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Re: E-M:/ Science must lead way, not religion
- Subject: Re: E-M:/ Science must lead way, not religion
- From: "J E Olmsted" <email@example.com>
- Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2006 12:04:55 -0400
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I'm sorry, but I must respectfully disagree. Yes, science is important, must be heeded. However, my concern about the earth started, when I saw the beauty of a sunset on the Great Lakes, when I wondered with awe how this beautiful land came into being. I have a faith of sorts rooted in a respect for all of creation. Furthermore, I have a source of strength that comes from experiences in meditation.
To bash religion is wrong. The problem is those that wish to impose their "faith" and their philosophy on the rest of us and the rest of creation. We need to respect everyone and everything, even those with whom we disagree. Part of the solution to the mess we are in on earth, is due to a lack of love and respect for ourselves, each other and the earth and other creatures. Let's remember a great
inspirational man of Martin Luther King or Gandhi that healed with vision and not with anger. Let's not let that anger run our lives, even though it may give us motivation and energy at times.
Also, being a person of God, Allah, Buddha, etc does not mean you disregard the scientific method, critical reasoning or rationality. So don't think I am saying that.
On 9/23/06, HAMILTREEF@aol.com <HAMILTREEF@aol.com> wrote:
The 'Sportsmen for Bush' network in Michigan is having fits that any state or Federal F&W biologist, university scientist, or environmentalist would dare challenge their divine DeVos. They are willing to destroy their own fish/hunt habitats with DeVos CAFO manure etc. Voodoo science is more important to DeVos than the protection of state natural resources or our outdoor heritage.
DeVos' recent statement that Michigan schools should be allowed to teach creation theory in science classes flies in the face of reason and court decisions and should concern anyone who cares about issues that affect the outdoors resources we love.
One question DeVos must answer is which creation theory we will teach. Just the Christian one? How about the Buddhist one? Do we teach our kids about the Maori belief that the god Maui fished from a great canoe, which became New Zealand's South Island, and hooked a huge ray, which became North Island? Or the Navajo creation story that First Man and First Woman were created from clouds?
America didn't become pre-eminent in world affairs by injecting religion into science classes. Evolution was a back-burner issue until fundamentalists became a major influence in DeVos' political party about 20 years ago.