Most of us – even those who aren’t Christians – know the biblical story of Noah’s ark. The one about the centuries old man who somehow built a giant ark that housed two of every animal on Earth, despite having no prior training to do so, survived a global flood and lived to be around 900 years old. Oh, and if you’re a true creationist, he apparently had dinosaurs on this ark as well.
Yeah, just let that roll around in your mind for a few minutes – dinosaurs on an ark with humans (as well as every other animal on Earth) less than 6,000 years ago.
As a Christian, I’ve never put a whole lot of thought into some of these fables from the Bible. This is a book that’s been rewritten and translated numerous times over centuries, often by people who are rich and powerful. And as “trustworthy” as the rich and powerful have often seemed to be throughout history, especially as it pertains to controlling the “common folk,” I still tend to distrust anything that could have been reworked to benefit the needs of those looking to keep their power and wealth.
Well, it seems a Republican in Montana, millionaire Greg Gianforte who’s likely going to run for governor in 2016 against Democrat Gov. Steve Bullock, not only believes in the story of Noah’s ark – but he’s using Noah as an example for why Americans don’t need Social Security.
“There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet it’s been an accepted concept in our culture today,” Gianforte said back in February. “Nowhere does it say, ‘Well, he was a good and faithful servant, so he went to the beach.’ It doesn’t say that anywhere.”
“The example I think of is Noah,” he continued. “How old was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.”
That literally might be one of the dumbest things I’ve heard – ever. In fact, it’s so ridiculous, it’s not even worth breaking down just how stupid it is.
Now, will this guy ever become governor of Montana? Who knows, though it wouldn’t surprise me. But the problem is, this sort of rhetoric isn’t something said by some radical lunatic no one will ever pay attention to – this is a growing section of the Republican party that honestly wants to base our policies on stories from the Bible.
Hell, just look at a few weeks ago when Fox News’ Chris Wallace tore into GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson for saying that he would base his tax policies on tithing in the Bible.
Once upon a time these sort of wackos could easily be ignored because nobody was really paying attention to them, let alone electing them to public office. But since the rise of the tea party, these crazy people now have a voice. And if you doubt me, you don’t need to look any further than Jade Helm 15. You know, the military training exercise that enough people in the state thought was an elaborate plot by President Obama to invade Texas that Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the state’s guard to monitor the activity of the U.S. military.
That’s the harsh reality we’re facing nowadays in this country: those among us who used to be laughed at, mocked and ignored because they’re crazy, now have a voice and representation in our government – and it’s called the tea party.