"Bewitched: Tea Party’s Christine O’Donnell “electrifies social conservatives” at “values” summit, but turns out she once “dabbled into witchcraft”"
She disputed evolution because it contradicts the Bible, but told Bill Maher, “One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar”
You just can’t make this stuff up. Christine O’Donnell — the anti-science, pro-Bible, Tea Party darling who won the Delaware Republican Senate primary — was “the ing©nue sensation and the It Girl of the Values Voter Summit, the Family Research Council’s annual gathering of roughly 2,000 social conservatives from across the country.”
Back in 1996, O’Donnell was actually spokeswoman for a conservative Christian policy organization Concerned Women of America, which is “built on prayer and action” — where she argued God’s creation of the world in “six 24-hour periods” is fact. But in a must-see 1999 video, she makes clear to Bill Maher she wasn’t always so Bible and family-friendly. Think Progress has the unbelievable story in this cross-post:
Before she stole the hearts of tea party activists, Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell was best known for her regular and bizarre punditry on 22 different episodes of Politically Incorrect. The host of that show, Bill Maher, now has an HBO show called Real Time.
Last night, Real Time aired its first show of the current season. Maher began by mocking O’Donnell, calling her “an uemployed, anti-masturbation activist and a close friend of mine.” “I created her,” Maher told the audience, turning to the camera and stating, “You owe me Christine O’Donnell.” Maher said that he has great fondness for O’Donnell, adding, “She does not have a mean bone in her body, or any other bone in her body.”
Later in the show, Maher played a previously-unaired Oct. 29, 1999 clip of O’Donnell on Politically Incorrect, in which O’Donnell said she once “practiced witchcraft”:
O’DONNELL: I dabbled into witchcraft “” I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. “¦ I dabbled into witchcraft. I hung around people who were doing these things. I’m not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do. [...]
One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar, and I didn’t know it. I mean, there’s little blood there and stuff like that. “¦ We went to a movie and then had a midnight picnic on a satanic altar.
Maher joked that he’s going to show a fresh clip of O’Donnell every week on his show until O’Donnell agrees to appear again on his show. “I’m just saying, Christine, it’s like a hostage crisis,” he said, “every week you don’t show up, I’m going to throw another body out.”
Learn more about the woman who wants to become a United States Senator in our ThinkProgress report: The Old Adventures Of New Christine.
JR: Another TP cross-post will highlight just how absurd this admission is.
The Tea Party’s victorious upstart Christine O’Donnell has paraded some “biblical” viewpoints in her pursuit of public office, equating a lack of school prayer with weekly school shootings and masturbation with adultery. Her extreme stances, along with her bizarre and unfounded attacks against the GOP’s mainstream candidate Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE), have alienated traditional GOP operatives and conservative activists and pundits alike.
Today, New York Magazine dug up another of O’Donnell’s right-wing positions. Back on March 30, 1996 in her role as spokeswoman for the conservative Christian policy organization Concerned Women of America, O’Donnell “squared off” on CNN against a University professor to advocate for teaching creationism in the classroom. In trying to debunk “every legitimate scientist in the world,” O’Donnell insisted “hard evidence” proves evolution is “merely a theory” and God’s creation of the world in “six 24-hour periods” is fact:
O’DONNELL: Well, as the senator from Tennessee mentioned, evolution is a theory and it’s exactly that. There is not enough evidence, consistent evidence to make it as fact, and I say that because for theory to become a fact, it needs to consistently have the same results after it goes through a series of tests. The tests that they put “” that they use to support evolution do not have consistent results. Now too many people are blindly accepting evolution as fact. But when you get down to the hard evidence, it’s merely a theory. [...]
Now, he said that it’s based on fact. I just want to point out a couple things. First of all, they use carbon dating, as an example, to prove that something was millions of years old. Well, we have the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens and the carbon dating test that they used then would have to then prove that these were hundreds of millions of years younger, when what happened was they had the exact same results on the fossils and canyons that they did the tests on that were supposedly 100 millions of years old. And it’s the kind of inconsistent tests like this that they’re basing their ‘facts’ on. [...]
Well, creationism, in essence, is believing that the world began as the Bible in Genesis says, that God created the Earth in six days, six 24-hour periods. And there is just as much, if not more, evidence supporting that.
As New York Magazine points out, her “scientific takedown” of carbon dating is solely based on tests run by one “young earth creationist” at the Institute for Creation Research. The “biblically-inspired” young earth creationists are “at the hard core end of the creationist spectrum” who believe that “humans coexisted with dinosaurs.”
Her wholesale belief in “hard core” creationism even pushes her to the right of her personal champion, Sarah Palin. While Palin shares O’Donnell’s “creationist leanings,” she believes there is “evidence of microevolution” in which “God created us” but also “create[d] an evolutionary process that allows species to change and adapt.” While McCain staffers “winced” at this position in 2008, Palin “” like O’Donnell “” strongly felt she was “standing on solid factual ground” and agrees that it should be taught in schools.
JR: I’ve heard of anti-science creationists before who take the Bible as fact, but never one who practiced witchcraft or “had a midnight picnic on a satanic altar.” Looks like the Tea Party movement is a big tent after all! You can pretty much believe anything and still be a star.
Note: Steven Andrew debunks the carbon-dating nonsense here: “Christine O’Donnell is deeply confused on geology and science.”