Sean Hannity, the fundo darling of the fundo religious and political right wing of the right wing of American politics [read ‘Republican’], attacked the Obama administration yesterday for having the nerve to talk to atheists and other secular leaders.
A summary from MediaMatters states:
Commenting on a White House staff-level meeting with leaders of atheist groups, Sean Hannity claimed that religious groups "have not received this treatment from the Obama White House." In fact, President Obama himself has met with numerous religious leaders, and the administration’s contacts with religious groups include two days of meetings between administration staffers and more than 60 religious leaders.
The Obama administration earlier today rolled out the red carpet for a coalition of atheist groups. Now, among the individuals in attendance was Michael Newdow. That’s the California man who sued unsuccessfully to have the words "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. Now, religious groups, however, have not received this kind of treatment from the Obama White House. Now, last year, the President distanced himself from the National Day of Prayer, cancelling the formal service traditionally held in honor of the day and refusing to attend a Catholic prayer breakfast. So what’s going on? Has the administration demonstrated a pattern of hostility towards religion, or is this merely a coincidence?
MediaMatters goes on to report on all the access the superstitious supernaturalists have had over the years, including access to the Obama administration. Hannity is simply lying, or ignorant, or stupid, or all three, most likely all three. But that’s his way of operating. He gets away with it because the people who pay attention to him, aside from watchdogs like MediaMatters, tend to be as amoral, ignorant, and stupid as Hannity.
Apparently Hannity is of the mindset that if you don’t believe in his particular Christian insanity, you shouldn’t have any say or input to government. Hannity’s insanity, carried out to its logical extreme, would ultimately have atheists and non-Christians locked up in camps boasting large ovens running around the clock. Been there, done that.
Now The Lion has never considered Hannity a bright boy. In fact, Hannity never rises above the level of an annoyance. But now there is proof that Hannity really is not a bright boy. In fact, it can be shown that he is stupider than the average atheist, and dumber than the average liberal.
A study from the London School of Economics and Political Science demonstrates conclusively that liberals and atheists have IQs six to eleven points higher than fundogelicals and conservatives like Hannity. (Ignore the part about not using the data to stereotype or make assumptions about people: that takes the fun out of it.)
Here’s a nice explanation about religious and conservative hysterical paranoia:
Religion, the current theory goes, did not help people survive or reproduce necessarily, but goes along the lines of helping people to be paranoid, Kanazawa said. Assuming that, for example, a noise in the distance is a signal of a threat helped early humans to prepare in case of danger.
"It helps life to be paranoid, and because humans are paranoid, they become more religious, and they see the hands of God everywhere," Kanazawa said.
"Historically, anything that’s new and different can be seen as a threat in terms of the religious beliefs; almost all religious systems are about permanence," he noted.
How do atheists get those higher IQ scores? According to the study:
Participants who said they were atheists had an average IQ of 103 in adolescence, while adults who said they were religious averaged 97, the study found. Atheism "allows someone to move forward and speculate on life without any concern for the dogmatic structure of a religion," Bailey said.
That’s right, they live in the real world and refuse to cripple themselves with ideologies and dogmatism that blind the paranoid fundos to reality. Take torture, for example. It’s not the atheists calling for the government to torture people who dress funny and speak weird languages on the other side of the world. It’s easy to torture someone if you believe it’s the will of a supernatural being whose ass you kiss in a church; not so easy if you are able to empathize with another human being in the real world.
And say, didja notice how many of those oh-so-upright conservative fundos get caught cheating on their wives? Senator Ensign, Governor Sanford, et al? Turns out that the atheist crowd are more likely to be faithful to their partners than the religious crowd. Maybe that explains the sky high divorce rate in the American Bible Belt states.
Unfortunately, little Sean Hannity will go on spewing his stupidity and his lies on Faux News, which refuses to hold any of its people to even the lowest standard of truth and credibility. But Faux is simply playing to its audience, which apparently has the collective IQ of a box of rocks. Whether that makes them dumber than Hannity is, of course, debatable.
What matters is that Sean Hannity and his ilk are the face of Republicanism today, and Republicans today are epitomized by politicians like Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, who just said ‘Tough shit!’ to the thousands of unemployed people in his state by blocking the extension of benefits. The poor baby was upset that having to be in the Senate to make his filibuster motion meant he couldn’t attend a college basketball game. The other Senate Republicans did nothing to stop Bunning’s contemptuous and contemptible action. But that’s what you get when the Hannity’s of the world are calling the shots to the rank-and-file who elect the politicians. You get stupidity, you get arrogance, and you get cruelty. You get, in a word, Republicans.