November 25, 2014
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Anti-science rooted in religiosity

To the Editor:

The recent reprehensible remarks by Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) and the past proposed legislation by Akin and co-sponsored by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), are representative of a greater political problem of the right. Their anti-science legislative stances and illogically held paradigms are rooted in their religiosity. As Galileo and Copernicus found out long ago, scientific theory or proven science and religious beliefs are incompatible in most cases. This thorny mixture of strongly held myths and inductively proven scientific laws are never more apparent than in current right wing Republican politics.
As much as he would like to in this general election season, the presumptive GOP vice presidential nominee can not divorce himself from his legislative past of supporting faith-driven laws that seek to strip women of their reproductive rights. As a congressional candidate, in an attempt to curry favor with conservative political extremists, Ryan has championed the causes of the far right that are antithetical to the health and individual rights of women.
Now, on a ticket that polls significantly lower than the Democrats in regard to the women’s vote, those stances might justifiably cost him the vice-presidency!

Christopher M. Curran
West Warwick


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Christopher...another atheist claiming the GOP is trying to take away 'reproductive rights'. We just want you to pay for it yourselves. Where in the constitution does it say that women are guaranteed FREE birth control. Religious people don't want to have to pay for abortions or other 'reproductive rights'. This whole 'anti-science' smere is a democratic talking point. Some of us on the right believe in science and we can read your playbook. God bless you Christopher.

Davebarry109: If Republicans simply want people to pay -- why are they shutting down the 20 abortion clinics in Virginia and have repeal of Rowe v Wade built into the Republican platform? Why do you label Mr. Curran as an atheist? Were all the founding fathers atheists too? How about the Supreme Court members who decided in President Obama's favor on Obamacare. Is it your position that everybody who disagrees with your religious position an atheist? Bottom line: who cares if Mr. Curran is an atheist anyway. He has a constitutional right to be one and a constitutional right for free speech. A vast majority of Americans don't get where you are coming from.

It is time for you to look into whether the Republican Party has highjacked your church in an effort to push their political candidates forward.

Why do I think Christopher is an atheist? I read his letter. His anger towards all things religious is clearly spelled out. No one can shut down an abortion clinic Richard. Abortion is legal. I don't know what you are talking about. Unless of course they DEFUNDED them. Which is a state right. Again...want to kill your unborn baby...pay for it yourself and answer to God later. I don't have a problem with someone not being a believer. I do find it true that in the last several years atheists are coming out of the closet and attacking religious people, particularly Christians. So that is the problem I have with people like Christopher. No one is making him do anything but he attacks religious with the democrat/liberal diatribe of being 'anti-science'. There are numerous highly intelligent people out there in the scientific community that will tell you science and religion can coexist quite well. By the way, an atheist is like a fish denying the existence of water. At the hour of their death (or in combat zones, as I have witnessed firsthand) there are no atheists.

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