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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Blessed are the Meek
For they shall inherit the Earth, which is good, since as Monty Python pointed out, "they have a hell of a time." The Meek will not be found among the conservative evangelical Christian groups suddenly setting up shop in Ottawa, secure in the knowledge that they helped elect Stephen Harper and now it is payback time. U.S. religious right bogeymen like Rev. James Dobson and the GOP's own Gollum Ralph Reed have their personal representatives amongst the flock setting up lobby groups.
The Galloping Beaver has a round up of the Christofacists flocking to Ottawa

Holy shit -- literally
Because these guys are both "Holy" and full of "shit" -- have a look at this article on "Biblically Correct museum tours" and tell me it isn't a sign of the impending educational apocalypse that is going to roll around in about 20 years when all these home-schooled Jesus freaks make up a significant portion of the voting population in North America. Why is it that the religion that gave us the Renaissance and Thomas Aquinas is now dedicating itself to the pursuit of total ignorance. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.

Bible Guides Tour Museums to Counter Science

The Associated Press
Friday, February
17, 2006; 7:00 AM

BOULDER, Colo. -- Inside the flagship lab of the National Center of Atmospheric Research, a dozen home-schooled children and their parents walk past the offices of scientists grappling with topics from global warming and microphysics to solar storms and the electrical fields of lightning.
They are trailing Rusty Carter, a guide with Biblically Correct Tours. At a large, colorful panel along a wall, Carter reads aloud from a passage describing the disappearance of dinosaurs from the earth about 65 million years ago. He and some of the older students exchange knowing smiles at the timeline, which contradicts their interpretation the Bible suggesting a 6,000-year-old planet.

"Did man and dinosaurs live together?" Carter asks. A timid yes comes from the students.
"How do we know that to be true?" Carter says. There's a long pause.
"What day did God create dinosaurs on?" he continues.
"Six," says a chorus of voices.
"What day did God create man on?"
"Did man and dinosaurs live together?"
"Yes," the students say.

Mission accomplished for Carter, who has been leading such tours since 1988. He and the other guides counter secular interpretations of history, nature and the origin of life with their own literal reading of the Bible. And they do so right at the point where they feel they feel science indoctrinates young people _ museums.

Go and read the whole thing and weep. On the other hand, does this mean that we can take a handful of biologist and logicians and take tours of kids through churchs? How about going around to the homes of Jehovah's Witnesses and trying to get them to take a copy of "Science"?