Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

'Christian Nation' threatens US national security

Claims that America is a “Christian nation” may thrill the breasts of those who affiliate their religion with our immediate national identity --  but that thinking is not only wrong, it is at least as threating to our national security as the Taliban’s belief that Afghanistan is an Islamic nation.   Both claims are based on shear ignorance of reality and what benefits they provide for the health and security of their peoples.
God didn’t bring pilgrims to American so much as fanatic religious believes drove them away from their European origins.   And God didn’t guide early pilgrim’s to the shores of north America.  Human made sextants were used to observe and dictate their course using the science of the heavens.  Those who perished in the oceans along the way weren’t being punished God’s weather wrath.   They died from weather patterns that today we avoid by using more modern human made technologies -- technologies that evolved human brains designed using the science and technology that evolved using the scientific method –not the observance of prayer.   We now use these same logical powers to put real men into the real heavens in spite of policy makers who preach about an imaginary heaven.  
The greatest flaw in our species evolution however was the evolution of our cerebral cortex the same brain matter that allows us to invent unprecedented effective tools while at the same time believing anything.   By yield to us the power of imagination it has allowed us to create over 40,000 variations of Christianity alone.   Most versions capable of ignoring basic facts that lead to the science and technology that now ensures humanities most basic freedoms and tools for survival.   From modern medicine, antibiotics, and vaccines to the infrastructure of roads, clean water, sanitation, communication, energy, transportation and finance -- and both environmental, economic and national security.
Our nation’s founding fathers may have been men of God but they were also men who gained knowledge from the study of reality.  They understood the weaknesses of adhering to the vague and often misinterpreted scripture that birth beliefs of religious ideology.   
Our nation’s scientific innovations over generations has given us far more advances and advantages than the temperamental guarantees of our Constitution’s ‘ freedom of religion’ which has burdened our nation with hundreds of new ‘faith’ based belief systems and millions of scientifically ignorant citizens.   
Today’s GOP led denial of the science of evolution and climate change appears to be mirrored by the liberal denial of the documented safety of vaccines and cellphones.   Objective truth has given way to Steven Colbert’s invented word ‘truthiness’. 
Both political and public disagreeable discourse appears endless and devoid of objective terminology or tests of accuracy.  The result is policy makers that determine policy not on fact but on persistent belief systems that can yield any concept a human brain can conceive. 
Today, both the media and those running for office are more attuned to a loud ignorant voice than a calm rational observation imparting knowledge from an impartial study of reality.
While religion can play a vital role in bring people together and dampening the destructive 'independent' self image we own more than Christ's vision, our species, not just our nation is at risk if we cannot evolve a belief system that incorporates both the best of science and the best of Christianity and other religions of peace, justice and human compassion.