Monthly ArchiveAugust 2011
Why is it that “anti-science”, “anti-knowledge” and “Christianity” all go together in the United States?
These three articles all paint the same picture: Christianity and ignorance go hand in hand:
Mr. Hunstman has been willing to say the unsayable about the G.O.P. — namely, that it is becoming the “anti-science party.” This is an enormously important development. And it should terrify us.
To see what Mr. Huntsman means, consider recent statements by the two men who actually are serious contenders for the G.O.P. nomination: Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.
Mr. Perry, the governor of Texas, recently made headlines by dismissing evolution as “just a theory,” one that has “got some gaps in it” — an observation that will come as news to the vast majority of biologists. But what really got peoples’ attention was what he said about climate change: “I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. And I think we are seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change.”
That’s a remarkable statement — or maybe the right adjective is “vile.”
Here, the group “Republican Party” is acting as a placeholder for Christians.
Jack Cafferty lit into Republican superstars Sarah Palin (R-FNC), Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on Wednesday’s The Situation Room, comparing them to The Three Stooges (sans Shemp), calling Perry’s instant burial of Mitt Romney in the polls “a little scary,” and asking, “When it comes to presidential politics, why does America seem to be allergic to brains?”
It is not Americans who are allergic – it is Christians.
In any other party and in any other country, an individual may occasionally rise to the top in spite of being an uneducated ignoramus. In today’s Republican Party ‘in spite of’ is not the phrase we need. Ignorance and lack of education are positive qualifications, bordering on obligatory. Intellect, knowledge and linguistic mastery are mistrusted by Republican voters, who, when choosing a president, would apparently prefer someone like themselves over someone actually qualified for the job.
Again, the group “Republican Party” is acting as a placeholder for Christians. The Republican Party is the party of Christians. Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry and Sarah Palin are all devout, fundamentalist Christians. They are the stars of the Republican Party.
Why are Christians so remarkably backwards? It is because, to believe in the religion, you must be delusional. The delusion then affects all parts of the thinking process. If you are willing to overlook evidence and rationality in your religion, then you are willing to do it everywhere else. And the entire thinking process is degraded.
If you are a Christian and you are worried about the effect of your religion on your thinking, consider watching this video. It really will help you understand what is going on:
Christianity Thomas on 23 Aug 2011
Rick Perry calls climate change scientists a “cult”. Moments later, he hosted a ‘Pray for Rain’ rally.
To say this, Perry has to reject the work of tens of thousands of scientists working with evidence presented by reality, and instead accept an invisible, silent, actionless, imaginary man in the sky and this man’s ability to answer prayers.
The only way to believe in the “power of prayer,” given the direct evidence of its fallacy that we find all around us, is to put aside rationality completely and take a deep dive into delusion. These two videos can help you understand just how ridiculous the belief in prayer really is:
Christianity Thomas on 14 Aug 2011
The leading Republican candidates this year appear to be extremely Christian. In fact, both Perry and Bachmann are as far right as Christians can get – they are Dominionists:
If you want to understand Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, understanding Dominionism isn’t optional.
Put simply, Dominionism means that Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions. Originating among some of America’s most radical theocrats, it’s long had an influence on religious-right education and political organizing.
Bachmann is particularly Christian, as demonstrated here:
“As president of the United States, I would pray. I would pray and ask the Lord for guidance,” she said. “That’s what presidents have done throughout history. I’m extremely grateful to have a faith in God. …He’s been very good to our country. It’s important for us to seek his guidance and to pray and to listen to his voice.”
So we have a Republican candidate for president declaring that she will seek the guidance of an imaginary man, and claiming that she can hear the voice of this imaginary man.
When not seeking advice from imaginary people, she plans to defer to her husband in accordance to the Bible:
Bachmann told a church in Brooklyn Park, Minn., that she hated taxes, but went on to study tax law in order to be “submissive” to her husband.
“My husband said, now you need to go and get a post-doctorate degree in tax law. Tax law, I hate taxes. Why should I go and do something like that? But the Lord says, ‘Be submissive.’ Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands,” Bachmann told the crowd at the Living Word Christian Center. “Never had a tax course in my background, never had a desire for it, but by faith, I was going to be faithful to what I thought God was calling me to do through my husband, and I finished that course of that study.”
In other words, if elected she would not be a president at all. She would be sloughing off her decision-making role to an imaginary man or her husband.
So what do these increasing numbers of non-believers believe in, if not God? Sociologist Phil Zuckerman, who hopes to start a secular studies major at California’s Pitzer College, says that secularists tend to be more ethical than religious people. On average, they are more commonly opposed to the death penalty, war and discrimination. And they also have fewer objections to foreigners, homosexuals, oral sex and hashish.
Here is what religious delusion looks like in our world:
A polygamist sect leader [Warren Jeffs, 55] convicted of child sexual assault walked out of his sentencing hearing in protest Friday, after reading a statement he claimed was from God. The statement promised a “whirlwind of judgment” on the world if God’s “humble servant” wasn’t set free.
Warren Jeffs is completely delusional, believing first that “God” exists, second that an imaginary “God” can write statements, and third that an imaginary “God” can cause a “whirlwind of judgment”.
Even more amazing, according to the article, is the fact that, “10,000 FLDS members nationwide see Jeffs as a prophet who is God’s spokesman on Earth.”
Clearly Jeffs and his followers have lost their minds.
But the fact is that Jeffs and his delusional followers are no different from any other religious practitioner. Anyone who believes in an imaginary “God” who “answers prayers” and routes people into “heaven” or “hell” is just as delusional. This video explains it: