Dover Area School Board members violated the Constitution when they ordered that its biology curriculum must include the notion that life on Earth was produced by an unidentified intelligent cause, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III said.
Several members repeatedly lied to cover their motives even while professing religious beliefs, he said.
Lied. They. Lied.
What is it going to take for everyone to realize that religious leaders are not interested in protecting their flock – but instead are interested in retaining their power over their flocks?
Yes, I agree that there are religious leaders who are truly compassionate and altruistic. In fact, I believe these people are the majority – they lead little churches filled with the local community.
But I want to point out that it is that same community that keeps them ‘honest’. A small church can easily remove its pastor if the flock decides he or she is unworthy. It behooves even the preacher of the smallest church to live up to the ethical standards of his community because he earns his livelihood at their forbearance.
A religious leader may have the best of intentions, but it all boils down to the fact that their flock has put them in a position of power over them. Power tends to corrupt.
When a religious leader reaches the level of Pat Robertson, or James Dobson, or even the level of a big-city mega-church, it becomes impossible to ‘fire’ the minister for being ethically radical. This is especially true if the leader actually established that organization from nothing.
A population that rejects religion as illogical or fantastical is a threat to leaders who gain their power through religion. The Wedge Strategy is an attempt to counteract what was seen as increasing encroachment of secular principles in our society.
Science is seen as a threat to religion since it tends to overcome religious training by objectively discovering the fundamental principles of nature. The attempt by religious radicals to inject Intelligent Design into basic science is nothing more than an attempt to not only stay in power, but to increase the power held by religion.
In order to attain their goals, the religious right will lie. They. Will. Lie. As was proved in this trial. And what is worse, the religious right will not see a lie as a sin if the lie is told to save someone’s soul. They believe that by lying, they are preventing a greater wrong.
But all they are really doing is being self-serving, whether they are aware of this fact or not.