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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Again, why was separation of church and state important? Well, take a look at Iran

I don't know why this is even an issue in the US and the western world. Church and state don't mix well together. Religion often regards unquestionable faith as a virtue, and a state that has the power to enforce such unquestionability from its citizens is no more than a totalitarian state. It's that easy.

Yet, we can't stop hearing from conservatives who want to "put God back in the schools, in the courts and in the government", as if that were a good thing. That's one of the dangers of the religious thinking, which portrays itself as a source of good and nothing else, even when spouting anti-scientific views or bigoted and discriminatory attitudes.

Want God in the state, and religion to be used to convert this in a "Christian nation"? Take a look at Iran and how they deal with that:

Iran Launches New Crackdown On Universities

The Iranian government says it will restrict the number of students admitted to humanities programs at universities, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

It follows criticism of humanities studies last year by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He called the humanities a field of study that "promotes skepticism and doubt in religious principles and beliefs," and that it was worrying that almost two-thirds of university students in Iran were seeking degrees in the humanities.

That is what religious leaders fear the most: Education. The more educated the people is, the less power the churches have. It's that easy.

Imagine if fucking Pat Robertson were the president of the US.
That's what the Iranians have to deal with

The Ayatollah is correct in one thing: humanities promotes skepticism and doubt in religious principles and beliefs. Those who study that need to view the world from an objective point of view, something very hard to do when having one's mind bound by outdated religious beliefs.

That Ayatollah and other religious leaders must be scared shitless of losing their power. Imagine that, people getting an education and challenging what they have been taught. That's dangerous!

Now, you might say that something like that would never happen in the western world. You may want to think that such disregard for education is something that only Islam can have. Yes, Islam can get very unscientific and totalitarian, and its adherents are more likely to go crazy for any reason. But Christianity is not very different. In 1925, Tennessee passed the “Butler Act”, which made it unlawful to deny the creation of man as written in the Bible. The law remained there until 1967, when it was challenged by the ACLU, an organization that the religious right dislikes a lot. Guess why.

But that wasn't the last we heard from creationism in schools, or, in other words, religious views imposed in state affairs (such as education). Earlier this year the Texas Board of Education approved the motion to study "all sides" of the theories regarding how we came to be. That puts creationism side-by-side with evolution. To the simple-minded, that might sound fair. But not for scientists, who actually know that creationism is no more than junk-science, compared to the theory of evolution.

Add to that other "faith-based" initiative that religious conservatives want to push in national policies, such as reproductive rights (against), sexual education (against), stem-cell research (against), gay rights (against, what else?) or freedom of religion for other religions (against, of course).

The nutjob at the left and all of those who think like him have no idea what they are talking about.

That is the kind of crazy shit we get when we put "God" (actually, its fans) in power. Iran, that's what we get. I'm sorry for the Iranian people who really want to get and education and understand the world, but, your religious government sucks. Seriously.

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