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(Was Okie Funk deliberately taken off the net by its previous hosting company for political reasons or was it simple negligence and incompetence? In any event, this new site is now under construction, but I will be posting blogs and creating my archives as I change things here over the next week or two. Thanks for all your emails and calls. Here was the last blog posted on the old site.)
Christian Fanatics Thwarted For Now
“To accept a faith just because it is customary means to be dishonest, to be cowardly, to be lazy. And do dishonesty, cowardice, and laziness then appear as the presupposition of morality.”—Fredrich Nietzsche, The Dawn
State Rep. Sally Kern’s anti-intellectual bill has died in a state Senate committee, but political observers caution elements of the bill could still be attached to late-session legislation.
House Bill 2107, or what I call the “Oklahoma Religious Act,” would have allowed teachers to present intelligent design, or neocreationism, in the state’s public classrooms. It was an attack on science, the scientific method, and the theory of evolution. It struck at the heart of critical inquiry and discovery. It was designed to dumb down Oklahoma students so they would not have an opportunity to succeed in life or become enlightened.
Intelligent design ideology makes the claim that since the natural world is so complicated, it must have been created by a designer or (wink, wink) the Christian God. The scientific theory of evolution, which makes no claim about how the world began, argues that natural world has changed over time.
Intelligent design ideology is almost exclusively supported by fundamentalist Christians or literalists who believe in the six-day creation story in the Bible. These fundamentalists, emboldened by the immorality and hypocrisy of the right-wing Bush administration and fueled by their own insecurities and doubts about their own religion, want to fashion government around their narrow-minded views. They lie and deceive in an attempt to get their theocratic legislation passed. They are not forthright. They lie because their beliefs are based on a foundation of lies and mythology.
It looks like all the intelligent design measures are dead for this year, and the state Senate under steady Democratic leadership should be commended. Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education and its listserv has done a great job monitoring the neocreationist bills and generating and uniting protest against them.
I continue to believe secular progressives need to challenge religious fundamentalists, pointing out contradictions and implausibility in the Bible and in their overall belief systems. The American fundamentalists started the fight when they politicized recently under a theocratic mandate. But if we are going to live in a fundamentalist Christian theocracy someday, maybe we should really analyze the fundamentalist belief system before we sign on to it, right? As many are arguing in America, it is time now to study the science of religion. The religious extremists started it. Let us not forget, one of their chief proponents, Ernest Istook, is running for governor here.
The Liar-In-Chief Should Resign
'Listen, I know of nobody -- I don't know of anybody in my administration who leaked classified information. If somebody did leak classified information, I'd like to know it, and we'll take the appropriate action. And this investigation is a good thing.”—George Bush, Sept. 30, 2003.
President George Bush has been caught in yet another deception. The question now is whether Bush is simply a pathological liar with a personality disorder or a misguided, pathetic puppet controlled by immoral weasels. Either way, he should resign so this country can return to some semblance of normalcy.
It was revealed last week that I. Lewis Scooter Libby has testified to a grand jury that Bush authorized a leak of sensitive intelligence information to former New York Times reporter neocon Judith Miller. Meanwhile, Bush has been claiming for months he wants to find such leakers and punish them. Perhaps, he should punish himself now by resigning.
According to news reports, Bush wanted to leak the information to bolster his fictional case for the Iraq War. Bush wanted Americans to believe Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction when he did not. Bush was directly involved in trying to manipulate the media to report his intentional lies and deception. It is despicable, and it shows, again, more immoral acts leading to a botched war.
Libby, who is under indictment, was the top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney before he recently resigned.
Iraq is now engaged in a great civil war because of the lies and short-sighted policies and incompetence of the Bush administration. Iraq is falling to pieces, disintegrating, and the entire region will be affected by the chaos. Thousands upon thousands of innocent lives— American soldiers and Iraqi citizens—have been lost. Even more have been severely injured with wounds that will last a lifetime. Billions of American tax dollars have been spent to fight a war that has no meaning, no purpose.
Bush and his handlers are sure to put their spin on this new revelation. For now, they decline to comment, which only confirms that Bush did authorize the leak. But here is the truth: Bush lied this country into a war that has turned into one of the largest, ugliest and immoral debacles ever in American history. The country needs to reconcile this fact with its democratic structures. The best and easiest way to do that would be for Bush to resign the presidency.