*The following is an opinion column by R Muse*
The level of stupid polluting American society is getting completely out of hand and one wonders just how far the population will devolve into abject idiocy when all is said and done. If a segment, a small segment by the way, of the population has their way, the preponderance of American people will be about as ignorant as Neanderthal man; exactly the way religion and Republicans like their subjects. Now that America has an honest-to-dog “Christian Supremacist” a heartbeat away from the presidency, and an incoming president who has no interest in domestic or foreign policy, the fanatical religious right is poised to put some serious stupid on the next generation.
Now, it is beyond refute that only the stupidest human beings in the 21st Century cannot fathom that there is a marked difference between religion and science; it’s just the way it is and the way it has always been. However, for the clearly stupid it may be worth reminding them that religion is “the belief and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal god or gods.” Conversely, science is “a systematic enterprise built on and organized by knowledge based on facts learned through experimentation and observations.”
Only a moron would fail to comprehend that religion is not science simply because it is based on something called “faith” in a superhuman being; religion has nothing whatsoever to do with facts. Apparently, about 13.2 percent of Americans are morons because they truly believe that science is a religion and that religion, their Christian bible’s religion, is science. That being their dysfunction, they are demanding that their incoming Christian Supremacist vice-president force America’s children to study science as explained by ancient Jewish mythology.
The religious right has panted themselves into fits of dyspnea awaiting a savior-preacher to take control of America and lead the population by theocratic edict, and their dreams came true when Americans elected the extremist Christian zealot’s Trojan Horse as the next president. Remember, Trump said more than once that his vice-president would handle domestic and foreign policy and dirty Donnie would be CEO of “making America great.” It is why Mike Pence has been directing Don’s cabinet selection behind closed doors; choices that comport perfectly with establishment Republicans, the Koch brothers, and Mike Pence. Since the religious right are aware that Pence is dictating domestic policies, they appealed to him to begin America’s transformation from a feeble and crumbling democracy into a full-blown theocracy that will drive the Mullah’s on Iran’s Supreme Council into fits of jealousy.
The evangelical fundamentalists, all 13.2 percent of them, are appealing to preacher Pence by petition and demanding that he, as head of domestic policy, inform dilatory Donald that it is crucial to immediately issue an executive order “indefinitely banning” the teaching of evolution as science. The evangelical malcontents claim that evolutionary science is nothing but an anti-Christian nasty religion and has no place in the public schools’ science curriculum. Instead, they demand that all science classes at all levels teach the first 26 verses of the Christian bible as science; a proposal that has vice-president elect Mike Pence’s loyal and steadfast support.
The Christian extremists’ petition to Pence said in part,
“We the undersigned note that you spoke out on the subject of science education and presenting students with all available information. We object to the teaching of the very controversial theory of evolution as part of the K-12 science curriculum which we regard to be unnecessary.
It is obvious to us that Evolutionism-Darwinism is an anti-Christian atheistic dogma masquerading as science. There is no doubt that evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion—a full-fledged alternative to Christianity.
We therefore urge you to persuade President Trump to issue an executive order imposing a nationwide indefinite moratorium on the teaching of evolution in public schools.”
The religious right’s petition was sent directly to preacher Pence because he has coveted for Genesis 1: 1-26 to be taught as science in public schools forever. In fact, Pence is renowned for rejecting science, particularly evolutionary science, and claims the first 26 verses in the Christian bible are the only “rational explanation” any human being needs to understand the world. Pence hates science nearly as much as he hates America’s secularism and now that he’s been given ultimate power over domestic policy, he will begin immediately transforming America into a Christian theocracy. That is the result of electing one of America’s most “radical Christian extremists” to second in line to the presidency; a monster who hates America as it was founded.
Pence has never concealed his hatred of science and told his colleagues in the House that,
“I believe that God created the known universe, the earth and everything in it, including man. I also believe that someday scientists will come to see that only the theory of intelligent design provides even a remotely rational explanation for the known universe.”
Apparently, the sum total of Pence’s understanding of science and the world is based on his rationality that “god did it.”
Here’s the thing about preacher Pence’s line of “rational thought;” he is as dead wrong about evolution as he is wrong about creationism. Evolution has been observed by scientists and laymen alike for centuries before Charles Darwin came on the scene, and the archaic Jewish story about Genesis is just that: ancient mythology for people without the need for facts because they had a belief founded on fear.
According to Jerry Coyne writing at Why Evolution is True, the religious fanatics’ petition is likely not going anywhere. However, Mr. Coyne also says, “But when Trump appoints another conservative justice to the Supreme Court, that will make a 5-4 majority, one that could overturn the existing federal ruling banning the teaching of creationism and its subspecies in public schools as a violation of the First Amendment.”
That simple fact is what has had the religious zealots in a perpetual wet dream state since the election. Because they can see their dream of America’s secular democracy coming an end and their theocratic Utopia coming to fruition much sooner than they could have ever hoped. And, with a comrade-in-bible running domestic policy for CEO Trump, it is much more than a possibility that they will achieve their goal.
It is noteworthy that Christian extremist leaders considered Pence’s ascension to the second highest office in the land in the U.S. government as a tremendous coup for “Christian supremacist militants.” Christian supremacists, by the way, who could never have won access to the presidency of their own accord; it is why they regard dirty Donald as “a godsend.”
A Christian supremacist leader, David Barton said of Trump, “This may not be our preferred candidate, but that doesn’t mean it may not be God’s candidate to do something that we don’t see. We may look back in a few years and say, ‘Wow, [Trump] really did some things that none of us expected.’”
Barton is likely still saying “Wow” because as president of an evangelical organization determined to make the American government enforce “biblical values,” having Mike ‘preacher’ Pence in charge of domestic policy means their vision of government by bible will become reality.
As Jeremy Scahill wrote in The Intercept, “Trump is a Trojan horse for a cabal of vicious zealots who have long craved an extremist Christian theocracy, and Pence is one of its most prized warriors.” What that means for Americans now that the 13.2 percent of the American population co-own control of the United States government, and religious Republicans controlling Congress with an extremist right Supreme Court on the horizon, is they can expect “fire and brimstone coming to Washington.” As horrifying as the idea of the bible being taught as fact-based science is, it will be the least of Americans’ worries in a Pence-led theocratic America.
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