Is America as dumb as it appears?

I’m no expert on the historical influence of religion on the politics in America. From what I’ve read the founding fathers were dead set against the church, any church, having the power to  bully political figures and shape political policy. Freedom of religion was encouraged, including the freedom to not be bound by any religion at all. The church had its function, and it was an important one, and the government had its function and they did not overlap.

Back then, because science and scientific methodology were truly in their infancy, most folks believed in a spiritual superbeing of some sort. There was no good evidence otherwise. But over time, as we discovered more about our planet and our universe, as we unearthed and were able to date fossils, tools, even entire civilizations, it became apparent that our little ball in the sky was much, much older and more complex than the good book would have us believe.

With the emergence of technology, our ability to apply the scientific method has exploded and the results have been truly astounding. Discoveries in meteorology, biology, anthropology, chemistry and geology have left no doubt about the true age of the earth and its early development. Fossil finds of prehistoric and prehuman creatures, some millions of years old have become commonplace. The advancement in these areas, just in the last half century, are incredible.

Given this indisputable data, which continues to accumulate, it is unbelievable that a supposedly educated and intune population in a modern country would insist on clinging to ancient ideas that simply  cannot be supported by any evidence at all except what was written by old superstitious men nearly 2000 years ago. It boggles the mind. It’s not only unreasonable, it’s dangerous.

Now, in the 21st century, it seems that the power and influence of the hard core religious believers is greater than ever. So great in fact that our leaders, whether they actually believe these myths or not, must present a public front showing their allegiance to these fairy tales. I don’t think they do it because they truly buy into it – i can’t accept that any knowledgeable person who has taken the time to study the science would – I think they  do it simply because they realize that to do otherwise dooms their political careers. In other words, they must act as if they are as ignorant of the truth as the people who vote for them.

McCain and Obama both fit into that category. Saying they believe the malarky so the dumbest segment of the public will vote for them is required. Palin is different. She really is dumb and does believe it. As comical as it is every time she speaks, I don’t laugh at her. I find myself sitting there with my  mouth hanging open in disbelief.

I don’t know how, in this age of new found wisdom and scientific discovery, the ultra conservative religious fanatics have emerged as such a powerful force in America. It must have something to do with the people yearning for and searching for some peace and consolation in the highly  stressful times that we live in. Religion always thrives among the needy and the desperate.

But I do know that it is a formula for future social disaster. If we continue to live in the past, if we are satisfied to pray and hope for a better future instead of work for one, if we are so frightened and ignorant that we frantically read a fairy tale over and over in the hope that it will somehow bring about the changes in our lives that we desire instead of facing the hard facts that we have to get off of our butts and work for that change, then the US will continue to crumble, the ultra rich will continue to steal from and rape the poor, and the empire, like others throughout history, will disappear into oblivion. I for one am betting that will happen.

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16 Comments on “Is America as dumb as it appears?”

  1. veritas Says:

    hellooo….. come into the light brother.

  2. Brian Says:

    Oh, I’m in the light. Especially since I moved out of the US. That country though just seems to grow darker and darker every day.

  3. IMI Says:

    Quite simply – they are passionate and accept no compromises. The so-called miracle of faith has nothing to do with science and logic (obviously). It has everything to do with hunger and passion.

    The intelligent (actually the mainstream) gave up on politics and the right wing was happy to fill the void.

    They are not the majority. But until the majority stands up to be counted, the right has had centuries to practice propagandizing. They have their own controlled media distribution system, isolated from critics.

    It’s been possible to be born, grow up and die believing the world is flat, the U.S. is the only country that is chosen, and people like them are the only ones that matter. Their concept of education might equal our concept of brainwashing and torture.

    Just read one of their text books on any subject (Lynn Cheny has authored several). That’s why home schooling and charter schools were such a big deal – and now we are dealing with that generation.

    But the ones who are the most passionate (squeaky wheels) are the majority. It’s not numbers that count.

  4. Christ is Love Says:

    Come back to Christ Brian, he forgives and loves you….

    Lee Strobel, The Case For Faith, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000

    Charles B. Thaxton, Walter L. Bradley, and Roger L. Olsen. The Mystery of Life’s Origin. Dallas: Lewis and Standley, 1984

    Phillip E. Johnson, Darwin on Trial, 2d ed. Downer’s Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1993

    William A. Dembski, ed. Mere Creation. Downers Grove, Il: InterVarsity Press, 1998

    J.P. Moreland, ed. The Creation Hypothesis. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1994

    Micheal J. Behe. Darwin’s Black Box. New York: The Free Press, 1996

    Micheal Denton. Evolution: A Theory in Crisis. Chevy Chase, Md.: Adler & Adler, 1986

    Hank Hanegraaff. The Face that Demonstrates the Farce of Evolution. Nashville: Word, 1998

  5. Einstein Says:

    Scientific research is based on the idea that everything that takes place is determined by laws of nature, and therefore this holds for the actions of people. For this reason, a research scientist will hardly be inclined to believe that events could be influenced by a prayer, i.e. by a wish addressed to a supernatural Being.

    However, it must be admitted that our actual knowledge of these laws is only imperfect and fragmentary, so that, actually, the belief in the existence of basic all-embracing laws in Nature also rests on a sort of faith. All the same this faith has been largely justified so far by the success of scientific research. But, on the other hand, every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe — spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble. In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is indeed quite different from the religiosity of someone more naive.

    Eistein

  6. better dead than red Says:

    The true liberal, faith in government not faith in God.
    Just like Nazi Germany and Communist Russia, replace
    faith in God with the religion of government.

  7. socialist Says:

    you liberals are religious too, just a much more irrational religion, Secular Humanism.

  8. socialist Says:

    public schools, including Universities not, indoctrinating the students to be good little Socialist, what world you living in. Lynn Cheny, celebrating the history of the US. Sounds bad to me. The schools should instead teach the students how terrible the US is. Pave the way for Socialism and the overthrow of individual liberty, freedom, and the Capitalist system; the agenda of liberal indoctrination. Wouldn’t you fascists love to take away the right of parent to educate their children at home instead of sending them to public schools where they are taught that America is a terrible country and socialism is its salvation.

    gee, which book are you referring to?

    * A Time for Freedom: What Happened When in America (2005) (ISBN 1-4169-0925-7)

    * When Washington Crossed the Delaware : A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots (2004) (ISBN 0-689-87043-4)

    * A is for Abigail : An Almanac of Amazing American Women (2003) (ISBN 0-689-85819-1)

    * America: A Patriotic Primer (2002) (ISBN 0-689-85192-8)

    * Kings of the Hill: How Nine Powerful Men Changed the Course of American History (1996) (ISBN 0-7567-5864-5)

    * Telling the Truth (1995) (ISBN 0-684-82534-1)

    * Academic Freedom (1992) (ISBN 1-878802-13-5)

    * American Memory: A Report on the Humanities in the Nations Public Schools (1987) (ISBN 0-16-004284-4)

    * Sisters (1981; New American Library, Penguin Group) (ISBN 0-451-11204-0)

    Probably all of the above, after all, they do celebrate woman, freedom, truth, and celebrate the vision and greatness of our founding fathers. We should instead be teaching the wonderful history of Socialism, the bloodiest movement in the history of mankind?

  9. socialist Says:

    Stalin:
    number of executions 1936 to 1938 was probably about 1,000,000; that from 1936 to 1950 about 12,000,000 died in the camps; and 3,500,000 died in the 1930-1936 collectivization. Thus we get a figure of 20 million dead, which is almost certainly too low and might require an increase of 50 percent or so, as the debit balance of the Stalin regime for twenty-three years.

    Pol Pot and his crew likely killed some 2,000,000 Cambodians from April 1975 through December 1978 out of a population of around 7,000,000. This is an annual rate of over 8 percent of the population murdered, or odds of an average Cambodian surviving Pol Pot’s rule of slightly over just over 2 to 1.

    communist China (about 27,000,000 dead from 1959-61)

  10. Brian Says:

    I’ve allowed the above comments (previous 6 are from the same person) because, though they voice opinions vastly different from mine, at least they are made in a civil tone. The two I deleted were not.

    I’m not sure what your point is with the last though. What does Stalin’s massacre and Pol Pot’s genocide have to do with it? As far as the diatribe on what we teach our students, I don’t think its right to teach them how good or bad America is. I think its right to teach them the truth about America’s history and it’s position in current events instead of the heavily edited and propogandized version that most of us got in school.

    A perfect example is the Native Americans. I was in college before I was ever taught about the slaughter of the Native Americans. Before that, they were always made out to be the bad guys. Ridiculous.

    As far as the tired old God is great arguement, lets not have that here, ok? You believe what you like and write about it on your own blog. Here, I will write and promote something else.

  11. StevieR Says:

    Applause, As an englishman living in germany I´ve been very concerned about these developments in the states ( because America is so big it affects us all ) Your words give us hope that we do live in a “developing world” and may have hope for the future. And maybe others will look to America as an inspiration and not otherwise, as is at the moment.
    thanks Steve

  12. Brian Says:

    Hello Stevie, Sadly, the behavior of the American government has sorely tarnished our reputation in the world and the ultra religious right movement has contributed to that immensely. How many more generations are going to be emotionally stunted and educationally caged by this nonsense no one knows. Science and scientific research and development can move us into the stratosphere of modern development, for the good of all mankind, if we use it wisely. But these archaic beliefs are like a reinforced brick wall that thoughtful science must climb, and with administrations like Bush’s have just made that wall higher and higher. If there was ever a wall that needed to be torn down, its that one.

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