Tolerance is everywhere, and tolerance is everything. From the Coexist bumper stickers to the Google Doodle for April 1, 2017, symbols depicting all worldviews “getting along” together are prevalent. Nor is this sentiment confined to bumper stickers and Google pages. Pushes for tolerance are getting more blatant. A recent Coca-Cola commercial features the entire family fawning over the pool boy (including the teenage son). Even some children’s books are venturing into this realm, like the 12th installment of Captain Underpants, which includes characters who are gay (in this case, “Old Harold and his husband.”) And a quick internet search of “preschool books about homosexuality” reveals there are a number of books on the subject, from Mommy, Mama, and Me to Daddy’s Roommate. The objective is clear: make children believe, from a very young age, that this behavior is normal and acceptable. It’s something to be not only tolerated, but accepted and embraced. But here’s the question: is this tolerance, or is it propaganda?
Okay, I admit, the long-awaited “creation vs evolution” debate was nothing like I imagined it would be. Like many of you, I was looking forward to Ken Ham blowing holes in the theory of evolution, trumping such made-up nonsense with the truths of creationism. Turns out the debate actually centered far less than I expected on the fine points of creation or evolution. And after reflecting upon that, I came to realize that the debate was, in fact, better this way. Here’s why. Continue reading “Science, Ken Ham, and Bill Nye. Oh My!”
Truth. What is truth? How does one define it? Merriam-Webster gives this answer:
Truth noun \ˈtrüth\
the truth : the real facts about something : the things that are true
: the quality or state of being true
: a statement or idea that is true or accepted as true
“The real facts about something: the things that are true.” Okay, but what does that mean, exactly?
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