why oh why can’t we have better religions?!

 There is obviously something much more powerful than just “belief” going on here. In a sense we are experiencing a return of the wars of religion, except that this time they are often (more or less) cold and that its a free-for-all, each religion for itself … against everyone else. I think this is what we usually call panic: blind fighting in all directions without a specific goal in mind. None of the religions feels safe anymore and they’re scared.In Texas the government can fire you for “creating the appearance of bias against creationism”! from crooks and liars:

The state’s director of science curriculum has resigned after being accused of creating the appearance of bias against teaching intelligent design.Comer was put on 30 days paid administrative leave shortly after she forwarded an e-mail in late October announcing a presentation being given by Barbara Forrest, author of “Inside Creationism’s Trojan Horse,” a book that says creationist politics are behind the movement to get intelligent design theory taught in public schools. Forrest was also a key witness in the Kitzmiller v. Dover case concerning the introduction of intelligent design in a Pennsylvania school district. Comer sent the e-mail to several individuals and a few online communities, saying, “FYI.” 

 And in Sudan, of course, you get 15 days of prison for naming teddy bears Mohamed. 

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3 Comments to “why oh why can’t we have better religions?!”

  1. Okay. Religion in all organised forms is a tool to control the masses. It is a crutch for the weak. If people want to have personal spiritual life/goal, hey, why not? But organised religion CAUSES WAR. People die in its various names. Its nasty, hypocrytical, sycophantic.
    Teaching children the world was created in 7 days? Thats at best, misleading, at worst evil, and most certainly irresponsible.
    This teddy bear case in the sudan was the last straw for me. Ive posted a verse on my blog to try and get some of the anger out.

  2. Plenty of people have been fired for both teaching and not teaching evolution.

    What is happening right now in the US academy is both interesting and seemingly contradictory. On the one hand there seems to be a recognition that the political liberalism of the 1970s and 80s was in fact illiberal towards religious discourse. Now democracy is trumphing such liberalism and encouraging people to speaking their minds in public no matter what their comprehensive doctrines are as long as it is done civily. However, these same folks are upset with the results. That a state like Kansas could actually want to teach ID or South Dakota could want to limit abortions is intolerable. Yet you cannot have democracy without having results that a large group of people disfavor. So the problem is not religion, but rather it is simply the demise of liberalism, which is why Rawls will forever be popular, because people will always want to prevent religious views they cannot accept.

  3. Kevmoore, I think the whole Teddy Bear thing is insane and that Islam is a false religion.

    Yet I don’t see how an atheist could critique it. In a molecules-to-man worldview, how can you say what they are doing is immoral? With no universal morality it is left to each person to decide what they want to do.

    P.S. I’m not saying atheists don’t have morals, because most do. I’m just saying they don’t have a foundation to explain it.

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