Sunday, August 19, 2012

What Institutional Ignorance Leads To

One of the big news stories south of the border this weekend has been the moronic comment by a Republican Senate candidate who claimed that women can't get pregnant as a result of 'legitimate rape' because the female body has some innate defense against that.

This, of course, is exactly the sort of thing you'd expect to hear from a representative of a movement that denounces science and values ignorance above all else. If you're in that group, then it makes perfect sense that you'd buy into all sorts of ridiculous crap, as you struggle to build up your Rube Goldberg contraption of a belief system. Every moral dilemma that challenges your precarious world view requires another layer of fairy dust - such as a woman's body being able to reject the seed of a rapist - to be sprinkled over the ground around you. Thus you can argue that the Earth is only a few thousand years old, that men and women coexisted with dinosaurs, that all proof of the existence of evolution is actually the result of a worldwide conspiracy of scientists, that the planet isn't really warming up, and so on.

What I can't get, though, is how there can be enough people so deluded in the U.S. that the party that represents those beliefs continues to get members elected. That really boggles my mind.

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