fourthgodI always cringe when I start writing these controversial blogs on religious ignorance. It always seems to strike a nerve with certain people. This is when I gain a couple followers and lose a couple…  I find it interesting that those with the most aggressive religious convictions seem the most vulnerable to criticism. Still, it is such an important topic to me that I spent two chapters on the subject in my book The Responsive Universe. If we do not have unadulterated belief systems free of weighted dogma and blind faith, how are we to fully and spiritually self-evolve?  I have written how we need to find a connection with the Universe – the big picture and not just man-made intervention.

Well, here it goes….

Oklahoma just narrowly passed a bill that will allow “students to challenge universally accepted scientific theories, such as evolution and climate change. Teachers would also be required to find more effective ways to address such controversies in their teachings.” The bill is basically smoke and mirrors with its main driving focus to allow creationism to be taught in local schools. Called the Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act (that’s a joke), it was spearheaded by Republican state Rep. Gus Blackwell. Blackwell contends that there are teachers and students who may be afraid of going against what they see in their textbooks. I don’t know, maybe we should be more worried about the fact that the US ranks 14th in the world in education – and still declining. In a recent interview, Blackwell stated a student has the freedom to write a paper that points out that highly complex life may not be explained by chance mutations. I suppose I agree with that… Freedom of speech…. Freedom of mind, right?

Although I kind agree with this too: “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.” — Sinclair Lewis

Oooo that quote sizzles with stinging shock and awe…

Are you still with me?

At first this bill disturbed me. I have a hard time with religion in our public schools; not because I am a non-believer (cause I am not) but because it is always a Christian agenda that is pushed. Why not teach Buddhist or Muslim ideals? Oh yeah, teaching Islam in our schools – that would go over well! The Christian agenda is such a double standard. Even my 11 year old son knows the Earth was not created 6000 years ago. Some of this stuff is just crazy talk. The fact that there are high-ranking government officials who choose Genesis over Evolution; these same officials that grace our Science Boards – it truly bewilders me…

Still, maybe it is a good thing… I mean from a global standpoint I think it is embarrassing, but maybe there is a silver lining to this blind faith and ignorance. Maybe allowing the debate to EVOLVE in our schools is good: The argument of science verses religion. So many people adopt these archaic beliefs because they do not know any better. It is easy to follow and not lead. That is the problem with this world and with religion in general – it teaches us to follow and not lead.  It is too easy to adopt a belief without ever really thinking for yourself. It might be good if students did debate Adam and Eve verses Stellar Evolution and the Big Bang. Maybe it will educate people to actually think for themselves for once; to actually contemplate biblical history and the other alternate reality that runs parallel. You know, that crazy thing called reality…. To actually ponder and adopt belief systems they can call their own and not what Pat Robertson spews on cable TV. Once we actually stop and muse the world’s great questions many might come to the realization that it is a bigger picture. That God as it relates to man really does not center on man at all. It is only the ego that relates to man. That God is the Universe and the Universe is everything.

The Universe is… therefore we are……

John C. Bader

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