When Religion tries to Become Science, Bad Things Happen
There’s a lot of righteous arguing on The Internets recently concerning the way religion and science are cleverly being mashed up by fanatical Christian fundamentalists to create a whole new anti-science, anti-reality, anti-educational rhetoric that is being fed to our children as something real and true and factual when it is not. The monsters behind this religious terrorism of the mind are the same evildoers who invented the “Creation Museum” where they argue that people walked the earth with the dinosaurs even though there is a 65 million year gap between the last dinosaur and the first human.
A Christian K–12 school in South Carolina, with dedicated and highly qualified Christian teachers, has come under vicious attack by atheists. Why? Because one of its instructors, a fourth-grade teacher, tested her children about biblical creation, science, and dinosaurs (using AiG resources), and she has become (in)famous on many atheist websites and blogs.
The atheist buzz about the dinosaur-and-Bible quiz, however, is not really all that surprising. Over the past few years, we have seen atheists becoming more aggressive and intolerant towards Christians. … They are attempting to impose their belief system (yes, their religion) on the culture.
Rational and educated people quickly recognize the favorite cudgel of these radical Right Wing believers: propagating the Christian Persecution Complex. The world is against them. The world is trying to change them. The bad “atheists” are trying to corrupt their children with scientific facts.
What’s new and clever in this go-around, is that the fundamentalists are now conflating two things, that dinosaurs lived with people — trying to bridge the problematic “6,000 year-old age of their earth” in the Bible with the 65 million year fossil record between dinosaurs and humans — and they’re trying to now claim that atheism is a religion!
They don’t want a war between the historical record and carbon dating and fossils and empirical evidence vs. The Bible. These dinosaur-deniers want an Old Testament religious war of emotion over intellect. They want “them and us” lines drawn in the sky to clearly define their enemies on religious terms and not one of the free and intellectual mind.
That is their greatest sin against us is in this un-clever scheming to redefine our opposition to their educational child abuse by hoping to make us the monsters, when the burden of the stupidity of an uneducated and underwhelming future is happening right under their purposeful tutelage and, yes, those of us who believe in science instead of fiction, will always stand up to ridiculous charlatanism and call out every one of them into the pure light of the public square for the correction and ridicule their hatred deserves.