Why Fundamentalists Disdain Science

Here is the front page link from a science website called Science Daily.  Note the stories to which I added a red dot.

science daily

 

It seems to me that nearly every day that I read these science stories there is yet one more new piece of evidence that the Genesis story is, well, just story. Take that top story on the list: Icy Cosmic Start for DNA Ingredients. It begins:

Using new technology at the telescope and in laboratories, researchers have discovered an important pair of prebiotic molecules in interstellar space. The discoveries indicate that some basic chemicals that are key steps on the way to life may have formed on dusty ice grains floating between the stars.

This story followed an article in September 2012 that said:

 Scientists think that the basic ingredients of life, including water and organics, began their journey to Earth on these lonesome ice particles. The ice and organics would have found their way into comets and asteroids, which then fell to Earth, delivering “prebiotic” ingredients that could have jump-started life.

This came two years after another discovery which Science Daily headlined: Super-Complex Organic Molecules Found in Interstellar Space. 

Fundamentalist would react to these discoveries, I suggest, in three ways.  First would be denial; second would be the concoction of some apologetics story. That’s to be expected.  Yet the third is more insidious. That would involve politics- specifically denying or reducing funding of government sponsored science research. There are many in Congress with this exact goal and, not surprisingly, they sit on the right side of the congressional aisle. Additionally, they also sit in state legislatures. We all recall that 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act that Governor Bobby Jindal can use as his ‘credentials’ during his 2016 run for president.

Then there is that bright red Kentucky legislature. In 2009 that body was trying to find a way of undercutting the subject of evolution in state schools by introducing that specious topic of creationism into science classes by adopting the Louisiana model.  Today the lunkheads are mad as hell that they voted to tie the state’s testing program to national education standards because these standards include the topic of evolution.  Duh. When state legislators found out that the ACT test did not include Creationism, one said, “I would hope that creationism is presented as a theory in the classroom, in a science classroom, alongside evolution,” Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg.  Givens said. “We’re simply saying to the ACT people we don’t want what is a theory to be taught as a fact in such a way it may damage students’ ability to do critical thinking.”

Hah!  What a moron.  Givens asked a representative for the ACT Test if they could formulate a test “personalized for Kentucky.”

Yes, ‘personalized’ for the Fundamentalists running the state legislature.

Already this January, legislatures in Missouri  Colorado, Montana and Oklahoma have already introduced creationism [aka Intelligent Design] bills for consideration.  In late January in Arizona, a new anti-science bill was introduced in the Arizona Senate, a new approach of so-called “academic freedom” strategy aimed at undermining the teaching of evolution and climate change.
There it is: God/Genesis stuff disguised as science. Fundamentalists- working hard to keep our citizens dumb!
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14 thoughts on “Why Fundamentalists Disdain Science

    1. No.

      What subject merits more scrutiny than exposing politicians who are willfully working against the science community of this nation?

      Go ahead.

      1. I’ve got an idea, UptheFlag. Why don’t I create a blog for you? It would take me 10 minutes max.

        How about this title: Thoughts from a Carpetbagger Stuck in the Bible Belt?

        Should I?

        1. NO, thanks!

          The point is that we both have had our say about science and creationism, and the fundamentalists and evangelicals, the church and women priests,
          and other religious writers like your essays on Spong. It’s the same old
          writing, sometimes with a different slant, but nonetheless basically on religion. It seems to me that religion is declining in the United States. You presented the findings of a a recent Pew Poll on religion which demonstrated the decline, if I am recalling correctly. You and I are not about to change people’s relgious beliefs or the place the go to worship an non existent being if the so choose.

          You like to harp about the southern politician being a prisoner of religion,
          and, as living in the bible belt, all their voting decisions are based on relgion.
          Yet in the past month I have given examples of how my Mississippi senators and my representative have not voted religion first. They just voted aye to the anti violance act which gave protection to gays and lesbians. GASP! And what did your representative Latta do?My point is that Toledo has religious problems in its own backyard, and all I hear from NON and you is that nothing can be done about Latta. With that kind of
          thinking, of course, it can’t be done. I humbly suggest that you use your 10 minutes and set up a blog to attract people to the defeat of Latta in 2014 or certainly by 2016. Attacking his religion per se, however, will not
          get the job done. If you are going to play the religious card, it seems to
          me you should use Jesus of the New Testament and not the Judiac Yehweh.
          You are now probably more versed in Jesus religion than I, so I am not about to say where to begin, but certainly the sermon on the mount and Jesus’ two commandments would be part of any winning religious to the purpose of government.

          Here, in the infamous bible belt, I am working in real time to change our
          GOP U.S. Rep. We have tgo have “High Hopes” as Frank Sinatra sang back in the ’50s , you know where he says that silly old ram thinks he can butt this dam down, oops there goess another million megawatt dam! I can believe that it can be done. But, it won’t be done with us sitting on our backsaides philosophizing and bitching about relilgion.

          Let me give you this example. Here in my county, which is about 45% Black, there is no chapter of the NAACP. Ihave been in a group getting the NAACP to establish a chapter in this county. I am in another group that is trying to get the Democratic Party into the schools. How do we accomplish this. With the help of the NAACP. The shools will not close their doors to black and white men coming in together, you see.. One leads to the other. It may not happen this school year, but we will be ready for
          the Fall. Another example, we have an activist older black woman is leading making the approach to, gasp, churches Another example is that we are sitting up booths aat county fairs for the first time this summer.

          We know have a Democratic Party presence at County Board Hearings, all controlled by Republicvans. Because of our respoonse to the Supervisors holding a closed door meeting and unannounced apporoval of county voting precincts, a protest was lodged, and another OPEN meeting had to be scheduled. Gerrymandering is at the county level too, my friend. We lost, about the news coverage was priceless! More people now know there is an activists Democratic Party in their county.

          1. So why didn’t the NAACP have a chapter in your county, for crying out loud! Forty-five percent black and no causal representation! Mindless and/or idiotic. No wonder the R’s run your county.

            And only now, in 2013, are there people who have begin ‘thinking’ about doing something about it? Pathetic.

            1. Because it is southern culture and life. Yes, it is pathetic, but thats the way it is and helps to explain the way it is (or hopefully was, lol). What’s more pathetic, it seems to me, is that the NAACP has not been more active in
              establishing a chapter. In MS, there is a State chapter and a Chapter for
              the Capitol area of Jackson and that seems to be it. This is part of the
              reason the R’s run our countyj, and the state and the region! Since Jackson has a chapter, the black people at our meeting said that they send there $#) to the jackson chapter and attend the meetings in Hinds County. When I asked where does your money go? They said that it goes to Hinds County or the State Organization. I asked what does their money buy, I received the answer that they don’t know and probably to expenses like salary and office rent. I said if you Rankin citizens had a choice where would you like your money go, they said Rankin. Atg that point a white member started yelling at me that we have gotten by all these years without a chapter, so why don’t I shut up. I said I am just asking questions. With that he accused me of being critical This is 2013, M_R, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you why I was labled as a critical of Party membership! Now, I have been asked to run for a seat on the County executive committee, but I am
              refusing.

    2. The fringe has actually stepped up their pursuit to control everything, including the minds of children. We HAVE to keep talking about it or people will think the problem just went away.

      1. Right, NWO, which is why I bring it up regularly. The purpose of this blog is to educate and we cannot assume that a one-time post covers it.

        1. “Gimme a break!! One post hardly, lol…And, on this blog, the education is already going out to members of the choir. It’s not getting out to the
          “people” or younger voters. That will only be accomplished by joing organizations and committees to get the word out. Despite the good rhetoric in the POSTS, it’s the same discussion, with different emphasis,
          as before. We need to move the muckraking machine on to new territory.

          1. Wow, I can sure relate to that reply. Obama didn’t win by a landslide. It took money and “boots on the ground.” I for one was motivated by discussions on this blog to contribute heavily not only to Obama, but several other important races and issues. I’m a registered Republican, but I have been bombarded with emails from Democrat candidates running in 2014 and even the Obama committee. I’m still chuckling about a phone call the other night from the DNC asking for a donation of $500.

  1. Remember when Arizona wouldn’t recognize Martin Luther King Day? Here is an example of something happening in a swing area (Northwest Ohio) of a swing state (Ohio). This is from a township organizational meeting now run by a women who insists on starting all meetings now with a public prayer.

    “Meeting schedule was reviewed. The meetings will be 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Meetings that fall on Holidays were reviewed. There will be a meeting on Martin Luther King day January 21 but Presidents’ Day February 18 will be moved to February 25 and labor day September 2 will be moved to September 9.”

    And if you check with area high school science teachers, most have to present evolution as a theory alongside intelligent design. And teaching climate change as a myth is not far behind.

    And speaking of dealing with Latta, discussion on this blog has already affected him.

    And finally, in the last 12 months I’ve had about 3 letters printed in The Blade and many of the facts and ideas I use are discovered here.

    (And yes Mr. Mud, you can figure out my full name and address by connecting my email address to my name. And that’s OK with me!)

  2. Good Morning Muddy,
    You said, “When state legislators found out that the ACT test did not include Creationism…etc.” I have just finished a posting stating, February 7, 2013 Mississippi legislators have finally ratified the 13th Amendment!!” Allow me to reiterate….Until this past February 7th, 2013, Slavery Was Still Offically Legal In Mississippi!!!

    I see this as a perfect example to counter those whom want to make the argument that, “”States’ Rights” should over rule and have precedence over “Federal Laws.””

    Those whom want Creationism taught as if it were a “Science Class,” and as if it had passed all of the required tests of critical thinking to be able to carry the mantel of science facts; well as we all know is really nothing but propagating THEIR religious viewpoints in the public school systems.

    This FAITH over SCIENCE FACT is just as big of an abomination as Mississippi officially abolishing slavery by finally ratifying the 13th Amendment….148 years after the fact.

    These backwards thinking Southern States such as Mississippi and Kentucky, if left to their own governances would never progress past mid-evil superstitions professing them to be science facts.

    1. Engineer writes: Southern States such as Mississippi and Kentucky, if left to their own governances…

      Exactly, Engineer. Of course their great grandfathers, left to their own governances, enjoyed both free labor and white-only privilege. How charming. How biblical. And, as the Bible is ‘inerrant’ for southern fundamentalists, those biblical ideas are as real today as they were in 1860.

      The Jesus message never seems to impact the fundies as strongly as Genesis, Deuteronomy and Leviticus.

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