Millions upon millions of people around the world believe in extraterrestrial life. There have been over 15 million witnesses who claim to have seen a UFO or been abducted by an ET. There are those who believe that man’s great leaps and bounds in evolution are the direct result of ETs changing our DNA or coming to our planet to “teach” our ancestors how to make civilization. There is a show on TV that is called “Ancient Aliens”. The people on this show are determined to convince us that we are descendents of ET.
Last night I happened to watch this particular show. I don’t take very much of what they say as serious science, but it is somewhat amusing to watch anyway. Then I suddenly got a thought. What if these people are actually right. What if the gods humans have worshiped for thousands of years are actually ETs. But, more importantly, what would that mean to Christian Conservatives and their belief that the bible is true science and that the world is only 6,000 years old?
I began to laugh out loud thinking about what Pat Robertson or Mike Huckabee would say if it were determined that ETs made life on our planet possible. What would happen to their whole concept about god and their belief that humans were created in god’s image? Since the most popular ET is what people call the “grays”, that might put a crimp into their belief system. Grays are described as humanoid, but they do not look exactly like us.
Then I thought their first reaction would be to denounce the “science” as fantasy. That is their easy answer. But, some might even say that the ETs were sent by God to develop our ancestors. Even still, that may be difficult to swallow if it means the earth is more than 6,000 years old and the grays don’t look exactly like us. Then, if the ETs were sent by God, what does that do to the divinity of Jesus?
But, I began to come to the realization that if these ETs reappeared to check on their work, the Christian Conservatives would immediately call for their extermination. After all, if we were created in god’s image, and ETs look like the grays, the Christian Conservatives will argue they must be “spawns of the devil” and must be destroyed.
On the other hand, don’t forget, that these very same Christian Conservatives argue that Intelligent Design is a fact. They even use the argument that if god was not the intelligent designer, someone was. That leaves open the possibility of ET creating the human race. I just hope they look like us, or we will have an intergalactic war on our hands.
The one thing that always amazes me in watching stuff like this is the certainty that these proponents have about the topic. They don’t talk like it “may be a possibility”, they talk like it is “fact”. Then it occurred to me that is how the Christian Conservatives view their beliefs. It also occurred to me that whenever humans look for that big question of “why am I here”, they always have to find some kind of intervention by an extraterrestrial or god to find the answer. That in itself is not a bad thing. It becomes a bad thing when it takes the place of common sense and reasoning.
Once humans fixate on mythology and believe it to be true, they lose sight of the common decency that is supposed to bind us all together. That is when things like hate, discrimination, and misogyny all take root. It is the one thing that causes most of our troubles as a species. The idea that one group is better than the other simply because they believe one mythology over another. That is the primary focus behind the intolerance laws against all minorities that are being raised in several states. It is what causes men to think of women as “pawns” and an “inferior” sex.
I know that belief in religion can be comforting to some. That does not excuse the vitriol hurled at others who believe differently. That is the one factor that Founding Fathers wanted our Democracy to overcome. Allow each group of myth believers to believe what they want. But, not to be able to impose their myth on others. I am afraid that is something Christian Conservatives will never accept. Thus, they will never accept democracy. That is the real danger facing us today. Intolerance is a vicious cancer in society that kills freedom and the very soul they claim to have.