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Go to: Why is evolution more accepted in Mexico than in the USA?

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I think that this is all largely down to the United States being completely unique in how it's turned God into big business. No other country on Earth has done this, or at least not to the same extent. You have big-buck pastors with enormous congregations, who use their influence to make a fortune. To maintain control and to bring more people to them, they have to make people believe that they need God. They convince people that the only way to find meaning in their lives is through God, and that as long as they have 'faith' that everything is going to be alright.

Big business religion has only really taken such an extreme hold since about the time of Reagan, and now is a routine fund-raiser for Presidential candidates in exchange for a bit of advertising around election time. Science is seen as an enemy to this, because it has the capacity to wake people up. This is why such an extreme and vehemently anti-science brigade has appeared. The fight against science is being encouraged so that the religious groups don't lose their precious influence.

Quite why evolution in particular is targeted I'm not sure. It certainly flies in the face of the very old and central belief that God created all life. But, so does the Big Bang Theory with regard to the creation of the Universe. The Big Bang Theory can be 'made compatible' with religion, if you decide to throw in the unnecessary addition of a deity, but the same could be said of evolution (and indeed is by the Catholic Church, as some others here have pointed out). Perhaps evolution is more powerful in its ability to unravel the hold of 'faith' over people, because of its sheer simplicity.

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 10:40:07 UTC | #948799

Go to: Religion is not the disease - lack of education is

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Lack of education is always an issue. For some people, education is all that is required because they don't have any alternative explanations for the Universe. But, there are an awful lot of otherwise perfectly rational and well-educated people who still believe in a god. That's because of faith. Faith is the problem. People with faith don't care about what your facts say, because it's all a test put before them by their god. No amount of education can really change that once they've sufficiently convinced themselves that their god exists. It's then up to them to have some earth-shattering atheistic epiphany to convince them otherwise.

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:14:20 UTC | #933910

Go to: UK government bans creationist schools

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What a nice thing to read in the morning to get you set up for the day! Fantastic news. We've all wanted for this to happen, I'm just staggered it has. The Labour governments have all be very good at progressively dumbing down this country. Nice to see the Conservatives putting the house in order, once again.

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 08:13:55 UTC | #907180

Go to: Ringing in 2012 with…antivaccine propaganda?

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These people are terrifyingly dangerous. They completely fail to comprehend, or ignore, the truly devastating consequences of their actions. Herd immunity will gradually be eroded by these people, and people will die because of it. No ifs, no buts, people will get hurt because of this.

Measles cases are already on the rise because of this 'I won't get my little johnny vaccinated, just in case, but everyone else must' attitude. As somebody's pointed out earlier, people brush these things off, thinking that they're simple, harmless conditions. How quickly the lessons of the past are forgotten, with people dying in the hundreds of thousands every year. No doubt it's these anti-vaccination campaigners who will be the first to try and point the blame.

Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:49:06 UTC | #904193

Go to: Is the UK a Christian country?

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I'd say technically that the UK is a Christian country. There is no separation between Church & State. Our head of state, the Queen, is the head of the national Church. So yes, in that sense it is a Christian country. In practice however, I don't think it is. I think Christianity in the UK is declining, and will only continue to decline over time. So, it really depends on how you want to define a Christian country.

Mon, 26 Dec 2011 21:43:08 UTC | #902829

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