Sometime during May there was a thread about the evil effects of evolution, and creationis

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From: kgs@maths.uq.oz.au (Ken Smith) Message-ID: Newsgroups: talk.origins Sometime during May there was a thread about the evil effects of evolution, and creationist claims that belief in evolution was at the bottom of the moral decay of Western society. Shortly after this thread expired a news item appeared on the front page of "The Courier-Mail" - the daily morning newspaper in Queensland, Australia - on May 31, 1993. It contained the following items. I have replaced one word by ?????, and have omitted some words. Too much ????? leads to homosexuality, moral decay, racial intolerance, economic decline and single-parent families, ... "We should not be the slave of ?????," ... ????? had become a "religion" ... and had led to gross moral decay with widespread drug abuse and homosexuality and the growth of single-parent families. After you've had a moment or two to think what word might be represented by ????? press the space bar (or whatever you do to see the next screen of information) A news item from the front page of "The Courier-Mail" - the daily morning newspaper in Queensland, Australia - May 31, 1993. The headline and the first five paragraphs read: Democracy leads to decay: Malaysia PM Kuala Lumpur: Too much democracy leads to homosexuality, moral decay, racial intolerance, economic decline and single-parent families, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says. "We should not be the slave of democracy," Dr Mahathir told a political rally in Kuala Lumpur. He accused Western countries of double standards and said immigrants to those nations were discriminated against. "They are controlled in the ghettos, oppressed, assaulted and even murdered," he said. Democracy had become a "religion" in the West and had led to gross moral decay with widespread drug abuse and homosexuality and the growth of single-parent families. So now we all know. It's not the fault of those nasty evilutionists after all. The real problem stems from those misleading documents Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence! Save our children from the perils of democracy! Teach totalitarianism and dictatorship in our schools! Bring back the Divine Right of Kings! --- Ken Smith ================================================================= It is interesting that throughout most of its history, Christianity, indeed all religion, but especially any established religion, can hardly be associated with democratic ideas. In Western Europe it was arguments about the "natural" rights of mankind, those rights conferred to all people because they are people, which led to democracy. The clergy and nobility and monarchs were all in league against democratic movements. Religionists of the conservative stripe, which includes all Creationists, cry "Morality!" meaning my morality, as a battle cry of controlling others by coercing their judgements on them. -------- Bruce Salem

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