The subject of my senior thesis in college was Harry Truman and his decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan. Another great accomplishment of Harry’s was signing the congressional resolution declaring a National Day of Prayer. Here we are 58 years later and The U.S. is still allowing this unconstitutional garbage to exist. Now, we can’t let poor Harry take all the blame. There are several other historical days of prayer. The Continental Congress did it in 1775. Followed by John Adams in 1798. Then Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Truman took it to another level ,however, by signing it into law as an annual event. Why is the separation of church and state such a hard thing for the Unites States government to grasp. It doesn’t seem like such a hard concept. It isn’t anything new. In the late 16oo’s, John Locke started the ball rolling. He advocated this type of separation and this “father of liberalism” was a huge influence on many of our founding fathers. You see this in both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. In the Treaty of Tripoli (1797) and in the Danbury letter (1802), Jefferson reaffirms the intention to keep religion neutral in the U.S. constitution. In 1789, James Madison stated that it was important to maintain the separation in order to keep both sides pure. The government has shown that they are aware there is a problem. Both the Establishment Clause (1948) and the banning of prayer in school (1963) are clear admissions of guilt. It is real simple. Either the first amendment needs to be adhered to or it needs to be changed to reflect no separation of government and religion. It is either all or nothing. We can’t pick and choose. To adhere to the constitution as it is, we must get rid of things like the day of prayer, in god we trust on money, hanging the ten commandments in courthouses, and the reference to god in the pledge of allegiance. Again, it’s all or nothing.
I think it is time to discuss the paranormal. I am sometimes amazed by how narrow-minded some of my fellow atheists can be. These are mostly well educated, intelligent people. Yet they can’t wrap their heads around the fact that paranormal simply means “beyond the range of scientific explanation”. I find it to be annoyingly arrogant and ignorant for these people to act as if science has at this point found everything that will ever be discovered. I can reasonably deduce that if you could go hundreds of years into the future, the people of our time period will be looked at just as backward and primitive as we look at the people hundreds of years in our past. One just has to look at the paranormal in a different way. It is just science that has yet to be discovered. It is actually both simple yet complicated because if you think about it there are not really two sides to this argument because both sides are correct. It is a paradox because the paranormal’s existence relies on the fact that it has not been discovered. It will cease to exist once these discoveries are made. Things like vampires and werewolves have been explained as having their roots in ancient and misunderstood diseases. Don’t forget epilepsy was once believed to be demon possession. I admit that there are many people with paranormal claims that are untrue due to insanity or a need for attention. At the same time, there are many trustworthy accounts that are validated by witnesses and sometimes evidence. Things such as ghosts and UFO’s just don’t seem that they are very far removed from science and I believe as with everything else in history will be understood one day. So instead of atheists, scientists, “intellectuals”,etc. arguing over this subject and acting like people who believe in the paranormal are stupid, they should realize that it is really just another branch of science. It is no different than all those other subjects in history that were once looked at as odd and are now commonplace. Think of how someone from 1810 would look at pretty much everthing we use in our daily life. I guess what I am trying to say is there is no argument. If you believe in the paranormal that means you are looking for answers and scientific breakthroughs and if you are on the side of science and reason you have the same exact goal. Just remember what it really means to be a skeptic. It does not mean you just automatically dismiss everything. It means you need more evidence in order to come to a conclusion. That proof cannot always be immediate sometimes you just have to be patient. Another problem is that for some reason this particular kind of atheist has it in their head that accepting the paranormal shows a belief in god. I have never and will never see the connection between the two. Maybe, once they get this absurd notion out of their heads they will be a little less narrow-minded about things. Everything is not always about god and religion. Some things are just undiscovered science.
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- Quadriplegic uses her mind to control her robotic arm.
- DARPA robot can traverse an obstacle course.
- Genetically modified silk is stronger than steel.
- DNA was photographed for the first time.
- Invisibility cloak technology took a huge leap forward.
- Spray-on skin.
- James Cameron reached the deepest known point in the ocean.
- Stem cells could extend human life by over 100 years.
- 3-D printer creates full-size house in one session.
- Self-driving cars are legal in Nevada, Florida, and California.
- Voyager I leaves the solar system.
- Custom Jaw transplant created with 3-D printer.
- Rogue planet[s] floating through space.
- Chimera monkey’s created from multiple embryos.
- Artificial leaves generate electricity.
- Google goggles bring the internet everywhere.
- Higgs-Boson Particle discovery.
- Flexible, inexpensive solar panels challenge fossil fuel.
- Diamond planet discovered.
- Eye implants give sight to the blind.
- Wales barcodes DNA of every flowering plant species in the country.
- First unmanned commercial space flight docks with the ISS.
- Ultra-flexible “willow” glass will allow for curved electronic devices.
- NASA begins using robotic exoskeletons.
- Human brain is hacked.
- First planet with four suns discovered.
- Microsoft patented the “Holodeck”.
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