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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of a Christian Nation Part 2

Mass. Catholic school won’t admit lesbians’ son

BOSTON – A Roman Catholic school in Massachusetts has withdrawn its acceptance of an 8-year-old boy with lesbian parents, saying their relationship was “in discord” with church teachings, according to one of the boys’ mothers.

It’s at least the second time in recent months that students have not been allowed to attend a U.S. Catholic school because of their parents’ sexual orientation, with the other instance occurring in Colorado.

Let Freedom Ring!

 

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of a Christian Nation

From Americans United for Separation of Church and State:

Inquisition In Jacksonville: Religious Right Grills Muslim Nominee For Rights Commission

Council Member Clay Yarborough, for example, sent a questionnaire – inquisition might be a better term — to Ahmed, demanding to know his views on everything from gay rights to the appropriateness of “under God” in the Pledge and on U.S. currency. No other nominee had been subjected to such probing in the past, but Yarborough apparently thought it was time to do so.

At a subsequent council session, Council Member and First Baptist congregant Don Redman, who serves as the council’s “chaplain,” led the audience in a Christian prayer, then demanded that Ahmed come forward for questions.

Redman said to Ahmed, “I would like you to pray to your god for us.” The implication was clear to many in the audience: Redman had just offered a prayer to the real God on behalf of the council and the assembled throng. Now he was inviting Ahmed to offer one to his Islamic deity.

Audience members, many of who came from a progressive group called OneJax, were appalled at the temerity of the demand and noisily burst into discussion and derision. The uproar finally settled down when Council President Richard Clark threatened to clear the room.

This is deplorable.  Christianity is anything but a tolerant religion.  One needs only a cursory reading of the Bible to understand that.  A truly Christian nation would be a very ugly place.

Climate Change and the Integrity of Science

From Skeptical Science:

Climate Change and the Integrity of Science: a letter to Science

A letter Climate Change and the Integrity of Science has been published in the journal Science. It’s written by 255 members of the US National Academy of Sciences, including 11 Nobel laureates (here’s the complete list plus their university affiliations). I recommend reading the entire letter but here is an excerpt:

There is always some uncertainty associated with scientific conclusions; science never absolutely proves anything. When someone says that society should wait until scientists are absolutely certain before taking any action, it is the same as saying society should never take action. For a problem as potentially catastrophic as climate change, taking no action poses a dangerous risk for our planet…

… The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other scientific assessments of climate change, which involve thousands of scientists producing massive and comprehensive reports, have, quite expectedly and normally, made some mistakes. When errors are pointed out, they are corrected. But there is nothing remotely identified in the recent events that changes the fundamental conclusions about climate change:

  1. The planet is warming due to increased concentrations of heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. A snowy winter in Washington does not alter this fact.
  2. Most of the increase in the concentration of these gases over the last century is due to human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.
  3. Natural causes always play a role in changing Earth’s climate, but are now being overwhelmed by human-induced changes.
  4. Warming the planet will cause many other climatic patterns to change at speeds unprecedented in modern times, including increasing rates of sea-level rise and alterations in the hydrologic cycle. Rising concentrations of carbon dioxide are making the oceans more acidic.
  5. The combination of these complex climate changes threatens coastal communities and cities, our food and water supplies, marine and freshwater ecosystems, forests, high mountain environments, and far more.

Much more can be, and has been, said by the world’s scientific societies, national academies, and individuals, but these conclusions should be enough to indicate why scientists are concerned about what future generations will face from business-as-usual practices. We urge our policy-makers and the public to move forward immediately to address the causes of climate change, including the un restrained burning of fossil fuels.

The scientists are the members of the NAS most familiar with climate science, as explained by lead signer Peter Gleick:

It is hard to get 255 members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences to agree on pretty much anything, making the import of this letter even more substantial. Moreover, only a small fraction of National Academy members were asked to sign (the signatories are all members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences but were not speaking on its behalf). Because of a desire to produce a statement quickly, the coordinators of the letter focused on those sections of the NAS most familiar with climate science and the ongoing debate. But the NAS (and Academies of Sciences and other professional scientific societies from dozens of other nations) has previously published a long set of assessments and reviews of the science of climate change, which support the conclusions laid out in the Science essay.

Lastly, here is a link to the National Academy of Science’s Policy advice, based on science, to guide the nation’s response to climate change.

Misconception: Scientists Disagree on Everything

Another excellent article rom Recovering Fundamentalists in their misconceptions about science series:

This misconception is frequently alluded to in Christian circles in an attempt to discount the findings of the scientific community as merely “one man’s opinion.” While there is a constant hum of debate among scientists, Christians seem to think that no one agrees on anything, and that there are no theories that aren’t questionable.

This is not true. The body of accepted scientific knowledge is vast and elegantly interwoven. But this is only accomplished through dialog and criticism.

Ginny Maziarka Complains About Library’s Support of Endangered Species

From her blog, Wissup:

Local Library Takes Up Advocacy for…..gorillas?

Our local Young Adult Librarian, Kristin Pekoll (you know, the one who apparently chooses the sexually inappropriate books for our youth at our library) is now partnering with WBHS students in advocating for ….. gorillas.

Today’s West Bend News:

A number of our animal species are becoming increasingly endangered. 

    Among them are the gentle, noble and intelligent mountain gorillas. Internet sources say only about 600 to 700 of these majestic creatures are alive today and that number dwindles as their homeland is destroyed. 

    The West Bend Library is partnering with S.e.e.d, the environmental club at West Bend High School, to show people that what we do locally can affect things globally. 

I have no problem with those who want to spend their time trying to save gorillas, whales, pandas, ants, et. al,  from extinction, but I am wondering….

Would the library consider partnering with pro-life WBHS students by placing a box for maternity clothing and baby items for collection at the library to encourage women not to kill their babies?

Do public libraries generally advocate for anything not related to library issues?

Since the last library board meeting minutes posted are from February 2nd, one can hardly know if the library board approved this advocacy or not, but one can certainly learn a lot about the crappy, leaky roof.

Now she is seeing phantoms of liberal conspiracy behind the  library’s effort to educate children about endangered species.  In the mind of the religious right, environmentalism of almost any kind is viewed with suspicion because they believe it can lead to worshiping the creation and not the creator.  Environmentalism is also viewed as a conspiratorial attempt for liberal socialists to control our behavior and usher in a global Marxian utopia.  Again, they dismiss the science behind it all.  They could care less if there is actual science behind the decimation of gorilla populations or any other impact humans have on the environment.  They simply dismiss it all as fraud perpetrated by the liberal elitists and march forward with their religious crusade against humanity.  How anyone can take this woman seriously is beyond my intellectual prowess.

Letter to the Editor Repeats Fallacious Arguments Against Evolution

This is just pathetic.  From today’s Daily News opinion page:

 

Evolution is based on faith more than science 

   Darwin claimed that all organisms on earth descended from a common ancestor through survival of the fittest. This theory has not been proven, but is faithfully supported by those refusing to look at the facts.
   The 1953 experiment by Stanley Miller “proving” that life could form from non-living chemicals has been discredited. In experiments using more accurate atmosphere, only harmful organic molecules have been formed.
   The mathematical probability of a cell being formed through chance and mutation is statistically zero. (Due to the amazing complexity of the smallest single cell.)
   The peppered moth experiment was a hoax. Pictures showing moths landing on tree bark were accomplished by gluing them to the trees. (Moths land on the bottom of leaves.)
   Fossil evidence showing humans evolving from monkeys is lacking. “Java man” was a small piece of skull, thigh bone (found 50 feet away) and several teeth. “Piltdown Man” was actually an orangutan jaw. “Nebraska man” was only one tooth, later an identical tooth was found attached to a wild pig.
   The law of entropy (Second Law of Thermodynamics) supports that the universe is only moving toward decay and disorder, not from chaos to complexity. Approximately 1,000 scientists have signed a document stating “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life.” (www.DissentFromDarwin.org.) The intelligent choice is to look into “Intelligent Design.”

Gaile Hanson Slinger

 

It’s no wonder people like Dawkins refuse to debate these people.  They keep repeating the same old tripe against evolution over and over again.  Let’s take this point by point.  First, scientific theories are never proven.  They become more widely accepted as research confirms them or they become less accepted as research fails to confirm them. 

Second, the Miller-Urey experiments produced cyanide and formaldehyde which by themselves are toxic to life and dangerous.  Much like sodium and chlorine are dangerous by themselves but when combined they form table salt, Cyanide and formaldehyde are necessary building blocks of amino acids and other biochemical compounds.  The experiments also produced amino acids.  See The Counter-Creationism Handbook, pgs 46-47.

The whole idea of the mathematical improbability of life forming by chance is erroneous.  Biochemistry is not chance thereby making the calculation of odds meaningless.  The calculation of odds also ignores the fact that innumerable combination trials would be happening, simultaneously, it assumes the creation of life in its present form and that protein molecules must take one certain form.  Again, refer to The Counter-Creationism Handbook, page 43-44 for more information on this and other sources to refer to. 

The peppered moth experiment wasn’t a hoax.  The fact is the population of moths did go from a light gray/white to a much darker color as a result of the soot on the trees.  The scientists did glue the moths to the trees so they could get a picture to illustrate the color of the moths in contrast with the color of the bark of the trees.  they glued them so the moths would stay in one place long enough to get a photograph.  Moths do not rest exclusively on tree trunks but they do rest there.  One researcher found 47 moths in the wild, 12 on trunks, 20 were on trunk or branch joints and the other 15 were on branches (The Counter-Creationism Handbook, page 78). 

Humans did not evolve from monkeys.  Monkeys and humans share a common ancestor.  There is an abundance of fossil evidence showing the progression of human evolution.  Both Piltdown and Nebraska man were exposed by scientists as a hoax.  Both are examples of the scientific process working well. 

The Second Law of Thermodynamics applies only to closed systems.  The earth is not a closed system as it receives energy from the sun.  Secondly, the Second Law of Thermodynamics says that heat will not spontaneously flow from a colder source to a warmer source and that the total amount of useful energy in a closed system will not decrease.   Entropy and disorder are not synonymous. 

And finally, 1,000 scientists signing a petition means diddly squat.  There are hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of scientists in the world today, so one thousand coming together to disagree with the vast majority is simply meaningless.

Maziarka After the Day of Silence Again

Ginny is at it again with this post on the Day of Silence.  I have submitted a response to it on her blog but given her track record with allowing dissenting comments I doubt it will show up.  At any rate, notice how she jumps to a conclusion without any supporting data whatsoever.  She assumes the day is causing disruptions here in West Bend apparently because that is what Fox News is telling her is happening, or at least should be happening.  Last year, the high school administration reported no disruptions of any kind with this day.  Here’s a comment from her post:

No special interest group should have the ability to seize, jeopardize and compromise educational time to the tune of even 1 cent of taxpayer money.

Does she have any evidence that taxpayer money was spent on this day?  No.  Does she have evidence that instructional time was seized, jeopardized or compromised in any way?  No.  If Friday was like last year’s Day of Silence it would have been a non-event had Ginny not made a spectacle of herself over it. 

Her concern over the wasting of taxpayers’ money, and the disruption of instructional time is a disingenuous cover for her real issue with this day.  Her anti-gay bigotry.   She believes that homosexuality is, in today’s Christianese, an abomination unto the Lord and that it is her job as a Christian to be a “beacon of light” (morality) to a “dying” world.  Unfortunately, she, and many Christians, take this mission seriously and to hell (literally) with anyone who gets offended or hurt by their actions.   She and her ilk have no real compassion for anyone.  They are more concerned with pleasing their god who they believe will judge them one day for their actions here on earth.  They don’t really care about people.  All they really care about is making sure they don’t offend their god by refusing to stand up for truth as defined by him.