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Republicans Hate Science, posted March 30, 2008 at 01:32 PM

McCainIdiot.gif Republicans hate science. Science, you see, gets in the way of their ideological (pronounced idiot-logical) ideas. Evolution? Oh well that's just a theory. The truth is that 10,000 years ago God created man and all living animals are descended from those two-by-two creatures Noah was kind enough to save. Stem cell research? Oh well that's the same as killing babies! The only babies we want dead are Iraqi babies. Global warming? Oh well that's just a left-wing hoax. So what if we have stronger hurricanes--it's just poor people losing their homes. The very basics of public health? Oh well now I'm not sure if condoms prevent HIV--but really, does that matter? I mean, we should just be telling people to stop having sex! If we tell them about the benefits of condoms, well, god knows, they might be free to enjoy sex, and that's a freedom we certainly don't support. Especially for Africans. And homos.

If you vote Republican in the upcoming election you are voting to continue the anti-science world-is-flat politics of death and denial that have been erupting out of the Bush administration for the last eight years. Period. McCain is an absolute idiot about these issues and he keeps proving it on the campaign trail over and over.

The following reads like a bad Saturday Night Live skit. But it's real. Scary real:

Reporter: “Should U.S. taxpayer money go to places like Africa to fund contraception to prevent AIDS?” Mr. McCain: “Well I think it’s a combination. The guy I really respect on this is Dr. Coburn. He believes – and I was just reading the thing he wrote– that you should do what you can to encourage abstinence where there is going to be sexual activity. Where that doesn’t succeed, than he thinks that we should employ contraceptives as well. But I agree with him that the first priority is on abstinence. I look to people like Dr. Coburn. I’m not very wise on it.”

(Mr. McCain turns to take a question on Iraq, but a moment later looks back to the reporter who asked him about AIDS.)

Mr. McCain: “I haven’t thought about it. Before I give you an answer, let me think about. Let me think about it a little bit because I never got a question about it before. I don’t know if I would use taxpayers’ money for it.”

Q: “What about grants for sex education in the United States? Should they include instructions about using contraceptives? Or should it be Bush’s policy, which is just abstinence?”

Mr. McCain: (Long pause) “Ahhh. I think I support the president’s policy.”

Q: “So no contraception, no counseling on contraception. Just abstinence. Do you think contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV?”

Mr. McCain: (Long pause) “You’ve stumped me.”

Q: “I mean, I think you’d probably agree it probably does help stop it?”

Mr. McCain: (Laughs) “Are we on the Straight Talk express? I’m not informed enough on it. Let me find out. You know, I’m sure I’ve taken a position on it on the past. I have to find out what my position was. Brian, would you find out what my position is on contraception – I’m sure I’m opposed to government spending on it, I’m sure I support the president’s policies on it.”

Q: “But you would agree that condoms do stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Would you say: ‘No, we’re not going to distribute them,’ knowing that?”

Mr. McCain: (Twelve-second pause) “Get me Coburn’s thing, ask Weaver to get me Coburn’s paper that he just gave me in the last couple of days. I’ve never gotten into these issues before.”

source: NY Times

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