Monday, January 2, 2012

Science, Religion and Politics.

As time goes by, ideas coalesce in my mind. One such idea that is taking root - and scaring the heck out of me - is the idea of what will happen to America if the "Religious Right" gets into power. The changes that I can see gradually taking place would, I am sure, upset our founding fathers who advocated a "Separation of Church and State". Perhaps the "Born Again Christians" of the "New Religion" don't see this as a problem. But I do.

I see Science being relegated to a back seat in our classrooms at best and eliminated altogether at worst.

The Religious Right seems to be ignoring and denigrating science completely. They appear to be trying to push Creationism, and to ban Evolution teaching from our schools. I'm afraid if these radical, extreme views are allowed to continue to proliferate, the teaching of Science and Evolution and a host of other teachings that have been the basic tenets of America since its inception will be banned.

Why do they feel we have to have Science OR God? Why can we not have both?

I see statements like "God said it, I believe it, that settles it."! Rational thought is being pushed out in favor of blind obedience or even superstition.

Our education system seems be deliberately dumbing down our kids! What possible reason can there be to do that? I don't know, do you? But I'm sure I see it happening.

Beginning in the Bush Administration we saw suppression of science. Only accepting "good" results from scientific studies. if the administration did not like the results, they were sent back to be "redone" until they matched what the administration felt was the "right" result!

Many will not remember this, but I do, because I remember being horrified by it. They actually refused to accept results that they did not like. And of course the scientists were put in an untenable position. If they did not produce the "right" results they could lose their research funds and maybe even their jobs!

And things are getting worse, science is being ridiculed or ignored or called wrong by The Religious Right, Born Again Christians, Creationists and other extreme Zealots and Fanatics. Schools are being forced to change their curriculum's by teachers and parents who want their beliefs taught. Children are being indoctrinated in these irrational, radical theories and are spouting "their own" theories about Religion, Politics etc. There is no room in these religions it seems for respecting the beliefs of others.

In case you have not already caught on, I think that the Bible, and all other religious books from other faiths, were all written by human beings. In other words they are fables, and I do not want to base my life on a fable.

For the record;:-

Peace is Good.
Ethical behaviour is Good.
God is Good.
Science is Good.

I am a Humanitarian. I believe in treating others the way that I would like to be treated.

Just some of my beliefs and opinions - and as everyone knows - Dave is ALWAYS Right (As in, correct!)

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