U.S. Republicans In Push to Christianize Exoplanets

Apr 15, 2012

Republicans in the lower chamber of the U.S. Congress introduced a bill today that would require NASA to include a Christian missionary on any future manned trips to planets outside our solar system, with the goal of  "shining the light of Jesus Christ across the cosmos."

Astronomers have thus far identified 763 such extra-solar planets and estimate that there may be as many as 100 billion exoplanets in our galaxy alone. Although scientists do not currently have the ability to look for signs of life on these far off worlds, some number of these exoplanets are believed to lie within the habitable zone of their stars and could thus be suitable candidates for life.

With so many potential Earth-like planets in the Milky Way many researchers are quite confident that extraterrestrial life exists in some form in the galaxy. Some also believe that intelligent life could exist on at least some worlds.

It is the possibility of sentient beings that has excited the so-called "Christan Universe" movement, which seeks to extend the Christian faith to all forms of intelligent life. A group called Coalition for a Christan Universe (CCU) - believed to be backed by U.S. evangelical billionaire Foster Friess - has spearhead lobbying efforts for the cause and is behind the current legislation.

"We now know life on other planets is much more likely than we thought just a few years ago, "says Nathaniel Hamworth, a Washington D.C. based spokseperson for the CCU, "Its no longer science fiction. There are other worlds out there, and we aim to make them Christian worlds just as Cortez made the Americas a Christian hemisphere."

NASA's Ark

"If god decides to destroy the Earth with an asteroid, there will be no more Christians left in the universe to worship His Glory."

Unlike in science fiction, however, traveling to other worlds would be neither quick nor easy. With the fastest technology currently conceivable it would take a spacecraft carrying humans at least 60 - 70  years to reach Alpha Centauri - the nearest star system with the potential of orbiting exoplanets. Reaching systems further out would take hundreds or even thousands of years. Such timespans would require any future mission to be multi-generational in nature and require a ship to carry a diverse compliment of plants and animals in order to sustain the human voyagers.

The similarities of an exoplanet "generation ship" mission to the biblical story of Noah's Ark has not escaped those in the Christian Universe movement. A leading figure in the cause sees the discovery of exoplanets and the construction of a generation ship as a part of God's plan to ensure the survival of his children:

"If god decides to destroy the Earth with an asteroid, there will be no more Christians left in the universe to worship His Glory. Colonizing other planets and converting their native populations is a vital long term survival strategy for the Christian faith"

Per christus ad aspera?

Although most astronomers accept the idea that it would be wise to colonize other worlds, most exoplanet experts are baffled by the mandate to Christianize life on other planets. One leading exoplanet researcher told The Daily Currant:

"This law is ridiculous. It will likely be hundreds of years - if ever - before we start to send manned missions to these planets. And even if we get there and if we find the planets inhabited by intelligent beings, there is no guarantee that we will be able to communicate with them at all. And even if we could communicate there is no reason to believe that these creatures would have any interest in our religions whatsoever - much less converting to them."

However, Representative Michelle Bachman of Minnesota  - a key co-sponsor of the bill - rejected such concerns in a speech on the House floor:

"God created life, no matter where in the universe it is found. And He commanded all his creatures to honor and obey Him. It doesn't matter if life is carbon based, silicon based or operates on some sort of 'crystalline entity' principle we don't fully understand yet. God loves all the creatures of His universe and His word is law. And we as Christians have a responsibility to bring the word of the Lord to any intelligent lifeforms so that they can feel the love of Jesus into their hearts and know His peace."

The Faith Race

One consequence of the proposed legislation may be an increase in Congressional funding for NASA's efforts to find life on other planets. Support for that endeavor has historically come from the Democratic side of the aisle, but the CCU has been heavily leaning on Republican members to increase NASA's budget in insure that America - and thus Christianity - will reach the pagan exoplanet populations first.

"We don't want the Chinese to get there before us and start preaching atheism or some nonsense. Or god forbid the Indians with all their Voodoo (sic) magic."  says Ralph P. Finney president of the CCU.

The bill is scheduled to be voted on later this week and is expected to pass because it is attached to a crucial defense spending package. Its prospects in the Senate are more uncertain, but several senators up for re-election this year have already stated their support.

 

VideoFind out more about exoplanets and the race to discover them:

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  • Jeremy

    They have lost their mother f*****g minds! I think I have entered the Twilight Zone!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UJHJ6XNO7PX7L533M6FB7CLVVE John

    Show me the part in the Bible where Jesus talked about aliens…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryan-Holland/100001787943993 Bryan Holland

    How about this! If this so called “God” is so powerful, why does it take a
    group of 60% atheist scientists from a long line of scientists of which
    have been burnt at the stake, hung, put under house arrest by the
    Vatican, and shunned by the Christian society throughout history just to
    get where we are today, to spread the word of a religion that didn’t
    even want us to fly in the first place?!

    This is the most self-centered, arrogant, stupid, unbelievable,
    incomprehensible, and most maddening thought process I have ever
    encountered. If I were taking people into space and someone said this to
    me, I just couldn’t possibly be kind to them.

  • Guy sitting

    This is a joke, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/colby.kennedy.752 Colby Kennedy

    id throw that missionary into space as an atheist there’s know way im letting that believe annoy me in space or another planet

  • Matt

    If we encounter ET, we shouldn’t be trying to convert them at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742820794 Samantha Nocera

    THIS. ^^^

  • Gaius Pedanticus

    Funny joke, but I think you meant “Per Christus ad *astra.* ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/bailey.bednar Bailey Bednar

    Oh look, it’s crazy eyes getting even more batshit insane.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nflopes Nuno Lopes

    I agree, but if thers a missionario from each religion on earth!!!
    By the way… give a few day’s to create my own, and i’ll be on it to!!!

  • http://twitter.com/JediSenshi Katie Lee

    I know it’s from Star Trek but shouldn’t the Prime Directive of Non-Interference be applied here?

  • David Schwartz

    I love how many commenters think this is serious news.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Lott/100001678036205 James Lott

    NASA falls directly under the US Government. Regardless of realism in the
    concept, the bill, in and of itself, is completely unconstitutional –
    breaking the establishment clause of the 1st amendment. “Congress shall
    make no law respecting an establishment of religion”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ruskie55 Patrick Nicholson

    There are so many issues with this. Someone earlier in the article said that it would be like the conquistadors “taming” the native Americans But we are talking whole different species, or whole different chain of evolution such as lifeforms based on dextro-amino acids. The thing about the native Americans is that they were the same species. Not to mention the whole, God maid Humanity in his image part. But anyways, I could sit here for days talking about this but I will spare myself. P.S. I also forgot the whole god doesnt exist part and this would be pointless.

  • spiro

    Yeah I agree..Take all Christians out to space where they belong,and leave the rest of us alone,,”For Gods sake” lol

  • Joe Walsh

    you do know that this is a fake news site, right?

  • Joe Walsh

    Good job TDC!
    15 of the 16 people posting before me actually think you’re a legitimate news source.
    Well played!