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Sam Pollak

March 1, 2014

Religion should be a comfort, not a weapon

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“I find there’s only one infallible dating method,” Ham said. “It’s a witness who was there, who knows everything and told us, and that’s from the word of God.”

As for me, I think everybody should have the right to believe whatever they want (even in “Ralph”). They have a right to inculcate their children with their beliefs and send them to private religious schools. But faith is faith, and creationism is not science, and it has no business being taught as science in public schools.

Full disclosure: I’m Jewish, and my personal belief is that those who believe fundamentally in the Adam and Eve story don’t give the deity anything close to enough credit. To me, a God with the patience and unfathomable knowledge to spend 13 billion or so years getting the universe step-by-scientific-step to this point is far more impressive and credible than one who might create a talking serpent.

But what I believe isn’t science, and it shouldn’t be taught in public schools any more than what Mr. Ham believes.

Religion should be respected and cherished, but if it’s used as an excuse to deny some people their rights or to promote an agenda that substitutes faith for science in our public schools, it just becomes a weapon.

No true believers would want that, would they?

Sam Pollak is the editor of The Daily Star. He can be reached at spollak@thedailystar.com or at (607) 432-1000, ext. 208. His columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/sampollak.

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