Letter to the Editor
There comes a point where the right of free speech meets freedom of religion head on. This week a federal judge stopped stem cell research because of a law that was the result of Christianity’s war on science. According to Christan values, people like me would burn in hell in the next life for doing scientific research on cell that would otherwise have ended up in the garbage.
I am the founder of the Church of Reality and our religion has a different world view of the afterlife. In our religion everything you do becomes part of your “Life Story” and when you die, who you were is the sum total of everything you did. It is a historical fact, for example, that Galileo was imprisoned by the Catholic Church because he talked about the Earth orbiting the Sun. That is part of the Catholics Life Story and even though they now recognize they were wrong, the fact that it happened never goes away.
In our religion two of our Sacred Principles are the Principle of Responsibility and the Principle of Scrutiny. These principles require us to think things through and be sure so that when we take a stand on an issue that the reasoning behind our choice is in fact sound judgment. Sound judgment is required in the Church of Reality lifestyle. When our life story is remembered, we want people to say we made the right choices.
Like the Catholic Church and Galileo however, Christians of this era will be judged by History and this day will be looked back upon as a mistake and that hundreds of thousands needlessly died and suffered as a result of the delays caused by the obstruction of stem cell research. The blood will be on the hands of those who oppose stem cell research because they didn’t go to the trouble to think things through before taking a stand.
We are a religion that seeks the Truth. The real truth. And what is it that can be a higher truth than reality itself? Science is holy to us because science brings us closer to reality. Science is by definition the exploration of reality.
You Christians can go pray to your invisible friend all you want. I don’t care. But when you interfere with science then you are interfering with our religious beliefs. So I want to say to the Christian community that I really resent it.