This week White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer uttered what may be the most offensive garbage yet, claiming that Bashar al-Assad is worse than Hitler, because even Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons, at least not on his own people and not in their cities and villages. Continue reading
Posted in Education, Government, Politics, Religion, Science, Society, World War Two
Tagged Bret Stephens, Climate change denial, climate policy, creationism, Donald Trump, education, Holocaust denial, New York Times, opinion, politics, science, Sean Spicer
I haven’t been blogging, for all sorts of reasons, but here’s a quick link to an article about Kim Davis and her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in Kentucky that says exactly what I have been thinking of writing, only better.
Personally, I don’t feel the need to look to a bronze age anthology for moral guidance, but for those who do, here’s an excellent post. Rev. Paul Bern points out how Christians have always picked and chosen what to use, and that there is plenty in the Bible that supports marriage equality.
The 99% Blog
Sorting Out the Gay Marriage Controversy
by Rev. Paul J. Bern
This past week’s Supreme Court decision in favor of legalizing gay marriage has by no means settled this controversy. Growing up in the Catholic church and recalling my years in Catholic school, I learned the Bible’s stance on homosexuality is clear-cut. God condemns it, I was taught, and those who disagree will wind up in hell for eternity. You might say that my childhood church community’s approach to the taboo topic of homosexuality was riddled with self-serving double standards and condemnation. Although I offer no argument that the sins of the city-state of Sodom and Gomorrah cried to heaven for justice, I do question whether the sin that cried to heaven was simply homosexuality. A reading of the biblical text shows the sin of Sodom was not its permission of homosexuality but its inhospitality to Lot’s visitors, who…
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I’ve written before about the influence religion has in American society, and how it sticks its nose in places it doesn’t belong, like the justice system, politics, government, public education and science.
I’ve also reposted this blog post by a woman who grew up in Russia. She points out the ironic similarities between the American Tea Party and Soviet Union ideologies. Continue reading
Posted in Science
Tagged education, Lysenko, Lysenkoism, onderwijs Amerika, opinie, opinion, politics, Religious right, science, science education, wetenschap Amerika
I wrote a post about the anti-science attitude of many Republicans two days ago. This Daily Show video is going around Facebook, but it illustrates the ridiculousness of the anti-science folks so beautifully that I just have to share it here as well.
Posted in Politics, Religion, Science
Tagged Aasif Mandvi, creationism, education America, evolution, humor, opinion, politics, Religion vs science, science funding, The Daily Show
I have always respected most religious beliefs. Sure, I put my foot in my mouth occasionally, but I have no problem with religion in itself. I can see how there’s a human need for spirituality of one kind or another, and that some of us have a bigger need for it than others. However, there’s supposed to be a separation between church and state in this country, and when that idea is so blatantly trampled, when religion interferes with science, education, politics and human rights to the degree it does here, then the respect is clearly not mutual, and I don’t feel as obligated to be religiously correct. Continue reading
Posted in Religion, Science, Society
Tagged America, creationism, education, gays, global warming, homoseksualiteit, homosexuals, House Science Committee, Netherlands, onderwijs, opinion, religion, science, statistics, United States