Open Letter to the Democratic Party Regarding “Interfaith Gathering” – This was written by The Coalition of Secular Voters. The DNC has decided to not only ignore but outright spurn non-religious democratic voters, so a demonstration is planned for 24 August at the Colorado Convention Center, which you can RSVP too. And apparently the Boulder Atheists will also be turning out. Let your displeasure be known. The DNC has to be shown that they’ve made a great mistake by alienating an important part of their base.
Tom Willis: “Clearly then, ‘evolutionists should not be allowed to roam free in the land.’” – And for some reason he thinks I’m a socialist. What does he propose as his “final solution” (my choice of words, not his) to the “evolutionism problem”?
For the purposes of this essay, I will ignore the minor issue of Western-style jurisprudence and merely mention possible solutions to the “evolutionism problem,” leaving the legal details to others:
Labor camps. Their fellow believers were high on these. But, my position would be that most of them have lived their lives at, or near the public trough. So, after their own beliefs, their life should continue only as long as they can support themselves in the camps.
Require them to wear placards around their neck, or perhaps large medallions which prominently announce “Warning: Evolutionist! Mentally Incompetent – Potentially Dangerous.” I consider this option too dangerous.
Since evolutionists are liars and most do not really believe evolution we could employ truth serum or water-boarding to obtain confessions of evolution rejection. But, this should, at most, result in parole, because, like Muslims, evolutionist religion permits them to lie if there is any benefit to them.
An Evolutionist Colony in Antarctica could be a promising option. Of course inspections would be required to prevent too much progress. They might invent gunpowder. A colony on Mars would prevent gunpowder from harming anyone but their own kind, in the unlikely event they turned out to be intelligent enough to invent it.
All options should include 24-hour sound system playing Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris reading Darwin’s Origin of Species, or the preservation of Favored Races by Means of Natural Selection. Of course some will consider this cruel & unusual, especially since they will undoubtedly have that treatment for eternity.
Yup, 2 more stories about anti-vaccines – The first is courtesy of my friend Brian. It’s another amazingly pro-vaccine story coming out of MSNBC (possibly the only mainstream news source right now to remain loyal to medicine on this issue). The story is about the aptly named Ashland, Oregon, a particularly anti-science, anti-vaccine Hellmouth where 30% of the kindergarten students have been allowed to opt out of some or all vaccines with exemptions, effectively busting giant holes in the region’s herd immunity.
And the second anti-vaxxer story comes from science blogger Orac and is actually good news for a change. Dr. Paul Offit, known to the anti-vaxxers as the Dark Lord of Vaccination because he actually knows what he’s talking about, has published a book on the controversy called, Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure:
2 board members from the Secular Student Alliance give a point-counterpoint on PZ Myers’ Crackergate “scandal.”
Jesus’ Sermon on the Brokeback Mount?
Most Christians have never heard of the Secret Gospel of Mark, which was found inscribed in a letter by Greek historian Clement of Alexandria . . . One text from the letter hints that the Bible’s account of Mark’s gospel originally told the tale of Jesus raising a man from the dead and then having an intimate relationship with him, said Aaron Weaver, a senior at LCCC and president of the college atheist club.
Skeptico (not to be confused with Skeptiko) designs protocol to test the oft-used excuse by psychics, etc. that they can’t perform under scientifically controlled conditions because of the presence of skeptics giving out “negative energy.”
The Real Religious Terrorism, by Sarah Braasch at Freedom from Religion Foundation. Here’s a sad story of a childhood as a Jehovah’s Witness. This is what atheists mean when they say religion gets a free ride: if parents treated their children this way in the name of anything other than religion, society would universally recoil in horror. (Thanks Greta Christina)
Creationist school utterly fails its students:
“”…we’re given every theory from The Theory of Intelligent Design to the Theory of Evolution.” –yeah, that’s why you’re not getting science credit, honey. They only give science credit for learning science, not voodoo.
Wow. For the first time, I’ve got no big science news to report on my News From Around The Blogosphere segment. Maybe tomorrow.
And now for something completely different:
Bible in a Minute