A while ago, I wrote about the effect that the rise of certain forms of Christianity was having on the military. To summarize: certain ideological or religious views mean that you might not be able to do your job very well. Bob Broughton carries the analysis over to the White House staff. His surprising finding?
The number one academic recruiting ground for the White House interns is Patrick Henry College (italics mine):
At about 35 minutes into this program, Harris said that the main source of White House interns is not Harvard, MIT, Stanford, or Bush’s alma mater Yale. Instead, they come from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. Not familiar with this institution? Well, it says this on the “Statement of Faith” page of their web site: “Jesus Christ literally will come to earth again in the Second Advent.”
Harris points out elsewhere in this program that there are people who believe that Elvis is alive, that Poseidon still controls ocean storms, and the Holocaust didn’t happen. However, people who hold these beliefs don’t get jobs like White House Intern, or Secretary of Defense. That means that there’s a different standard for people who believe the equally silly things taught by Patrick Henry College and similar institutions.
It also creates a big problem for an Administration that, whether we like it or not, we depend upon to deal with terrorism that comes to us from Islamic fanatics. What makes a Christian who believes that “The Bible in its entirety is the inspired word of God, inerrant in its original autographs, and the only infallible and sufficient authority for faith and Christian living” (quoted from the same “Statement of Faith” mentioned above) any different from someone who believes the exact same thing about the Koran? The answer is, there is no difference.
And consider this; we have a justifiable concern about when and where the next passenger jets, piloted by Muslim engineering students, will crash into the next office building. Or when someone sells such terrorists a nuclear bomb. But try putting yourself in a different set of shoes. Imagine that you’re a young Palestinian or Lebanese, and your local school or hospital has been hit by an Israeli artillery shell. Your local political and religious leaders won’t hesitate to tell you that Israel is supported by a U.S. government run by people who believe that Israel’s existence is part of the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. And if it’s OK for Christians in positions of power to hold apocalyptic beliefs, how can we tell Muslims that it isn’t OK to kill “infidels” in large numbers?
Security concerns aside (given that they’re not negible, this isn’t exactly easy to do, but try anyway), does anyone think that someone who believes that “The Bible in its entirety is the inspired word of God, inerrant in its original autographs, and the only infallible and sufficient authority for faith and Christian living” will have evidence-based views on reproductive health issues, like the HPV vaccine, or biology (stem cell research, emergency contraception, evolution), or public health issues like reducing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases? Given the track record so far, the answer has to be no.
At least with the Democrats in control of both houses, some, although probably not all, of the insanity promulgated by the Easter Bunny wing of the Republican Party will be checked.