Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Pennsylvania Theocracy

If you're one of those who think that Intelligent Design is a scientific theory, or one who thinks that the separation of Church and State is a fundamental part of American political philosophy, take a look at what's going on in Pennsylvania this week.

Families of several students are suing the Dover Area School board over a decision last year to teach Intelligent Design in public schools, and point out weaknesses in Darwinian Evolution. The school board, like many people who don't know real science from voodoo, insist publicly that ID is a "scientific" theory, and that it has nothing to do with religion. Apparently, "science" is now the process by which one makes up wild, untestable stories to explain what they don't know. Privately, they're talking about Creationism: Board member William Buckingham is quoted as saying, "Nearly 2000 years ago someone died on a cross for us. Shouldn't we have the courage to stand up for him?"

Two reporters who printed this quote are to testify in the trial, because Buckingham denies he said it. He would be smart to deny, of course, since he's basically saying that government should be run without separation of church and state. It doesn't occur to most religious whackos out there, but atheists and non-Christian religious whackos have the right not to live in a Christian theocracy.

America's founders, who were themselves devout in a way that few of the pretenders to religion are today, still had the wisdom to know that even their own religion can present a danger to the Freedom of Man. Today, Christians think that since they're absolutely right, and that society would be better if we all lived by their particular fairy tale, then it's okay to force their religious views on others through the force of law. It's very much like what they tried to do to the Native Americans, and we saw how that turned out.


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