As many of you know, I’m a born again atheist. What many of you don’t know is that I was reared in the catholic faith(No I wasn’t an altar boy, get your mind out of the gutter!). I attended catholic schools and went to church, just like all the other good little catholic children. After I graduated, I stopped going to church, but I continued to maintain my faith in god and based my moral decisions on my religious convictions.
As I grew older, my faith became less important to me, and I began to question the validity of god. How could I not? It’s hard for me to believe that even the most devout christian wouldn’t question their faith in light if all the tragedy and evil that exists in our world.
It was about 5 years ago when my faith completely disappeared. It became evident to me that life was a random act of nature, not a carefully planned process enacted by some invisible sky wizard. The whole concept of deity was devised by our Neolithic predecessors, who were attempting to define nature as well as themselves. Think about it; these early ancestors routinely witnessed the life, death, and rebirth cycle of plants, it was only normal to apply the same cycle to ourselves, and dream that someone above was watching out for us. Who, after death, would be able to refute the theory?
Here is the simple truth; we’re born, we live, we die, our energy is released back to nature. Game over, end of story. If you choose to believe differently, that’s fine. I won’t argue with you unless you become a crazed fanatic about it, like so many extreme christian conservatives are doing now. Then I get pissed. These bible thumping nut jobs are trying to wedge their beliefs into political practice by attempting to define abortion as murder, and same sex marriage as an abomination against traditional marriage. Another attempt at ram-rodding religion down our throats is by force feeding our kids creationism in our public schools. If you want to teach that malarkey, fine. Keep it in your own schools, would you please?
I found this article on Mother Jones today, outlining 9 bills in 7 states that are trying to make creationism part of the public school curriculum. Without further adieu, here is the list, ribbed for your pleasure.
Legislation: HB 2454 would ban discrimination against creationists, for instance, biology professors who believe in intelligent design. Defending his bill, Texas state Rep. Bill Zedler told Mother Jones, “When was the last time we’ve seen someone go into a windstorm or a tornado or any other kind of natural disaster, and say, ‘Guess what? That windstorm just created a watch’?”
Status: Referred to Higher Education Committee.
Legislation: The Kentucky Science Education and Intellectual Freedom Act (HB 169) would have allowed teachers to use “other instructional materials to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review scientific theories in an objective manner.” Kentucky already authorizes public schools to teach “the theory of creation as presented in the Bible” and to “read such passages in the Bible as are deemed necessary for instruction on the theory of creation.” The state is home to the world-renowned Creation Museum and it may soon build the Ark Encounter, the world’s first creationist theme park.
Status: Died in committee.
Legislation: SB 1854 would amend Florida law to require a “thorough presentation and critical analysis of the scientific theory of evolution.” In 2009, Florida state Sen. Stephen Wise, the bill’s sponsor, rhetorically asked a Tampa radio host: “Why do we still have apes if we came from them?”
Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Education Pre-K-12, which Wise chairs.
- Florida GOP Senator Resurrects Failed 2009 Creationism Bill (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- Florida Legislator Wants “Non-Evolution” Taught [Dispatches from the Culture Wars] (scienceblogs.com)
- Kern Spurned: Oklahoma Legislator’s Backdoor Creationism Bill Bounced (secularnewsdaily.com)