I was trying to make a point which maybe I didn't make clearly. I disagreed with the statement that was both the subject line and in the body of the email. Specifically "Science must lead way, not religion." To me they go together.
My heart and my head need to work together, both individually and collectively. I associate my heart with religion and my head with science. Science can be used destructively by misguided, greedy and angry people just as religion can. Where are my values? What is the root of my behavior?
I agree with Michael Lerner, organizer of the NSP (Network of Spiritual Progressives, see www.spiritualprogressives.org) that 1) the so-called left or progressive side of politics often denigrates and is arrogant when in discussions with the so-called right or fundamentalist side of politics. 2) the Democrats and Greens and environmentalists need to examine what the roots of their source of support is. Why do so many people like George Bush? What are the unconscious reasons? Paul Levy is also an interesting writer to me here. Maybe their emphasis on family and connection and community and faith speaks to something that is lacking on the left or progressive side, that so often emphasizes economics and materialism and environmental survival. (These are my words not M. Lerner's). If you are political as I am, we need to find ways to communicate with the other individuals where religion is important. 3) We need to organize and unite people of "faith" who are religious or spiritual with people who are secular or atheist.
My previous email was not arguing that science was not important. It was not saying that religion and science should be taught together. I thought that "delavan" did a beautiful job of discussing the importance of both science and religion. I agree "We are all individual, yet one with all that exists."peace,
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.