A QUIET STAND OF ALDERS
"The alder, whose fat shadow nourisheth
All set neere to him long flourisheth." -- William Browne, c. 1613
to A Quiet Stand of Alders, a
that invites you to experience the scientific importance, and the
beauty and peace, of trees and other plants. This is the message
to which I have dedicated my life: plants are essential to the survival
of the world, and they deserve much more appreciation than they receive
from most people, especially from the political and business leaders in
the United States. Plants are much more than a mechanism for the
survival of the planet; they create worlds of beauty and peace.
The world depends not only on plants in general, but on the diversity
of plants—the millions of species that make up the forests, fields, and
deserts of the world. This diversity of plants, as well as of all
other organisms, has been produced over billions of years by the
process of evolution. In the United States, wild plants are being
destroyed, their diversity is being reduced, and teaching the process
of evolution is under religious attack. Watch this website for
links to sources of information about plants and evolution, including
my books and those of other authors, as well as essays about plants,
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Christians Burning Bibles?
January 4, 2010
Many political controversies are not about evidence and reason, but about prejudice, rage, and religious brainwashing. Nothing short of religious brainwashing could account for this news item from last October: a Halloween “book-burning” in which Christians tore up Bibles. If fundamentalist Christians really believe the Bible to be the word of God, only a complete disengagement of their consciousness from reason could make them tear up Bibles. Read more about it here.
It was supposed to be a book burning at the Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton, North Carolina. (From the video, it appears that the church is mostly white.) They announced that there would be “fried chicken, and all the sides.” Instead, when protestors and media showed up, it rained. Besides, it turned out that an actual book-burning was against the fire code, and the church did not have permission to do it. But the church claimed that it was “a great success” because the protestors and media were outside in the rain while the congregation was inside, tearing up books instead of burning them. Who could doubt the hand of God blessing this event?
Which books did they feel that God was commanding them to destroy? I can only hope that my Encyclopedia of Evolution was one of them. They burned The Wizard of Oz. And The Living New Testament. Why did they destroy a New Testament? This church believes exclusively in the King James Version of the Bible; apparently, God inspired this translation, published in 1611, rather than the scriptures that Jesus himself read and quoted. Poor Jesus; how could he have known that he was using the wrong Bible, without the wise people of Amazing Grace Baptist Church to tell him? There is no reasoning involved in this act; for there is nothing in the Bible saying that King James was authorized to issue the solely correct version of God’s word (in English, a language not in existence when Jesus was alive.)
The idea that Bibles other than the King James Version should be destroyed is simply a weird idea that some American preachers made up and with which they brainwashed hundreds of followers. And these people are ready to take action. Being a Christian, even a conservative one, is no defense against them. This sort of mindless destruction, a religious tantrum, is the same force that is behind many of the attacks on this good green planet. Religious extremists are not only eager to rip apart Bibles of which they do not approve, but look forward to the day when the Earth will be destroyed by a Wrathful God who will send everyone but them to the Lake of Fire. Rescuing a planet that God will destroy in just a few years is of no concern to them. They look forward to the big Earth-Burning, and maybe they will all have a fine lunch of fried chicken on that day.
Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
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a blog about evolution and related topics
Stanley A. Rice writes books about plants, evolution, and the environment which are informative and authoritative, while remaining easy to understand and fun to read. He also writes fiction. He teaches courses in biology and botany at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Recently PublishedGreen Planet
New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2009
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Saving the Environment—For Whom?
Welcome to the Republican climate!
Goodbye, from the world’s biggest polluter!
Consider the lilies
America the glutton
Looking for a few good conservatives
A Good Time to be a Vulture
A State of Embarrassment
Just for Money?
Shoot Something Furry
Conservatives Are Nature-worshippers
The Real World
On the Brink of Collapse
The Inspiration of Science
February 12, 2009: An Important Date
The Sabbath of the Earth
The Fundamental Problem
The End of Altruism
A Lovers’ Embrace?
We Can Afford Environmental Protection
Dividing Up the World
If Humans Vanished…
Henry David Thoreau, Prophet and Scientist
Nature and Language
The Olive Tree
An Artificial Future
Resurgence Of Racism In the South
You Are an Ecosystem
Childhood Experiences With Nature
Be Conscious of Image
Not for Profit?
Fiscal Responsibility -- In Plants
Suggested Reading & Links
USDA research facility at Lane, Oklahoma
Citizens for the Protection of the Arbuckle Simpson Aquifer
Botanical Society of America
National Association of Biology Teachers
Oklahoma Academy of Science
Oklahoma Native Plant Society
Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Tulsa County Conservation District
Blue Thumb Program
Up With Trees
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