“When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky, because everything there happens 20 years after it happens anywhere else.” —Mark Twain
I’ve often heard from religious people that it is unfair to question or ridicule their beliefs, as if there is something taboo involved in an adult conversation about infantile superstitions rooted in religion. If such beliefs were rooted in sanity or truth, then they would withstand the force of truth or basic facts.
The real question that I can never get a cogent answer to is: How much longer must we coddle the juvenile stupidity contained in the book of fiction called Genesis as if it were true?
Gov. Steve Beshear recently presented his budget to the general assembly with a proposed $286 million in cuts — 6.4 percent in higher education and $50 million in K-12. Buried in the proposed budget is a $43 million tax break and an $11 million allotment for a lane improvement especially for the Ken Ham Creationism Museum’s “Ark Encounter.”
If the mass delusions of ignorant religious people are to be taught to enslave others into their way of thinking, then why must the state pay for it? Why must the rest of us fund religious museums that teach things that most domesticated animals know aren’t true? If you want the freedom to worship your imaginary friend in the sky, then why must you steal precious resources from kids who might otherwise learn something useful like calculus? Would you have us “believe” that teaching the outright lies contained in the book of Genesis has done more to help mankind than, say, Isaac Newton, Jonas Salk, Einstein or Darwin?
Do you creationists think you are entitled to taxpayer hand-outs so you can mend old religious chains to put on your children? If you truly believe that there should be a separation of church and state, then why can’t you keep your hands out of the state’s pocket?
You have the right to intellectually cripple your children with your religious indoctrination, but it doesn’t mean the taxpayers have a duty to fund your religious projects that make the entire state of Kentucky look like the ignorant hicks that patronize that standing abortion you call the Ark Encounter!