12 February 2009

CHRISTIANS BEHAVING BADLY #3 lying creationists

In my attempt to show that being religious
is not a guarantee of moral behavior,
this post is a part of my series of reports featuring the
bad behavior of religious people, past or present....

Look for other posts showing the bad behavior
perpetrated by members of other religious groups.

Christians are always saying that in order to be moral, one must believe in God. They claim believing in Jesus makes Christians kind, compassionate, tolerant, honest, and ethical.
Does it?
A few nights ago, my husband and I watched a rebroadcast of a PBS "NOVA" program "Judgment Day, Intelligent Design on Trial" about the Evolution/Intelligent Design case in Dover, PA in 2005. Some of the citizens who were against “Intelligent Design” in the classroom, candidates for the school board (running to oust the Creationists), and Judge John E. Jones who heard the case, received death threats from some of the “good Christians” of Dover.
In his ruling, Judge Jones (a George W. Bush appointee, no less) stated: “It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose behind the ID Policy.” (Judge Rules Against “Intelligent Design,” MSNBC, 12/20/05)
According to the Washington Post 11/11/05, after the citizens of Dover voted all eight school board members (who had approved ID as an alternative to evolution) out of office, Pat Robertson (founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and the Christian Coalition) warned on his daily TV show: "I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: if there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God -- you just rejected Him from your city. And don't wonder why He hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for His help because he might not be there."
Robertson has a long history of apocalyptic warnings and provocative statements.

TODAY: 2/12/09
is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.

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