Friday, March 6, 2009

10 ’Adhar 5769: International Book Day/National Frozen Food Day/Middle Name Pride Day

Greetings.

Worthy causes of the day: “We deserve the Truth”, “Prevent the Worst of Global Warming: Pass a Strong Climate Bill Now”, and “Health Reform Must Be A Priority!”

Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
  1. “Roman Catholic bishops to faithful: Give up cell phone and Internet during Lent”: This is an interesting idea. It may be impractical for some, but it is still interesting.
  2. “Oklahoma hates Richard Dawkins”: Summary: A state representative in Oklahoma filed a resolution attacking evolutionary biologist and militant atheist Richard Dawkins and his speaking at the University of Oklahoma as part of celebration of Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday on the grounds that Dawkins’s views are (allegedly) against those of the majority of Oklahomans. Since it is not under the authority of the government to dictate science or religion, this is obviously inappropriate. (This is despite Dawkins being a known jerk. Expression of one’s views, no matter how offensive they are, is constitutionally protected free speech.) Furthermore, both the state representative and Dawkins fall into the cliché of linking evolution and atheism. See the sidebar on the right under Divine Misconceptions, subsection Others’ work for information on why this cliché is wrong.
  3. More people not getting freedom of religion: “Religious Persecution on the Horn of Africa”
  4. “Traditional Anglicans want to join Catholic Church”: Not surprising.
Today’s news and commentary:Today’s weird thing is “Trek Spring Collection Preview: First Look At Genki Star Trek Fragrances”. I would never dare make up anything resembling this. Enjoy, share the weirdness, and Shabbath shalom.

Aaron
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