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Archive for the 'Religion' Category

The Pagan Roots Of Christmas

by @ Friday, December 24th, 2010. Filed under Holidays, Religion

David Hume notes the extent to which, despite it’s religious overtones, much of what we know about Christmas is decidedly non-Christian:
Though Christians assert “Jesus is the reason for the season,” a more precise formulation might be that “Jesus became the reason for the season in the minds of some.” This is important. It is not [...]

Texas Board Of Education: We Don’t Need None Of That Fancy Book Learnin’

by @ Thursday, September 23rd, 2010. Filed under Dumbasses, Education, History, Religion

When we last left the Texas Board of Education they were revising American history textbooks, now they’ve decided that textbooks themselves are anti-Christian:

(CBS/AP)  Texas’ State Board of Education – following a long history of throwing itself into “culture war” issues – is set to vote Friday on a resolution calling on textbook publishers to limit [...]

Christine O’Donnell Thinks She Can Help “Pray Away The Gay”

by @ Tuesday, September 21st, 2010. Filed under 2010 Elections, Dumbasses, Elections, Political Parties, Politics, Religion, Republicans

More evidence that Christine O’Donnell is far, far outside the mainstream:

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And Here I Thought That Young-Earth Creationists Were Nutty

by @ Friday, September 17th, 2010. Filed under Dumbasses, Religion, Science

Apparently, there are people who believe the universe revolves around the Earth:

Yikes
H/T: Pajama Pundit

Stephen Hawking: The Afterlife Is A Fairy Tale For People Who Are Afraid Of The Dark

by @ Tuesday, September 14th, 2010. Filed under Religion, Science

Yea, that about sums it up Steve:

Ron Paul On The “Ground Zero Mosque”: The Facts Are Being Distorted

by @ Tuesday, August 24th, 2010. Filed under Islam, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Religion, Ron Paul

Ron Paul: I Don’t Believe For A Minute That Islam Is Our Enemy

Via Marion County Line, comes news of Congressman Ron Paul’s comments about the “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy:
“I think it’s a big distraction, a grand distraction from the real issues… To me it should have been a grand opportunity, and you really touched on the opportunity, because it’s really a property rights issue, [...]

Quote Of The Day II: Mosque-Smosque

by @ Tuesday, August 17th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Religion, Individual Liberty, Islam, Quote Of The Day, Religion

The “mosque” controversy isn’t about property rights or religious freedom. It’s a bogus issue seized by the GOP establishment to distract the rank-and-file from the party’s reluctance to shrink government.
— Gene Healy

Rand Paul On The “Ground Zero Mosque”: I Won’t Interfere With Local New York Issues

by @ Tuesday, August 17th, 2010. Filed under Islam, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Rand Paul, Religion

Kentucky political blogger Jim Higdon reports on a response from the Rand Paul campaign to a question about his stance on the construction of an Islamic community center at a location in Lower Manhattan formerly occupied by a Burlington Coat Factory:
Given all the bad crazy going around regarding allegedly small-government conservatives trying to dictate [...]

Americans Prefer Fantasy To Scientific Literacy

by @ Monday, August 9th, 2010. Filed under Evolution vs. ID, Religion, Science

This is just depressing:
When presented with the statement “human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals,” just 45 percent of respondents indicated “true.” Compare this figure with the affirmative percentages in Japan (78), Europe (70), China (69) and South Korea (64). Only 33 percent of Americans agreed that “the universe [...]

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