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That's the thing right there. If a person is an idiot and only a danger to him/herself, go for it dude. Jump over that safety railing and stand on the edge of the crumbling cliff because the Park Service is clearly trying to keep you away from something awesome. But if your idiocy endangers others, as the anti-vax crap clearly does, we got a problem.
Rand Paul doesn't have even a nodding acquaintance with "intelligence".
Fun fact. Sarah Palin's father was actually a science teacher.
* - spoken as someone who has both consumed alcohol and danced in a Catholic church hall. Many times.
Finally, someone writing on Francis' comments gets it right. The articles coming out over the last day or so having been driving me crazy. The writers could go to a source, say the Vatican's own webpage, search on the term evolution and find an interesting series of documents and discussions starting in about 1950. But nooooo, it's easier to just assume that Catholics and fundies are the same except that Catholics like a lot more gilded stuff and their leaders dressed up in anachronistic outfits.
Pope Francis' statements were exactly in line with that the Church has been teaching for a long time. They are also exactly in line with his friggin degree in CHEMISTRY. Yes, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church is a scientist. Pat Robertson can stuff that in his pipe and smoke it.
The Roman Catholic Church has it's problems (several are HUGE), but this isn't one of them. It's a huge, old institution and one that people assume a lot about, mostly from the Church's anti-abortion stance. Guess what conservatives? The RC Church is also anti-death penalty and does a lot for the poor (although they are happy to take money from the rich, of course) and Francis (among others) has spoken out against income inequality. You can't judge the Church based on only one issue, nor can you judge it based one one issue or on the statements of one bishop from Missouri or the Deep South.