An Example of Faith-Based Government24 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.