Hannity Attacks Obama On Religion; London Study Shows Hannity Is An Idiot

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.

What Hannity said:

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.

And this:

"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.

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12 Responses

  1. Hannity is an idiot. You know if a person can’t give me reason, as least give me rhyme or poetry. Hannity can do neither. He’ll contradict himself in the same paragraph. I can’t stand listening to him. He just makes me angry.

    Now, on the homefront, I’m a parent who was educated by analytical philosophers, then later taught multicultural ethics and logic at a Junior college. My aim as a parent was not to imbue my kids with a particular dogma, but to lay the whole world of philosophical and theological thinking at the rugrats’ feet and then let them choose what they would believe.

    It’s been a trip! One well worth taking. So far, I have two theists and two deists. I think my 13 year old will eventually bounce from theist to deist (once the world knocks him around a bit and he can’t make sense of it). My middle son, now 15, insisted your years he was Jewish. I even had to have a menorah. Before being Jewish, he was Buddhist. He announced at supper this last week he is deist. My oldest son just wrote a college paper on Siddartha. While he still claims deist, he refused to kill a slug he found in the garage the other night and was appalled that his 21-year-old sister yelled, “pour salt on it!” She (a theist) HATES bugs. Zach told her she may come back as this slug’s great great great ect. grandchild. He freed the slug back to nature (which was about 30 degrees that night). At least it’d be a natural death. 🙂 Zach also claimed to be atheist for a time in high school.

    Allowing the offspring to free range in the world of ideas has produced a certain fearlessness in all of them. It’s a formidable thing to watch them argue. They mean to win if they think they’re right and back off if a point is produced that challenges their rightness. And they’re really smart, all gifted in science and mathematics…when their upbringing has been steeped in the arts and humanities.

    I think the thing that’s been most helpful to them in becoming good people and intellligent people was the absence of a mean ass God that was going to spank them if they veered from a rigid notion of obedience.

    (Sorry, if this is all mommy-bloggish, but you got me thinking about the experiment going on under my own roof.)

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    • Now, on the homefront, I’m a parent who was educated by analytical philosophers, then later taught multicultural ethics and logic at a Junior college.

      Damn, and here I am at my age home-schooling myself in this stuff. Hey, how’d you like to adopt me? Then I could question you mercilessly about logic and stuff and you’d have to answer…?

      And I think you’re absolutely right about the absence of a mean-ass god and the spanking stuff. People don’t bloom under threats. They bloom when treated fairly and allowed to question their world without fear of ridicule or punishment or dumbassery. (Well, some just get moldy, but mold is a bloom, sort of.) And it certainly helps to have a cool mom who’s smart or a smart mom who’s cool (just don’t let it go to your head – though I’m pretty sure the kids wouldn’t let that happen.)

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      • You’d be merciless, too. I’d serve you red herrings in the form of homemade chocolate chip cookies. 🙂 And it would work.

        You’re right, too. The system is designed to keep me humble as a rule. I only get to play at being cocky.

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        • homemade chocolate chip cookies

          Omigod I think I’m in love!

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          • 😆 It’s a bit twisted that I implement sophistry in the form homemade cookies, but imagine if everyone did. Cookies for everyone, all the time!

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            • Say it ain’t so! Your cookies are instruments of deception?

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  2. Think of it as scrumptious morsels of informal logical fallacy. I’d have to for you. Cuz you’re a sharp cookie, and I believe you when you say you would be merciless. And I’m certain the most commonly heard phrase you’d get from me is “you don’t know. Because you don’t. 🙂

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  3. Ah, but I know that I don’t know, especially about cookie dough. You, on the other hand, know dough. So telling me that I don’t know would be telling me what I know.

    I have a headache.

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    • NO, you may not know, and even know that you don’t know, but you’d assert yourself anyway until I was fatigued and served up the red herring…the dough.

      Btw, the cookies will be done in 8 minutes. Oatmeal scotchies today. 🙂 And all the boys had to do was the garbage and the litter boxes. A good trade!

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      • Hell, by the time I get there the cookies will be all gone. And I did the litter boxes this morning.

        Asserting until fatigued… I dunno, you may be overestimating me.

        🙂

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      • BTW: Logic intro – Copi or Baum?

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