Religion has faith. Science has theories. Which field has a better grasp of the intangible and more accurately gauges the future? Moreover which, if either, is more worthy of the attention of political leaders when they make policy decisions?p>Well, a bunch of scientists think the Christians have influenced the White House and Congress for far too long and now they want dibs. The Center for Inquiry-Transnational , a nonprofit that “encourages evidence-based inquiry into science, pseudoscience, medicine and health, religion, ethics, secularism, and society,” has initiated a lobbying (and sometimes litigating) effort to promote science-based policy to the exclusion of religion. CFI’s ” Declaration in Defense of Science and Secularism ” further explains how troubled they are by followers of a Higher Power: br> /p>
We are deeply concerned about the ability of the United States to confront the many challenges it faces, both at home and abroad. Our concern has been compounded by the failure exhibited by far too many Americans, including influential decision-makers, to understand the nature of scientific inquiry and the integrity of empirical research. This disdain for science is aggravated by the excessive influence of religious doctrine on our public policies.br> There you have it: deep-thinkers inhabit the material world, while the religious operate under a form of doltishness. Even the Washington Post bought the concept , headlining its article on CFI’s announcement, “Think Tank Will Promote Thinking.” Perhaps the newspaper would label a corresponding effort by the Family Research Council, “Faith Organization Will Promote Fantasy.”
The science community usually finds favor with the mainstream media, who have faith in the unseen only when it has to do with global warming and hurricane predictions. Their reporters (at least the one’s who occupy prime journalistic real estate) consistently hold scientific theory in higher regard than belief in a real God. Never the twain shall reconcile.p>That shouldn’t come as any surprise to the God-honoring, because the Bible talks about those who think faith is unknowable and unreal. The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:14: “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” He also exhorted believers to “walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7). That is “foolishness” to the science establishment, as evolution proponents showed earlier this month
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Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?