I had a fun e-mail interaction with the Tea Party of Kentucky, copy and pasted without edit below. I wrote them originally in response to an effort they are making to get “god back in schools.” My first missive through their web site was just a polite “No.” The Tea Party response follows.
I find it amusing that groups like this decry poverty, violence and, sexually transmitted diseases. They blame atheists and liberals, yet they oppose any and all efforts to reduce poverty, teach sex education or reduce violence through education and opportunity. These people (and this ideology) causes the problems they try to lay at the door of secular humanists. At they same time, they oppose government, unless they are trying to use it to force religion on unbelievers. It would be funny if it weren’t sick.
The e-mail chain:
1) Teen pregnancy went up 500%.
2) VD went up 226%
3) Violent crime went up 544%
4) SAT scores went down for 18 years in a row while before that it had never gone down more than 2 years in a row.
Our petition is to restore the student’s religious freedom given in the 1st Amendment. The bill would not have teacher led prayer but students would be allowed to pray if they wish to do so as well as speak about their faith.
Frank G. Simon, MD, Director
American Family Association of Kentucky
PO Box 8089
Louisville, KY 40257
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://afaofky.com
Phone: (502) 893-2444
FAX: (502) 897-2426
Correlation does not imply causation. As an educated man, you should recognize logical fallacy when you use it. To debunk your points:
1. We lie to our children about sex through “Abstinence Education.” In short you are to blame for increased STDs
2. If God in government is a good idea, why are ALL modern theocracies utter failures?
3. Right wing political ideology (that you espouse) causes the violence and poverty that you decry.
But I appreciate your response, and I look forward to thwarting your efforts at every opportunity.
Humanist, American and father of five little atheists.