What Has Religion Done for Us This Month? Episode 15

Daniel is back with another montage of some of the awful things done in the name of God over the past month:



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Who Are We and Where Did We Come From? A New Book Offers Scientific Responses to These Questions and More

In their new book Discovering Our World: Humanity’s Epic Journey from Myth to Knowledge (Pitchstone Publishing, 2015), Paul Singh and John R. Shook offer scientific explanations to questions normally reserved for religion: Who are we? Where did we come from? What determines our destiny?

In the excerpt below, the authors explain why we have a moral imperative to save our planet:

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The Religious Ritual That Takes Place Before Astronauts Head Into Space

Internet points to anyone who can explain what’s happening in this picture:

Apparently, it’s customary for astronauts to be “blessed” by a Russian Orthodox priest before heading to space. The Verge notes that this ritual has been taking place for years now:

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Ken Ham’s Publisher Offers $3,000 College Scholarship to Person Who Best Explains the Purpose of the Bill Nye Debate

Q: Why did Ken Ham debate Bill Nye last year?

A: Free publicity for the Creation Museum. Obviously.

I don’t think Ham’s publishers are going to give me a $3,000 college scholarship for that response, though. They’re looking for a much more substantial defense of a debate that never should have happened in the first place:

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Maine High School Adopts New Pledge of Allegiance Policy After Student Leaders Remind Everyone It’s Optional

For more than a month now, there’s been controversy at South Portland High School in Maine over how they announce the Pledge of Allegiance. Three student body leaders, while reading the morning announcements, were reminding their classmates that they didn’t have to participate by asking students to recite the Pledge “if you’d like to”:

At the time, the principal put a stop to it because, he said, it was going against protocol, but the students (with the principal’s support) went to the school board to request a revision to the policy.

As of today, their efforts appear to have been successful. They won’t get to say those magical four words, but a sort-of compromise was reached:

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