So yes, they are going after Earth science education. And it’s not just the evolution-supporting bits they’re upset about. Creationists may be mostly preoccupied with the biological sciences just now, but geology’s almost as devastating to their worldview, and many of them know that. Don’t be shocked if a phalanx of them mount a sneak attack on the earth sciences when you’re not looking. They don’t want their kids to know they evolved from apes – they definitely don’t like them hearing about 4.5 billion years and a rock record that refutes Noah’s Flood.
They’re already in our professional spaces, earning the credibility and vocabulary they need in order to convince people who don’t know any better that they’re the real deal. Imagine how well it will go for the USGS and various state geological surveys when the creationists have enough politicians snowed, and have convinced enough people they’re legitimate scientists.
And they’re raising millions of kids, the future of our nation, to be pig-ignorant of real geology. I’ve got the books to prove it.
Ray has been a psychologist for more than 30 years and founded Recovering From Religion, an organization that connects nonbelievers with therapists and each other. According to Ray, it generally takes depressed deconverts two to three years for their health to bounce back. A few years after leaving their religion, they tend to reestablish a social community and rid themselves of guilt they may have felt over premarital sex, depression over losing God, and anxiety about death and hell.
Ray, author of The God Virus and Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality, said not all of his clients recover within the typical three years, though. Getting over a fear of death after believing in an afterlife for so long takes some of them five years or longer. And about five percent of his clients can take even more time to stop fearing hell. Ray often compares learning about hell to learning a language.
“When you were five years old and learning English, you never stopped to ask your parents why you weren’t learning German,” said Ray, who uses cognitive behavioral therapy to decatastrophize the concept of hell for clients. “You just learn it. The same is often true of religion. When you’re taught about hell and eternal damnation at ages four through seven, these strong concepts are not going to easily leave you. Just like it’s hard to unlearn English, it’s hard to unlearn the concept of hell.”
or rabbis, the first question is: Is it kosher? Certainly, there are many Jewish legal hurdles test-tube meat would have to clear before a definitive answer could be reached. A central point of debate is the origin of the cells, which some say would have to come from a kosher—that is, cloven-hoofed, cud-chewing—animal. “As a general principle, something derived from a nonkosher animal is not kosher,” says Rabbi Menachem Genack, head of the Orthodox Union’s Kosher Division.
Others, such as Rabbi Carl Feit, chair of the biology department at Yeshiva University, say cultured meat could still be kosher even if the donor animal isn’t. Feit points to the Jewish legal principle of nullification, which states that a trace amount of a forbidden substance can be fully absorbed into an acceptable one without rendering the second treif, or forbidden. If, for example, a piece of meat falls into a glass of milk, the milk is still considered kosher as long as the meat is not more than one-sixtieth of the mixture.
Mormons are not Unitarians or Progressive Baptists... It would be interesting to overlay politicians by their actions (not talk) as well as produce graphs for other countries. And then there are church positive vs members (Catholic church comes to mind)...
Pascal was a mathematical genius, but his famous wager is not a solid piece of logic. It is regularly used as an example of poor logic in logic classes and came during a period in his life where he had become unproductive. It has been used to justify a religious life, but if you are religious, you need deeper justifications.
Matt Dillahunty has a nice discussion of why it is broken. Matt happens to be an atheist, but don't let that prevent you from watching if you are a believer.