Sunday December 8, 2013
Report From the Pit of Hellby Daniel Johnson, Deputy Executive Editor
Tens of millions of Americans are no farther advanced than Bedouins of five thousand years ago trekking across the desert on their camels. And these people are allowed to vote!
(CALGARY, Alberta) - Over the years, a few commenters have asked why I hate America. It’s not hate or even dislike. It’s just that since Americans have walked on the moon and gave up on the exploration, that I’ve felt a profound disrespect for American society overall.
I began watching the decline in 1980 with the election of Ronald Reagan and the rise of such counter-luminaries as Jerry Falwell. It’s not that the U.S. is becoming more conservative (which it is) but the population overall is regressing farther and farther back in time.
One outstanding example is Representative Paul Broun of Georgia who plans to run next year for the Senate. Considering the backwardness of his state, he’ll probably win, unless someone ever more wacky steps forward.
Although educated as and practicing as a medical doctor, he is famous for telling the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman’s Banquet last fall that “all that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang theory, all that is lies, straight from the pit of hell.” Evolution, he added, is one of those “lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”
He went on to say that, "Earth is about 9,000 years old," "it was created in six days as we know them," and that main "line Christian denominations are "going to send their people to hell. A touch of hubris for a Southern Baptist.
This, to me, is almost a source of comedy relief. Would God, as Broun imagines him, be so petty and small-minded to send people to eternal torment and damnation on the basis of some doctrinal fantasies? It is to generate a few belly laughs.
How low can American culture/society go? Broun is (stop the presses Ripley’s Believe It or Not) on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. "Bill Nye the Science Guy" rejects Broun's ability to serve on the Committee: "Since the economic future of the United States depends on our tradition of technological innovation, Representative Broun's views are not in the national interest" and that he is, “by any measure, unqualified to make decisions about science, space, and technology."
Although most have automobiles, the American people, with some notable exceptions, are not much farther advanced than Bedouins of a few thousand years who trekked across the deserts on their camels. You don’t need to read the Bible or the Koran very deeply to realize that the deity portrayed is profoundly limited in his awareness of what he apparently “created”. The earth is an unmoving flat disk (probably resting on the back of a turtle) that is at the centre of everything, with the sun, moon and stars revolving around. It took until Galileo in the 17th century to teach him that there was a solar system of revolving planets and that the Milky Way in the sky is composed of uncountable individual stars. Even then his primary followers (the Catholic Church) denied it all.
It’s not that the American people are “stupid”, but that their brainwashing begins at an early age and basically never ends. Children grow up believing in the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, etc. “God” is the one fantasy that Americans are unable to relinquish.
The U.S. may be on its way to becoming a secular society like the other developed nations that, like the U.S., were formed in the Enlightenment era or a Theocracy. At this point, it’s a coin flip.
M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, is a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years (2.4×1019 km) from Earth in the constellation Andromeda. It is the nearest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy, but not the closest galaxy overall. The Andromeda Galaxy is the largest galaxy of the Local Group, which also contains the Milky Way, the Triangulum Galaxy, and about 30 other smaller galaxies. Although the largest, the Andromeda Galaxy may not be the most massive, as recent findings suggest that the Milky Way contains more dark matter and could be the most massive in the grouping. The 2006 observations by the Spitzer Space Telescope revealed that M31 contains one trillion (1012) stars—at least twice the number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy, which is estimated to be 200–400 billion
Omega Centauri is a globular cluster in the southern constellation Centaurus, discovered by Edmond Halley in 1677 who listed it as a nebula. It had been listed in Ptolemy's catalog 2000 years ago as a star. It was first recognized as a globular cluster by the English astronomer John William Herschel in the 1830s.
Orbiting the Milky Way, it is both the brightest and the largest known globular cluster associated with our galaxy. It is located about 15,800 light-years (4,850 pc) from Earth and contains several million Population II stars. The stars in its center are so crowded that they are estimated to average only 0.1 light years away from each other. It is about 12 billion years old.
Omega Centauri is one of the few globular clusters visible to the naked eye and appears about as large as the full Moon.
Daniel Johnson is a born and raised Calgarian. He is currently working on a book The Occupy Wall Street User Manual which is scheduled for publication in spring 2013 by Polymath Press In 1990 he published his first (and so far, only) book: Practical History: A guide to Will and Ariel Durant’s “The Story of Civilization” (Polymath Press, Calgary) Newly appointed as the Deputy Executive Editor in August 2011, he has been writing exclusively for Salem-News.com since March 2009 and, as of summer 2012, has published more than 210 stories. View articles written by Daniel Johnson
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