The separation of church and state has long been ingrained in the fabric of American life, and most Americans have agreed to the notion that this simple concept has contributed greatly to the success of our great democratic experiment.
In the past, when religion and politics have mixed, it has led to widespread fanatical Christian extremism that has stormed out from our churches and infiltrated Washington’s halls of justice. Currently, the fight many Christians are championing is the fight against gay marriage, and after the whole Chick-fil-A ordeal, the dispute is as intense as ever.
The most significant crisis today, however, is modern and scientific progress and its struggle against Christian fundamentalism.
Earlier this month, Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) tore into basic scientific principles at a church banquet, saying “all that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.” Broun also chimed in his belief that the earth is 9,000 years old.
Now the ridiculous rejection of science is nothing new for religious circles. They have been doing it ever since Galileo made the blasphemous claim that the Earth rotated around the sun and Darwin published his theory of evolution.
What makes what Broun said so damning is that he sits on the House Science, Space and Technology committee, along with Rep. Todd “Rape doesn’t cause pregnancy” Akin (Cro-Magnon-Mo.).
Here you have two radical Christians who are making decisions affecting our nation on the important subject of science. Informed decisions on these matters are crucial, not just to our progress as a nation, but to our progress as humans.
Let’s consider some facts here: 97 percent of scientists support the theory of evolution, compared to 2 percent that deny it, according to a Pew Research survey. When it comes to climate change, 84 percent of scientists believe in man-made global warming, according to another Pew Research poll.
If a vast majority of our professional scientists come to a consensus, you would think the American people would trust their judgment. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
We cannot continue to elect and allow people like Broun and Akin, whose faith obviously supersedes what minute amount of intelligence they might possess, and who have an absurd viewpoint guided by a blind belief in an unknown entity.