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October 10, 2006

Montana governor called a bigot for saying children should be taught the real age of the earth

A Montana lawmaker has called Governor Brian Schweitzer incredibly bigoted for suggesting that it's better to know how old the earth is:

BOZEMAN — A Republican state lawmaker is criticizing Gov. Brian Schweitzer for comments he made to a newspaper here about the lawmaker‘s belief that the planet is not millions of years old.

Rep. Roger Koopman, R-Bozeman, called Schweitzer‘s statement ”incredibly bigoted.”

Speaking to a crowd of school children, parents and teachers in Bozeman on Friday about global warming, Schweitzer asked how many in the crowd thought the Earth was hundreds of millions of years old. Most of the children in the audience raised their hands.

He then asked how many believed the planet was less than a million years old. At least two people, including Koopman, who was in the crowd, raised their hands.

During an interview later with the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Schweitzer noted Koopman‘s response. He said some people believe the planet is only 4,000 to 6,000 years old, despite geological evidence to the contrary.

Schweitzer said he needs support from a state Legislature that will help move Montana‘s agenda forward, ”not people who think the Earth is 4,000 years old.”

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What exactly does bigotry have to do with this?

Actually, according to Merriam Webster, "bigot" does mean "a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices". 'Cuz, you know, Schweitzer is so intolerantly devoted to his prejudices here.

Of course, the definition does continue: "especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance." I imagine this is the more common connotation of bigot, which is why Koopman's statement is so bizarre.

Eh, you know, I could see how that might seem a little tactless at a speech to kids and teachers. Luckily, all Schweizer has to do to handle the situation is dangle something shiny in front of Koopman till he forgets why he was angry - the stupid are good that way.

Zero tolerance for idiocy.

Being a young earth creationist is, quite simply, to be delusional, and should render you ineligible for any position of responsibility or critical thinking. I mean, really!

Truth is biased, not bigoted. Is it bigoted to not want to elect someone who think's he's Napoleon?

Yeah, right here in my own back yard. It'd almost be worth moving to vote aganst him in House district 70. Maybe I'll donate to his opponent and you can too....

http://www.gallatindemocrats.com/candidates/johnvincent.html

Count me as a bigot. I will sit in my chair, ask "Editt" for a "bee-uh" and I will gripe at my meathead son-in-law with his short hair, his right-wing politics and his young-earth alternative reality.

It's odd, in a way, how the Christian right has adopted the worst practices of moral relativism, multiculturalism, political correctness and identity politics to come to the protection of a group they believe to be a persecuted minority-- that is, themselves.

Hmmm... as an atheist, I guess it would be hypocritical of me to pray for the rapture... but then again, the sooner the better.

Our father, who art....

Natural selection’s only criterion for success is successful reproduction over time. There is no natural or inherent drive towards intelligence in evolution, as is proven by the existence of barnacles or Rep. Roger Koopman.

Would call the Flat Earth Society when you needed a rocket scientist, PETA if you needed a butcher, NAMBLA if you needed a teacher? The Montana Constitution does not have a "valid only until Jesus arrives" clause. Legislators must BELIEVE that there is a future to work towards bettering for all Montanans. A legislator who believes that the functions of the legislature will be soon rendered moot by the end of the world is a: grandstanding to show off his piety and b:demonstrating contempt for all his constituents, save those who share his apocalyptic views.

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Zero tolerance for idiocy.

Being a young earth creationist is, quite simply, to be delusional, and should render you ineligible for any position of responsibility or critical thinking. I mean, really!
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Devil's advocate (heh!) question:

Does this mean you'd support this as (an unconstitutional) "religious test" that precludes people from political office?

A bit of an inversion from its original meaning, back in them days when one might have had to have been a Baptist or a Methodists or what-have-you to run for an office, but from the way things seem these days...

... anyone expousing thoughts remotely connected to Christianity might be thought insane.

Fools for Christ, as it is written somewhere in the Bible.

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