Missouri and “academic freedom”

I teach at a rather nice Missouri university, and Missouri, like many (most?) states in the US, gets quite a bit of conservative Christian pressure on state-supported science education.The feeling of being persecuted has deep roots in creationist movements. It's partially true, for that matter. Within the scientific community, the small minority of creationist scientists are usually treated like deviants, and often met with offhand contempt. The notion that people are hounded out their careers … [Read more...]

Berlinski’s new book

David Berlinski, the intelligent design proponent, is out with a new book, The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions. Another hatchet job on Richard Dawkins & Co., by the looks of it. And the blurb for it online is not promising. Here are a couple of its bullet points:Has quantum cosmology explained the emergence of the universe or why it is here? Not even close.Have the sciences explained why our universe seems to be fine-tuned to allow for the existence of life? Not even … [Read more...]

Geert Wilders’ film “Fitna”

Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders' film, "Fitna" (Arabic for "strife" or "challenge"), has been released, first on LiveLeak (from which it has been removed) and now on YouTube (below). The film depicts unethical statements from the Koran and by Muslim leaders, as well as photographs of terrorist atrocities committed by radical Islamists. The government of Indonesia has called for YouTube to remove the video, and it has provoked calls for boycotts of Dutch goods. This will no doubt … [Read more...]

Islam surpasses Catholicism

According to the Vatican, Islam has passed Catholicism as the world religion with the largest number of adherents. The issue, according to monsignor Vittorio Formenti, is that "it is true that while Muslim families, as is well known, continue to make a lot of children, Christian ones on the contrary tend to have fewer and fewer."He's not quite saying to Catholic women that they should get back to following church teaching and have large families, or the scary Muslim infidels will overrun them. … [Read more...]


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