Republican anti-intellectualism is just another phrase for Fundamentalist Christianity. It all starts with believing in the Bible. Parents take the little, developing brain and nervous system of an infant, a work in progress, and mold it to believe in crap like Noah's Ark, and that they're born sinners who are inherently bad, and that the world is going to end soon. Ever heard that song Amazing Grace?

"Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see."

A wretch like me. And later it goes...

"The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, The sun forbear to shine; But God, who called me here below, Will be forever mine."

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow. They actually believe, worse than that, they HOPE the world will end soon.

Think about it, in a Bible believing family, the child is number 3. The Lord is number 1, and the spouse is number 2. In reality, "the Lord" is imaginary. Right? So a child in a family like that knows his or her parents love something completely obscure and mysterious and unknowable more than they love their own children. No wonder they're so disturbed.

And their rejection of science is also a big problem. Science can't support anything in the Bible, so they simply denounce science without even knowing what "science" is. Science is just a process, a way of thinking. It isn't "the answer." Through science you might get to an answer, but it's just a method of gaining information. NOTHING about the Bible is about gaining information. Just the opposite. The Bible says: "Here's your information. Believe it, or go to Hell," so kids are taught to reject science because it says that virgins can't give birth, and the Earth is more than 6,000 years old, and snakes don't talk. To these kids, the world is a big mystery, but God made it, so evolution is crap, and climate change isn't real, and people choose whether to be gay or not, and abortion is murder.

The scary thing is...that's how most Americans think. That's embarrassing. Sorry, rest of the world, some of us Americans know we've been overrun by a bunch of delusional wackos who talk to an invisible man in the sky, and ask him for things, and can't wait to meet him. Some of us know that's insane.

Did I just go over the top by saying Bible believers are delusional and insane?

Well? Are they?

Delusion: "an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder."

Insane: "in a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction; seriously mentally ill."

Both definitions perfectly describe every Bible believer I've ever met.

If you don't understand how Bible believing Republicans think, and why they do the ill-advised things they do, just think of them as insane for just one second, and then everything they do makes perfect sense.