North Dakota Sen. Dick Dever (R-Bismarck) spoke out against atheism, humanism and evolutionary biology for no apparent reason during a debate yesterday over the state’s ban on Sunday morning shopping.
Dever was one of several legislators who defended the ban on religious grounds, telling people to “involve yourself in your church.”
“Atheism,” he said, “means without God. Atheism is a belief system. Atheists believe there is no God. So if it’s a belief system what is their religion? It’s called humanism, also known as secular humanism, also known as religious humanism. If you were to Google humanism you might come to their website where they talk about separation of church and state and their efforts to bring that about.”
Dever continued by reading from a “humanist magazine” about how “the battle for mankind’s future” is taking place the classroom.
Dever claimed, “We don’t teach evolution in school because it’s settled science. We teach evolution in school because it’s not creation. Now why is that important? It’s about control.”
“Are we a Christian nation? No,” he said. “Are we a nation of Christians? Yes.”
As if delivering a sermon, Dever went on to tell people to “recommit yourself to your family,” “involve yourself in your church,” and most ironically, “educate yourself.”
House Bill 1163, which would have repealed the shopping ban, failed in a 22-25 vote.