Bill Maher recently released some video of Christine O’Donnell denying the theory of evolution. Of course, columnists like Maureen Dowd (a monument to intellectual curiosity I might add) have used this revelation as a club with which to beat O’Donnell. This sort of thing is nothing new, as it has become a common political theme the past decade; apparently one’s intelligence is in direct proportion to ones comprehension and belief in Darwin.
Why is one’s belief regarding the origin of the human species such a popular intellectual litmus test? Even if denial of evolution is ignorant, it is a completely benign ignorance; unless of course the person in question is tasked with writing a biology textbook. The truth is that in the task our elected representatives are charged with, whether or not they believe in a mystical origin of humanity or a scientific one is about as relevant as their favorite color.
Comparatively, there are numerous members of the federal government, elected and unelected, that display ignorance that is anything but benign. The denial or ignorance of natural rights, for example, can have a profound effect on the voting habits of a legislator. That effect can, and often does, put property rights and various other individual rights in jeopardy. Indeed, this can lead to the undermining of the very foundations of our society.
Of course, the leftists will point to belief in creationism as an indication of some sort of general intellectual deficiency. Ironic come from a group of people whose ignorance on important issues including economics and political philosophy is of monumental proportions.
But I suppose that they can sleep comfortably with their unearned and unwarranted belief in their intellectual superiority because…you know…they believe–nay know–we come from the monkeys.