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Doublethink in Religious America

42% of Americans in general reject the notion that life on earth evolved and believe instead that humans and other living things have always existed in their present form. However 65% of white evangelical Protestants, most of whom regard the Bible as the inerrant word of God, hold this view.*

21% of those surveyed say that although life has evolved, these changes were guided by a supreme being.*

26% of those surveyed say that they accept evolution through natural processes or natural selection alone. *

87% think that scientific developments make society better. *

87% the same number, among those who describe themselves as being very religious, share the opinion. *

(62%) say that they believe that scientists agree on the validity of evolution. *

* 2006 Pew poll

64% or nearly two-thirds of Americans say they would continue to hold to what their religion teaches rather than accept any contrary scientific finding.**

81% say “recent discoveries and advances” in science have not significantly impacted their religious views.**

14% say that these discoveries have actually made them more religious.

4% say that science has made them less religious.**

**October 2006 Time magazine poll.

Many of the people who reject natural selection also recognize that scientists themselves fully accept Darwin’s theory.

How can Americans say that they respect science and know what scientists believe and still disagree with the scientific community on some fundamental religious questions?  Much of the general public will simply pick and choose and not believe the scientific theories and discoveries that contradict any important long-held religious or other beliefs.

The data from these two polls shows that in the minds of most people in the United States, there is no clash between science and religion. When the two realms offer contradictory explanations, religious people, who make up a majority of Americans, rely primarily upon their faith, rather than reason, for answers.

Parts adapted from: The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

Say What ?

Doublethink: The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them….To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth. George Orwell’s 1984


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To Control the Whole World

The land and the people were once a great force in the blue-green world. They were the ultimate expression of their times.

Schooling was universal among the people of this country. They had perhaps the best medical care and scholarship in the world of their time.  Big universities and research facilities made discovery after discovery in the many fields of science, healthcare, and disease prevention and care. Influential people from all over the planet came for treatment in their hospitals. People from other societies sent their children to this land to be educated by some of the best scholars to be found…anywhere.

The interests of people throughout the country were looked out for by governmental agencies that monitored, and tried to respond quickly to, dishonest behavior by large companies and entrenched interests, whether governmental or civilian. This factor, among others, made the country a place that people from all over the planet wanted to live in and make investments in. The stability of the government and the land was legendary.  The stability of the monetary system was unequaled in the planets history. Law ruled for the greater good, not individual interests.

They were looked upon as the greatest moral force for good on the planet. Their actions and their responses to evil forces or intentions were always measured and intelligent, fair in all possible respects.  The law and the way it was applied to all peoples, was almost always fair.  The government operated under a set of rules that was wrought hundreds of years before, and all the subsequent leaders followed these rules faithfully.

Of course, in all societies there are always the criminals, the scum and the lowlifes, who try to subvert the system and take advantage of their fellow countrymen. This country however was unique, in that they looked out for, and quickly prosecuted, these bad elements, and as a consequence the people of the land mostly trusted their government and leaders. So the people and the land were prosperous and multiplied and benefited enormously.

The economy of the land was unmatched by any other society on the planet, past or present, and in all probability…future. Their monetary system was the most admired and stable standard by which all others on the globe were measured.

But, there was trouble ahead. Unknown to most people of this blue-green world, and to this shining country, there were evil things going on.  Influential and tremendously wealthy individuals and great secret groups and many companies were slowly undermining the foundation of the very countries and governments and people they fed on.  They wanted it all, it seems.

They got into positions of power and control by any means they could, including bribery, rigged elections, and assassinations.  And once there, they plotted to gain control of all means of production and wealth- making on the whole planet, and split it up among the elite class. Many people from this wonderful country were involved in and supplied help, money, and leadership to this subversive enterprise…some say they even hatched the plan.

To further their plans they realized that the many, many millions of people on the planet needed to be brought under a heretofore unmatched and unheard of control. There was too much freedom enjoyed by the common people. They could move practically unhindered and untracked around the planet. Advances in the sciences and communications made individuals able to quickly tell others in their own…and other… countries, what was going on. They could conceivably ‘call for help’ as it were, from other like-minded peoples. Money could be moved all over the world easily, and hidden if deemed necessary. People were free to demonstrate and contest the powers that be; they were altogether too unhampered and unmanaged for the purposes of the growing elite power structure.

The plotters desperately needed to change this Weltanschauung. What could be used to change the world dynamic in their favor?  How could they bring everything under elite control?  What possible scenario could be used as an excuse…to control and track all peoples movements and associations, and to track all money flow between people and nations, to keep power from accreting to the wrong people or groups?

They needed the ability to secretly spy on and disrupt any dissent from the common people, to strongly control and track movements of everyone, to have unhindered access to people’s personal affects, money and properties, to secretly remove and imprison anyone who was trying to upset the applecart. To render all dissent powerless.

What possible thing could the elite do to bring this vision to fruition and allow them seemingly legitimate reason to gain this kind of control?  Thereby trashing a brave, relatively new country…and an old world, in the process.

Hmmm.

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Thought Crime in England

An interesting case just came to an end in England today. Samina Malik, a 23 year old English Muslim woman, was sentenced At the Old Bailey yesterday, by Judge Peter Beaumont, the Recorder of London.

He sentenced her to nine months’ prison, suspended for 18 months, and ordered her to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. after already having been in custody for 5 months and spending 9 months of “extremely rigorous” bail conditions which were “tantamount to house arrest” (Lawyer talk).

Her crime was being stupid.

And she wrote poetry, which unfortunately for her, was sympathetic to Muslim Terrorists, and got her noticed.

And she visited the wrong websites.

“Samina Malik was being prosecuted in effect for a thought crime because she had
downloaded some material from the internet which anyone could download.”
Mr Bunglawala (Lawyer) said: “The case demonstrated how ill-conceived and incredibly broad-ranging the law is under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act. Teenagers download some quite nihilistic material every day and they are not prosecuted.”

In a statement, the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Samina Malik was not prosecuted for
writing poetry. Ms. Malik was convicted of collecting information, without reasonable excuse, of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.”

“The Terrorism Act and the restrictions it imposes on the personal freedom exist to protect
this country, its interests here and abroad, its citizens, and those who visit here. Its protection
embraces us all. Its restrictions apply to us all, whatever our personal religious or political
beliefs.”

Having read parts of her two poems that were in evidence, I don’t have a lot of sympathy for her.
She is not a teenager anymore and the reality of life in England is that there is a very large Muslim population, and the average WASP is very uneasy, after suffering Subway bombings by homegrown Muslims.

The Mullah’s in England do not seem to condemn their homegrown terrorists very strongly, which only adds to the problem.

Muslims the world over need to understand that governments and people that Muslim terrorists target are going to react very quickly and very harshly. They need to teach that to their children. Terrorism will not be tolerated.

Governments also need to watch very closely how they approach “thought crimes” as there is a real chance of sinking to the level of the antagonist governments in the novel 1984….

That “Collecting Information, Without Reasonable Excuse.” really worries me. How about you?

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