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Keep religion out of educational institutions: A few pointers to conceptual clarity

14 May 2012, 15:27
We need to clarify a few concepts that keep on appearing in the never-ending debate between the religiots and the rationalists raging on these pages.
 
The religionists are trying to convince the world (themselves included) that they have a final say over what should be allowed to be taught in our educational systems.
 
They are against evolution as a topic or they demand their religious derivatives to be included in the system.
 
If only we could get our concepts in a proper row.
Religion in not science. It is not based on the scientific method. Religion is plain faith.
To use it as an excuse to rebut findings based on the scientific method is not only wrong. It is dishonest.
 
The bible represents religion. It is not scientific. It is just plain silly if you consider that it has given rise to so many different religious systems and belief systems - not even to mention animosity and wars.
 
It is the simplest of arguments and facts to show how unreliable the bible is.

Now, to use it and the belief systems based on it to attack and try to discredit the scientific method (science as properly practised and subject to peer review and self-correction) is just plain wrong and illogical.
The examples and evidence to show how unreliable the bible is, are available to whoever wishes to do some elementary googling.

The religionists can't even agree among themselves what they believe. Even though many use the same (unreliable) source material. But NOOOO, they want to use it to discredit the scientific method. It is plain irrational.

The same lot will shout to their heavens if their children are made to attend or are subjected to religions and faiths foreign to their home-based ones.

To confuse religion and science is wrong - by any standard.
Religion means one-sided flattery and begging aimed skywards, which is not how science operates. If you like it, good for you. But trying to conflate the two is downright dishonest.

Leave the educational institutions to do their work and go to church for emotional uplifting.

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