Christianity Johnson on 28 Oct 2008 01:47 am
From the beginning, Christianity encourages its believers to be anti-scientific:
- Christianity encourages a belief in the superstition of prayer.
- Christianity encourages belief in an imaginary god for whom there is zero evidence.
- Christianity encourages people to believe in a book that is patently absurd to any unbiased observer.
In the process, Christianity discourages rational and scientific thinking. To the point where Christians have a palpable disdain for science and a complete ignorance of its principles.
The perfect example of this ignorance could be seen in Sarah Palin’s anti-scientific and misinformed rant last week about fruit fly research. Dozens of people have taken her to task for the utter stupidity of her position, as demonstrated by these four examples:
We also see willful Christian stupidity in their position on evolution. It has become such a problem that it now demands special training for teachers:
The article puts it this way:
Some students burst into tears when a high school biology told them theyâ€™d be studying evolution. Another teacher said some students repeatedly screamed â€œnoâ€ when he began talking about it.
Other teachers said students demanded to know whether they pray and questioned why the had to learn about evolution if it was just a theory.
About 60 public high school teachers from the Atlanta area were at Emory University last week, swapping stories about the challenges they face when teaching evolution.
This kind of willful stupidity is strictly a Christian phenomenon, and it is a learned behavior. Christianity teaches its followers to be stupid. And we all suffer. Christianity’s disdain for science cuts back on scientific funding and blocks scientific research (e.g. stem cell research). In the case of Sarah Palin, we find a willfully stupid politician who may one day have a direct effect on national science policy. That is dangerous.
The question is, are Sarah Palin and her friends acting so stupidly that she is starting to wake people up to the dangers of Christianity? Are people paying more attention now to the inability of Christians to think clearly? If so, it can only help the cause of rational thinking.
Imagine belonging to a religion that is being publicly ridiculed for fostering stupidity in its members. That would be a win for rationality.