Drug addicts doctor shop, looking for pain meds. My daughter church shops, not looking for God, but for fun activities. Bowling? A lock-in? She’s there. Bible Study? Not so much.
She goes to the youth group at two local churches, Methodist and Presbyterian. Despite my atheistic ways, I’ve always figured, “no harm, no foul,” assuming she’s young and will find her way.
This past Sunday Reagan went with the Presbyterian Church youth group to a movie. Before we left for Taylor’s games I asked “What movie?” But she didn’t know.
Lax Relaxed parent that I am, I figured, “it’s a church thing, I’m sure they won’t see anything rated worse than pg-13.”
And they didn’t, but worse then viewing a teen sex comedy or slasher flick; they saw “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.”
Shit. Anti-evolution propaganda.
When will people realize that evolution is not a liberal vs. conservative issue?
That someone can believe in evolution and still believe in a God?
That “scientist” is a job description that does not equate to “atheist?”
Evolution and a creator are not mutually exclusive-unless you believe in a strict intrepretation of the Old Testament (Interpreting the “Earth created in seven days” jazz as a literal 168 hours), in which case I hope you aren’t eating shrimp or wearing clothes of mixed fibers.
I asked Reagan about the movie and she said “It was REALLY BORING! I slept through half of it and so did Venus.”
When I questioned the topic she shrugged and said “You know that religion, the one named after a guy and it ends with ‘-ism?’”
We made a few other guesses, before clues led to “Darwinism.”
“Well, they compared ‘Darwinism’ to Hitler.”
Wow… that’s the main point my daughter took away from the movie? (The half she didn’t sleep through!)
First, how grotesque, to take a world tragedy and use it to further a political agenda.
Second, it’s patently false. Equating natural selection to the willful extermination of people by Hitler is CUH-RAZY. It’s a false argument, because even IF (is there any evidence of this?) Hitler was a HUGE fan of evolution, would that mean that the theory evolution is erroneous?
A madman perverting science for his own use does not make scientific findings untrue.
And it’s pretty sickening that the movie felt compelled to use such an intellectually weak, but emotionally forceful argument.
I’m glad my daughter is smart; she’s analytical; basically, she’s pretty hard to bullshit, but how many of the other kids that saw this movie believed it?
I am disappointed in myself, for not quizzing Reagan more rigorously about the youth group plans. I’m also disappointed in the church, because regardless of the church’s views regarding evolution, I can’t believe they took them to see such revolting tripe.
If you wish to read more about the movie:
the movie’s website