Politicians can say some pretty stupid things. But it is rare for them to come right
out and explicitly attack intelligence and education. An exception to this rule is James
Traficant, Jr., Congressman (Democrat) for the 17th District in Ohio. Commenting on the
report that only 7% of top scientists believe in God, on August 3 he made the following
learned contribution to the House of Congress: "Mr. Speaker, a new report says only 7
percent of scientists believe in God. That is right. And the reason they gave was that the
scientists are `super smart.' Unbelievable. Most of these absent-minded professors cannot
find the toilet. "Mr. Speaker, I have one question for these wise guys to constipate
over: How can some thing come from no thing? And while they digest that, Mr. Speaker, let
us tell it like it is. Put these super-cerebral master debaters in some foxhole with bombs
bursting all around them, and I guarantee they will not be praying to Frankenstein.
"Beam me up here. My colleagues, all the education in the world is worthless without
God and a little bit of common sense." Rep. Traficant is on the House Science
The Holy Tooth
In April, Taiwan celebrated the arrival of a tooth, allegedly from the mouth of Buddha.
Monks escorted the holy tooth, encased in a miniature pagoda, around Taipei airport to
bring luck to the planes. Wu Poh-hsiung, an advisor to Taiwan's president, said worshiping
the tooth was "by no means superstitious." I'm glad he cleared up that potential
The Reverend Pat Robertson is ranting and raving again. The Christian Coalition
President has allowed America another glimpse of his bizarre and hate-filled worldview.
Denouncing Orlando, Florida, for its gay day celebrations - during which the city tied
rainbow flags to its lampposts - he said, "You're right in the way of some serious
hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you."
Predicting hurricanes in Florida is a fairly safe bet. Robertson was a little more
imaginative in threatening that Orlando's tolerance would bring "terrorist bombs,
earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor." Robertson - one of the most powerful
religious leaders in the United States - made the comments on his weekday television show
"The 700 Club."
The Arms of the Lord
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a bullet for a bullet? A July 1998 law has made
it legal for Kentucky ministers to carry concealed weapons in their churches. It remains
illegal for parishioners to take guns into church. In a pungent sound bite criticizing the
new law, the Reverend Nancy Jo Kemper, Executive Director of the Kentucky Council of
Churches, said, "Jesus would puke."
It is a fad among young Christians to wear jewelry with the initials "WWJD"
to encourage themselves to ask, "What Would Jesus Do?" Maybe they can now also
wear "JWP" bracelets to remind them of Reverend Kemper's answer.
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