Monday, December 10, 2007

Creationist fucktards cost actual intelligent educator their job

This makes me furious, especially given that it's happened here in Austin, Texas, where I live.

Furious enough to make an ill-considered rant about religion. To my friends who read this who are religious, in some cases to the extent of being an actual minister, know that I'm not talking about you. I'm talking about the people who *claim* to be Christian, but clearly have no idea what that actually means.

I've tried to be very tolerant of those who have a strong faith. I respect it, even if I don't share it. In return, I expect that my lack of religious belief be given the same respect. Which just ain't happening in America, and it's only getting worse since Bush's "God put me here" Presidency.

I'm tired of the leeway that some religious crazies get for their faulty science. I find it maddening that intelligent design can seriously be included in any curriculum, rather than laughed out of the building. And it annoys me that an atheist wouldn't have a shot in hell of the Presidency, that not believing in an invisible all-powerful man in the clouds somehow marks *me* as the crazy one.

If an atheist got up and gave a speech about "Anyone who has never prayed to a nonexistent God is a friend of mine," they'd be tarred, feathered and lit on fire before being run out of town. But Mitt Romney, G.O.P. third in line for the 2008 Republican nomination, gave a speech in which he said "Any believer in religious freedom, any person who has knelt in prayer to the Almighty, has a friend and ally in me."

For any atheist or agnostic, it's hard not to take that as an implicit "And if you don't believe in God, you're not my friend, and may be my enemy."

If an atheist said "There are those who believe that God watches over us all -- they are wrong" he might not make it down off the podium before being beaten to within an inch of his life by angry religious folks in the audience.

Yet Romney offers up "It is as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America -- the religion of secularism. They are wrong."

Really? Well, I've managed to live 35 years as a pretty decent human being without religion to guide me. I've had parents, peers and good examples in the community to teach me right from wrong, I didn't need a set of arbitrary rules from a church that often didn't hold its faithful or even its priests to the same codes.

If an atheist said, "Freedom requires free expression and free thought, just as free expression and free thought flourish in a free society. Freedom opens the windows of the mind so a man can question the most profound beliefs of society, including the existence of God. Freedom and free thought endure together, or perish alone." Well, that he'd probably get away with, but there's no way in hell he'd be elected President. Too many folks equate religion with turning off the brain and just accepting what the church tells you.

Yet Romney offers up: "Freedom requires religion, just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone,"

I call bullshit. Religion has nothing to do with freedom. All too often, organized religion has been used to squash freedom, to stifle free expression and to limit free thought. I'm glad that we live in a society where people are free to believe what they wish, without being persecuted. I just wish there wasn't what seems like a majority belief that if you're an atheist, you're following that freedom to foolish ends.

And I pity the poor teacher who decides to try and sling that creationism/intelligent design bullshit at Katy and Aaron at school. Because they're going to get the extended dance remix of this post, in person. Every day until they stop trying to poison my kid's mind.

2 comments:

WARTORTLE said...

Randy,
You have a right to be angry. Even if there is a God that doesn't make the church his/her voice. I was a pure atheist for the first 30 years of my life and trust me, not believing in God doesn't make you any less moral or any less of a good person. I don't blame you for wanting to protect your kids. If there is a God, no one on earth knows what he or she is like and can't pretend to know. Even though I do believe in God now, I still don't believe a word that the church teaches you. I don't believe in organized religion. Like I said you have a right to be angry. Why do I believe in God now? This might sound stupid, but I just couldn't figure out where the planets came from. I understand empty space maybe and even single cell life evolving, but like I said, those planets confuse me. Yeah, I'm trying to be a little funny anyway. I don't pretend to know what God is though and neither should anyone else.

Wartortle

Adam said...

I hear you, Randy. Those science-eroding fucks are what kept me an atheist for 22 years until my philosophy professor explained the concept of God in a way that didn't, say, *completely* offend my rational capacities as a human being.

We get less of this kind of Puritanical-fundamentalist stuff in Canada, but it's still frightening. I can't imagine what a tough job it must be raising kids in America today, and keeping them from these horrible "Jesus Camp" psychos.

I still love America, schizophrenic though she may be. I hope the secular/fundamentalist split doesn't completely destroy your nation like French fries smothered in cheese and gravy threatens to do to my own.

Adam Noble