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Creationists are Making Atheism a Legal Religion

December 23, 2016

As much as the Atheists hate and deny that they are a religion, the rise of Creationists is making Atheism a legal religion. How is that possible when Atheist claim they do not believe in any religion? It all boils down to one not so simple word in law—precedence. Yes, for those that have taken any law classes, we learn about the all mighty precedence. While I could go into all the different types of precedence, I think it would be better to just boil it down to simple laymen terms. In very basic terms, precedence is finding rulings, minimum of two, that support your case; thus using them as a foundation for your argument. This of course leads the other side to fight against you by finding precedence of opposite rulings and/or of a higher court ruling. While there are many, I am sure, who would be quick to think I am trying to bring back the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 that was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1927, it really isn't about that. The Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008 allows teachers to use "supplemental textbooks and other instructional materials to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review scientific theories in an objective manner," specifically theories regarding "evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning" in effect, allowing creationist material inside classrooms. Tennessee created a 2012 state law, like Louisiana's, that permits public school teachers to teach the "scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses" of theories that can "cause controversy," specifically citing evolution, global warming, and cloning, thereby providing legal cover for teachers who want to forward creationist pseudoscience. While this suggests that thousands of public schools in Louisiana and Tennessee are teaching creationism, they are permitted to, yet it is unclear how many are actually teaching it. In Texas, their largest charter program, Responsive Ed, receives $82 million in taxpayer money each year, but that hasn't stopped its schools from adopting a creationist curriculum that seriously misrepresents the science of evolution. These materials wrongly portray the fossil record and the age of Earth as scientifically controversial, assert that there is a lack of "transitional fossils," and claim evolution is not testable. In Florida, at least 164 schools teach creationism while participating in the state's tax credit scholarship programs for disabled children and children from low-income families. There is more, but where am I going with all this? If these laws have been put in place to call and recognize creationism as a pseudoscience, then by all rights Science is now a pseudo-religion. Since Atheists believe in Science and by all rights admit they believe totally in Science, they, in effect, pray to science to deliver them from the evils of monotheistic religions; thereby, pitting the Atheistic followers of the God Science against the Catholic/Christian Sky God followers and their total disbelief in the opposing polytheistic demigods of Science which are Evolution, Origins of life, Global Warming and Cloning. The Atheists already have many places of worship all over the World in the forms of Libraries, Colleges, Universities and of course Research Facilities. These temples are being besieged by the followers of the Sky God with their total disbelief in the Demigods of Science. Now I do admit that getting the Atheist community to actually admit that they are a religion, would be a monumental task, to say the least. I, for one being a Buddhist/Druid, really like their God and all the demigods within their "non" religion. Being that I am retired military, I have studied at numerous Atheist temples all over the world. So let us all pray that the all powerful God Science heals the anger of his right hand demigod Global Warming and not allow Global Warming's rage to destroy man kind. For like karma, Global Warming can be very unforgiving.

So says the Hai Druid.