Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Rosie - Tellin' It Like It Is!

I want to preface this by stating that I’ve never watched anything that Rosie O’Donnell has ever done, so I’m not a fan. That being stated, I completely agree with her assertion that, "radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam...”, and I’ll take this from a different tack than most people on either side of the political debate over her comments.

Forget the , “We’re killing as many innocent people over there as they killed here!”, argument. Although that is undoubtedly true, it just gets to be a “pissing match”. Instead, think about all the other negative effects of fundamentalist Christianity. Just a couple of the many potential examples:

How many lives will be lost and/or diminished by the anti-science agenda of fundamentalist Christianity? Directly - attempting to impede scientific studies (like on stem cell research, for example) means new cures and therapies that could benefit millions are not found (or, at least, are not developed as quickly). Indirectly, and over time, this anti-science attitude potentially undermines the development of future scientists and critical thinkers and, thereby, our abilities to make the scientific discoveries and technological innovations needed for continued advancement as a species into the future. Again, exactly how many lives will be lost and/or diminished as a result of these regressive attitudes agressively pursued by fundamentalist Christians? It’s hard to estimate that number, but nobody can dispute that it is potentially a lot people! Do their lives count/matter?!? Apparently not, at least to fundamentalist Christians.

Fundamentalist Christians have a world view that states, in essence, that humans are God’s chosen creatures, on top of the food chain, and, as a result, it is our "God given right" to do whatever we will with the earth and all its resources. So, hey, strip mine, pollute, use everything up, whatever you want. Nevermind the potential disasterous long-term consequences for humanity. After all, we’re God’s chosen people. God put this bounty before us to use as we see fit with our "God given intelligence”. And furthermore, hey, if we’re wrong, since God will provide, God will just bail his chosen people out, right? So, full steam ahead for the righteous world of commerce by God’s (arrogant) chosen people. Potential disasterous long-term consequences for humanity be damned!

By the way, I do note the irony in having a belief that God has impowered us to manipulate the outside, physical world in any fashion we deem fit, yet, with respect to our own bodies, God, apparently, does not trust nor want his chosen people to intervene at all in “nature’s way”!?!

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Yep, fundamentalist Christianity will lead us down the highway to hell, if we don’t fight back and expose their ignorant, regressive attitudes (and their negative effects!) and outright lies!

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