For those of you out there who didn’t grow up in the evangelical culture, you may not be aware of this.
Did you know that there are many, many fundamentalist Christians who believe that God is basically pulling the wool over our eyes, planting phony evidence for carbon-dated fossils, geological formations, DNA-based evolutionary relationships, and redshifts from galaxies that indicate that they are far older than the 6,000 years of existence accounted for by biblical creation?
Seriously. The belief is that God, in his infinite wisdom, decided to not only not provide a stitch of evidence for the propositions laid out in his special book – he also decided to plant evidence that actually contradicts these assertions.
And why does this make my stomach a little queazy? It’s because this kind of thinking – that what we can see and experience and prove and test (let’s call this “science”) takes a back seat to what people want to believe – can lead to tragedy, destruction and death. Does that sound over the top? Maybe.
But here’s what’s happening: Greedy corporate interests and unscrupulous politicians are exploiting the anti-science attitudes imbedded in popular religion in order to suppress scientific results on issues of global importance – issues that threaten the generations of humanity that will follow ours. And then people get to do the “I don’t want to believe in human-induced climate change, so I don’t” thing, and get away with it…to the detriment of our planet and to our descendants. Their religion, egged on by corporations who benefit financially from destroying our planet, allows them to ignore unequivocal evidence, put their hands over their ears and shout “la, la, la, la, la, la, la – I can’t hear you!” while the world burns up. This makes my stomach feel a little oozie.