Monday, September 14, 2009

Censorship in America

Anyone still clinging to the excuse that religion is a source, or the source of morality should examine the foetid depths of moral emptiness to which religious authorities will descend in defense of something demonstrably false and viciously idiotic. Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish informs us that:
"A celebrated new movie about one the world's greatest scientists cannot find a distributor in the US."
Although Darwinism thoroughly proves the idea that complexity and organization do arise and evolve over time as a result of mindless algorithms, most Americans, with the help and censorship of the Christian establishment, not only are totally ignorant of the evidence, ignorant of the principle, but are unaware of just how much Darwin's dangerous idea has revolutionized such diverse things as the development of the digital computer and epidemiology.

The Christian establishment has of course tried to satanize everything from the telescope to the ratio Pi to the barometer over the centuries and of course has punished science and scientists heavily, but such things now go on mostly in the United States. Contrary to George W. Bush's assertions, the jury is not out on Evolution any more than it's out on the Pythagorean Theorem, the Speed of Light or the age of the universe. But far worse than the pathological denials of fact are the immoral, dishonest and dangerous attacks on Darwinian science as a source of extremism. A "Christian" website that pre-judges movies for the believers has launched into an attack on Creation so viciously dishonest that it has succeeded in censoring it so that cannot be shown in the US.

It's easy for someone with little education and a superstitious mind to buy the slander that the philosophy of science founded by Charles Darwin leads to eugenics and that Darwin himself was
"a racist, a bigot and an 1800s naturalist whose legacy is mass murder". His "half-baked theory" directly influenced Adolf Hitler and led to "atrocities, crimes against humanity, cloning and genetic engineering."

But of course we're not told how little the real Darwinism has to do with the "survival of the fittest" interpretation cooked up by others. One might as well blame Louis Pasteur for biological warfare. One might as well blame Nietzsche's hatred of anti-Semitism for Hitler. One might as well blame Jesus for the Crusades, the Inquisition and the dangerous lies of the American religious right. That less than 40% of Americans "believe" in evolution shows the cultivated and stultifying ignorance that lubricates our downward slide, that produces the enthusiastic gullibility that produces sign waving mobs and demented political displays.

Of course the Christian jihad against science and scientific method and scientific epistemology is part of a larger Church led war against Democracy. The concept of heresy, the freedom of opinion, is a grave offense but the backbone of Autocracy and the greatest impediment to Democracy in history has been religious orthodoxy. So far they've kept that movie out of our country and our survival depends on their failure to maintain our ignorance.


RR said...

religion -- the greatest invention to control the mind of man ... ever.

betmo said...

well said

Capt. Fogg said...

I try to stay off the subject - high blood pressure and all that, but you know what I'm talking about.

Anonymous said...

I'm doing an assignment on "censorship"....needless to say, you've given me a great start. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

hey! this is very educational!!!

Anonymous said...

I’m Christian. I feel pity for all of you that think that science can or should disprove religion. I love science, I have Master of Science in IT and more that I know, the more I believe in God. I feel so sad that you are not capable of understanding this.

Capt. Fogg said...

Of course you feel that way, without being able to puff yourself up through admittedly baseless belief, you'd be at the low end of the pity scale yourself.

If you really had any knowledge of science you'd know that it has little if anything to do with proving or disproving -- and of course technology isn't science at all, is it?

pk said...

Thanks for such a lucid blog
"God business " is an extremely high profit sector. Different religions not unlike multi- national business enterprises fight quite fiercely to keep it that way. Darwinian way of thinking is their greatest threat. The consumer have to be savy and see through the smoke.