What I Wish Richard Dawkins Would Have Told Jon Stewart

On tonight’s episode of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart asked Richard Dawkins the following question:

Do you believe that the end of our civilization will be through religious strife or scientific advancement? What do you think will, in the long term, will be more damaging to our prospects as a human race?

(***Update***: Mediaite has the video.)

Dawkins responded by saying “Both.” His argument was essentially that scientific advancement would give us weapons that, in the wrong hands, could be used for evil. And if religious fundamentalists ever got their hands on those weapons, we’re screwed.

That’s a fair point.

If Dawkins had the chance to elaborate, though, here’s what I wish he would’ve said:

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This Had to Be One of the Highlights of Patrick Stewart’s Wedding Ceremony

You may have seen by now that Patrick Stewart married singer/songwriter Sunny Ozell a couple of weeks agoSir Ian McKellen was their officiant — but I hadn’t heard about this one part of their ceremony until now…

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A Turkish Imam Is Under Investigation and Could Be Fired For Singing in a Rock Band

42-year-old Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer is a Turkish imam who likes rock music. In his spare time, he sings in a band, and it isn’t exactly death metal — more like the Islamic equivalent of Christian rock, and more pap pop than rock at that:

Mr Tüzer … is planning to bring out an album with his band next month. One song is titled Mevlaya gel, or Come to God. “I want to celebrate Allah in every place,” he told Turkey’s Anadolu news agency. “I don’t think I have caused the slightest damage to my institution.”

But the Turkish government — officially secular, but deeply entangled with Islam — recently launched an investigation against Tüzer, because being an imam “is not just like any other job,” a spokesman explained. “Things that are viewed as normal when it comes to other civil servants are viewed differently with respect to imams.”

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A Musical Ode to Starfish

Sally Le Page sings the most scientifically-literate song about starfish you’ll ever hear:

When was the last time you heard a song with lyrics like these?

Hey, like all the vertebrates you can name us
They started off with an anus
As a little embryo
‘Cos we’re all deuterostomes

But unlike their vertebrate brothers
Their legs grow back with no problem
And several can from just one hand
Make a body fresh and new

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Brother Jed Smock Will Soon Star in His Own Reality TV Show

Longtime nomadic campus preacher Brother Jed Smock just announced on Facebook that he and his family will soon be starring in their own reality TV show on Country Music Television (CMT) tentatively titled “Brother Jed & Company”:

The producer, Roger Nygard, may be better known as the director of the 1997 documentary Trekkies.

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