In his inauguration speech, Pres. Obama made a lot of promises. Those who were paying attention recognized quickly what those promises might mean for America. Among the many things he said we will do in the coming years, he included a promise to “restore science to its rightful place.” It begs the question, what does he believe is the rightful place of science in America, and why does he believe it needs to be restored?
When Pres. Obama says we need to restore science to it’s rightful place, there is the assumption that the previous 8 years have been a sort of dark ages, wherein science was looked upon as an evil heresy. Obama’s words were a slap in the face of those who continue to profess a belief that science cannot answer all questions.
Those involved with the debate raging between proponents of Intelligent Design and Evolution (specifically neo-Darwininsm) should have recognized the import of that promise, because it affects them directly. If Pres. Obama succeeds in restoring science, according to his understanding, it means bad things for America generally, and religion in particular.
The problem is the current definition of science. It is no longer the objective pursuit of knowledge through observation of the natural world. It is now much more narrow. The prevailing definition of science now is the art of explaining the world in terms of methodological naturalism. If you are not familiar with that term, it means that there is no existence outside of the natural realm–there is no supernatural, spiritual, or unseen world. The universe and all life within it are the products of blind, unthinking chance. Nothing more.
Science is now being hijacked to fulfill an agenda. In order to be considered a competent scientist in many circles today, you must have a previous commitment to naturalism. Which, of course, means that you are not going to let evidence take you where it will. Evidence is only valid if it supports the prerequisite of naturalism. Methodological naturalism states that there is no knowledge or truth outside the discipline of science. If something cannot be seen, measured, counted, handled, etc., it doesn’t exist.
This poses some very specific problems for religions, as they are now relegated to the fringes of society as believers in fairy tales and myths. But it also presents a very serious threat to our particular system of government, and specifically the doctrine of the origin of rights in America.
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote,
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
The key term here is “self-evident.” Under the new defintion of Science, there is no such thing as self-evident and the Founding Fathers could not have known any such “truths,” because cannot be known through scientific means. There is no such thing as a Creator, or unalienable Rights. The Creator is imaginary and, therefore, any Rights that may once have been believed to be a gift from any such Creator are now seen as dispensed by men to other men, which means that they can be rescinded at need or even at will.
Based upon the new definition of Science, it is clear what Barak Obama’s plans entail. He intends to bring all rights under the administration of government, which will be the final arbiter of rights. That means government decides which rights you have, and which you do not. Is this really the change America voted for?
Talks between Warren Jeffs’s polygamist sect Yearning for Zion and the State of Texas fell apart Friday when a district court judge decided to expand the ruling of the Texas Supreme Court and add additional restrictions and qualifications that must be met before the children will be returned to their families.
Judge Barbara Walther did not produce any authorization under State law for this usurpation of authority, to which several attorneys for the sect rightly objected. They pointed out that she had no right to expand on a ruling made by a higher court, and they counseled their clients not to sign the new requirements.
MSN has one version of the story here. I believe with this expansion of the ruling, many people will focus on the judge’s justifications but completely miss the whole point of the case.
It is essentially about legal kidnapping. And the Yearning for Zion group proved in court that the State Child Protective Services removed those 400 children under the color of law, but without legal justification. If you or I were to do the same, we would be prosecuted as kidnappers facing serious prison time. Since when does any government agency have the right to seize anything without due process, even if the life of a child is threatened?
The Texas Supreme Court ruling basically says the Texas CPS agency was wrong to remove those children. Now what would you or I do in such a case? Apologize? Hopefully, and do everything we could to right the wrong. So what does the State of Texas do? I have yet to hear any apologies from any state official, and instead of seeking to return the children as quickly as possible, officials are finding excuses not to return the children.
To make matters worse, this district judge refuses to let any of the children return to their families unless her demands are met. What is this other than legal terrorism? What is this other than blackmail? She holds the fate of the children in her hands, and unless she gets what she wants, she will ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling. She is holding these families hostage, and who is going to stop her? In my opinion, Judge Walther believes she can make such demands because her aim is only to keep the children away from their birth parents for as long as possible, hoping that exposure to other lifestyles will eventually break down the cult’s hold on them.
Where are we headed when the judges and the government ignore the Rule of Law? Judge Walther, by her actions, is demonstrating that in her jurisdictions the law of will prevails–her will. But the rule of will is tyranny. How long will we let officials trample on our rights like this? How long will it be before your children are threatened with removal because of some unproven allegation? Will you just stand there and let it happen?
Our officials need to be constantly reminded that they are bound by the law as much as any other citizen. We should be reminding them often that their authority is not granted by the office they hold, but by We the People who created those offices. We must not tolerate the government overreaching it’s legal bounds for any reason, no matter how well-intentioned.