I cannot remember the last time I read a more incoherent column than the one published by Kathleen Parker ("Ignorance isn't bliss, Republicans," Nov. 20, 6A). I usually disagree with Eugene Robinson's columns, but the man is articulate and makes valid arguments.
Where to start with Parker? It appears her point is that the Republican party is dumbing down because they are being inclusive to "fringe elements" -- like religious people who have "forced the party into a corner where science and religion can't coexist." Since when does science and religion not coexist, and who is Parker to proclaim that the two are mutually exclusive?
She has summarily concluded that people of faith are of lesser intelligence. Is she not aware of the thousands of doctors and PhDs who are scientists and believers? Has she paid the least bit of attention to the IQs of many in the incoherent Occupy Movement that has virtually hijacked the Democratic Party, and whom the president and Democratic chairperson Nancy Pelosi has endorsed? Of course, the big tent of ACORN and the Democratic Party are surely keeping their intellectual standards high.
Parker then rolls right into a proclamation that those who are of religious belief (and hence are not intelligent enough to be scientific) universally disagree with global warming. Since when? Where are her facts? She then blabbers about a "theist position" that suggests all climate change is controlled by God and we humans have no impact upon it. Does she even understand what a theist position is?
No question that candidate Rick Perry is not ready for prime time, and Herman Cain is beginning to demonstrate that he is not either. If that is her point, she is very late to the party. That's what primaries and debates are for. These candidates have navigated more televised debates than any candidates in history, and my guess is that many previous candidates -- Republican and Democrat -- would have fared as poorly to the public scrutiny had they received this much exposure.
But for Parker to draw these inaccurate conclusions from mid-air and then insult millions of people with her broad strokes of bigotry is inflammatory. And she has so completely missed the obvious point -- Republicans are not dumbing down. Both they, and frankly some in the Democratic party, are simply desperately seeking a replacement for Obama, and one need not look far for ample reasons why. This has nothing to do with Christianity, in which Obama has proclaimed his belief, nor is it even necessarily about Republicans or Democrats -- it's about our country.
Parker shouldn't give up her day job. Oh, wait, this is her day job.
-- M. Puckett