Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Office of Faith Based Initiatives

Welcome to the new American Theocracy, where all your faith based needs can be serviced by the government. No, truly, all Americans, even fundamentalists should be bother and even outraged by this. The first amendment states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." The 2001 creation of The Office of Faith Based Initiatives by President Bush makes this law nothing more than a "good idea". The Office of Faith Based Initiatives (yes, thats really its name) exists solely for the purpose of promoting and assisting faith based organizations. In fact, one of its biggest benefactors is a ranch in South Dakota whose existence is for the purpose of leading children to the Lord. It is almost wholly funded by the government and does not allow unbelievers on the property.

I understand that fundamentalists Christians in general are good to go on throwing out the constitution they so rabidly claim to uphold. But this is an out and out violation of the first amendment, word for word violation at that. But, think about it, is this really what you want America? Christian or not, it should make you shudder to know that the government is now promoting, endorsing, and funding the Presidents personal religious views. But what happens if its not the same faith of the next president? What happens if its a Mormon president, or Catholic president, or even an Islamic president? I think you can see where this is going. Its tyranny that can be welded by any person who sits in the office of President of the United States.

Its shameful that the news didn't carry this story. Its even more shameful that no one has spoken out against it. Whats worse is that Christians around the country seem to be fine with it. Just what exactly are you hoping to accomplish in a theocracy? Its already been proven to not work! There have been protestant and catholic theocracies, and now you want an evangelical theocracy? Well, the crusades, inquisition, and modern Islam show us what happens when fundamentalists are in charge. Shame on us all for allowing this to happen.

But the lack of outrage shows us whats truly wrong with this country. Religious moderates have let the fundamentalists take over. Fundamentalists cloud reality and cloud the minds of children with nonsense. They make believe that there is some kind of "debate" in the scientific community over evolution. There isn't, period. But they still push creationism on people over and over, and teach their kids nonsense that has been debunked and proven wrong and impossible over and over and over. They parrot the same arguments like they are scripture, completely oblivious to the fact that these arguments were factually debunked years ago! That type of belief in the face of obvious fact does not show courageous faith, it shows blind stupidity in the fact of evidence! Blind ridiculous, unyeilding faith in the face of tested evidence and proof show a lack of understanding of science not found in the rest of the world. That is why the world looks at us like we are all brawn and no brains. As our test scores in math and science continue to dip further, and the rest of the world finds the medical cures and scientific advances, we shouldn't wonder why the rest of the world hates us. We don't "get" other cultures, we snub scientific fact, and we scoff at the world like they are the dummies. We aren't the greatest country on earth, but we are quickly becoming the dumbest.

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