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Let's unpack the logic behind this statement.

1) Some legistators and school board members (presumably Christian) have tried to ban the teaching of evolution in schools.

2) #1 is bad.

3) Mike thinks the Bible is inspired, even though there's no external evidence of inspiration.

4) #3 is bad.

5) Therefore, Christians should not hold political power.


No, Andrea.

The logic goes like this:

Some people, including Mike, believe that we should teach our children to believe unsupporter claims of truth, even over contradictory claims made with objective supporting evidence.

They believe that people in power in this nation should reject objectively supported explanations of reality in favor of claims made without evidence -- claims made under the "authority" of "faith."

They believe, for instance, that abortion should be outlawed because each embryo is imbued with a "soul" -- an entity for which there is no objective physical evidence whatever, but the existence of which is taken on "faith" alone. They believe, for instance, that guys shouldn't be permitted to marry because of a passage in a 2,000 year-old-book which claims that God regards homosexuality as wicked -- a claim comprised of a whole raft of subordinate claims, none of which have any objective evidence to substantiate them.

They believe, as well, that science should be subservient to this same 2,000 year old book when conflicts arise which even the most generous interpretation of that book could reconcile.

In short, such people have as an agenda the teaching of faith as a superior avenue to truth than reason and objective evidence. If the evidence conflicts with the article of faith, they wish to teach our children, then we must reject the evidence and believe the unsupported claims of truth.

The teaching of faith over reason is nothing less than the teaching of obedience to authority, the withholding of those tools necessary for human beings to think for themselves, make rational practical and moral decisions for themselves and to govern themselves.

The very last thing people who wish to indoctrinate the nation's children with blind acceptance of articles of faith want is people who can think. Withhold the tools of reason and substitute dogma accepted through "faith," and you have theocracy.

If you can't see the danger in teaching kids that faith is superior to reason as a tool for understanding reality -- EVERY KIND OF REALITY -- then there's very little left of reason in you with which to perceive it.

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