Great mask furor: Monkey trials redux. Faith alone vs. science and reason
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This would be one epic showdown – except shouting know-nothings crash in, defenseless against a fatal, invisible microbe while wiser folks favor safeguards against hidden, yet identifiable airborne droplets. The faith alone culture warrior risks life and limb, if not two miserable weeks, by daring fate. Because the rational adult accepts randomness, he or she trusts to scientific certainty. There’s enough menace—violence against protestors, tear gas and rightwing gasbags—without leaping from pan to fire.
The blindness of mask rejection, a slam dunk for skeptics, oozes contradictions, even in its own terms: “so if God controls all, is getting sick not a clear message about one’s misspent life, even rejection by the electoral college in the sky? Or is NOT getting sick a sign God favors you, awarding you more online cheap shots at science, brainpower, anything Democratic and scorned liberals”? We’re talking lose-lose, with nary a winner.
Herein replays another tedious Scopes/Monkey Trial, as when good science, namely Darwinian evolution, confronted a bad, fundamentalist state law against its teaching. What a glorious antecedent for know-nothing babble about Clorox as quick, wonder fix. Against hocus pocus, the science fellowship endorses the verification of proposed theories that survive rigorous, empirical testing, then are replicated often enough to become scientific laws. That methodology of knowledge counters personal bias and erroneous age-driven distortions, disowning absolutism and infallibility. Unlike fairy tale magic, science offers transparent, systemic checks and balances to offset fallibility, updating when better evidence and models surface.
Perhaps God, not Dr. Fauci, will protect the mask scoffers, though hardly the case as Covid-19 ravages obstinate evangelicals, preachers, and moralistic defenders of going maskless and crowding together. Behold feckless extremism that feeds disease, jeopardizing young and old alike. Trust only to divine willfulness, and your already compromised grandma meets her Maker earlier than scheduled – unless that was the heartless Plan all along. Oy vey!
Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction
June 23, 2020 at 7:38 PM #329268jwirrParticipant
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Before the modern evangelicals took over religion a prayer included faith in science and reason. It acknowledged that God sends help through people and not some fantasy lightning bolt. Now it means – sit back – pray and do nothing to help yourself or others – for gods sake do not go to a doctor or get a vaccine or change your lifestyle so that we do not get worse climate change etc.
June 24, 2020 at 1:05 AM #329313Populist ProleParticipant
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“Now it means – sit back – pray and do nothing to help yourself or others – for gods sake do not go to a doctor or get a vaccine or change your lifestyle so that we do not get worse climate change etc.”
It also means, nay, especially means, “DO NOT look for nor expect any economic action by the corporate overlords on your behalf. STFU about that shit.”
It mirrors the use of identity politics by the “centrists”: As a means to an end. TPTB of either party gives nary a shit about religion or social issues, but as the tree to be barked up at by the masses.
June 23, 2020 at 8:04 PM #329274
June 23, 2020 at 8:32 PM #329280MizzGrizzParticipant
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it seems that the non mask wearers are not so much showing faith in God as faith in the secular religion of libertarianism.The social media posts from conservatives on the topic seem to see mask wearing as a restriction of their liberty,often stated with the reiteration that ‘ain’t no nanny state gonna tell me what to do.”
The same kind of arguments we saw against seat belts and motorcycle helmet laws.
Now,preachers may be egging this on,but Ayn Rand got to them first.
June 23, 2020 at 10:03 PM #329294HassleCatParticipant
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When AIDS was spreading and killing people left & right, the fundamentalists proposed it was God’s punishment for sinful lives, particularly gay lives. Then it turned out the group least at risk was lesbian women. So it seemed God was rewarding lesbians for something, as many lesbians gleefully pointed out. “God loves us!”
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