Good ol’ Bible literalist John Shimkus (R-IL) is a member of the United States House of Representatives. He’s an evangelical Republican who also sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

This committee has jurisdiction over a large portion of legislation, such as public health, biomedical research, travel and tourism, national environmental policy, alternative energy, and conservation. That sure is a lot of power, wouldn’t you say?

So whats the problem with Shimkus being on the committee? Let’s see what he thinks about preserving the environment:

During a hearing in 2009, he dismissed the dangers of climate change and the warnings of the scientific community by quoting the Bible. He uses God’s promise to Noah (Genesis 8:21-22) [as proof.]

“I believe that’s the infallible word of God, and that’s the way it’s going to be for his creation,” Shimkus said.

Oh goody, someone who thinks the flood was literal and pretty rainbows mean climate change is a lie.

He then uses Matthew 24:31 (which has nothing at all to do with the environment) to defend a position that:

“The Earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this Earth. This Earth will not be destroyed by a Flood,” Shimkus asserted. “I do believe that God’s word is infallible, unchanging, perfect.”

(source)

Shouldn’t there be a requirement for learned people who actually know an industry—or at least (dare I say it) science—to lead the major committees in the House? Pretty please with intelligence on top?

Oh gee, it reminds me of this:

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12 thoughts on “Biblical Flood Disproves Climate Change, claims Shimkus”

Henway · November 10, 2010 at 12:33 pm

This is simply ridiculous. This is why I don’t really vote anymore. Because almost everyone believes in a religion whether it’s Christianity or Catholicism. There’s no rational people in the government.

Matt Warren · November 10, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I had a feeling a post like this would end up on your blog. I share your readers’ predictable eye-rolls.

Climate change obviously has to be false. Why? There are flocks of invisible, airborne, unicorns in low earth orbit that sprinkle stardust into the ocean. (Book of Jeb, 1:14)

See? I can reference fiction in my indictments of methodologically sound scientific inquiry.

Three Ninjas · November 10, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Le sigh. I am smarter than my bosses, smarter than the people running this country. Why am I doomed to wallow in obscurity? Life is not fair.

    Allen · November 13, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Maybe you are not as smart as you think.

    Allen · November 14, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Second Thought: Why would anyone expect a world which has no God to be fair? If we emerged from a pool of slime through some natural process and evolution is a natural process, where would good or evil, right or wrong, or fair or unfair come from? Those concepts can only make sense in a world where there is a common moral code which comes from outside ourselves. Otherwise, every opinion or state of affairs is equally valid or invalid.

Ahab · November 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm

:: facepalm ::

This does not bode well for U.S. environmental policy!

greateighthsin · November 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”
– First Amendment to the United States Constitution

Get your Bible out of my law, traitor.

ChristopherTK · November 10, 2010 at 7:24 pm

I commented at Library Grape and I’m glad you are highlighting Shimkus’s delusion. This is a problem for everyone in this country, not just those of us in Illinois.

Shimkus… http://shimkus.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=18&sectiontree=5,18

3. H.RES.970 : Expressing support for designation of June 30 as “National Corvette Day”

As you can see, Shimkus has done little good, and wants to do more damage by allowing irresponsible acts under the guise of religious protection.

I have not heard back from Eric Zorn yet.

dan curry · November 10, 2010 at 9:01 pm

fuckin’ a, guys. this dude is right on the money. everybody know that God never commits genocide the same way twice.

TheSecretAtheist · November 10, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Even if I was still religious this would disturb me greatly…

ChristopherTK · November 11, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Thank you Eric Zorn.

“Shimkus: No more water but the fire next time.” in the Chicago Tribune.

http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2010/11/shimkus-no-more-water-but-the-fire-next-time.html

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