Here's a twist on the images I've been posting comparing the proponents and opponents of separation of church and state. A related – and equally crucial – topic is whether public schooling should stay secular, with religious education a matter of personal freedom in the home, the church, the mosque, and so on. Or should government, through the public school system, dip its hands into the matter of religion? Readeth thou more
With the US election race gearing up, we're treated daily to more and more examples of American politicos, pundits, and plain old people who refuse to understand the simple, smart principles behind keeping religion out of government and government out of religion. Readeth thou more
As the world remembers the visionary who led Apple in more innovation than any ten competitors combined, WebProNews points out the ugly response by a familiar pack of loons. Yes, the Westboro Baptist Church is ready to take time out from picketing the funerals of celebrities and soldiers so it can defile the farewell to Steve Jobs. Readeth thou more
The Atheist Nexus asks atheists and freethinkers to thank New York Mayor Bloomberg for a secular, clergy-free ceremony commemorating the 10 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
In that post, you'll see handy link directly to an online form for sending a message to the Mayor. Why not do so right now? You're limited to only 300 words, so it'll only take a moment. Here's the simple message I sent: Readeth thou more
While I've read my Bible, one facet of religious debate I haven't followed deeply is that of Biblical historical accuracy. Which is something I need to rectify, as every brush with the topic suggests that the Bible and its believers often come up short in that department. Readeth thou more
Cue the Creationist / New Ager / other Believer:
"But scientists once thought that, and now they think this!"
Yes. scientists continually update their beliefs to fit the evidence; that's the whole point, the whole beauty of science.
While no scientist has ever had trouble thus refuting the silly complaint above, I really like this quote from economist John Maynard Keynes, responding to an accuser charging him of inconsistency: Readeth thou more