The objective of this study? To convince college-educated middle-class people that religious faith is the No. 1 force for evil in the modern world. "OMG! If we let our daughter go to church, kiss Vassar good-bye!" [emphasis theirs]No. Just...no. That's not how science works. However, the crazed Biblical literalists and creationists and all that who are running around telling us that Darwin caused Hitler and universal health care will lead to death panels are trying to convince us that whatever their bugaboo of the day happens to be is the number 1 force for evil in the world. It's just so much more effective if you convince people that it's your opponent who's up to all those nefarious schemes. It doesn't matter whether or not your original assertion is true. It only matters that it puts your opponent on the defensive. Because remember. The goal is not to make the world a better place for everyone. The goal is to win. Because everyone who is different than or disagrees with you is wrong. And evil. And doesn't deserve anything other than Hell. EDIT: Also, Frank Schaeffer may well be my new second-favorite internet Christian. Right behind Fred Clark. Seriously, the dude is on a roll. Also, that edit really isn't as off topic as you might think...
Friday, September 18, 2009
This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Okay, for those who don't know, a study came out the other day that indicated a correlation between conservative religious beliefs and teen pregnancy. First off: no shit. I mean, seriously. You tell your kids that abstinence is the only way and that Jesus will protect them from the horrible penises or vaginas and you know what happens? They're not prepared for the reality of being a hormonal teenager left to their own devices with another hormonal teenager. Anyway, Jesus' General linked to some random right-wing blog (warning: the stupid. It burns) that brought this up for a completely different reason. What struck me, though, was this interpretation of the original scientific study: