Religidiot of the Week – David Barton

David Barton fancies himself a historian, particularly with regard to the founding fathers of America and their desire to establish a Christian theocracy.  In other words, David Barton is a delusional fundie with no academic credentials as a historian.  His credentials reside in that most trustworthy of documents, the Bible.  Barton squeezes everything he ‘researches’ through the prism of the Bible, which results in him bending and twisting the truth (and just plain making stuff up) to fit his fundie viewpoint.  In any regard, this fellow is the most recent recipient of the Religidiot of the Week.  What for you may ask?

As all fundies are required to do as card-carrying members, Barton is vehemently opposed to abortion.   Also, as a fundie, he must take a stance opposing the science behind global warming.  In his wisdom, he recently combined these two fundie hot-ticket items, killing two birds with one stone if you will. Barton recently stated that God is heating up our planet because he is pissed about abortion.  Here is how Barton more eloquently put it:

“A door has been opened and we have said, you know, we embrace a wicked policy. Okay, then I’ll take my hand of protection off your nation, and whap! Here comes storms like we’ve never seen before, and here comes floods, and here comes climate stuff that we can’t explain all the hot times and all the cold times and too much rain and not enough rain and we’re flooding over here and we’ve got droughts over here.”

No reasonable (i.e. sane) person can actually believe this stuff, can they?  Let’s take Barton at his word that there is a God – an all powerful being than can violate all known laws in the Universe.  He knows everything, even what you are thinking.  This God, not liking what he sees, takes it upon himself (herself? itself?) to rectify the situation by what means?  By killing a whole bunch of people – guilty people, innocent people, men, women, children, the old, the young.  By destroying people’s property and sources of income, and community.  An all knowing, all powerful being that is incapable of coming up with a better solution than mass murder.  THINK people, THINK!  At least THINK for yourselves!

By the way, what is it with these fundies and the weather?  They view the weather as God’s  way of communicating to us his displeasure for this or that transgression.  Do these people really believe this stuff?  They can’t possibly, can they?  It is as if we are living in ancient times, without any scientific knowledge of weather patterns, or plate tectonics, or the influence of the moon’s gravity (tides go in tides go out – how do you explain that?)!  And dear Mr. Barton, we really can explain the hot times, and the cold times, and drought, and monsoons, and tsunamis, and earthquakes.  And that explanation does not include a horrid supernatural sadist.

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