From PZ I learned of more stupidity from a Republican Congressman. Yeah, hard to believe, but true. Rep. Mark Souder, in a recent interview,
claimed admitted that the highlight of his year was appearing in Expelled:
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.
First off, this is a critical thinking blog and so I am required by law to tell you this is an Appeal to Consequences logical fallacy – the truth (or otherwise) of something does not depend on the consequences of it being true (or not). If it did, Santa Claus must be real, or Christmas wouldn’t be so much fun. Of course, you knew that.
My legal duties taken care of, it struck me that, fallacious logic or not, Souder unintentionally spoke the truth there. As he said, “If you can't be fallen from that design, there's no point to evangelism.” Quite true. Unfortunately, Souder will probably not draw the obvious conclusion from his own words, namely there's no point to evangelism. But then, we know from Senator Mark Pryor that you don’t need to pass an IQ test to get into congress, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised.