Bible Classes, Creationism Do Not Belong in Public Schools. Period.

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In an effort to provide greater clarification to my intended meaning in this post, I’ve penned another titled, “Providing Some Clarification: Intelligent Design and Freedom of Religion.” I suggest you read it too.

For reasons that are perpetually beyond my capability to fully discern or grasp, this is a hard pill for conservative Evangelicals and, in a lot of cases, Christians in general to swallow. I don’t want to presume to understand their intentions or even assume that they are universally the same, but it seems to me that the people who support advancing creationism and teaching the Bible in public schools do so because they feel they’re somehow protecting America’s “Christian heritage.” If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know how I feel about that: it’s completely ridiculous.

On Thursday, April 12, 2012, the Arizona state legislature passed and submitted for gubernatorial approval House Bill 2563, which charged the Arizona State Board of Education to “design a high school elective course titled ‘The Bible and its influence on Western Culture,’ which would include lessons on the history, literature and influence of the Old and New testaments on laws, government and culture, among other aspects of society,” according to the Huffington Post. Continue reading

Segregationist Christianity

Now Christians can network without having to put up with those bothersome non-believers.

Several months ago, Charisma magazine carried a story about a new social networking site–an exclusively Christian social networking site. “Sanctuary,” as the site is called, is for people “that believe Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior” and is a place “[w]here believers with common interests can develop friendships, arrange study groups and a lot more.” As if that isn’t a good enough description, Charisma’s brief story on the new site stated:

Much like Facebook, lets you create a profile with detailed information about yourself, including your church denomination, hobbies, occupation, and favorite Bible verses. You can also search for Christians with similar interests and send friend requests, develop groups based on common interests, and send event invitations.

As if many Christians don’t seek to isolate themselves from the world as it is, now there’s a place where they can do all the stuff they’d do on Facebook but without all those Godless, lecherous, beastly non-believers. Heaven forbid Christian believers should actually interact with people not of their creed on the Internet; there’s no telling what would happen.

One of the most disgusting things to me about conservative Christianity is the extreme to which the term “family-friendly” has been taken. It’s come to encompass a meaning far more extensive than simply “things safe for children;” in effect, it’s come to mean “free of non-Christian involvement or influence.” “Family friendly” has come to represent an intellectually sterilized discourse, an irrational hostility to innovation, and a self-imposed segregation by many believers from meaningful outside contact.

While people mayn’t have heard of, I’d be willing to bet most have heard of I struggle against choking on my own bile every time one of their commercials comes on television–it just begs the question, “Why do some Christians go to such lengths to portray the whole of us as creepy commune builders?”

I’m no theologian, but I have a feeling it wasn’t Christ’s intent for us to do everything we could to isolate ourselves from the world. This insular Christianity does nothing to advance Christ’s Kindgom on Earth; if anything, it furthers the picture of the Christian faith as an exclusive club reserved only for the people who have it all together or who know the lingo.