Loss of respect for Dr. Paul
I’ve been having a difficult time deciding on a candidate that I like. One thing that is influencing my decision-making is the religion issue. Candidates who are pandering to the religious by “out-godding” each other to gain support as the next leader of a secular government already have marks against them. I simply don’t feel that faith is necessary to rule this nation, and even gets in the way of running the US as the founding fathers wanted it done. Let’s take a look at what the government does because of faith:
- Makes it possible for gay and lesbian Americans to be second-class citizens by denying the right to marry
- Gives citizens money to religious groups under the Faith-based Initiatives in a shameful thumbing of the nose at Separation
- Goes to war because god told the president to do so
- Puts bewildering roadblocks on government funding of vital stem cell research
- Allows the possibility of the teaching of the ridiculous doctrine of Intelligent Design to make it into our science classrooms
This last is a point that has shaken my feeling that Ron Paul might kinda sorta be the best candidate… maybe. I saw the following video on Phil Plait’s excellent Bad Astronomy blog. Ron Paul is asked if he believes in the theory of evolution. Check it:
Now, I have to say off the bat that I haven’t lost all respect for Dr. Paul, but I just can’t put my support behind a man that denies one of the most fact-supported theories in science. Another way to put this is I can’t put my support behind a man that believes, against all evidence, that the universe and its inhabitants were magicked into existence 6,000 years ago and can say that in a press conference with no hint of embarrassment.
On a personal note, it leaves me in the precarious position of having not a single candidate that I like. Is it too much to ask for a candidate to have a firm grasp of reality?