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Tea Partiers Unclear on Meaning of “Elite,” Content of Bible

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The NYTimes today reports on how the Tea Party is being spoon-fed climate denial by big polluters like Koch Industries, conveniently laundered by conservative media mouthpieces:

“It’s a flat-out lie,” Mr. Dennison said in an interview after the  debate, adding that he had based his view on the preaching of Rush  Limbaugh and the teaching of Scripture. “I read my Bible,” Mr. Dennison said. “He made this earth for us to utilize.”

Skepticism and outright denial of global warming are among the articles  of faith of the Tea Party movement, here in Indiana and across the  country. For some, it is a matter of religious conviction; for others, it is driven by distrust of those they call the elites.

Distrust of elites? Rush Limbaugh made $285 million from 2001 through 2008, then signed a contract with salary & bonuses totaling $400 million from 2009 through 2016! Telling Tea Partiers whatever they want to hear so they’ll keep listening has been great for business.

But let’s say you’re a climate scientist like Michael Mann (science denier Ken Cuccinelli’s favorite target). Using the estimates at indeed.com, a climate scientist would have to work 588 years to make what Limbaugh does in one year. Who’s the real “elite”?

Finally, I don’t recall the part of the Bible where the Lord instructed man to take his creation and act like we’re holding the Miami University Pi Beta Phi spring formal. But Genesis 2:15 does say, “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

  • NotJohnSMosby

    into the overall fundamentalist concept that everything happens because their god makes it so.  It’s the ultimate cop-out.  In their view, droughts, floods, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc are all caused by god as some form of punishment.  by extension, global warming, to them, cannot be caused by humans since god controls those things.

    There’s a reason teabaggers believe all the lies from birthers, climate deniers and all of the other current right-wing conspiracy theories.  It’s called blind faith.  They believe what Rush and Beck and the rest say because, for all their lives, they’ve accepted things they’re told as true with absolutely zero proof provided to back it up.