Bill Maher does not rate much attention. I don’t watch his show, and I rarely pay attention to his attempts at comedy. He’s not very funny. It’s no wonder that he went into the baser things of life after his flop as an actor. He appeared in the forgettable 1989 film Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death and lesser known films thereafter.
His latest attack on religion (almost a weekly occurence on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher) is a slam at Texas Gov. Rick Perry for suggesting that religion might have a role to play in bringing moral sanity to our nation’s government schools. Here was Maher’s take on the suggestion:
This stuff makes them so crazy. I could give you a hundred examples. But my favorite this week, Rick Perry — remember Rick Perry down in Texas? — he said Obama’s suggestions for gun control disgust him. And he said the real answer to this problem isn’t laws; it’s prayer.
You know what, I know you’re not supposed to say this about elected officials, but I would pay to watch Rick Perry defend himself against a school shooter with prayer.
Although I guess that’s just a crazy fantasy, Rick Perry in a school.
Of course, Gov. Perry was not saying that the act of prayer can stop bullets. He was suggesting that there is an evil stalking our land. It’s no wonder that any talk of behavioral absolutes that are based on a belief in God is viewed as a moral intrusion and contrary to the First Amendment.
Why is it wrong to bully or kill in a world where there is nothing greater than the will of evolved creatures? We got here by rape and killing, as evolution teaches as scientific fact, so who’s to say we have to stop now? Bill Maher?
An article appeared in USA TODAY in 1993 that makes the point. It was written by Barbara Reynolds and is titled “If Your Kids Go Ape in School, You’ll Know Why.”1
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Don’t be surprised if our little darlings go ape or get up to monkeyshines when they return to class.
Misbehavior tops the list of what parents and teachers worry about.
And that’s exactly where such concerns belong, considering what kids are not being taught in school.
In most schools, Johnetta and Johnny are being taught evolution, that humankind evolved from apes.2
The issue came to the forefront recently because a school district near San Diego had the good sense to adopt a policy of teaching creationism -much to the dismay of critics, including USA TODAY’s editorial page.
It is amazing that media institutions that virtually worship the First Amendment are the first to toss it when it comes to religious free speech. When both creationism and evolution are taught side by side, you don’t have the establishment of a religion, which the Constitution prohibits, but an opportunity to be protected from one-sided, narrow thinking, which the Constitution encourages.
Prohibiting the teaching of creationism in favor of evolution creates an
atheistic, belligerent tone that might explain why our kids sometimes perform like Godzilla instead of children made in the image of God.
While evolution teaches that we are accidents or freaks of nature, creationism shows humankind as the offspring of a divine Creator. There are rules to follow which govern not only our time on Earth, but also our afterlife.
One philosophy preaches happenstance with mayhem as a conclusion; the other, divine order. One suggests the survival of the fittest; the other, a commitment to serve the weakest and sickest among us. To me, there is no contest. Teaching evolution makes about as much sense as teaching our kids that humankind was grown in a cabbage patch or raised by wolves. Even in the dullest mind, a light bulb should go off: Who created the cabbage, and who made the wolves?
Under the rules of evolution, teachers are forced to answer to King Kong rather than to the King of Kings.
We are not human animals. We have written speech and higher intellect, but more important, we have souls fueled by a spirit of right or wrong.
Human action is determined by core beliefs. Creationism teaches that humans are wonderfully made with the promise of high expectations.
If evolution is forced on our kids, we shouldn’t be perplexed when they beat on their chests or, worse yet, beat on each other and their teachers.