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Bryan Fischer kicked off 2014's first edition of Focal Point with a fresh batch of red meat for his listeners.  He told his listeners that anyone who believes in evolution is morally unqualified to hold office. No, this isn't snark.

Fischer's interest was piqued by that recently-released Pew poll on evolution.  He argues that the Declaration of Independence says that "all men are created equal" and not "evolved" equal and were endowed by God with their rights.  To Fischer's mind, anyone who believes in evolution "cannot be trusted to protect your civil rights because he doesn't believe your rights come from God."  He doesn't think that there should be a law banning evolutionists from office (wink, wink).  He just thinks that a person who believes in evolution is unworthy of our votes because he or she "does not share the political worldview that established the United States of America."

Nowhere does Fischer say that evolution is wrong or factually incorrect.  No, no--it's illegitimate because it leaves God out.  Believe it or not, this is a common argument in creationist circles.  For instance, one creationist site says the number-one argument against evolution is that "evolution makes atheists out of people and lowers morality."

Moreover, let's take Fischer's argument to its logical conclusion.  Since the Founders didn't believe in women's rights, all Congresswomen and female Senators should go ahead and pack their bags.  And since they didn't believe in equality of the races, so should all black officeholders.  And on, and on.

(h/t to People for the American Way)

Originally posted to Street Prophets on Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 03:07 PM PST.

Also republished by Progressive Atheists.

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