Do not mistake what I’m saying.
Don’t read into it more than I myself am willing to stand by.
I’m not saying religion is right and science is wrong.
I’m not saying science is right and religion is wrong.
I’m not saying that your faith, wherever it lies, has been mistakenly placed on the wrong side.
What I am saying is that we’re trading one set of oppressors for another.
There was a time when the church, be it Christian or Khmer, Aztec or Arab – all organized religion everywhere – was a favored mechanism by which the unscrupulous seized and maintained power.
And science had to contend with ‘official doctrine’ whenever it came to new understandings.
What science there was thrived, if at all, under the umbrella of the church’s patronage.
But the tables have turned. Now there’s competition for that ‘ultimate authority’.
The scientists have decided they no longer wish to serve under anyone’s yoke.
They’ve become supremely confident in their abilities, and would destroy all which they feel has been holding them back.
‘Science’ now also lays claim to the crown of infallibility.
It’s the scientist who nowadays takes the freedoms of any given society, and uses those freedoms to deny the exact same liberties to anyone who has the temerity to believe something other than what the scientist would have them believe… or ‘official doctrine’, if you will…
Todays’ “experts” would seize the bully pulpit, and rail against those who might, in accordance with any actual or perceived fairness of a given society, demand equal time to espouse a contrary view.
I do not here make the case for those who would speak, were they to be so allowed.
I do not side with them, any more than I side with the tyrants, past or present.
But if you claim to be a democracy – America – if you believe in the rights upon which you say your nation was founded, then you must allow others to have their say, no matter how much your blood boils at their ideas.
Why should it be acceptable that their speech is silenced, but not yours?
To the extent you would deny them an opportunity to rebut your speech – to that extent – are you no believer in Democracy.
Science has become a new organized ‘religion’, whose worshipers unquestioningly accept the official doctrine, no matter its source or discipline.
Science is actively engaged in the seizing of power, and maintaining it at all costs – even if it means destroying the very foundations of the freedoms it claims to cherish.
Now, you may argue that we’re currently living in a golden age of innovation.
That the beneficial fruits of science are all around us, on a minute by minute basis.
That we wouldn’t have the marvels we enjoy, the health or the wealth, without science.
But what does that prove?
Nothing at all…
Remember your history, people.
Even the most benevolent of tyrants from the past used the latest technology to map out and build roads – down the length of which they sent their armies of oppression.