Why religion and politics don't mix

Jenny - posted on 02/16/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/16...

Mike Beard, a Republican state representative from Minnesota, recently argued that coal mining should resume in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, in part because he believes God has created an earth that will provide unlimited natural resources.

"God is not capricious. He's given us a creation that is dynamically stable," Beard told MinnPost. "We are not going to run out of anything."

Beard is currently in the midst of drafting legislation that would overturn Minnesota's moratorium on coal-fired power plants, an effort that he backs due to his religious belief that God will provide limitless resources while ensuring that humans don't destroy the planet trying to get them.

Drawing on his family's childhood property in Pennsylvania, Beard explained to MinnPost his belief that while resource extraction might cause temporary agitation to the landscape, the effects wouldn't be longterm.

"Our farm was mined for coal three times," Beard said. "And, now we stand on a point and look over barley and wheat and pines. Did we temporarily disrupt the face of the earth? Yes, but when we were done, we put it all back together again."

This observation appears to be indicative of Beard's larger religious belief that God acts as the tireless custodian of the planet.

"It is the height of hubris to think we could [destroy the earth]," Beard told MinnPost, before saying that even devastating nuclear events shouldn't cast doubt on his theory that the earth can always be repaired.

"How did Hiroshima and Nagasaki work out? We destroyed that, but here we are, 60 years later and they are tremendously effective and livable cities. Yes, it was pretty horrible. But, can we recover?" Beard asked. "Of course we can."

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Johnny - posted on 02/16/2011

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He is right in a way. It is highly unlikely that humanity will manage to destroy the earth, the large rock we're floating on, in its entirety. Far more likely that we will destroy ourselves long before that, taking down a huge number of plant and animals species with us as we go. However, on the bright side, the mass decay of all those life forms will help to produce more coal in the earth for the future.

You know, it would be really helpful if legislators were forced to learn basic scientific facts. To learn to read scientific papers and understand just a small iota of how the earth functions before we allow them to start fucking with it.

This guy's excuse for ignorance is religion. He uses it as a shield to justify being a greedy jerk. Of course, that's what many people use religion for. But that doesn't mean that it isn't possible to be religious while also understanding the scientific realities of the earth. Even if this guy didn't believe in god, he'd just find some other way to excuse his desire to rape the planet.

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Jodi - posted on 02/17/2011

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WOW. There should be something in the law about representatives and who not, not being allowed to use religion as a reason for their political agendas...more to say their own faces than because I care about what they believe!

And for the record, what happend in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not "pretty horrible", it was absolutely horrible, tragic, disgusting and shameful. I will second the fucktard comment.

Krista - posted on 02/17/2011

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Unfuckingbelievable.

Sure, Hiroshima and Nagasaki basically gave cancer to an entire few generations of Japanese, but hey...ain't no big thing!

What an utter fucktard.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/17/2011

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Also the part about Hiroshima and how it eventually recovered...what is this suppose to mean? Does he mean that it gives us a green light to continue to destroy our planet? Seems like he feels that way...someday we are going to do something so major that it will never recover, and may inturn destroy the earh and everything on it. People are so arrogant to believe that this is OUR planet, like we own it. We are just here living off of it and need to have respect for Mother Nature...cause man she is a bitch and is getting tired of our Wholier Than Though destruction of HER planet.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/17/2011

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I am simply going to address the whole "God is not capricious. He's given us a creation that is dynamically stable," Beard told MinnPost. "We are not going to run out of anything." We are close to running out of many recourses...serves us right for depleting everything we get our hands on. Animals have gone extinct, the ozone layer is being effected, our landfills are overflowing...sorry but what a douche.

Jenni - posted on 02/17/2011

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I think he's using religion to blanket who's back pocket he's got his hand in.

Tara - posted on 02/17/2011

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Loony.
If I were religious I would counter this idiot with the notion that God entrusted the earth to us and should be acting as stewards for all of Gods creations. I would argue that by raping the earth and expecting it to be renewed by God himself is disrespectful of Gods hard work. lol
I'm not religious though so I will simply say the guy is whacked and if he were any other religion besides Christian he would be seen as a crackhead cultist who should be locked up in a padded cell.
Christianity breeds many more nutjobs than any other religion. (in my opinion) and this is an example of that.
Church and State should never mix and mingle.
He should lose his position as far as I'm concerned.
Again if he belonged to the Branch Davidians and was spouting this crap he would be seen as a terrorist.

Angela - posted on 02/16/2011

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EXACTLY! why politics and Religion dont mix!
Yeah and God's gonna pay my bills next month too,and clean my house and cook dinner...I mean come on now!
Good thing I dont live in Minnesota,Id be utterly ashamed of this fool!

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