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Religion: Arguing The Impossible Essay

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Religion: Arguing the Impossible

Religion has become much less common than it once was just a few decades ago, and with good reason. The scientific community has made great discoveries to solidify the theory of evolution which has caused religious organizations to have nothing to say about evolution except deny it because their god is all powerful. This would be a valid counter-argument if the creationist theory had concrete evidence behind it. Despite all the evidence that points common sense toward Evolution, the devout, in their ignorance, refuse to see the facts and label Evolution as just as much a theory as creation. It is ignorance such as this that displays how the devout ...view middle of the document...

It is mystifying that something as minor as a dispute between two branches of the same religion can escalate into a war which occupies 30 years, kills 11.5 million and causes “a tremendous decrease in German population; devastation of German agriculture; ruin of German commerce and industry; the breakup of the Holy Roman Empire, which was a mere shell in the succeeding centuries; and the decline of Hapsburg greatness.” 1 but this is merely an example of how the devout have caused such tremendous damage to the Earth and the individuals inhabiting it.
These dilemmas are not exclusively caused by Christianity though. Islam has their way of inflicting death upon those who do not agree with Muslim faith; this is known as a Jihad. Jihad translates to “struggle” in English, but the connotation which goes along with the word implies terrorism, particularly suicide bombings. “Jihad is your duty under any ruler, be he godly or wicked... Nobody who dies and finds good from Allah (in the Hereafter) would wish to come back to this world even if he were given the whole world and whatever is in it except the martyr who, on seeing the superiority of martyrdom, would like to come back to the world and get killed again (in Allah’s cause.) ...He who dies without having taken part in a campaign, dies in a kind of unbelief.” 2 In Sam Harris’ paraphrased section of the Koran; he shows how devout Muslims make a terrible impact on the Earth by killing themselves along with assorted other people. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Martyrdom, but when one is dying for their beliefs, they should not force others to death for a cause they do not believe in.
The devout are always forcing religion down throats as well. Arguably, teaching school children about Creationism is much worse than death caused by religion, because children are our future. They are the ones who will run our society in the future, and if they are being taught creationism as a means of science, then surely Holy Wars will ensue. In Maryanna, Georgia, the Cob County school board has added to their Science curriculum, after being bombarded with pressure by Creationists, a mandatory teaching of the “evidence” of “intelligent design.” But what exactly is intelligent design? Its religion, however, intelligent design can be legally taught in public schools, religion cannot be. Penn Jilette explains why:“The problem we’re having is that we belong to a club called The USA. As members, we pay dues called taxes to support public government run schools. Those schools run according to our clubs handbook, otherwise known as the United States Constitution. The Constitution states that our club steers clear of religion. That is the deal we made.” 3 So not only is teaching creation a terrible choice for a healthy future, it is also unconstitutional. By teaching something illegal and unconstitutional that has absolutely no proof to support the proposed theory, what are children really learning? They...

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