Here is the basic Idea, in 1000 CE Baghdad was the center of education and learning, all religions would get together, Jews, Christians, Arabs, Atheist would all gather and discuss Ideas. They would push each others ideas higher and higher and thus it became the scientific center of the world. Algebra was born, algorithms, Arabic Numbers that we still use today were born in this era and area. In fact two thirds of all stars in the night sky are named in Arabic! The islamic culture headed this enlightenment era. Then in the 1100’s a man named Hamid al-Ghazali, a muslim cleric, that codified the Islamic religion. He believed that using math was actually the work of the Devil, and Islam has never been the same since!
The 1.3 billion Muslims in the world can no longer use math, this idea is lost to them! Just for an example to prove my point, 25% of the Noble prizes for science have gone to the jews, you know how many Muslims have won these prizes? .3% for a total of 2, and only one of those was from the middle east! Imagine what could have been in our world had the Muslims not forfeited science for their god!
Now here is what really scares me, this is happening right now in America! The religious folks are doing everything in their power to infiltrate our schools and prohibit true science from being taught. When was the last time you saw scientist standing outside of a Church protesting god? Freedom of religion is an important thing, do not get me wrong, I firmly believe that you have the right to worship whatever Deity you want. However when you infringe upon myself, or my family in their rights to a scientific education, using facts, and not intelligent design to prove how the world works then we will have a problem.
Lets not move from fact people, lets not base our modern world on 2000 year old books that were written on second-hand accounts and altered throughout time to meet certain people’s agenda.
Just to shoot down Intelligent design, what about all the stupid designs? Childhood disease, tsunamis, earthquakes, what about our reproductive system… our sewers and our pleasure centers in the same organ?! And then there are people who believe Noah’s Ark story, and they believe that dinosaurs were on the boat! Or they argue that dinosaurs are planted in the earth by scientist in some large conspiracy to disprove god… Ummm, I don’t even try to respond to these people because there is no hope of any positive conversation.
Look at these American Statistics, among Americans that believe in god:
the average joe American – 85% to 90%
College Educated Americans – 60%
Scientists – 40%
Elite Scientist (physicists and the like)- 7%
What do these stats tell you? That scientists are going to hell? They tell me that the more you know, the more you understand about our world, the more you understand data, the more you know about physics, the more you understand about our physical world, the less you need to rely upon a deity for fulfilment.
Neil deGrasse Tyson put it best (as he usually does), in a letter to the New York Times in regard to the Church and State separation debate:
“People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey schoolteacher asserted that evolution and the Big Bang are not scientific and that Noah’s ark carried dinosaurs. This case is not about the need to separate church and state; it’s about the need to separate ignorant, scientifically illiterate people from the ranks of teachers”