Imprisoned Five Percenter, Practicing a Wacky Faith, Demands the Freedom To Read His Religious Texts
Kevin Harris‘ religion deserves brickbats and derision, as well as all the rights to which the Constitution entitles him.
He is a member of the Nation of Gods and Earths, an offshoot of the Nation of Islam more commonly known as the Five Percenters, which was founded in New York in the 1960s. The group promotes black empowerment and teaches that black men are Gods. …
The Nation of Gods and Earths teaches that only 5 percent of the population knows and teaches the truth. Ten percent conspire to hide the truth, are devils and enslave the poor. The rest, 85 percent, have not yet received knowledge. Its philosophy has been included in the lyrics of hip-hop music by such artists as Busta Rhymes and Wu Tang Clan.
Harris, who is behind bars for a 1993 murder, alleges in a new lawsuit that, in 2013, prison officials confiscated religious literature “necessary to the practice of my religion” from his cell. His pleas to get the “contraband” texts back have fallen on deaf ears.
South Dakota Legislator: Evolution is “Racist, Counter-Scientific, Faith-Based and Blind to the Self-Evident”
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a bill proposed by South Dakota legislators — Senate Bill 114 — that would allow Creationism and climate change-denial to make their way into public school classrooms.
The bill would:
… create an environment within all elementary and secondary schools that encourages students to explore scientific questions, learn about scientific evidence, develop critical thinking skills, and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about scientific subjects taught in curriculum and coursework…
That all sounds well and good… until you get to this part:
Creationist Ken Ham gave us a present for Darwin Day: A 48-minute video blaming evolution (or the mindset that it supposedly leads to) for all the ills in our society.
In the first minute alone, we get this gem:
As we look at these symptoms in our culture — abortion, homosexual behavior, euthanasia, suicide, school violence — there’s a connection between them and the influence of Darwinian evolution throughout the culture…