The Ghost of Snapped Shot

Or, welcome to my low-maintenance heck.

But Don't Dare Call It Religion!

Our schools were purged of any public form of prayer relentlessly over the past 50 years, starting with that meddler in Texas. The reasoning was always convoluted, as such anti-religious power plays tend to be, but usually centered around the fact that the "state" shouldn't be in the business of scaring kids to death.

Enter Australia:

PRIMARY school children are being terrified by lessons claiming climate change will bring “death, injury and destruction” to the world unless they take action.

On the eve of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s carbon tax package announcement, psychologists and scientists said the lessons were alarmist, created unneeded anxiety among school children and endangered their mental health.

Climate change as a “Doomsday scenario” is being taught in classrooms across Australia.

Public school education here in Virginia has taken a similar approach over the past couple of years, based on the materials we've seen coming home. So why is it that it's acceptable for one group of religious extremists (radical environmentalists) to scare the hell out of our children, but not the religious group that comprises well over 70% of the American population?

(h/t William Teach)



#1 Justin 11-Jul-2011

Perhaps " that meddler in Texas" Madalyn Murray O'Hair was influenced by her first husband, John Henry Roths?  Here is a current roster of the ACLU board members (an organization well known for their stance on school prayer) Susan Herman, Anthony Romero, Dorothy Ehrlich, Laura Murphy, Geri Rozanski, Steven Shapiro, Emily Tynes.  What's the common connection?

Discloser:  I had no idea who the board members of the ACLU were before I looked them up, but I knew what I would find before I looked.  I'm trying to practice the same logic patterns, connections and groupings conservatives do so well to form a truth.  Appears to works quite well, don't you think?

#2 Brian C. Ledbetter 12-Jul-2011

Your strategy is paying off in droves, my friend. In cracking me up, that is... but that still counts, doesn't it? :)

#3 Justin 12-Jul-2011

A student of history is well aware of the direct line the Nazi party drew between Karl Max religious heritage and the communist movement.  Two sides of the same coin from their perspective.  If the ACLU is a modern iteration, where do you stand?  Absurd?  Obama was neighbors with Bill Ayers ergo...  but moving on.

Some say religion is an effort by mankind to understand the nature of suffering, its causes and how to avoid it.  People come up with all kinds different answers. Some people designated themselves "chosen" ones, with special places on the earth that have existed for a blink of the eye in geologic time and believe if they do everything just right the suffering will be taken away by some force external to themselves.  The whole time creating still more suffering for themselves and others.

Some say physics and science is just an observation of predictable, repeatable relationships within the physical world.  And the natural world does not care whether you believe a relationship exists, it does not care what your politics are, does not care how smart or dull you maybe or how much you need that job to buy that Xbox.  CO2 absorbs heat, more of it, more heat and all that comes with it.  CO2 does not know who Al Gore is, CO2 does not know there are these humans called conservatives who deny its effect, it does not know scientists get paid to study it.  It just does its thing, jobs or no jobs be damned.

Best not to confuse the two.

#4 Brian C. Ledbetter 12-Jul-2011

Tell that to yourself -- Marx influenced the architecture of the National Socialist party's policies in more ways than one, and there's plenty of science to debunk your terrifying view of CO2.

If your personal belief system (i.e., "religion") demands that you forbid people from acknowledging the links between socialism and the Nazi party, and that you twist "science" into knots to come up with fresh and innovative ways of controlling people's lives, don't take it out on me. My religion allows me to sleep just fine at night. ;)

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