Wow. There have been some unabashedly stupid people in the news lately. I, of course, feel obligated to point them out.
Indiana Republican Congressman Mark Souder thinks America's number one issue should be intelligent design instead of the economy, the wars, healthcare or even that perpetual boogeyman gay marriage.
I personally believe that there is no issue more important to our society than intelligent design. I believe that if there wasn't a purpose in designing you - regardless of who you view the designer as being - then, from my perspective, you can't be fallen from that design. If you can't be fallen from that design, there's no point to evangelism. As an evangelical Christian, I believe the premise of a fall being at the core of reforming lives. I believe the concept of grace and forgiveness comes from having fallen from something.
Yeah. There's "no issue more important." I try to tell all of you what it's like living here, but no one ever believes me. It hurts some times. It hurts.
Bill Richardson and Formula One boss Ron Dennis after the jump.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson withdrew his name from consideration as Obama's Commerce Secretary as a federal grand jury investigates his connection with a California company. I'm not sure who's dumber - Obama for offering the position or Richardson for accepting originally.
"I have concluded that the ongoing investigation also would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process. Given the gravity of the economic situation the nation is facing, I could not in good conscience ask the president-elect and his administration to delay for one day the important work that needs to be done."
Politics 101: When you're under investigation it's a bad time to allow Congressman to pry into your affairs.
(After I published an open letter to Richardson's presidential campaign, Bill Richardson guest posted on Bilerico Project to apologize for a poor performance at the 2007 HRC/Logo Presidential Debates.)
McLaren Formula One boss Ron Dennis is in a UK court after his personal steward, Peter Boland, was fired because of unfounded rumors that he is gay. Dennis allegedly pressured the worker to take a private severance package instead of filing a complaint by threatening to use his vast resources to bury the former employee. Undaunted, Boland (pictured right) stepped forward and now unsavory details of the multi-millionaire's private life are coming to light - like his prejudices against Arabs.
"He came onboard and was offered a drink. Ron said he did not want a drink. Ron said he wanted to go to the bathroom to wash his hands because he had been shaking hands with Arabs all day."
Also worth reviewing is this 2002 quote from Dennis about his relationship with driver Ayrton Senna:
"You never forget the very small, magic moments, when the words and the emotion were really, really deep and sincere.
"It edged on almost a masculine love which was... special.
"I use the word quite deliberately because it's, I think, the right word to use. It didn't have any homosexuality about it, it wasn't that sort."
Apparently Dennis thought Boland was "that sort" even though he's not. Which, in itself, is a pity because he's rather cute.
So who's your stupid person of the week?