There have been a number of letters in The Advocate about teaching religion (creationism) in place of actual science. For me, it is stupefying and appalling that in the 21st century people still believe in the myths of religions. And to add dogma to stupidity, our 14th-century-thinking.
The Legislature and governor passed a law that allows tax dollars to be used for teaching unwitting children that the Earth is 6,000 years old; that humans lived with dinosaurs (think Flintstones); and that a flood wiped out all life on Earth, except for the representatives of every life form that was preserved on a wooden boat.
When someone points out the absurdity of religious dogma, the acolytes protest that religion should not be questioned. It is acceptable for the faithful to criticize science, logic and reason, but for some reason, it is considered bad form to point out the obvious problems with religion. Why should the absurdity of religion be immune from criticism?
An example of absurdity is Christianity, the largest delusion in the United States. It was founded on the ridiculous notion of a virgin birth. Furthermore, the alleged life of its namesake, Jesus, was not chronicled until 30 years to centuries after his supposed death.
I find it peculiar that a whole religion was built around a person who, according to the Bible, was known far and wide for his preaching and miracles, yet no contemporaneous account of his renowned life is known. I would think that the impromptu catering for the masses would have elicited a notice by someone at the time.
And what about rising from the dead? Surely that would have made front-page headlines. But nothing. How peculiar.
Religions are a man-made artifact to explain the unexplainable. People with mental illnesses were assumed to be possessed by demons. We now know about depression, schizophrenia and other mental disorders.
When crops failed from drought or other natural phenomenon, it was thought that a witch had put a curse on the farm. We now know about climatology. There are no witches.
Everything in the holy books has been debunked by science, logic and reason. It seems to me that if someone wants to say that the world was made by a god (creationism), they should, before anything else, prove that a god exists. Otherwise, the idea of creationism is as absurd as demons and curses.
In the penetrating light of modernity, does anything about religion make sense? Do you want fairy tales taught to your children? Will that teach them skills they will need in the future? Or do you really prefer they are taught as those in the Middle Ages?
Michael Polito, Ph .D.