Last week I talked about the “forced conversions” that will soon be taking place in California’s schools – not just public, mind you, but private and religious, too.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a new law that effectively tosses out all sexual moral conduct codes at colleges, private and Christian schools, daycare centers and other so-called educational facilities across the state. In effect, we have a situation in the Golden State in which a form of paganism has become the de facto official religion of the state.

I called this the end of religious freedom in California – and I do not think I overstate the case.

But, in a less obvious way, we see a similar enforcement of state religion in most schools in most states. I refer to the teaching of evolution as scientific fact.

Now, you may believe in evolution. You may believe in the miracle of abiogenesis – the idea that life sprang spontaneously from non-life by random chance. You may believe sincerely in those ideas. You may even believe scientific facts back up your notions.

But, let’s be honest. When you get right down to the bottom line, you can’t prove your ideas any more than the creationist can. You look at the world and you find facts that you believe seem to bolster your case. The creationist does the same and finds facts that seem to bolster his case.

Ultimately, in both cases, it comes down to belief. It comes down to faith. It comes down to religion.

At this point, the evolutionists are going to dismiss what I am saying for one of two reasons:

  1. Some will tell me that they have no faith – that they are atheists or agnostics. To which I would say, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th District found in Kaufman v. McCaughtry one year ago, that atheism is indeed as much a religion as Christianity, Judaism and Islam in that is a belief system and shapes an individual’s worldview.

  2. Some will tell me that they are not atheists. They will tell me they are practicing Christians and Jews and believe that the Bible’s creation story is metaphorical. Thus, they explain, there is no contradiction between their beliefs and what they believe to be accurate scientific data.

Either way, these are people who have no problem with the idea of life springing up from non-life and animals morphing from one species to another because it doesn’t conflict with their religious worldview. And many of these people have no problem forcing that religious worldview down the throats of people whose faith does conflict with their theories.

In other words, it’s not a case of religious people being in conflict with “science.” It’s a case of religious people forcing their beliefs down the throats of other religious people. Once again, it’s a case of “forced conversions” – using all the power of the state.

That’s what is happening in our schools today – the overwhelming number of them that mandate the teaching of evolution and abiogenesis as fact. It is an overtly religious view in direct conflict with other religious views, yet it is enforced by the power of the state.

Usually, when government directly involves itself in matters of religion, we call this “theocratic.” However, those in charge of the new state religion have managed to reserve exclusive use of that word as a rhetorical club against their opponents.

I have been trying to make this point for a long time. Ann Coulter does it most effectively in her new book, “Godless.” And now there is a new nonprofit organization attempting to “reframe the debate” about the origins of life.

It’s called Origin of Life Fairness in Public Schools – not exactly a name that rolls off the tongue.

But as the action in California shows us, this is a conflict that goes way beyond the government schools. It is a war that is being waged, using the coercive power of the state, against anyone who would dare dissent from the official religion. It is, in a very real sense, a jihad by any other name.

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