Judge Jones is hot speaker on the lecture circuit
"The founders believed that true religion was not something handed down by a church or contained in a Bible, but was to be found through free, rational inquiry," said Jones, who was thrust into the national spotlight by last year's court fight over the teaching of evolution in the Dover school district.
The founding fathers -- from school namesake John Dickinson to Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson -- were products of the Enlightenment, Jones said.
"They possessed a great confidence in an individual's ability to understand the world and its most fundamental laws through the exercise of his or her reason," he said.
"This core set of beliefs led the founders, who constantly engaged and questioned things, to secure their idea of religious freedom by barring any alliance between church and state."
For starters, how historically accurate are those statements? Others argue with equal fervor that the USA was founded as a Christian nation.
Because of Judge Jones' background, probably most people tacitly assume that his above statements have something to do with the controversies over Darwinism and intelligent design. His above statements imply that he views intelligent design as "something handed down by a church or contained in a Bible" (never mind that the Bible says nothing about irreducible complexity, bacterial flagella, blood-clotting cascades, etc.). But is there any major religious denomination in the USA where a particular view regarding the origin of species -- e.g., creationism, intelligent design, and even Darwinism -- is part of official doctrine? Were any of the 10,000+ Christian clergy members who signed the pro-Darwinist Clergy Letter charged with heresy?
Also, it has become fashionable lately to pretend to be a follower of the principles of the founding fathers. But a true follower of the founding fathers would embrace such things as the denial of citizenship and/or voting rights on the basis of race or sex. The founding fathers would not have been happy living under all of our principles and policies, so why should we be happy living under all of theirs? Furthermore, the founding fathers were not all-wise and all-knowing -- for example, many of the biggest issues today, e.g., environmental protection and privacy & free speech on the Internet, were not even on their radar screen. To me, there is nothing particularly special about the founding fathers -- they were just a group of men who happened to be in the right place at the right time.
BTW, Judge Jones, what would the founding fathers have thought about people who try to abuse the establishment clause for the purpose of suppressing scientific ideas that they disagree with -- or thought about a judge who went along with those people?
For more views on Judge Jones' speech at Dickinson College, see this article on uncommondescent.com.
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