Many people are under the false assumption that the United States of Americas was founded on Christianity. While there is a sliver of truth in the falsehood; the founding fathers did flee Mother England, in part because of religious persecution, however most of our founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were in fact not religious. Because of their beliefs– or lack there of– the framers of our Constitution found it necessary to ensure that there was no direct connection between church and state.
Despite the efforts of discovered deists like Jefferson, religion found its way into our government and inevitably our schools. For years creationism was taught in science classrooms, and the Lord’s Prayer was recited daily. Eventually as a nation, and a society the United States grew out of public religion in favor of more progressive ideals such as science, and specifically evolution.
Fundamentalist Christians are still pushing to get the Bible back in the classroom, and Jesus in the lives and hearts of the youth of the nation, however.
Growing up, I did not receive a necessarily vibrant religious background. My mother is a self-proclaimed baptist while my father waivers between agnosticism and deism, and neither of my parents provided much spiritual guidance. Between ages four and fourteen I did attend a non-denominational christian church and was baptized, but around age sixteen I started to loose my faith in God, or any god for that matter, and am now an atheist.
Aware of my lack of faith and religion, my friend cautiously asked if I would watch a documentary entitled “Expelled”, and I obliged. To both my surprise and hers we actually agreed with the message behind the film. The documentary narrated by Ben Stein was a story of several science professors who had lost their jobs, because of either mentioning or pursing the ideal of Intelligent Design. While some of the over-arching themes in the movie did tend to lean towards relating atheism and a belief in Darwinism to the Nazi Reich, overall the thesis was clear: no one should be fired for questioning…well anything really. The scientists which feel it is okay to limit what their colleagues can research by putting a taboo on I.D. are severely in need of a career change.
True science can only be done when you are allowed to pursue all fields of interest, and are open to all possibilities, even those which are not widely welcomed by the scientific community.