On Aug. 11, just days before Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a boy in New Hampshire that "in Texas we teach both creationism and evolution," the Texas Education Agency sent a memorandum to the State Board of Education finalizing approval of scientifically accurate teaching material for use in Texas public schools.  Evolution, dismissed by Perry as "a theory that's out there" with "some gaps," is presented as sound science in Texas textbooks and supplementary materials. First of all, it is clear that Perry is using his "religious affiliation" to gain supporters for the 2012 presidential election, but the question is, will it work?  Yes, Texas has a large percentage of Christians, but overall the numbers are declining.  In 1990, 68 percent of Texans said they were some kind of Christian other than Catholic. Last year, that figure had dropped to only 48 percent.  People on the religious right are fighting for creationism in schools because THEY KNOW RELIGION IS DYING.  They are doing everything they can to "brainwash" the new generation in school about creationism since these kids are clearly NOT GOING TO CHURCH. Overall, this country doesn't care about social issues at this point and time.  They care about the economy and the money in their pockets.  Rick Perry is WAY off and is clearly "trying" to use religion to gain the majority in this country.  Any thoughts? 

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Comment by Glen Rosenberg on August 30, 2011 at 9:30pm

Unite implies the many eg Workers of the world unite. Under one makes me think of the old standby "one nation under god...." So I propose undone to negate that silliness.

What do I know about the restaraunt business?

Comment by United Under One on August 30, 2011 at 2:52pm
Why undone?  Can't the ONE you unite under be "yourself"?  You are the one, so you are the ONE you believe in.  And if we all United Under ONE... the world would be a better place
Comment by Glen Rosenberg on August 30, 2011 at 11:05am

Is your namesake similar to Robin Hood's Little John who actually weight 547 lbs. cuz it sounds like a fundamentalist christian order?

I propose United Under One Undone or United Under One, Which One? Granted their a bit wordy but catchy, no?

Good luck with opening eyes. Not easy.

Comment by United Under One on August 30, 2011 at 8:14am
Glen, you make valid comments.  I completely agree with you that the "criticism of religion is taboo"... and that is unfortunate to me.  I respect other people's belief systems, but actually care about people, and have a very hard time just accepting the ignorance of religion.  I am dedicating my life to opening up people's eyes.  I educate them about religion, the TRUTH of religion, and not the fairy tale of religion.  It is true that there is a diminishing influence of religion in this country, therefore right wing Christians are joining together to keep their following, but you could be right; it might be too early for this country to accept the ludicrous dogmas religion instills.
Comment by Glen Rosenberg on August 29, 2011 at 10:55pm

I'd wager Rick Perry cant even explain evolution and he is simply mouthing the creationist rhetoric about gaps in the fossil record or the so-called missing link. For that matter Bachman and the others are likely ignorant as well. But I would not discount the appeal of the religious right to large areas of the country. In Texas repeated attempts to get casino legislation have failed thanks to the bible bumpkins. This inspite of what would amount to an economic boom for Texas.

And while I agree that cash is king and economics is the paramount issue it is nevertheless true that the right will pin any residual negative economic issues on Obama and his administration. Furthermore Obama and the democrats are famously taciturn in attacking the right and in making the case for how the values of the left are superior to those of the right. Additionally Perry and company with their messianic zeal and agenda of christian domination are not going to be portrayed the way they actually are both because of a "cultural"quiescence among democrats and because criticism of religion is taboo.

Perry is promoting his cause in part as a reaction against the diminishing influence of religion; it is also true that within the fabric of religion is the omnipresent intent to grow power and spread influence. Judaism is an exception to the general rule. Bottom line Perry and company are dangerous characters who will undermine secularism if given half a chance.

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2011 at 5:38pm
I agree that Perry is clearly trying to appeal to the religious to get votes.  He also had that prayer rally in Houston, TX.

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