Science vs. Religion:
a new book, Science and Religion: What Scientists Really Think
by Rice University sociologist Elaine Ecklund, discusses the results of her detailed study
of 1,646 scientists at top American research universities. Among her findings: ~36% of those surveyed not only believe in God but also practice a form of closeted, often non-traditional faith. They worry about how their peers would react to learning about their religious views.
Interview with the author from the Center for Inquiry
's Point of Inquiry podcast
. Also, here's a webcast
from an author discussion forum held at Rice University on April 7th. [more inside]
Charles Pierce, author of the 2005 essay "Greetings from Idiot America"
decrying the rise of faith-based anti-intellectualism, has expanded his rant into a full length book: Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
. (via) [more inside]
A recent poll ranks atheists as America's most distrusted minority.
Despite some inroads into American's acceptance of religious diversity, distrust of the godless appears to have held steady.
Should atheists evangelize,
or perhaps follow in the footsteps of certain
Christian fundamentalists and
seek an Atheist Homeland
? The sticks and stones
seem endless, after all.
Last Saturday afternoon, protesters used Nashville's public Musica statue
(which features nine bronze nude dancing figures) as the backdrop
for a protest
against such disparate issues as abortion, strip clubs, and homosexuality. Calling themselves the Pure Life Revolution
, the group describes itself as "a prayer and repentance movement on behalf of purity, justice, righteousness. We are a moral outcry for society." [MI]
Big Hairy Audacious Goal
is Coaltion For Christian
Outreach's newest evangelical ministry. It is an outreach program to make 750 commitment
calls per year which will include spending five hours a week building one-on-one relationships with non-Christians, leading a small-group evangelistic Bible study each year, Training in relational evangelism for every leader, and staff teams spending time together each week in prayer for the lost.
In the 40's, A young man named Billy Graham
empowered the evangelical movement holding tent revivals and encouraging people to be missionaries. Born out of that was a more charged fundamentalist movement
that we are famliar with today. Going from Billy to BHAG's begs the question, have Evangelicals evolved
"You have the audacity to call me intelligent.”
We covered Spongebob promotes the gay here
. Now comes an amusing coda: a catfight between the Dobson forces, who started an anti-media email campaign
, and Keith Olbermann, who printed and ridiculed
said email. Dobson's people claim victory
because Olbermann spent so much time on them, and Olbermann, a trifle defensive about the secular media, makes more fun.
Meet the WallBuilders
--an organization that promotes the return of American public life to its religious-based heritage, according to USA Today.
And the Congressional Pastor's Briefings
may be of interest too: WallBuilders has been privileged to bring ministers from across the nation to Washington, DC, for an intimate briefing session with some of the top Christian Senators and Representatives now serving in Congress. The Members brief pastors on a variety of issues related to Biblical values as well as share their hearts regarding their own faith and its application to public office. ...
Wallbuilders or Mythbuilders
provides a debunking of 8 historical fallacies of the group, concluding that:...In that sense, then, the name “Wallbuilders” is correct: the organization is building unnecessary walls of prejudice in an onlooking world, a word desperately needing to hear about the One who has “broken down the middle wall of division”...
What Jesus Would Do? "...And I'm gonna be blunt and plain; if one ever looks at me like that, I'm gonna kill him and tell God he died."
Jimmy Swaggart (no stranger to scandal and improper behavior in the past)
is at it again, this time regarding marriage and gays. Maybe he should stay away from Paul Crouch, Trinity Broadcasting Network's head,
currently embroiled in a gay sex scandal. Was Jesus this hypocritical and violent?
"There is no separation of church and state," she said.
The Boston Statehouse and surrounding area is crawling with fundamentalist Christians who have come from all over the country to push for a constitutional amendment in our state. You can read minute-by-minute updates on the debate in the Statehouse at Boston.com
is eric rudolph a christian terrorist? via atrios
and who are these christian identity people?: "We declare and will wage total war on the ungodly communist regime in New York and your legaslative bureaucratic lackey's in Washington. It is you who are responsible and preside over the murder of children and issue the policy of ungodly preversion thats destroying our people," - sound familiar?
Wal-Mart Inc. stopped selling magazines Maxim, Stuff and FHM
In the past, Wal-Mart has refused to sell CD's that carry warning labels about explicit lyrics...
Who is behind this censorship ? I can think of only one group =
every day these hypocritical monsters are taking more freedoms away from us. They think Jesus would drive a SUV but would never read a Maxim magazine. I am calling on Canada
to liberate us from these monsters...
The Guardian isn't so good
at letting you link to their articles anymore. But if you use this link then click on "printable version" you might get to the site I want you to link to. My title being: If you're Jewish and American its hard to know whose side your on these days.
Among the 'American Taliban' in Smalltown, USA.
"I discovered that Taliban-style attitudes are not restricted to Afghanistan and Pakistan. They exist tenaciously in American towns like this one. Sometimes tolerance prevails in small towns; other times the dark fears and hatreds of the "American Taliban" -- vicious fundamentalists -- are resurgent."
Christian Fundamentalism Inspiring Radical Muslim Theology?
Arab fundamentalists long ago woke up to the potential of European anti-Semitic literature such as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Now, in a truly bizarre piece of cultural miscegenation, they are turning to the Bible belt for inspiration.
Crazy-ass christian fundamentalists are at it again.
"The Net Authority is a group of individuals who have taken it upon themselves to govern the Internet." (link via Pixelix