Who will exorcise McCain’s choice for VP?

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June 12 2008 2:15 PM

Who will exorcise McCain’s choice for VP?

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that one potential VP pick for McCain is Bobby Jindal, current governor of Louisiana. He's also a creationist. He also thinks it should be taught in the classroom. He also thinks abstinence-only education works.

So you can imagine my opinion of him.

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But it's now come to light that Jindal believes that an exorcism he performed with some college friends not only cast out a demon from a young woman, but also cured her skin cancer.

Let's be especially clear on this: a potential VP candidate thinks that an exorcism cured cancer.

Cancer. Cured. By an exorcism.

At some level, I may be offending some of my readers. But I think this needs to be discussed. My stance on such things as angels is clear, and demons go in the same category. A widely quoted figure (though I can't find the original source) say that more than 3/4 of Americans believe in literal angels.

Clearly, I'm bucking the trend.

So maybe this won't be a big issue if Jindal gets picked by McCain to be his VP. But I think it should be. Maybe a lot of Americans believe in such things, but most foreign citizens don't. I wonder what other countries' dignitaries would think of us if Jindal were our VP?

And need I say it? Faith doesn't cure cancer. Science does.

Hat tip to TotalFark, in a thread that didn't get greenlit so I can't link to it. But you can read a bit more on Majikthise.

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