“Many races believe that it was created by some sort of God, though the Jatravartid people of Viltvodle VI believe that the entire Universe was in fact sneezed out of the nose of a being called the Great Green Arkleseizure. The Jatravartids, who live in perpetual fear of the time they call The Coming of The Great White Handkerchief, are small blue creatures with more than fifty arms each, who are therefore unique in being the only race in history to have invented the aerosol deodorant before the wheel.”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
For thousands of years, all science was based in religion or, used to support religion or, when refuting religious doctrine, suppressed by it. And the moment that someone recorded exactly how God created everything in six days, the battle lines between science and religion were drawn in earnest. In the recent past, this epic struggle for the title of Finder of the Truth has become heated indeed. And the more science learns, the more religion either scrambles to find support for the latest scientific theory in its writings, or decries it as patently false for its inability to explain the Answer. You know, the Answer. To life, the universe, and everything.
Ever since Galileo was found guilty of heresy for supporting Aristarchus of Samos’s theory that the sun was the center of our solar system, (Copernicus didn’t dare publish his findings on the subject until he was practically dead), religion has been using the Word of God to suppress the Word of Science, often with disastrous consequences. Not the least of these consequences is that, in several states in the United States, creationism-math is taught in public schools. Creationism-math uses biblical timelines to demonstrate that God created the universe, and everything in it, approximately 10,000 years ago. Continue reading
“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.” Oscar Wilde
Yes. Yes, he did. Because Man is a Moron.
A 6-year-old boy was killed Tuesday morning on Long Island when a municipal bus, swerving to avoid hitting a pedestrian, drove into the boy’s bedroom, where he was sleeping. As an added bonus, the bus avoided avoiding hitting the pedestrian.
(For those of you living in Louisiana, where the Earth is 10,000 years old, the bus hit the pedestrian anyway.)
But that isn’t the real story. Continue reading
…[t]he Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion. 1797 Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11, signed by John Adams
You know, I’ve been thinking a bit these days about the separation of church and state, and I see a problem that I’m not sure has been addressed properly. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution seems to separate church from state. However, this falls short of the mark. The Founding Fathers failed us miserably. They forgot to incorporate into the Bill of Rights a provision that separates state, from church. Preaching politics is a scourge upon our great nation. Continue reading
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes. Thomas Jefferson
In a clear blurring of the lines between “church” and state, and with a straight face, Florida recently argued that dogs should be used as contraband-detection tools that do not require a warrant because their sense of smell is not a “technology,” but is a god-given gift. I mean, holy crap, what’s next? How about arguing that since God gave certain people cancer, he obviously meant for them to die, so why should they be entitled to health care? Christian Scientists believe something along this line, why shouldn’t the government? Continue reading
According to Jewish law, there are 38 categories of things, or melachot that one cannot do on the Sabbath. Their basis in the Torah and/or the Talmud are not important. Nor are the reasons why they are forbidden, fascinating though they may to some. What is important is why they bear no relationship to the concept of rest.
I am not talking about a break between musical notes, or a place for your arm, or foot, or pipe. I am talking about that state of being that is less strenuous than, well…work. The nature of rest is, of course, relative. Working in the hot sun on the iron skeleton of a New York City skyscraper is, relatively speaking, less restful than writing an essay. Of course, to some, it may be more restful than the daily struggle to merely stay among the living in, say, Somalia. Continue reading