Last year, the Dover Pennsylvania school board thoughtlessly decided to teach Intelligent Design in the school system. Luckily U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III struck that decision down and common sense prevailed. But that wasn’t the end of the story.
Jones wasn’t just any judge; he was appointed by President Bush and is a longtime Republican. Many people expected him to side with Intelligent Design; after all, he’s a God-loving right-winger. But this judge was different. Jones answered his critics saying that they showed a lack of understanding about his role as a judge. He said a judge’s ruling should be based on the Constitution and legal precedence – not on personal whims or political favors. A rarity indeed.
As a reward for doing the right thing, Jones received numerous death threats and required a week of federal marshal protection. This speaks volumes about the religious fervor behind Intelligent Design. ID isn’t about teaching an alternative to Evolution. ID isn’t about showing both sides of the coin. ID isn’t anything more than a fairytale. ID is a tool that Christians are using to push their religion upon the masses. It’s all about Christians bringing their god into my kid’s classroom and it sickens me to no end.
I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it one more time. Religion is nothing more than a set of rules, guidelines, and beliefs whose roots are questionable at best. Nothing substantial can be proven in the bible and as a result, religion requires a believer to have faith. Christianity is just one set of beliefs and there are many other. It’s your personal decision to have faith and believe in a completely unsubstantiated system. And it is because of this that religion must be kept to oneself and not force-fed to the masses.
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