posted on Apr, 17 2012 @ 02:42 AM
I understand that there is a movement among Intelligent Design to encourage students to ask pertinent questions of their biology teachers about
evolution. I can agree with that. I believe that biology teachers need to be able to explain evolutionary biology and argue from more than just
authority. It is right that biologists need to explain to the public why their narrative should be accepted, and not simply call the public
"anti-science" if they don't accept it.
I also think that Sunday School teachers ought to be able to address some tough questions themselves if they are going to encourage students to
question secular teachers. Please allow me to ask serious questions of the very authorities who are asking students to question teachers in the
classroom. I want to ask the churches, along with Jewish and Islamic religious bodies, some tough questions. I ask them respectfully, but I believe
that if we are going to question authority then by all means let us do so roundly:
1) Is evolution or atheism in the schools the number 1 corrupter of youth? Really? The number one corrupter of young people is sexual abuse. And,
good friends, it seems as though such abuse is often reported (or not reported) in religious bodies. Far from coming forward to the police, these
religious bodies suppress the information for their own good. This is not simply a Catholic issue. It is a broad issue.
Should this not be the number one issue you should be addressing, in your own house, not gays or evolution?
2) Most of you oppose idolatry, or so you say. Yet, it is in houses of worship that idolatry to militarism is often most taught. War is masked as
defeating the infidel. (Manifest Destiny, Jihad, whatever it is called it is all the same) Targeting secular education as the enemy when you
yourselves allow idolatry in your places of worship seems inconsistent. I see churches with American flags in the sanctuary. Not wrong, perhaps, but
seemingly inconsistent with the idea that no graven object should distract someone from worship. Can you explain?
In particular, do Muslims who are loudest in calls to destroy secular society, and who claim to oppose idolatry, actually believe that killing
yourselves will allot you endless sex in heaven? Is that not a manipulation if there ever was one?
3) Coming closer to home here in the US, a lot of Christian conservatives claim to oppose Darwinism. Yet, they vote for politicians from the right
side of the aisle who are Social Darwinists. These Social Darwinists believe in the survival of the fittest. Is this not inconsistent? You are
encouraging students to "politely" challenge science teachers on Darwinism but you then encourage them to vote for "patriotic" politicians who are
themselves Social Darwinists. Often your preferred candidates are atheistic conservatives, by the way, who do not believe in God and who only believe
in the bottom line for the One Percent. This is perhaps the most damning inconsistency I have seen.
4) Some of you point to conspiracies promoting evolution. Yet, those same conspiracy theorists you often quote also claim that the Bible is a
conspiracy. Often these conspiracists are Anti-Semites who attack the Bible as much as they attack secular leftism. I would be careful about quoting
them! Is it not inconsistent to quote sources on conspiracy forums against Darwinists who also claim that religion itself is a conspiracy? (This may
not apply to Sunday School teachers, but I thought I'd throw it in)
5) If you are Creationists, then should you not be in favor of environmentalism? It seems like every species that goes extinct offends the Lord your
God and if you do nothing to save them then you, dear Christian, are in danger of judgement according to your own belief? (Revelations 11:18) It
also speaks in the New Testament about Creation "groaning" and awaiting release from the rule of sin. Release from what sin? The greed of man?
6) Why do Jewish neo-conservatives who have suffered so much with Anti-Semitism sometimes fail to recognize that other minorities have the same
aspirations? Liberal Jews traditionally have, but more "religious" Jews seem less empathetic. Should not those who claim to believe in "Tikkun
Olam" act according to the principles of Tikkun Olam? If you believe that your actions bring Messiah to the world, then what of New York
conservatives, a number of them Jewish, siding with the reactionary "Stop and Frisk" regime of Bloomberg in New York? Is that the way to bring
Messiah in to the world?
Don't call me Anti-Semitic. I am Jewish and very devout.
7) If your faith is strong, then how will science class destroy it? Don't most students tune out of science class anyway (just like most students
tune out of Sunday school)? Real faith does not need the State to support it. If students are tuning out of Sunday school then it is your duty to
question why before directing blame outward.
These are tough questions, asked respectfully of Jewish, Christian and Islamic authorities. I accept tough questions of science teachers. But, those
who claim to speak for God should be held to a higher standard and not a lower one.