There’s this absurd mindset in conservative Christian circles that neutrality with regards to religion is somehow anti-religious. If people in positions of power aren’t preaching Christianity left and right, there’s anti-Christian bias afoot.
The concept of a pluralistic society where people of different beliefs can live and work together means nothing to them.
Case in point: Creationist Ken Ham on Twitter this morning desperately trying to condemn public schools:
Public schools are really religious institutions using our tax money to impose the religion of secular humanism on generations of kids
Give him credit, everyone. He packs more bullshit into 140 characters than I thought possible.
Look: Public schools aren’t religious. They’re secular in the broad sense of the work. They don’t take a position on faith. They work from a place of neutrality and leave the proselytizing to parents and pastors.And if he’s upset about tax money pushing a religion, maybe he should decline that tax break from Kentucky citizens worth up to $18 million based on attendance to his Noah’s Ark theme park.
Ham gets this issue wrong all the time because he’s convinced that Creationism is just a form of suppressed science. It’s not. It’s a form of mythology, with no evidence backing it up, that Ham is welcome to spout from his Kentucky bubble. But in the real world, where facts matter and the Bible isn’t some magical source of supreme authority, Creationism has no credibility.
It’s been said before, but if anyone could disprove evolution (over billions of years), it would be revolutionary. It would overturn every field of science and force us to rethink everything we ever thought we knew about how the world works.
Take away the Bible, though, and Ham is left with nothing to justify his beliefs other than bad math and a reliance on ignorance.