America’s Shame…America’s Ball-and-Chain January 16, 2013

We as a species measure the years in centuries. Presently we are over a decade into the twenty-first century. Even so, our past beleaguers us.

Humanity has made great strides. Our technological wit has tamed rivers, floods, and many of the diseases that in the past meant certain death. From our magnificent road systems to our marvelous flying machines, humankind has accomplished much in the way of uniting ourselves, shrinking our world.

America, specifically, the United States, has led much of the way in these advancements, improving the quality of life for all. Unfortunately, America’s place at the lead is in jeopardy. We are figuratively hamstrung, or at the very least encumbered by a weighty ball and chain. This impediment, this shame, carries the name “Fundamental Christianity”.

Our shame:

  • The Discovery Institute continues to hold seminars espousing Intelligent Design or advocating the concept of “Teaching the Controversy”. They do have this right in America, the land of the free, to do so. What is worrisome is the numbers. Such events are enjoying packed houses.
  • The Creation Museum near Petersburg, Kentucky. Some people attend this museum out of curiosity, I did. What is worrisome, is the numbers. Their parking lot is full most days. Despite the fact that attendance has not been what it was in the past, eliminating their dream of building another facility expounding on Noah’s Ark, they are still doing well.
  • Individuals from the Discovery Institute are making assertions about science, especially evolution, without any credentials from which to do so. Laypeople are listening and accepting their message. Despite the fact that credentialed scientists have debunked the messages from the Discovery Instituted makes no difference to those who wish to “believe” otherwise.

Compromised school boards, like the recent Dover, Pennsylvania school board, having been infiltrated by fundamentalist Christians, buy into the unfounded assertions by the Discovery Institute, that evolution is “just a theory”, not fact. Thankfully such actions to “teach the controversy” have been averted, so far.

These events, taking place in what has been the technological leader of the world, the United States, are viewed by the rest of the developed world with bewilderment. Restrained by these development impediments, the United States has been outstripped by countries facing no such opposition to technological achievement.

What is worrisome, is the numbers. People who, unaware, uneducated, buying into the lies promulgated by equally ignorant proponents, are great in number. Many of these unaware people do not even know the ramifications of that which they support. Will the numbers of those who are aware, educated, be enough to deflect us from this path that could ultimately lead America to third world status? Or will those people who see the ultimate destination, the decline, instead flee to better, more receptive climes? Imagine a United States bereft of the scientists, the innovators, which have given us the bounty we daily enjoy.

Some are wont to dismiss this concern as simply an over-reaction. Yet we see this issue as a daily battle, a battle between science,reason, aligned against the forces of ignorance. It takes place in our courts in the form of cases of violations by the “righteous” of the Separation of Church and State. It continues as the minorities in this country resist the efforts by the majority to impose its beliefs upon the masses. We presently stand, stalemated, protected by the few organizations which exist that use the courts and laws of the land. How long we stand, so protected, depends upon our vigilance.

 

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7 Responses to America’s Shame…America’s Ball-and-Chain January 16, 2013

  1. unsavorytruths says:

    Allow me to propose an alternate explanation to all of this, which is that all of the resistance to Darwin evolutionary theory you attest to originates not from the uneducated masses, but instead from those intellectuals who congregate among the corridors of power and consult for the vast cartels of right wing think tanks (Heritage Institute being one). I’m sure you’re familiar with this quote from Seneca:

    “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”

    Crazy conspiracy theory? Maybe. Mental masturbation? I think not, and if so, I’m not the only one. The following is from reason.com archives “Origin of The Specious: Why Do Neoconservatives doubt Darwin?”:

    What’s going on here? Opponents of Darwin traditionally have been led by biblical literalists, whose “arguments” on the subject have been generated mostly by the Book of Genesis. Now their camp includes some of the most prominent thinkers in the conservative intellectual movement.

    Further down it states:

    But something deeper seems to be going on, and the key to it can be found in Bork’s assertion in his book that religious “belief is probably essential to a civilized future.” These otherwise largely secular intellectuals may well have turned on Darwin because they have concluded that his theory of evolution undermines religious faith in society at large. Of course, this is not a novel thought. Many others have arrived at the same conclusion. Conservative activist Beverly LaHaye, a biblical literalist who is president of Concerned Women for America, puts the matter directly: “If the biblical account of creation in Genesis isn’t true, how can we trust the rest of the Bible?”

    Kristol and his colleagues may worry that once this one thread is pulled from the fabric of religious belief, perhaps the whole will become unraveled, with grave social consequences. Without the strictures and traditions imposed by a religion that promises to punish sinners, the moral controls that moderate our base desires will lose their validity, leading ultimately to moral chaos. Ironically, today many modern conservatives fervently agree with Karl Marx that religion is “the opium of the people”; they add a heartfelt, “Thank God!”

    It’s the Struassian Intelligentsia that you should be railing against, not the miseducated masses.

  2. john zande says:

    Go tgo this blog… I think you

  3. john zande says:

    sorry… let’s try that again. Go to this blog (link below), i think you’ll LOVE it. I think they’re tyhe Discovery Institutes No. 1 Enemy.

    http://sensuouscurmudgeon.wordpress.com

  4. drenn1077 says:

    Whereas your point that some almost secular intellectuals may be using religion hoping to keep the general population in check, thereby lending some security to their own lives, it is the fundamentalists who are agitating against evolution, it is the apparently deeply religious, appealing emotionally to a gullible base that may end up establishing a government which reflects their views. Most of those who tread the halls of power are people who wish to remain in power. They simply have seen an opportunity among the fundamentalists to build a bigger base of support. If instead the country was full of atheists, they would be trying to use atheists.

    It is not true that without religion there would be no morality. Morality existed before religion and will continue to exist after religion. There have been laws established to affect civil behavior throughout the ages. Our laws are an attempt to enforce civil behavior. I would say though, that some of our laws may not have a moral standing.

    If someone were to say that this or that group was incapable of civilized behavior without religion, I would say that, that someone was labeling them ignorant. In the end, the only answer is education, not indoctrination.

  5. unsavorytruths says:

    Morality existed before religion…
    Please cite some evidence for this. Anthropologists cannot excavate “morality” but they can excavate human remains and those remains suggest that some 100,000 years ago, as the first anatomically modern humans evolved, there was a belief in the afterlife due to the fact that grave goods were found at these sites and the bones were stained with red ochre.

  6. drenn1077 says:

    Please stand by.

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