Thanks to saraara, who says, "good thing there's still some logic left out there in this crazy crazy world".
Don't they make pretzels there? Well, there are some really nice things about Pennsylvania. And one of them is the somewhat prevailing tradition of Quakerism, (in addition to atheist Thomas Payne's fierce, enlightened spirit of independence). Which is one good argument for preserving a diversity of religious views in this country. Because, after all, most legal decisions, when it comes down to it, are based on moral or religious feelings and presumptions. Thank goodness those presumptions were so conducive to the logic that this country is founded on, in this case. A very encouraging precedent.
Yo - just an aside. There was an upcoming military funeral in Rockford, for a serviceman who was killed in Iraq. Some groups from Topeka, Kansas, announced that they may be travelling to protest at this poor fellow's funeral. Why? Because they believe that the deaths in Iraq are God's way of punishing us for our acceptance of homosexuality in this country. Isn't that nice? What is the problem with Kansas these days? Did Bob Dole start all this? ::madman wonders and refers to self in third-person:: And those liberals who speak out RESPECTFULLY against the war, not the soldiers, are given hell, while more soldiers die. (I'm not saying there aren't some extremely rude and hurtful liberals out there - there sure as hell are). ...Oh, Doonesbury from a couple of Sundays ago was really great... The rationale for continuing the war in Iraq was to preserve the honour of soldiers who shall die there in the future, and so on and so on...
Well, I'm experiencing Missouri, right now, which is somewhat like Kansas, from the perspective of a Northern Illinoisan. Missouri is full of very amiable yet somewhat psychically constrained people. Like they don't have permission to really succeed. I met a fellow from Missouri once, who came up to Madison looking for the "Love" there. But Madison is about a lot more than free love. Well, while I was working in a graphics studio late at night, alone, with him wandering around, this fellow shut all the blinds and walked over to me and proceeded to grind his crotch into my shoulder as I sat at my computer. I dealt with it. But this fellow, he wasn't interested in real love, he was interested in cheating on his wife. Because he had fled Missouri to escape the great moral stultifications there. So, what he was actually doing was rebelling against them. And, ironically, that's still the problem - the moralism FEEDS on those who rebel and sin against it. It's all the same package. Professing one thing, doing another, crucifying those who cheat, and cheating but trying not to get caught. That's one thing that really bothers me so much about hyper-religiousity in this country, the perpetual hypocrisy of it - the endless dividing of the social order into the good people and the bad people - the dividing of self into good and evil. And constantly going around in circles until judgement day comes around, or trying to mend one's way when one's time has come to die. Cheating.
That's really what cheating is, mainly, a rebelling against constraint, usually self-allowed constraint. Self-perpetuated. A decided failure to find the language that would dissolve the contradictions, and bring real peace and resolution.
I'd actually prefer that kids be allowed to learn about Creationism/Intelligent-Design, preferably in a comparative religions course. But the idea of FORCING them to learn this stuff as science really is an attempt to try to supplant science, that great attempt at resolving society's moral contradictions and injustices, through some communion with reality, with a return to the downwards, backwards spiral of control and rebellion. It is an attempt to cheat. It is an example and encouragement for children to cheat, on their own self-control and independence.
I believe in choosing to be spiritual.
And I also believe that this spiritual/existential drive to be free is a central impetus in our own evolution.