Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Crazy Baptists

The Georgia Baptist Convention voted to sever ties with Mercer University (a Baptist college) because they "no longer share common values." In other words, those heathens at Mercer had the audacity to let the homos have a student group. How dare they allow young adults to freely express themselves at a Baptist institution!

I think this bit from the story perfectly captures the issue-

David W. Key, director of Baptist studies at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, said that Tuesday's action had been in the making for years. He said the convention is run by fundamentalists who cannot reconcile their belief in scriptural infallibility with the mission of a university.

"That's the purpose of higher education, to open minds," Key said. "That runs counter to a fundamentalist's theology."

Welcome to modern America, a country of closing minds, where we are increasingly in danger of turning our back on science and learning and everything else the Enlightenment brought about. And what for? To satisfy some simplistic notion of Old Testament Christianity. To bring us back to a time of witch trials, and Johnathan Edwards' Sinners in the Hands of Angry God. God help us!


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