I'll just leave this here for you

In a room full of some of the world's most powerful people, one man dared to speak his mind. The scene was reminiscent of Mr Smith Goes To Washington, except in this case Jimmy Stewart was an adult trapped in the brain of a five-year-old child.

At a hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, Rep. John Shimkus weighed in with his scientific theories regarding the environment and backed these up with lengthy quotations from that well known enemy of trees, The Bible.

ProgressIllinois already had him pegged as a transparent corporate shill before he decided to wax nonsensical about God, dinosaurs and carbon emissions, but this takes the chocolate Kimberly for lunatic fringe tactics.

The most disturbing aspect is that this drivel didn't get him laughed out of the house. At least the girl behind him is corpsing a little.

The right of free speech is a great right that we have in this country, [and] very few times we use it to espouse our theological religious beliefs.

Yes, the one thing America really needs more of is preachers, televangelists and bible-bashers, since the religious right are the most silent minority.

I do believe God's word is infallible, unchanging, perfect.

This is said with a straight face during an offical government meeting on scientific policymaking. Is there no-one in the room possessed of the tiniest bit of intellectual honesty?

We have to stop letting people get away with this game of pretend–especially if they suddenly change tack and become experts on trade caps, air purity and natural resources. If you can't tell the difference between reality and fantasy, you cannot decide anything important for the rest of us.

I said, 'good day, Sir.'

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