This is one of the many reasons that we cannot, for a moment, pretend that religion (or any other faith in fucking nonsense) is anything other than a load of ethically irresponsible, intellectually untenable garbage.
When Glenn Beck says that evolution is silly because "[he has] yet to see a half man half monkey", we can all laugh/ shudder/ cringe. But what is essential to remember is that this sort of backwards, and either desperately confused or incredibly dishonest, thought process skews our entire conversation to a point where it cannot be. We spend time giving solace to the faithful by being forced to 'debate' this sort of claim, rather than treat him like the raving lunatic he is.
His is a dangerous opinion. The way we have put religion on a pedestal is A WAY BIGGER DEAL THAN ANYONE TALKS ABOUT. The fact that we need to "debate" stem cell research has retarded scientific progress for ten years in this country. At the rate at which scientific knowledge increases we are literally unable to conceive of the advances lost to this asinine - would be funny if it weren't tragic- debate. A debate that we WOULD NOT HAVE if it weren't for the fact that religion somehow demands our respect.
Alzheimer's. Cancer. Aids. Who the fuck knows. Religion is KILLING PEOPLE.
This is not about gay marriage or abortion. Of course I care about those things, but they aren't the biggest problem. Not by a mile. It is not about extremism, or terrorist bombers. Although of course I hate those things to. It is about the fact that religion in this country skews the dialogue and the debate to a point where we are not able to educate our citizens, save their lives through medicine, or ask honest and necessary questions to our potential elected officials.
Sarah Palin believes that the world is going to end in her lifetime. She believes that that is a GOOD thing, she was almost in a position to make crucial decisions on nuclear weapon deployment, war, the environment. How can someone who believes that the end of the world is good make responsible decisions about any of the above.
Christine O'Donnel is a joke. But not for the right reasons. She's a joke because she believes masturbation is adultery, so what, at least she is logically consistent. Harry Reid believes that "heavenly father" lives on the DARK SIDE OF THE MOON!
I don't respect religion, I won't pretend to.