Science and Religion, Bill Nye and the Mayor of San Antonio – A Clash of World Views in Texas

May 7, 2017

Introduction

The getting cannot be termed rational or blameless who obeys any ascendancy but that of reason. Mary Wollstonecraft

After carrying a keynote endure anniversary in Roanoke on the accommodation of science and reason, exuberance, liberty, awakening and bigger men and women with abounding references to Robert Green Ingersoll, I was accessible for the aboriginal adventure of a new Netflix alternation that complements all these qualities, namely, Bill Nye Saves the World.

The aboriginal adventure entertained, abreast and accomplished – three things that every keynote should do. The adventure focused on demonstrating the absoluteness and alarming after-effects of altitude change – and how a acute approaching could be mitigated by changes in accessible behavior and avant-garde accurate safeguards during the advancing decades. Using a console of experts, appropriate letters from about the apple and a alternation of demonstrations, Nye fabricated ablaze the dangers, and apparent the solutions.

However, afterwards a sea change in the science articulacy of the political class, the approaching looks grim.

The Show

Bill Nye is a accomplished apostle of science. His new appearance commenced just canicule afterwards the March for Science in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and cities beyond the U.S. and the world.

Nye’s ambition is to advance a accurate view, a key affection of the Reason ambit of REAL wellness. This acclimatization is analytical in America for ambidextrous finer with the aggression of adoration in accessible action by Republican politicians (and a few Democrats). The admeasurement of altitude change abnegation and all forms of bad backroom aggressive by assurance on revelation, angelic books, conduct of the adolescent and the advantaged cachet of religions, no amount how antic their behavior and behavior (see Scientology) is a blackmail to able-bodied getting far greater than a lot of recognize. Carl Sagan, who gave us the admirable insights of Baloney Detector guidelines for acceptable decision-making, said that a civilian association abased on technology that seeks to accumulate abstracted affairs of abbey and accompaniment accept to advance a science – acquainted population.

This is not something we adore in America. The result? The administration and backroom we accept today at the civic and abounding accompaniment levels.

Because acumen and science are not priorities in our academy systems, we accept dunderheads who are aggressively anti-science. Things are worse than bad because humans do not accept how science works and its applications in circadian activity – the religious elements accept in actuality created an air of anti-science. Science is the affliction of superstition; the bewitched thinkers, however, do accept that benightedness is their friend.

As Nye put it:

When presented with affirmation that conflicts with your worldview, you’ve either got to change your absolute worldview which you’ve captivated for decades or your accomplished life, or abjure the evidence. And abstinent the affirmation is easier.

Surprisingly, Bill Nye believes that if we plan at it and present acumen in able ways, people will appear around. I don’t accept that, admitting I absolutely wish to.

An Egregious Example of Antediluvian Thinking

At a appointment for ambassador candidates endure week, accepted San Antonio ambassador Ivy Taylor was asked about the basis causes of abjection in San Antonio. Her response:

Broken people. Humans not getting in relationships with their creator and accordingly not getting in acceptable accord with their families and their communities and not getting advantageous associates of society. So I mean, I anticipate that’s the ultimate answer.

Translation: Nonreligious humans are at the basis of society’s ills.

This strikes me as getting accidentally calumniating to anybody in San Antonio who is not a judgmental, anti-science Christian fundamentalist. More seriously, it’s a absorption of the actuality that adoration can and does cede contrarily acquainted beings ignorant, socially antipathetic and annoyingly divisive. This ambassador and just about every Republican in the Congress and Accompaniment Houses beyond the acreage are ill-fitted for political office.

The ambassador should apperceive that there is no affirmation for a sky god creator, and if there were such an article we’d accept no reliable clues as to what a accord with him/her or it ability entail. Based on absolute religious dogmas, I’d assumption it would entail lots of accedence and cringing, abhorrence and guilt.

As Annie Laurie Gaylor explained in a Freedom From Adoration Foundation (FFRF) account absolution on April 25th, the atomic religious countries of this world:

* Accept the everyman ante of agitated crime, assassination and corruption.

* Are the best places to accession accouchement and be a mother.

* Accept the everyman levels of bent adjoin ancestral and indigenous minorities.

* Score accomplished if it comes to women’s rights and gender equality.

* Accept the greatest aegis and amusement of political and civilian liberties.

* Are bigger at educating their adolescence in reading, algebraic and science.

* Are the a lot of peaceful, the a lot of affluent and accept the accomplished superior of life.

The alternation amid lower asceticism and college civic abundance is not bound to an all-embracing analysis. This trend aswell exists aural United States. Those states that are the a lot of religious aswell accept a top accident of civic ills. The a lot of religious states in the nation tend to accept the accomplished ante of poverty, obesity, baby mortality, sexually transmitted diseases, boyhood pregnancy, annihilation and agitated crime.

The ambassador uses her asceticism to adviser her politics, but the appointment she holds is not a belvedere for injecting superstition into accessible policy. Godlessness is not the basis of all, or any evil, for that matter. There is no affirmation bond non-belief in a sky god with ancestors accord or activity in a advantageous accommodation in society.

Godlessness is not the problem: superstition that fosters attrition to absoluteness is the problem.

The mayor’s animadversion alarm to apperception the words of Edward Gibbon in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire describing aboriginal Christianity:

It was not in this apple that the archaic Christians were acquisitive of authoritative themselves either acceptable or useful.

All the best. Be able-bodied and anticipate beeline and try to attending on the ablaze ancillary of life.

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