Its been almost 10 years since we as a country were jilted from our superiority. Ten years since we as a globally connected species finally witnessed full on, wide eyed and unedited for content what happens when people obsessed with ignorant superstitions act on those whims; death and fear. And we have since seen many thousands more slaughtered in retaliatory actions authorized and supported by leaders who also preach belief in superstitions not so dissimilar. Why is it that people refuse to acknowledge it is not just form that the delusion manifests that is the danger, it is the delusion itself.
Pastor Mike Stahl wants an “Atheist Registry,” huh? He wants it documented where every single atheist lives with pictures. To treat those who do not believe in his life view to be subjugated as other groups. e.g sex offenders, hate groups. He says he feels this is necessary because non-believers are dangerous to society and should be treated as such. These are pretty damning words from someone who preaches all unicorns and rainbows while hiding behind a pulpit. But of course those happy thoughts he sends out are only to his parishioners and those who share his ideology.
This proposed registry is wrong, it’s filled with so much hate, paranoia and ignorance. To make this abundantly clear this is NOT new inquisition. Whenever a person or groups spiritual beliefs are threatened by scientific evidence or secularism they typically lash out in expected and predicable ways. e.g. Violence and Hate What makes this a little different than your average attempted inquisition is opposition. Non-believers will no longer just stand by and remain silent while truth and logic are trying to be trampled on by faith based superstations. They speak out and bring the divisive hatred into the light and there it is treated as any other immoral proposition; with scorn and ridicule.
On a side note, appears Pastor Stahl is a bit of a hypocrite, well at least according to his picture in the news article… Lev: 19:28
Also it appears since this story came to light, and its high profile status on Reddit.com, Pastor Stahl has shut down not only his facebook but also his blog. I’ll check this one off as a victory, if a small one for truth.
I saw that the guardian.co.uk website had an interesting if short article in regards to Richard Dawkins and his promotion of the teaching of evolution. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/sep/01/richard-dawkins-evolution-children-five
As no surprise, I am in full support of this proposal as it reinforces the education of today’s children and helps develop a love of science at a young age. As many studies show, this love of learning stays with them throughout their educational years leading to better grades, critical thinking skills, ect… And how marvelous is it that we can instil these things by just simply stating the facts.
There was one quote in the article that peaked my interest: “This is because myths leave the child’s questions unanswered, or they raise more questions than they appear to answer.” So I got to thinking. Myths and legends are great. They for the most part provide a fictitious scenario that imparts some moral or ethical teaching that a culture wants to pass on. But when myths are taught as fact is when the alarm bells start ringing.
Myths do leave questions unanswered. If they are continually posed instead of facts over time it leads a person to stop asking questions. And to stop asking questions is to promote ignorance. And to choose ignorance over knowledge is at its core a very immoral concept. To be human is to ask questions to seek knowledge and understanding. To willingly commit this kind of subterfuge vexing.
But this is done constantly, every day, by many people. From the parent who tells their child to stop asking why, to the school systems with their low paid and low motivated teachers that barely teach what’s in the book, to the churches promoting magic over science, and even to the every day person who does not garner for some new kernel of knowledge and instead wallows in their day to day existence. This is wrong and is why we must always keep learning and expanding our understanding of life.
What is Fractal Wrongness?
The state of being wrong at every conceivable scale of resolution. That is, from a distance, a fractally wrong person's worldview is incorrect; and furthermore, if you zoom in on any small part of that person's worldview, that part is just as wrong as the whole worldview.
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