I just got back from a few weeks camping, where I had the pleasure of seeing the Twin Arches in at Big South Fork in Tennessee. The surrounding canyon and rock formations there were formed 300 million years ago. While I pondered the majesty of nature, however, I was disturbed to find myself thinking about Dan Forest.
Like any religious fanatic, Lt. Governor Dan Forest is unabashed in believing that his interpretation of the Bible is the correct and only one. And it gets much worse. If you're a Democrat, Forest believes you have lost your way and cannot possibly be living according to God's word.
Which brings me back to the Twin Arches.
Some people think the rock formations I saw in Tennessee are only 10,000 years old. In fact, more than a third of Americans profess to such creationist beliefs, taking quite literally the Bible's passages about how the world came to be. They are certain that God created the universe in six days, just like Dan Forest is certain that anyone who doesn't subscribe to his version of the truth is a heathen soul, destined to burn in hell. Don't take my word for it, just look at what Forest himself has to say a few years ago.
We don’t just need, my friends, to rebuild the walls of America. We need to rebuild the biblical foundation upon which the walls sit. We need to trust God. Fear only comes when we don’t believe that God is who he says he is. If God is the creator of the universe, if he allows our hearts to beat and our lungs to breathe, why do we not trust him? If we trust God, my friends, there is nothing we can’t accomplish. With him we can do anything. Apart from him we can do nothing. Seek first his kingdom and all these things will be given. We continue to declare ‘God Bless America’ without doing our part, without prayer, without fasting, and repentance as a nation, without recognizing the sins we commit and humbling ourselves before the sovereign ruler of nations, and asking for forgiveness. It is time for America to recognize that freedom does not come from being a nation of wealth, power, influence, abundance, and ease – but rather it comes from being a humble nation on its knees. It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
This is the same Dan Forest who bends over backwards to support the pervert and liar currently occupying the White House. The same Dan Forest who thinks gays should be forcibly "converted" according to his personal interpretations of the Bible.
This is the same Dan Forest who spends all of his time running for governor instead of doing his damn job.
If Dan Forest is also a creationist, would he try to revamp school curricula to do away with history and geology? Plenty of good Christians buy the "young earth" story. Does Forest think they're misguided, or is he just trying to have it both ways?
Lots of people believe unimaginably ridiculous things. If any of them are right, they must all be considered right. That is the nature of belief, as well as the problem with belief. We don't get to vote on whose religion is acceptable and whose is not. And the last person we need in public office is a religious fanatic who wants everyone else to accept his version of the truth.