I present to you an open letter in three parts, a sort of triune epistle issued in the hope that it will save one, just one of you from the trap of self-imposed ignorance that is religion, particularly the fundamentalist type. Following find my notes on “Intelligent Design”, prayer in school, and the mix of religion with politics.
Intelligent Design is Bullshit
There is simply nothing to it, and everyone knows that it’s a Trojan for teaching creationism as science. There is no factual support for Intelligent Design, and those who adhere to it are becoming increasingly known as IDiots, a term I think I might have coined a couple years back.
The fact of evolution is supported in more than the fossil record; as Richard Dawkins points out, it’s obvious in the genomes of all living organisms, as well as the body-plans. The DNA of every living animal, plant, saprophyte, cyanobacterium and protist on this planet literally screams common descent. That is evolution, it is a fact, it is a reality.
What is theoretical is the mechanism that drives the force of evolution, much as we’re still theorizing about the actual cause of gravity. However, no one is stupid enough to say that gravity is “only a theory” — so maybe, just maybe, it’s only the stupid who say the same of evolution.
Those of you who listen to authorities who tell you ID is worth pursuing: You are being lied to. Ask your church leaders why they are lying to you. Demand that they stop lying to you. You have nothing to lose but your ignorance.
Which is not bliss, by the way; it is slavery.
Christ is Not the Answer
In response to the latest round of school shootings, Il Duce participated in a discussion forum wherein guns were not mentioned once, Dana Milbank points out. What was mentioned was religious twaddle. Lots of it. Shovelsful of it, in fact. Craig Scott, who is the brother of a girl killed in Columbine in 1999, continued the lie that she died for her faith, and then read a bit of doggerel.
When Bush arrived, Craig Scott was invited to speak again. This time, he read a poem he said his father read while appearing before a congressional committee.
“You’ve outlawed simple prayer.
“Now gunshots fill our classrooms and precious children die …
“You regulate restrictive law through legislative creed, and yet you failed to understand that God is what we need.”
Hey, Craig: What about the Amish school? The one full of children being taught in the Amish way, complete with daily prayers and lots of Biblical reference? Your sky daddy sure as hell didn’t seem to be on the stick that morning, huh? So how can you even think of suggesting that a religious tenor in schools is going to help?
Oh, sorry — maybe Amish is the wrong type of religion, huh? Guess it’s a good thing you have all the answers, isn’t it?
Of course, there are several tens of millions of Christian idiots just like you who think they have all the answers … and their answers won’t match yours.
Stop Stealing Good Men’s Minds
John McCain is the latest example of Christian and right-wing droidism. He’s suggested he’d be willing to speak at Bob Jones University, a virulent nest of backwards-thinking fundamentalist Christian vipers; he voted in support of the bill that suspends habeas corpus for
Il Duce’s political opponents suspected terrorists; he’s making an ass of himself by claiming Clinton let North Korea slide on nukes — and totally overlooking what Duh-bya failed to do for the last six years, not even acknowledging the fact that Bush himself asked, in 2000, why he should be worried about North Korea.
This memetic corruption is outrageous. While it’s inarguable that McCain has let himself be poisoned, it’s equally undeniable that you fed him the hemlock to begin with. The intellectual toxins you push — insisting that silly superstitions are somehow on par with evidence-backed reality, for instance; or adherence to the utterly ridiculous notion that the deity which allegedly created everything looks like a human in every respect, complete, presumably, with a penis — these crazy, foolish notions that are acceptable only to those with the mentality of a six-year-old are driving this nation into ruin.
Just as happened in Rome before its downfall, we have a rash of religious ideologues infesting every level of our government, rotting it away from within, and just as with Rome, unless this is stopped, we’ll have a new wave of crusades that culminate in the establishment of a domineering religion which actively attempts to oppress and destroy every shred of dissension for at least half a millennium.
Stop poisoning our world. You are wrong — or at least you should consider the possibility that you might be — and your thuggery has no place in decent, civilized, enlightened society.
The United States was not founded as a Christian nation; the founders, in fact, very deliberately avoided religious establishment. So stop lying about the roots of democracy, which is actually founded in the ideals of equal justice, intellectual honesty and education. Stop trying to corrupt children away from their birthright. Stop ruining this country.
If you really want to experience life in a theocracy, try living in Iran for a while.
And please, don’t come back.
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