Discussing the recent exposure of the make-up of the House committee on science when it was viewed in light of current issues involving a woman's reproductive rights, I remarked that the most depressing thing is the committee members' total ignorance of science. Science has come under attack by the religious right entirely for the reason that both cannot be right. Either we evolved from primitive forms over hundreds of thousands of years, or we came into existence at the same time as dinosaurs approximately 6,000 years ago. Take your pick. Acceptance of one negates the other -- for you at least. And you can fall back on a ton of scientific data that says only fools go around claiming God put fossils in the earth "to fool the Darwinists."
Almost all of the committee members debating such things as trans-vaginal devices, sonograms of fetuses, funding for birth control advice groups, &c. are Republicans, and I'd wager all are evangelicatholics. (These are Christians who tend to be evangelicals or Catholics, and both houses of Congress are full of them.) They have them in the Senate, too; however, the ones in the Senate tend to be more sensible and less likely to choose myth over reason. The most alarming thing about the committee, however, is that its members know little to nothing about science. They do not care about the scientific method. Do they know that critical thinking leads to rejection of dogma? Are they afraid that if the atheists take over, the nation will be given over to immorality? Do they believe Eve talked to a snake and that Mosheh went up the mountain and came back with the Decalogue -- Moses, a totally mythical figure having no recorded history whatsoever.
Ignorance of science led to the humiliation and torture of untold thousands who uttered truth in the face of fiction. Galileo is the most famous, but he was not the first nor last, and dogma's imprisonment of humanity, its enslavement of us through silly proscriptions and appeals to fear and superstition, its justification of our irrational treatment of others unlike ourselves -- all are part of a continuing history of violence, intimidation, and terroristic tactics. Yes, terrorism! When these lunatics inspire others to murder abortion doctors, torch gay bars, drag African-Americans by rope behind pick-up trucks, &c., &c., &c., what else can their words of hate be seen as?
Ignorance of science is the most disturbing thing about religion. After all, if you can say, "Trust in the Lord" and go about your day without a thought to why prayer was seen in a study to make hospital patients actually get worse, then you are a danger to humanity. The same fatalism we criticize Muslims for exhibiting our own religious people prove part of their mind set. "The Lord will provide." Better apply for food stamps. "God helps those who help themselves." Help yourself to a bank vault through force of arms. Science has explained all of the mysteries, but people go on believing. They know nothing of science and they do not want to know anything of it. Their pastors and priests do not want them to know anything about it, either.
The Bible says that the truth shall make you free. If the religious nuts have their way, there will never be freedom. Only freedom from dogma is devoutly to be wished.
Yes, Jews are key players in their hideous apocalyptic end-game. The returning of Jews to the Holy Land (i.e., the founding of Israel) is one of the signals of the end-times. So is the merging of currencies (electronic funds transfer).
So now they love Jews - and a lot of Jews are happy for the acceptance. Jews were also told that the gas chambers were showers.
What really worries me is the pervasive Christianization of the US military. A lot of them may see it as a religious war.
That third paragraph is felt by many I suppose. A sort of Six Days in May scenario, only the Chief Executive or Chief of Armed Forces who wins out will be more obviously evangelocatholic or not. Gotta get it all synchronized with the Mayans' Apocalypse and if I see you next spring it's because I am not perfect but I have been saved.
So is this before or after the Rapture? I heard one Christian idiot say he heard that the airlines were allowing only one Evangelical pilot, in case Rapture came and one was lifted up. That's where I'll be. There's a small Jewish quota (I hope).
They have bumper stickers saying "In case of Rapture this car will be empty." If I saw it on a Mercedes I might put a sticker under it saying, "In case of Rapture can I have your car?"
Can you imagine the mayhem and chaos on the highways as millions of motorists are suddenly gone?
Hope one has that sporty new Lexus.
If they won't accept a few atheists, I'll stay here.
Alan, you mention that the Christian eschatologists currently love Jews, and that a lot of Jews are happy for the acceptance. I wonder how many Israelis and Jews, basking in the admiration for helping fulfill a "prophecy," really understand what Christians believe the final end game to be? When Jesus comes downs from the eternal happy land, he brings all the true believers back up with him. Those who aren't, including all the Jews who won't convert, well, not so nice. Draw your thumb in a horizontal motion across your throat to understand what the Ruptured Brained Christians believe will deservedly happen to the "chosen people."
Pat...After years of following this, I believe that Jews are in ignorance or denial about where they fit in the end-times narrative.
The point is, the evangelicals are willing to destroy the planet in order to be swept up in the Rupture. I think that is too high a price to pay to have lunch with Jerry Falwell.
Ignorance of science is disturbing, but it is a product of something more sinister...
The promotion of faith or belief as a virtue.
This chain minds, and leads to the rejection (and even opposition) of reason.
What makes this dangerous (rather than just horrible) is that it allows religious leaders to get thier flocks involved is all kinds of madness, like opposing scientific research, giving away vast amounts of money and becoming violent fanatics.
They ignore some major tenets of their faith. One is that goodness is its own reward and you do not have to go about telling people how religious you are, with gold crosses around your neck, fish symbols on cars, and proselytizing in general. Another is that the more you proclaim your faith the less likely to are to actually believe it.