…the far right is trying to convince everyone that evolution is not scientific fact. or, rather, that scientific fact is irrelevant in the face of religious doctrine.
“Kansas school board takes evolution to trial [Salon]”:http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2005/05/13/kansas/
Here’s the thing:
bq. “For that matter, he also views the entire struggle over evolution as merely a wedge in the religious right’s efforts to tear down the constitutional wall between church and state.”
I believe the same thing. That is the end goal– to marry church and state in the U.S.
To be honest, even the process of this battle results in the beginnings of religious persecution and intolerance. I’ve seen an erosion in my own ability to be tolerant of Christians in general, and right-leaning Christians in particular. Reflecting on this recently, I realized that this must be how religious wars begin. When everyone is keeping their religious beliefs out of the way of others, for the most part, it’s easy to be tolerant. When one group decides to push their beliefs on others in an agressive way, especially through politics, it becomes much harder to tolerate.
I guess I need to separate out tolerance of beliefs from intolerance of what I see as an unacceptable and extremely dangerous trend in our government.
In case anyone needs a review, we have a separation of church and state because the people who wrote the Constitution realized that it is the only way to ensure that all citizens are protected from religious persecution– you know, the reason white people settled in the Americas to begin with?