Thursday, March 13, 2008

To Hell With the First Amendment?


A large faction of religious zealots have found a way to leverage the gullibility of the American people, its lawmakers, and its judiciaries into direct violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution. Today we see this religion infesting our schools, our media, and our government with the full endorsement of each of these sectors. Our children are being told this is the only religion in which they can logically believe. Graduate school applicants are being denied for professing faith in other religions. Professors are denied tenure unless they baptize themselves in this religion. Scientific professionals are deliberately defamed and discredited without cause should they break ranks with this religious doctrine.

One of the religion's prophets recently remarked, “I think we’re in the same position the gay movement was in a few decades ago. There was a need for people to come out. The more people who came out, the more people had the courage to come out. I think that’s the case with [our religious followers]. They are more numerous than anybody realizes.” Were it not for the veil of deception cast by the religion's apostles, this fundamentalist religion would be immediately recognized as a faith based belief system.

Even more appalling is the blatant and intentional attack on traditional religious establishments. It is not enough for these religious followers to keep to their own faith, they are adamantly attempting to undermine the faith of others. Typical assaults from the religion's followers are laced with profanity and claim intellectual superiority. One need only look to the many social networking internet sites to see examples of these approaches. Responding to a challenge by another poster, a follower of this religion claimed, "[our religion] is the only logical choice." Books published by the religion's apostles are directed at the followers of other religions with the claim that all other religions are anti-intellectual, illogical, and steeped in myth. They use the relative recency of their religion as a selling point by claiming other, older religions are too old - based upon the ideas of cave men.

In the United States, the First Amendment should be protecting the followers of other religions by ensuring their right to practice. However, we are witnessing the opposite. In Florida a case was recently settled where the tenets of this religion are now required teaching in public schools (click here for more information). Many other states already required these religious teachings in public schools. These laws stand in direct violation of the First Amendment:

"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."

Meanwhile, traditional religions are being forbade from the curriculum. What is this religion? How and why is it being promoted by government institutions in direct violation of the First Amendment?

The religion is most commonly known as Atheism. Atheism has many tenets: humanism, naturalism, Evolution. It masquerades behind "science" and claims its beliefs are supported by perfectly objective reasoning. Followers of Atheism use present day observations and experimentation to understand operational science - just as the followers of other religions who practice operational science. However, Atheists then use their presupposition that all things in existence can only originate through purely "natural" mechanisms and attempt to extrapolate operational science back to the origins of life and the Universe.

Atheists claim science can only explain naturalistic phenomena while Theistic religion, "is not science because it invokes the supernatural." However, the definition of science has nothing to do with only naturalism; rather it is the, "a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws." The Atheist disciples accept only that knowledge which supports their story of origin and which is based upon their interpretation of the evidence available.

That modern lawmakers and justices are fooled by this mockery of intelligence is beyond comprehension. The Atheists claim because they are against the old, theistic religions they cannot themselves be religious. Perhaps their "superior" intellect failed to notice the definition of religion: "a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects." One need only read the books of the Atheistic prophets, such as Robert Dawkins, to understand that their position is a system of beliefs. And one need only gaze upon the number of "Darwin" stickers on cars; the willful and mindless attacks on theistic positions; the worship of naturalistic thinkers; and the blind obedience to the apostles of Atheism to witness their religious practices.

Still don't believe me? The religion even has its own version of the Bible: the Humanist Manifesto 2000. The Council for Secular Humanism (church of the Humanists) provides ample evidence of its religious pretexts on its website. The first activity listed is, "Championing the Rights and Beliefs of Secular Humanists" (emphasis mine). I thought humanism was supposed to be about scientific facts - that which is observable and experimentally verifiable? Yet their unwillingness to admit their religious nature is evidenced in the second listed activity, "Serving the Needs of Non-Religious People" (emphasis mine). Reading the text under this bullet brings things back to reality very quickly:

"The Council gives practical support and services to non-religious people. It runs courses and summer camps that educate children in critical thinking and ethical values. For rites of passage, such as marriage and death, it provides dignified non-religious celebrations and memorials. And it runs a national support network for secular families and parents."

Clearly Humanism is a set of beliefs and practices; ergo, it is a religion. Hiding behind science is a feeble and dishonest practice. It is time Americans wake up and reclaim the First Amendment.
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NOTE:

I will post a link to this blog article on the major social networking websites. The members of the "church" of Atheism will quickly assert this post is fallacy. This will be evidenced not by valid logical argument, but by statements such as, "Science is in no way religion. You're obviously too stupid to know the difference," and, "What do you mean science isn't objective? Of course it is, you just don't understand it." "I won't even dignify this post with a response." "It's idiots like this that stand in the way of true scientific progress." "Theism doesn't belong in the classroom because it is worthless. It just assumes God did everything and there is no motivation to understand anything else." "Evolution has mountains of evidence."

I will be told I'm anti-intellectual. I will be told I don't understand "it" though they know nothing of my educational background, my knowledge of the scientific method, or how many of their books I have read. I will be cursed upon (as if that provides a valid argument) and denigrated without cause. You will see the followers of this organized religion attempt to explain how their beliefs are not religion although their explanations will either be completely unfounded or entirely examplary of my point. They will resort to the definition of science as if calling something science makes it more valid despite the absence of proof. I will post their responses on this blog so that you may see witness this religious following first-hand.


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