Speaking of Religion…

We’re seeing multiple tantrums from self-styled religious folks these days, and it isn’t likely to abate in the coming new year.

Huffington Post recently reported on a lawsuit brought against the Kansas State Board of Education.

An anti-evolution group is suing the Kansas State Board of Education for instituting a science curriculum that teaches evolution.

The nonprofit Citizens for Objective Public Education filed a lawsuit Thursday to block the board, education commissioner and Department of Education from teaching science classes consistent with new educational benchmarks developed by 26 states to align school systems across the U.S. These Next Generation Science Standards, which Kansas adopted in June, have seen fierce opposition from critics opposed to the teaching of climate change and evolution.

Citizens for Objective Public Education argues in its lawsuit that the standards promote atheism and therefore violate the separation of church and state.

I wish the theocrats would make up their minds! Texas textbook reviewers insist that there isn’t any separation of church and state. Marco Rubio agrees with them (which tells you that denying separation is a litmus test for the GOP base). Something called the Jeremiah Project says the theory of Church-State separation is  a nefarious plot by those who deny that America is a “Christian Nation.”

Apparently, interpretation of the First Amendment is a matter of convenience, to be changed when a different understanding is required in order to reach one’s desired outcome.

I must have missed that part of scripture where it teaches us that “the ends justify the means.”

Welcome to 2015.


  1. I’ve never understood why people who oppose evolution feel science and religion HAS to be an “either -or” proposition instead of “both-and.” After all, didn’t God create scientists?

  2. Do science and religion compete?

    Yes if the combination of your Faith and shortage of science knowledge conspire to attribute reality that has been explained by evidence to a Diety.

    No if your faith is in evidence and you therefore assume that what’s unrevealed could be anything. Not knowing is simply not knowing.

    Many folks believe that there are among us “attitudes” about science. I maintain that science is either known, learned, or it’s not. It’s not a cultural phenomenon.

    What there are among us are various faiths or Faiths. Cultural traditions about how to handle what’s not known. And various levels of learning of science.

    Those whose faith or Faith is accompanied by lack of science knowledge and use it therefore to explain all that they, personally, don’t know (even of it’s knowable, that is their lack of knowledge is merely that they have not invested their time in science education.)

    Culture fills in what is presently out of the reach of evidence. That absence of evidence can either be a limitation of humanity and time, or a personal limitation.

  3. Since there were no biologists, physicists, or astronomers around when biblical stories were passed down to the next generations… it is easy to see how events could be interpreted as they were.

  4. I personally believe in God and that God created evolution. Evolution is as evident as the growing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics.

    Modern science has been able to explain many (not all) biblical phenomena. Some folks prefer to put religion and science at odds, but often they come together.

  5. This may have been noted in one of Sheila’s earlier postings (or comments to an earlier posting). Pope Francis recently stated that there is no conflict between Catholic teaching and evolution or the big bang. This restated an idea that has long been a part of Catholic teaching (some comments by senior church officials under Benedict XVI notwithstanding). As other other commentary about this statement has noted, this understanding came as a “surprise” to many Christians who want to take the creation story in Genesis literally.

  6. For a few decades now, and similarly to almost a century ago for the good citizens of Germany and then into Austria, we’ve been standing politely, sometimes frightened, and also frighteningly wringing our hands while watching their self-styled religious parade roll by. There are often more than a few floats in a parade.

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