use the system.

As I said yesterday, what America needs is less faith-based government, not more.

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6 comments

  1. Faith-based government is running this country into the ground. We desperately need to force a truckload of Republicans out of office this year.


  2. Chappie: Couldn’t agree more. More reality, less faith!


  3. Yes, its completely elitists of all these experts to use facts, studies, and evidence to tell Americans what is really going on. If parents like abstininence education, and Republicans like it, and Jesus likes it, then what else do you need? So what if 1 in 4 teenage girls has an STD…lalalala..can’t hear you. Wow, its like the same argument against evolution. Isn’t this a psychiatric condition…delusional comes to mind.
    Another thing, since when did education become elitist and something to be scoffed at. Don’t we want educated doctors and scientists? I don’t think going to school for years and working your way up to become an expert is elitist..but maybe being a Yale legacy, ex-coke addict, ex-alcoholic, draft dodging millionaire son of a President might be termed elitist.


  4. Words fail me. As Orac is fond of saying, “the stupid, it burns.”


  5. What we need is LESS government. Government has no right to use MY money to “aid” parents or their teenagers in matters related to sex and the possible consequences. You are being blinded and distracted by issues! Try looking at a bigger picture by reading the articles of “Joe American” at newswithviews.com He is actually a person in government who knows what a farce the whole thing is.


  6. Merry: Less government is another wonderful fairy-tale that comes from faith-based reasoning rather than fact based reasoning. The idea that removing government from education, business, the environment, or safety will magically create a safer environment, safer working conditions, more honest businesses, and better educated kids is not bourne out by studying any modern economy. The nations run on ‘libertarian’ minimal government lines are, at best, oligarchies being run for the benefit of a few. Those with governments that are most involved have higher average and median incomes (after taxes), healthier citizens, better safety and environmental situations, and well-regulated businesses that do not bankrupt themselves.

    I think you may be confusing effective government (reality based) with Republican government (faith based).



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