Almost Two Thirds Of Conservative Republicans Support Basing Policy Decisions On Religious Views

There’s a lot of other issues in this poll, but here’s the question I was most interested in from this ABC News/Fusion poll:

Fewer than half of all adults, 45 percent, say political leaders should rely somewhat or a great deal on their religious beliefs when making policy decisions. But again the range is wide: Six in 10 conservatives, as many Republicans and 65 percent of conservative Republicans hold this view. That falls sharply to 39 percent of Democrats and independents alike, four in 10 moderates and 32 percent of liberals.

Not much of a surprise, showing both the theocratic viewpoint of the Republican Party and how their view on this differs from the views of Democrats, independents, and the founding fathers of the United States.

Rand (Mr. Misinformation) Paul Spreads Scare Stories Against Scientific Advancements and Eugenics

Faux libertarian Rand Paul just can’t help it. Most of his ideas are so off the wall that he has no choice but to make things up to support them. Even when he takes the right position on civil liberties issues, if you listen to him long enough (such as during his filibuster on drones) it becomes apparent that this is a guy who just has no idea what he is talking about. On top of that, despite claims of being a libertarian, Paul supports increased government intrusion into the private lives of individuals when it comes to reproductive rights. He is supporting this with scare stories about eugenics unless conservatives stand up against abortion and stay away from scientific advancements:

Tea party hero Rand Paul warned scientific advancements could lead to eugenics during a Monday visit at Liberty University, looking to boost the political fortunes of fellow Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s bid for governor.

During a visit to the Christian school founded by Jerry Falwell, Paul looked to energize conservative supporters by warning that genetic tests could identify those who are predisposed to be short, overweight or less intelligent so that they could be eliminated. With one week remaining before Election Day, Cuccinelli is hoping the joint appearance with the U.S. senator from Kentucky will encourage the far-right flank of his party to abandon third-party libertarian spoiler Robert Sarvis.

“In your lifetime, much of your potential – or lack thereof – can be known simply by swabbing the inside of your cheek,” Paul said to a packed sporting arena on Liberty’s campus. “Are we prepared to select out the imperfect among us?”

Some states ran eugenics programs that sterilized those considered defective in the 1900s, though all were abandoned by the 1970s after scientists discredited the idea.

Just the fact that he was speaking at the erroneously named Liberty University was a dead giveaway that he would be spouting nonsense such as this.  Regardless of where he is, this is his typical tactic. As Paul has stated, misinformation works, and he continues to practice this philosophy