Thursday, November 12, 2009

Why Relgions should stay out of politics

Can we say, "Un-freakin-believable?"  I'll reiterate what I've always said, "Churches should stay out of politics."  Why would I say that?  It could be because the Church's job isn't to influence policies, or to influence science, but in reality, it is because the Church is supposed to take care of people, without government help. Or maybe it's because of stupidity like this.

As usual, when religion and politics intermingle, people forget about science and about common sense.  350/million is stated as the upper limit of CO2 in the atmosphere.  What would a church know about what happens when it goes above?  As a scientist, I can tell you that in the billions of years that the Earth has been around, it has never gone above the 350/million.  If anything, everytime CO2 has gone up, plants have flourished and O2 has been released to counteract the CO2.

It it true that we are supposed to be stewards of the world, but that doesn't mean that we need churches telling us what to do, or even governments.  We should be working as individuals to fix our problems.

There have been rumors that Al Gore wants his brand of Enviro-nonsense to be recognized as a religion.  For Real?  Science that 1/2 of the scientists in the world now disagree with should be a religion?  What's next, Church of Optimus Prime?   

Hasan psychotic? Why was he promoted to Major?

If you haven't seen my other articles on Major Hasan, you can read them here and here.  Today I was browsing the news sites, when I came across this one.

What caught my attention was the following paragraph.

Hasan had been a trouble spot on officials' radar since he started training at Walter Reed, six years earlier. Several officials confirm that supervisors had repeatedly given him poor evaluations and warned him that he was doing substandard work.
Both fellow students and faculty were deeply troubled by Hasan's behavior — which they variously called disconnected, aloof, paranoid, belligerent, and schizoid. The officials say he antagonized some students and faculty by espousing what they perceived to be extremist Islamic views. His supervisors at Walter Reed had even reprimanded him for telling at least one patient that "Islam can save your soul."

I've been working for a living since 1992, and I know from personal experience that on the times when my work was substandard, I was threatened with termination from my jobs.  Why then, was Major Hasan not passed over for promotions, and why was he promoted to Major?

I think it could have been one of three reasons.
1) Islamophobia - I think that because he was a Muslim, he was given chance after chance after chance, and all because they didn't want to offend him, or have him go to CAIR and complain that he was terminated because of his religion.

2)  Political Correctness - If it had been a Christian Psychologist that gave the "god can save your soul," speech, he or she would have been fired, but since Major Hasan was a religious minority, and he wasn't christian, nobody did anything about it, or did anything but complain.

3) Fear - They were afraid that if they released him, they'd have to answer questions about why they did it, and they just let it go.  

To be perfectly honest, if he was all that they say he was, then why did they keep him in the army?  Maybe if they had terminated his employment, 14 people would be alive now.