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Separation of Church and State (part 5)

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

Giving thanks for a secular ceremony

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

"But science keeps changing its findings!"

John Maynard Keynes

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