People keep sending me interesting news stories! More than I can handle! So let me do a little linkdump here, and you can sort through them and see if anything is of interest.
Ben Stein is visiting Baylor! You knew they’d rush to squeeze in one more dramatic scene of the oppressive atmosphere at a Baptist university while the Marks/Dembski noise is still hot. The ass-prod, Mathis, is going to be cruising the campus for footage, and he claims the biology majors are reluctant to talk to him: “If you were a biology student, you wouldn’t dare touch this.” The implication is that biology majors are afraid of being blackballed. More likely, they know that the ID clowns are dishonest frauds. Or maybe they’ve heard that Mathis misrepresents himself, and they just don’t trust him.
There’s an effort on the way to ‘frame’ environmentalism as a principle of religious obligation — it’s an attempt to win the faithful to the cause of saving the earth. Some people object.
Something will have to give, and fundamentalist environmentalists are not about to budge on their deeply held convictions. Ultimately, evangelicals will have to sacrifice their deeply held convictions if they are to continue to team up with dogmatic environmentalists.
As Rabbi Daniel Lapin observed on Dr. James Dobson’s radio program, the whole purpose of the environmental movement is to do away with Genesis 1-3.
Oh, my goodness. I would never have predicted that.
It’s always nice to hear about a day in the garden.
Here’s an interesting article on Southern Fundamentalists and the civil rights movement. It suggests a source of the fundamentalist problem in this country today:
This study suggests that the civil rights movement created a cultural and religious crisis that compelled southern fundamentalists to respond. At the same time, their response to particular social, political, and racial imperatives was filtered through their self-proclaimed fundamentalist ideology. While fundamentalism itself is not inherently racist, the southern fundamentalists cited here expressed their own racist sentiments largely through the medium of their fundamentalist theology.
If only those civil rights agitators had been a little bit more courteous and deferential…maybe they could have compromised on some of the issues that most angered fundamentalists. Like these:
The civil rights movement was unacceptable to southern fundamentalists for several reasons. First, it promoted a form of racial “mingling” which undermined the God ordained separation of the races and increased the possibility for racial intermarriage, a clear violation of biblical teaching. Second, it fostered social and political anarchy which disturbed the social order and engendered violence, riots, and civil disobedience, a violation of biblical teaching on authority and government. Third, at best it was a tool of socialists and communists in their efforts to bring down American democracy. At worst, the movement was itself a communist inspired attempt to destroy the nation, a threat to Christian civilization and freedom. Fourth, it was led by religious modernists, infidels, and apostates whose views on Scripture, the virgin birth, and other fundamental dogmas made them enemies of true religion and genuine faith, a violation of biblical doctrine.
That list of the crimes of the civil rights movement sure sounds like the same stuff we hear about evolution, doesn’t it?
Family isn’t getting along? Need to abuse the spouse in a socially sanctioned way? Use the Bible! It’s the ethical way to alienate children and parents!
The Pentagon is being sued … for trying to compel soldiers to be Christians. I have mixed feelings about that. The military has a clear and valid interest in turning it’s soldiers into blindly obedient, amoral killers, and what better way than to make sure they are all fervent members of a mindless death cult?