Over the years, especially since the election of President Obama in 2008, evangelical Christians within the Republican party have gone to the extreme when it comes to social issues. Whether it’s issues dealing with same-sex marriage, abortion or female contraception, the religious right have made their motives known.
One of the areas were conservative Christians are attempting to make a drastic change is in education. Just last month, the Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake, Louisiana decided to use a new curriculum and textbook in their biology classroom. Following the new “A.C.E” program, the school is using the myth of the Loch Ness monster in their attempt to disprove evolution.
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As conservative lawmakers continue to hold positions at the state and local level, schools like the Eternity Christian Academy could be showing up in a town near you.
You can watch a detailed conversation about this issue from “The Big Picture” hosted by Thom Hartmann in the video below.
Outside the classroom, many churches are voicing their opinions loud and clear when it comes to other controversial issues.
In South Carolina, the Macedonia Baptist Church voiced their opinion about abortion on a sign that was placed in front of their church.
“Ultimate Racism: Abortionists Target Black Babies.”
With a Planned Parenthood clinic near by, the church has made numerous signs, each one more outlandish than the next. Abortion is one of the landmark social issues of the last 40 years in the United States and the battle between the “Pro-Choice” and “Anti-Choice” movements will not end any time soon. To read more about this story, click HERE.
The Loch Ness monster and church signs, just two small examples of religious extremism. The real question is whether these issues really matter and if they do, are they too radical for moderate voters. The economy will be the major issue heading into the 2012 elections, but the battle over religious expression and extremism will be something that lasts long after any of us are still around.
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