No, no that kind of threesome.
Every Thursday will be a specific topic and three examples of such. I swear I’ll keep this regular, which also means that there will be at least one post per week (actually two, if you count the Spanish version).
So, this Thursday we open with Beyond Crazy
What is Beyond Crazy? Well, most of us already grant some kind of “crazy” to religious beliefs, whether they involve following a church that protects pedophiles, those who preach love but try to deny rights for everyone, or those who will kill you to show you how peaceful their religion is.
Well, what can be crazier than that? Regardless of the nonsensical beliefs we see, “beliefs” might be debatable, as means of how anyone can conduct their lives.
What isn’t debatable is what science can prove to us. No matter how much you dislike it, scientific knowledge is the best way to know what happens around us. Yet, there are still those who will defend their cherished beliefs against the evil science that proves them false.
We must already know what creationism is, right? The idea that the Earth was created some 6000 years ago by God. Despite it being obvious bullshit, there are many who would rather believe that than acknowledge that God had nothing to do with our existence.
Creationism is a big issue in the US since many evangelical conservatives a big chunk of the population and tend to vote for candidates retarded enough to consider this “the truth” and enact policies giving it an equal status as evolution.
But there are more. There is not just creationism that predates our science class thanks to religious nutjobs. The Catholics also have their non-plus-ultra of stupidty, embodied in the idea that Galileo was Wrong and The Church was Right. What does this mean?
Galileo Was Wrong is a detailed and comprehensive treatment of the scientific evidence supporting Geocentrism, the academic belief that the Earth is immobile in the center of the universe. Garnering scientific information from physics, astrophysics, astronomy and other sciences, Galileo Was Wrong shows that the debate between Galileo and the Catholic Church was much more than a difference of opinion about the interpretation of Scripture.
Scientific evidence available to us within the last 100 years that was not available during Galileo's confrontation shows that the Church's position on the immobility of the Earth is not only scientifically supportable, but it is the most stable model of the universe and the one which best answers all the evidence we see in the cosmos.
I really hoped this was a joke, and that the simplicity with which the we was designed was proof of that. However, if I google the name of the book’s writer, Robert A. Sungenis, we find that he actually believes in geocentrism, always inspired in the Catholic Church.
If I’m not mistaken, the church’s official position is on heliocentrism is of approval. Yet, we get to see fervorous Catholics like Sungenis come up with such views.
Last but not least, if you think that geocentrism and creationism are the most idiotic things you have ever heard, open space for…
3. The Flat Earth Society
Yes, flat Earth as in “The Earth is flat, not a sphere”
I don’t know what to say. Seriously, this is… I don’t know. There is no mention to religion in the official webpage, it’s Facebook page or in an article about the society in The Guardian. However, many of the beliefs of the society are, well, bible based:
"The facts are simple," says Charles K. Johnson, president of the International Flat Earth Research Society. "The earth is flat."
Johnson's beliefs are firmly grounded in the Bible. Many verses of the Old Testament imply that the earth is flat, but there's more to it than that. According to the New Testament, Jesus ascended up into heaven.
"The whole point of the Copernican theory is to get rid of Jesus by saying there is no up and no down," declares Johnson. "The spinning ball thing just makes the whole Bible a big joke."
Not the Bible but Johnson's own common sense allowed him to see through the globe myth while he was still in grade school. He contends that sensible people all over the world, not just Bible believers, realize that the earth really is flat.
I guess anyone must have a hard time trying to find something crazier than these ideas. While the first two are not very popular, creationism is. That’s the threat that religion presents to us as a society. It asks believers to have faith, unbeatable faith, to believe without seeing. And if there is a chance to see reality, deny it with all your strength. Because the bible, the word of God, and whatever interpretation it might have got cannot be wrong. In other words, it asks us to become mindless zombies, lemmings that will follow anything and anyone who holds the flag of God.