Well, here's one of the reasons why I care: almost two thirds of Evangelical Christians are dangerously ignorant. (I want to call them dangerously stupid, but that would be too nice since it would relieve them of blame.)
A new poll about God and natural disasters revealed what I should have known already: Evangelical Christians are ignorant of science and technology. They believe things that can't possibly be true, and they vote. Not only do they vote, but some of them even get elected to positions with considerable power and responsibility.
Here is a sampling of this idiocy:
- Six in ten white Evangelicals believe that hurricanes, floods and earthquakes are signs from God that the End of Times is almost here. They don't believe in global warming. They don't believe earthquakes are just normal geology.
- A majority (53%) of white evangelicals believe that God punishes whole nations for the sins of some citizens.
- Evangelicals believe that God is actively controlling the world, and that everything that happens is because God deliberately made it happen.
If if you're the one who is gay, I still get nailed by God's hurricane.These aren't jokes or exaggerations. This is what these people actually believe.
If you get divorced, I get hit with an earthquake.
If you are a Buddhist instead of a Christian, a tsunami will wash through my town and sweep away my children. I guess it sucks to be me. God is just doing his job.
Pollution and global warming don't matter because there's only a few years left. Dig up that coal! Drill, baby, drill! If we don't use it up, it will be gone. Use it or lose it!
How can a modern democracy function if its citizens are ignorant about simple scientific facts that affect national policy? How citizens vote responsibly when their votes are based on superstition and myth?
Worse, these evangelicals proselytize a extensively to get converts. They're out to conquer the world. Right now we're still fairly safe from their idiotic ideas because they're a minority. The majority of Americans are still sane. According to the same survey, 58 percent of normal citizens see hurricanes and floods for what they are: a sign of global warming. Normal citizens also see earthquakes for what they are: rare but natural geological events caused by stress that builds up over centuries and is released abruptly.
But if evangelicals keep up their campaign to spread their ignorance, those numbers could erode. We could become a country with no future. We'd be a country whose citizens believe that long-range planning is silly and environmentalism goes against God's plans
We'd be a country in which gays, Jews and atheists were blamed for earthquakes, hurricanes and floods! Seriously.
So that's why I blog. I'm just one voice, but if we all do our part to resist this sort of darkness, together we can make a difference. We have to fight evangelicals and their agenda. Truth, education and science are their enemies. They grow and thrive in the darkness of ignorance, and they wither and die in the light of knowledge and truth. It's our job to shine a light into that darkness.