I saw a video clip on Keith Olbermann’s Countdown that stunned me yesterday. I know there are a lot of readers on this site who are on top of their politics–in the past I have tried to avoid it, but it is so intrusive these days that political leaders are hard to ignore. The video below is of John Shimkus, Republican Congressman from Illinois, on the house floor citing the Bible as an authority in the area of climate change. I don’t care what your stance is on Global Warming, this is not how we come together to discuss it. Whatever happened to “Separation of Church and State”? Or better yet, “Separation of Church and Science”?
So the good congressman, as you will see from the video, gives us a lesson on Noah’s Flood. I don’t know how many times freethinkers have to point it out, but the rainbow (God’s promise that he won’t destroy us with another flood) is no promise at all. If God says he won’t kill us with a worldwide flood, there are plenty of other options.
Shimkus quotes Genesis 8:21-22 and jumps right into God’s words. He doesn’t say what God was reacting to. Chapter 8 starting at verse 20 goes like this:
Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And when the LORD smelled the pleasing odor, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done. 22So God, a spiritual supreme being, smelled his creation cooking and thought it was pleasing. This caused him to say, “Hey, I ain’t going to kill everyone and everything on the face of the planet with water again.” Can anyone see the problem with referring to a god who likes animal sacrifices and relating it to the debate on global warming?
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After quoting from the book of Matthew, Shimkus concludes that man can’t destroy the earth, only God can do that. How comforting. End of debate.
Want to read something scarier? Here is biography information from John Shimkus’ About Me page:
John M. Shimkus is serving his 14th year in Congress and represents the 19th District of Illinois.
Who are the idiots who keep voting for this guy and why is serving on committees that require scientific knowledge–14 years?!