Monthly ArchiveMay 2011
An excellent presentation by Zach Kopplin, age 17, who led the creationism repeal effort for Louisiana classrooms:
News Anchor: What’s this got to do with Michele Bachmann?
Zack Kopplin: Presidential candidates should not be allowed to make stuff up. So Michele Bachmann claimed that Nobel Laureates support creationism. Now, I’ve got 43 Nobel laureates who support my appeal, and I asked where hers are because she lends a lot of false authority being like, she elevates this to the national debate and gives lobbyists and politicians in my state who want to put creationism in the classroom a lot of false authority. If she makes these claims she should back them up.
More on the repeal here:
A high school student in the state capital is spearheading an effort to repeal a 2008 law that advocates of mainstream biology education characterize as a Trojan horse for creationism. Zach Kopplin, a senior at Baton Rouge Magnet High, is targeting the Louisiana Science Education Act in the upcoming legislative session that begins in April.
Christianity Thomas on 19 May 2011
From @craigary on Twitter:
Rapture prank: On Saturday, take some of your unwanted clothes and shoes and leave sets of them arranged on sidewalks and lawns around town.
Christianity Thomas on 10 May 2011
Richard Cohen talks about The myth of American exceptionalism and the culture of smugness amongst American Christians:
The emblem of this culture is the term “American exceptionalism.” It has been adopted by the right to mean that America, alone among the nations, is beloved of God….
The term “American exceptionalism” has been invoked by Mitt Romney, Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and, of course, Sarah Palin.
How exceptional is America?
For an industrialized nation, the United States has a very high murder rate and, no surprise, a very high execution rate. We have a health-care system cleverly designed to bankrupt the average person and a political system so dysfunctional that we may go into national bankruptcy, blaming one another for spending too much or taxing too little, but not both. God indeed works in mysterious ways.
American exceptionalism has produced a dysfunctional education system — more than 14,000 school districts, lots of bad (but job-protected) teachers, oblivious parents and students who are too dumb to know they’re dumb. American eighth-graders score 66 points below their Japanese counterparts in math, yet almost 40 percent of American children think they’re good in math. That figure for Japan is 4 percent.
This article points out: “The United States clings to the death penalty, alone in the industrialised world. In fact, it stands with China, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Yemen as the world’s most frequent executioners.” This is exactly what you would expect of a nation where the vast majority of people claim to be Christian.
This video makes a great point about “God” and Homosexuality: “How Many Gays Must God Create Before We Accept That He Wants Them Around?”
Google follows up with an inspiring commercial:
Why can’t the religious see how repulsive their behavior toward homosexuals is?