Class Warfare Blog

October 28, 2019

The Differences Between Science and Religions

Filed under: Culture,Reason,Religion,Science — Steve Ruis @ 10:25 am

Burn, baby, burn!

From the blog of the Center for Inquiry of the Freedom From Religion Foundation: “It’s therefore unsurprising that Pastor Greg Locke, a fundamentalist Baptist preacher from a Tennessee church chose to burn a copy of the excellent book, The Founding Myth, by FFRF’s Andrew Seidel. It’s a great book, exposing the nonsensical lies spread by the religious right in their claims that the United States was founded as a Christian nation. I didn’t expect Pastor Locke to read the book, though I am jealous that apparently homophobic, bigoted bible thumpers warrant a free copy and secular movement lawyers don’t (yes, that’s a hint, Andrew). But burning the book, and posting a video of it on Twitter, is a particularly nasty and frightening step beyond simply using it as a paperweight or re-gifting it at Christmas.

Ah! On one side you have “wherever the evidence leads” people and on the other you have “Blah, blah, blah . . . (with fingers in their ears) people who do not want to hear evidence, unless it supports their biases.

Can you imagine a scientific opponent to the theory of evolution burning a copy of Darwin’s The Origin of Species or The Descent of Man? Or maybe performing an exorcism on a college science department?

Who in their right mind would not think that “burning books” has very bad optics, as they say, so videoing the activity for posting on YouTube is what, cluelessness squared?

I don’t know who I am quoting but “there is no cure for stupid.”

PS It is a very good book, as reviewed here. Highly recommended.


  1. Definitely going on my To Purchase List! Thank you Steve.


    Comment by Professor Taboo — October 28, 2019 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

    • Steve, bought the Kindle book. This is a GEM!!! I can’t put it down, or rather close it out. LOL I’ve already linked Seidel’s outstanding Constitutional work and defense of our core Founding Fathers to my blog-post “The Mistaken Identity of the U.S.

      Many thanks Sir! 🙂


      Comment by Professor Taboo — October 29, 2019 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

      • I love a good book referral and now I love that you love one, too! (Book geeks of the world, unite!)

        On Tue, Oct 29, 2019 at 2:54 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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        Comment by Steve Ruis — October 30, 2019 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

        • Unite indeed! 😄 I suspect we have similar tastes in non-fiction book subjects. You have now gotten me in the middle of three different books thank you very much Sir! 😉

          I’m sure your library is bigger than mine—I tend to read, study/research very specific non-fictional subjects—and you’ve likely already read several in my library. However, one of those books I’m reading/studying again a 2nd time is Robert Eisenman’s exceptional research and published work Breaking the Dead Sea Scrolls Monopoly: A New Interpretation of the Messianic Movement in Palestine. I have followed Eisenman’s work since 1997. I consider him to be one of several elite scholars on the DSS and late Second Temple Judaism/Messianism. I know this study and subject comes as no surprise to you Steve. Lol And you of all people realize the paramount importance of getting the ENTIRE historical, authenticated contextual history surrounding those first 7-decades of 1st-century CE Palestine. The most prolific lens into that period IS ABSOLUTELY the DSS, not the Hellenistic Canonical New Testament. But I digress. I am getting off on a tangent. 😉

          Nevertheless, thanks again on Seidel’s book!


          Comment by Professor Taboo — October 30, 2019 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

          • I have read a number of Eisenman’s books (Does that make me an “iron man”?) And it sounds like you are finding his DSS book (mentioned above) worthwhile, but if it is just about the politics of the DDS housing, preservation, and analysis, I have read enough about that. I am more interested in what they have to say about the religious temperament of the time.

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            Comment by Steve Ruis — November 11, 2019 @ 8:52 am | Reply

  2. Thanks for letting me know. This book is now at my number one must buy list.
    The line as I know it has always been; you cannot fix stupid. Just saying.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — October 28, 2019 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

  3. Whaaat! This pastor is doubly stupid because he got a free book and could have made some coin by selling it to an atheist.

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    Comment by sklyjd — October 28, 2019 @ 5:45 pm | Reply

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