Thursday, January 08, 2004

Howard Dean is Dumb


Candidate Dean, who may or may not have actually performed abortions, was asked about same sex marriages, and said that he supports legal unions, saying that his faith tells him to do so: "The overwhelming evidence is that there is very significant, substantial genetic component to it," Dean said in an interview Wednesday. "From a religious point of view, if God had thought homosexuality is a sin, he would not have created gay people."

Often the best way to show the absurdity of an argument is just to keep the form but change the terms. So, rather than explaining what sin really is, I'm just going to ridicule Dean. Here goes. what if he had said: "The overwhelming evidence is that there is very significant, substantial genetic component to it," Dean said in an interview Wednesday. "From a religious point of view, if God had thought promiscuity is a sin, he would not have created men."

Let's try again: "The overwhelming evidence is that there is very significant, substantial genetic component to it," Dean said in an interview Wednesday. "From a religious point of view, if God had thought drunkeness is a sin, he would not have created alcoholics."

One more? "The overwhelming evidence is that there is very significant, substantial genetic component to it," Dean said in an interview Wednesday. "From a religious point of view, if God had thought pederasty is a sin, he would not have created pedophiles."

Maybe one more. "The overwhelming evidence is that there is very significant, substantial genetic component to it," Dean said in an interview Wednesday. "From a religious point of view, if God had thought ignoring the poor is a sin, he would not have created greedy people."

The whole mystery of the Fall, to which Christianity is the answer, is that somehow human nature was damaged. Our feelings, whether genetically based or not, are simply not a good guide to behavior. If Dean's Christian faith brings him to the conclusion that there is no sin, then for what purpose did Christ come at all?

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