A response to an ignorant, unscientific comment by a pastor concerning evolution

It’s OK for the pastor of Faith Community Baptist Church to decry evolution [or Theory of Evolution], whether to his congregation in church premises or in any public place. That’s what freedom of speech is all about. And, likewise, any criticism of the pastor’s religious beliefs, or religion, is also a matter of freedom of speech. Just look at the numerous collection of books that are available in our public libraries that are critical of religion or religious beliefs, particularly beliefs in the existence of a deity [or god, if you so wish].

Creationism or creation pseudo-science is just another fancy name for Intelligent Design [ID]; but like all the other age-old arguments for god/God, they have all been roundly refuted. When people base their arguments on faith, or myth, they have no legs to stand on; no empirical evidence and no logical basis. No doubt, for non-religious people, creation psedo-science or ID is not science but religion. Creation pseudo-science or ID is not precluded from being discussed in any argument over the question of whether God/god exists or does not exist, or in a religious setting or as part of a religious study. BUT a big BUT here, creation pseudo-science or ID MUST NEVER EVER be allowed to be taught as a science subject in public school classrooms in Singapore.

Even people who considered themselves religious have challenged the idea of introducing creation pseudo-science or ID into public school classrooms as a scientific theory to be taught alongside the Theory of Evolution [Kitzmiller et al v. Dover Area School District, US].

The Singapore govt may consider religion, as a whole, as a force for good. I am one of those who consider the world would be a better place if there is no religion. Religion has been the cause of much conflict and suffering in human society. Someone once said: “Religion is a curse on mankind.” I am in agreement with this assertion. To a non-theist such a view has a certain relevance and does not seem like a hyperbole, as it is a fact that religions or religious differences have been the cause of many wars in human history, for example, the Crusader Wars [11th to 13th centuries], the Reconquista [Reconquest] wars fought between Christian Kingdoms and Muslim states in the Iberian Peninsula, commonly accepted to have started in 722, with the Battle of Covadonga, and finished in 1492 with the conquest of Granada, the religious wars between Catholics and Protestants in France in the 16th century, not counting the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre [in 1572] of Huguenots [French Protestants] by Catholics, the so-called Taiping Rebellion in China [1850-1864] that ended the lives of about 20 million people, and between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland in the 20th century. The conflicts in Northern Ireland were, however, partly influenced by turf and politics, though we can’t rule out that politics could also have been another factor for the other cases we have just cited. The Taiping Rebellion was led by a Christian convert by the name of Hong Xiuquan and in its attempts at social reforms tried to replace Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion with a form of Christianity, holding that Hong Xiuquan was the younger brother of Jesus. In the Indian subcontinent, at around the time of the partition [1947] of India into India and Pakistan, religious riots accounted for the death of about 1 million people and caused the displacement of over 10 million.

Taken from theonlinecitizen website: http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2016/04/moe-assures-concerned-parent-creationism-not-part-syllabus/

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