Welcome back, it’s a brand new year, but as usual when it comes to religion, everything old becomes new again. Religion is a meme, and as such without any conscious thought or intention, it continues to work feverishly to maintain its existence.
Take for instance the ongoing, 150 year old running dispute with Darwin. Yes, evolution, which as a theory and as a fact continues to repeatedly put the lie to religion, by showing that god didn’t create us, and by extrapolation, didn’t create anything. The lackeys of religion – Republican Congress-critters in the state legislatures – continuing to pander for votes, and have introduced new bills in New Hampshire (of all places – “The last time evolution was an issue was in 1994.”) and Indiana, in an attempt to keep people stupid, and therefore reliant on magical thinking, and oh, by the way, Republican politicians.
New Hampshire House Bill 1148 would “require evolution to be taught in the public schools of this state as a theory, including the theorists’ political and ideological viewpoints and their position on the concept of atheism.”
Oy vey. And as if that wasn’t bad enough
an Indiana state senator has introduced a bill that would allow school boards to require the teaching of creationism.
Before I comment further, we’re going to break for a short musical interlude to help us calm down.
Ok. That’s better.
Now, go back and read that stuff and try to convince yourself that there is no religious motivation behind the legislation.
The theory of evolution has become a flashpoint for religious conservatives, many of whom argue that the idea of life evolving over billions of years clashes with Biblical beliefs. Republican State Rep. Gary Hopper, who with his Republican district mate John Burt introduced HB 1457, told the Concord Monitor that the theory of evolution teaches students that life is nothing but an accident.
“I want to introduce children to the idea that they have a purpose for being here,” Hopper told the newspaper.
Now why would you want to teach children about purpose of life (a philosophical concept at best, but one taken up by most religions of the world) in a science class? Why not save it for, I don’t know, a philosophy class? Could it be because most elementary and secondary educational facilities don’t teach philosophy, because it’s a subject for a more mature mind, like those that attend college and beyond? Is it possible that you want to get these purely religious concepts in front of children with impressionable minds, because if you don’t, there is a much lower possibility that it will take later on in their education? Get ’em while their young, because you’ll lose them when they are older?
What we should be teaching them is skepticism, and critical thinking. Perhaps they should introduce legislation that requires an 8th grade, one semester course on critical thinking? They should be able to develop bullshit detectors in their brains, not be told to close them for anything but religion. And…AND they should be able to read ignorant stupidity like this
Jerry Bergevin, a Republican who introduced HB 1148, went further, telling the Concord Monitor that atheism was linked to Nazism and the 1999 Columbine school shooting.
and dismiss it for what it is – pure-unadulterated scare tactics designed to drive you to religion, i.e. bullshit.
And in Indiana, they want alternative theories on the origin of life to be taught, (adding creationism to the list of 7) indicating they have no clue about what the Theory of Evolution actually theorizes. It’s just another attempt to insert religion where it doesn’t belong.
Which is what memes do. You would think that intelligent people would finally give up, but then who said they were intelligent?
For another take on this, check out The Digital Cuttlefish.