The Humanist runs an advice column and this may be my favorite question yet:
If you attend Brigham Young University, you have to abide by a few faith-based rules like no drinking alcohol, no pre-marital sex… and no beards.
That last one was put into place more than four decades ago because, back then, beards were seen as signs of “protest, revolution and rebellion against authority… They are also symbols of the hippie and drug culture.”
Even if you accept that reasoning, that’s certainly not the case anymore. But leave it to religion to keep with a tradition long after it ceases to make any sense. It’s especially ironic given that Brigham Young (below) and several other Mormon Church leaders sported beards in their time:
When even Brigham Young would be kicked out of Brigham Young University, you know there’s a problem.
Professor David P. Barash writes in today’s New York Times about “The Talk” he gives his students regarding evolution and God. They are free to believe that God plays a role in the evolutionary process, whether He began it or guides it, but the evidence is overwhelmingly against the worlds overlapping:
Yeah, pesky atheists. Stop it with your silly questions and book-learning and wanting to understand everything…
Before Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke at Apostacon last weekend, spoken word artist Victor Harris gave a fantastic introduction that involved some beautiful wordplay. The video quality isn’t great, but the audio is what matters: