Our brains place a judgment value upon beliefs. There are good evolutionary reasons for why we form beliefs and judge them as good or bad that I will discuss in the chapter on political beliefs, but suffice it to say here that our evolved tribal tendencies lead us to form coalitions with fellow like-minded members of our group and to demonize others who hold differing beliefs.
==The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths (Michael Shermer)
- Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Presently, in Houston and Idaho, members of the clergy are being challenged concerning their right to oppose homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Many believe the clergy will prevail in these disputes. However, these tremors are simply the forewarnings of greater battles to come. Progressive Canada has already outlawed the “hate speech” of anti-homosexual rhetoric from the pulpits. What makes us think that we will never succumb to this loss of religious liberties and free speech in the U.S.?
Houston’s lesbian mayor turns tyrant
In an unprecedented attack against religious freedom and free-speech rights, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, an open lesbian, recently issued subpoenas demanding pastors turn over sermons dealing with homosexuality and any remarks they’ve made in opposition to that city’s “non-discrimination” ordinance, which in part allows transgendered men to use ladies’ restrooms.
Why would the mayor want to silence Christians? After all, aren’t LGBT people all about “tolerance”?
Well, no. Mayor Parker and radical “gay” activists want to criminalize and censor anyone who speaks out against the perverse LGBT agenda.
LGBT groups and the left-wing media have campaigned to portray homosexuals, and now transgendered people, as minorities bullied by Christians. As a result, the LGBT agenda has a foothold in the popular culture. Homosexuals have ascended to positions of power.
Christian school ‘downgraded for failing to invite an imam to lead assembly’
Christian group warns ‘British values’ rules imposed after Trojan Horse scandal leading to schools with a religious ethos being marked down by inspectors for failing to promote ‘tolerance’
Regulators have informed a Christian school that it needs to have a Muslim imam come in to lead assemblies for its students in order to teach “British values” including diversity, or face the possible penalty of closure, according to a new report from the Christian Institute.
The threat comes as part of a series of new school inspections imposed by the government because of a “Trojan horse” scandal where several public schools in Birmingham, England, were taken over by their managers, who then introduced an Islamist teaching standard.
The nation’s Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills then demanded that all schools teach “British values,” including diversity, even in the face of mounting opposition from educators because of the ripple effect of such regulations.
Simon Calvert, deputy director of the Christian Institute, said, “Worryingly, evidence is already emerging of how the new regulations are requiring Ofsted inspection teams to behave in ways which do not respect the religious ethos of faith schools.”
He continued, “The new requirements are infringing the rights of children, parents, teachers, and schools to hold and practice their religious beliefs.