Originally Posted by MJ1970
I have a lot to say, including pointing out the stupidity exhibited by people who appeared to be obsessed by her apparent lack of knowledge about an inconsequential issue like the difference between Wicca and Satanism. Who also appear to know much more than her about these things and yet appear to be critical of her for "dabbling" in them.
No-one is critical of her for 'dabbling' - and it is not an inconsequential issue...it is of the utmost importance. Here is why:
Currently in the US there are many ill-informed people who believe ridiculous things. It's not necessarily their fault...it's the fault of others in positions of power who reinforce these beliefs.
Here are some examples:
Islam = terrorism
Evolution = 'just a theory'
ID = science
Wicca = Satanism
The list goes on.
Now I would take the view that:
a) Leaders and Politicians should not be drawn from a group that is so ill-informed .
b) Leaders and Politicians - being informed - have a duty to inform and educate everyone who for whatever reason, labours under these illusions.
It's not about OPINIONS - people can have whatever opinion they like. It's about rationality and information.
Of course that's part of the problem: opinions being confused with facts.
So, whether a politician is rational and well-informed IS CRITICAL as this is the basis on which they will make DECISIONS that affect the entire world.