October 15, 2006

Jesus Camp


ABC coverage

ABC coverage 2

When I saw this, I thought to myself, "Oh, Jesus!"

I think this is illegal. First, being a church and encouraging kids to worship a picture of President Bush is illegal because they are using a church entity--which doesn't pay taxes--to act as a Political Action Committee--which should. This is a clear abuse of the tax penal code. The IRS should crack down on them.

Second, this is child abuse. Telling a child that all non-Christians are going to hell (especially when there is not a shred of evidence to the existence of hell, heaven, God, or Satan) is a sick, depraved fear tactic that doesn't belong around kids. Kids are innocent, and they have the right to live in a world that allows them to learn to think freely and to be raised in an environment that empowers them.

The third clip would have been funny were it not so sick and evil. That old preacher lady says, "Had it been in the Old Testament, Harry Potter would have been put to death!" because, of course, warlocks are evil. Incidentally, even thought that second male "evangelist" is supposedly the moderate one, I think he's a sick puppy too.

These evangelicals are misguided people who are committing a crime. In this case, I truly believe that the government should step in and stop the abuse. Unfortunately, our Theocrat in the White House has his faith based initiatives which support this garbage.

I'm hoping everyone votes in November to lay down the infrastructure so we can stop this sick abuse.

October 11, 2006

North Korean Nuke Test

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said President Bush has told the North Koreans that "there is no intention to invade or attack them. So they have that guarantee. ... I don't know what more they want."

Why did President Bush invade Iraq? He said that they had weapons of mass destruction.

Did they claim to have weapons of mass destruction? No.

After invading Iraq, did we find weapons of mass destruction? No.

Does North Korea claim to have weapons of mass destruction? Yes.

Do they in actuality have weapons of mass destruction? Yes.

Are we going to invade them? No.

Why not? I think it has something to do with oil, but who knows? It could also have something to do with the fact that we have so many troops tied up in Iraq. Like everything in this administration, it's top secret, and the president expects us all just to trust him. This presidency is just one big game after another...

October 10, 2006

"Intelligent Design"

From cnn.com:

Richard Thompson, leader of the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, said intelligent design should have a home in science classes. The center describes its mission as defending the religious freedom of Christians.

"It would make students more knowledgeable about science and more interested in science," he said in a phone interview. "Evolution is a theory. It's not a fact."

Riddle me this--why is it that one meets people who are intelligent enough to lead a large non-profit, intelligent enough to score well on tests and graduate from big universities, but when something religious comes into play, these same people will throw all intellectual brainwork out the window and will just attribute everything to "intelligent design?"

I think the article sums up "intelligent design" well:

Intelligent design's proponents hold that living organisms are so complex they must have been created by a higher force rather than evolving from more primitive forms.

It's amazing how these zealots put "intelligent design" on the same scientific footing as evolution. Evolution was created by observing how strong animals survive while weak animals die. It uses nature as an inductive proof of how modern animals came to be. Darwin came up with evolution through his scientific study of animals. Evolution makes scientific sense. It is as theoretically sound as the structure of the atom.

"Intelligent Design" is pseudo-science. It's almost defeatist in its outlook on life, i.e. "Organisms are too complex, and we can't be bothered to figure out how things came about, therefore we must attribute everything to a 'higher being'." I could just as easily use that argument for all science. "Aspirin cures my headache because a 'higher being' is causing the aspirin to make it go away." "Justin Gatlin runs fast because a 'higher being' is propelling him." Where does it end?

The ironic thing is that these same conservative people are constantly lamenting about how America is falling behind in education, particularly in the sciences. They complain about science education, and then they want our children to study a theory that basically says that God created everything because the world is too complex to explain?

I'm reading a good book by Richard Dawkins called "The God Delusion." In the book, he writes a lot about such zealots. It's especially poignant since Dawkins is one of the world's pre-eminent evolutionists. Check it out.

October 6, 2006

The key to American politics


"In 2004, white evangelical or born-again Christians made up a quarter of the electorate, and 78 percent of them voted Republican, according to exit polls."

Biblical Fear Factor

Can these fundamentalists really be serious? These people have no shame. Saw this article in the New York Times today, and it looks like they're claiming oppression once again. We only control the American Presidency! Our children are using their brains, and we don't like it! Blind faith! Blind faith! We're so oppressed! Boo hoo hoo!

Going to a fundamentalist Sunday School when I was growing up, I was taught that Christians were an oppressed group. Never mind that most of the congregation drove BMW's or Mercedes, never mind that a good number of these people were high level executives at Fortune 500 companies, never mind that some of these people were high level government officials--Christians, according to the chuch doctrine, were oppressed, and the we were "called" to be "soldiers in God's army." We were supposed to put religion above everything--including family--and we were taught that our chief purpose in life was to evangelize because Satan was lurking right around the corner and waiting to catch us when our guard was down.

When I was old enough, I realized that I had never heard of a Christian facing any kind of oppression. I had heard of blacks being beaten for being black, Asians being beaten for being Asian, and even whites being beaten for being white, but I had never heard of anyone being beaten for being Christian. Moreover, ALL U.S. Presidents were (or claimed to be) Christian, most politicians were Christian, and a HUGE number of business leaders were Christian.

I just don't understand why these fundamentalists have to rely on these sick scare tactics to indoctrinate their people. Fundamentalist Christians currently control the U.S. Our children can't study science because of the fundamentalist war on evolution. Ill people are suffering because of their war on stem cells. We have to fight to keep their Ten Commandments and other religious symbols out of our government buildings. A politician can't get two steps without claiming to have a belief in God, and yet they are oppressed? If their children are leaving (which they aren't), who can blame them? Who would voluntarily want to be part of an extremist religion of fear and guilt?

Kids are kids. They shouldn't be subjected to the scare tactics of these sick zealots who believe it is their God-given right to control the minds of young ones. The evolutionist Richard Dawkins is correct in saying that it's unfortunate that there isn't an atheist lobby to counter the fundamentalist Christian lobby.

Can we really afford another generation of kids who are scared to think for themselves?