Yet another Republican who believe's in God's wrath more than Mother Nature and science
It should be no surprise that religious fanatics will say nonsensical things. Just when I think I’m used to the insanity of the religious right, I stand corrected. Apparently the crazy idea of the week for the religious right is that the drought in California is caused by abortion.
California state representative Shannon Grove was speaking to an anti-abortion group in her state, when she declared that the state’s drought is nothing more than God’s wrath over abortion. I wish this was satire, but alas, it is not.
Grove made the remark while comparing droughts between California and Texas. Apparently Texas no longer has drought issues because of its crackdown on abortion rights, and California will continue to suffer unless it cracks down on abortion as well. Not that I think her arguments are valid enough for debate, but context is necessary.
While Shannon Grove is not the first nor will she be the last right-winger to blame the wrath of nature on issues like abortion or gay marriage, it still pains me to see how seriously many Americans take this line of thinking. Most level-headed people would like to think that no one really believes in this nonsense, but the believers are more numerous than we are willing to comprehend.
Grove and millions of Americans cling to these ridiculous (and potentially dangerous) ideas, which both unifies the religious right and dismisses science. It’s not just the fact that Grove blames the drought on abortion, it’s the fact that people who think this way hold positions of power.
While Grove might not personally have complete power over science funding, many politicians like her do, especially in DC. If the logic goes that the drought is merely God’s wrath for abortion, then these politicians will not be interested in funding scientific research in pursuit of fixing the real source of the drought.
As I said earlier, as much as we want to think they don’t believe this, the facts are much stranger. If people like Grove do truly believe that God is punishing us because of abortion or gay marriage, then all bets are off when it comes to fixing California’s water woes. The fear doesn’t end there, though.
The fact is, people who truly believe that the bible sidesteps science have far reaching power in this country, and unfortunately these beliefs do have consequences in certain cases. In DC, science committees are headed by guys like Ted Cruz and Jim Inhofe. Both people make any scientist cringes, and yet both hold the power of science funding.
Across America, school-boards are led by religious fanatics that no only gloss over science education, but history as well. These policies are not only incorrect, but dangerous to education in the country. This is more than about a drought or abortion. It’s a mode of thought that is the problem here. This issue comes in different forms, but all seem to say the same thing: God is punishing us. There is nothing we can do.
What Shannon Grove hit on was more than an attack on abortion and gross misunderstanding of the environment. She links in the grave disconnect of the religious right. Don’t trust science; trust God (or the God we created for you).
There is no discussion on climate change, and how it affects the drought. But, as I’ve heard from right-wingers before, we need not worry. God will take care of everything. We need not trust such advice.