Saturday, January 21, 2006

Admire their chutzpah, but not their brains
Repent America is one of those religious right groups that has managed to reduce the entire Bible to a message of hating homosexuals. I'm exaggerating, but only a little bit. They also care about harassing women who visit Planned Parethood clinics and forcing their version of the Hebrew creation myth into our public schools. In pursuit of the latter goal, they have booked the Dover, PA high school auditorium for a creationism seminar in March. In booking it, they had the nerve to ask the new school board to waive the usual rental fees.

In the same post as they mention their seminar, they also throw out a few comments on Judge Jones' ruling against the attempt to introduce Intelligent Design Creationism into the Dover Schools:
He was convinced by the ACLU and their advocates that the school board of the small country town became Congress and made a law respecting an establishment of religion.

The judge, however, was unable to explain how Congress was able to pull off the signing of the Declaration of Independence with references to "Nature's God" and affirmations that "all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights."

Their grasp of history is about as good as their grasp of science and theology. The Declaration of Independance was written and passed eleven years before the Constitution and fifteen years before the Bill of Rights, so the First Amendment's establishment clause had no effect on it at all. The American seperation of church and state also had no effect on the Plymouth Compact, the Magna Carta, or the Code of Hammurabi.

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