Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Indonesia Entering The Dark Ages?

Millions of children in Indonesian elementary schools may no longer have separate science classes starting in June, the beginning of their next school year, if the government approves a curriculum overhaul that would merge science and social studies with other classes so more time can be devoted to religious education.

Officials who back the changes say that more religious instruction is needed because a lack of moral development has led to an increase in violence and vandalism among youths, and that could fuel social unrest and corruption in the future.

Indonesia is a Muslim-majority country with a secular government that recognizes the rights of six different faiths, including Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism.

Religion is taught to students according to their own faiths, meaning that Muslim students are instructed in Islam, while Christian students study Christianity in separate classes. Reflecting the country’s demographics, most religious instruction is Islamic.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs, which advises the Education Ministry, is proposing that religious education be increased to four hours a week from two. It will remain a compulsory subject, along with mathematics, arts and crafts, physical education, Indonesian language and civics.

More At NY Times Article - Indonesia Science May Give Way to Religion

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cracks Me Up


Makes me laugh and I don't know why.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Reliable Health Information Online

It is long, but definitely worth the time. Should be required viewing

Friday, January 11, 2013

It Is Called Snake Oil, Y'all

Steve Earle's great hit sums up religion

Ladies and gentlemen, attention please

Come in close so everyone can see

I got a tale to tell

A listen don't cost a dime

And if you believe that we're gonna get along just fine

Now I've been travelin' all around

I heard trouble's come to your town

Well I've got a little somethin'

Guaranteed to ease your mind

It's call Snake Oil y'all

It's been around for a long, long time

Say, your crops'll burn if it don't rain soon

Ain't seen a drop since the tenth of June

Well I can open up the sky

People never fear

If you ain't impressed yet, just tell me what you wanna hear

Well you lost your farm so you moved to town

You get a job, they shut the factory down

Now you sit around all day long feelin' sad and blue

You need Snake Oil y'all, tell you what I'm gonna do

I can heal the sick, I can mend the lame

And the blind shall see again, it's all the same

Well ain't your President good to you

Knocked 'em dead in Libya, Grenada too

Now he's taking his show a little further down the line

Well, 'tween me and him people, you're gonna get along just fine

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

100 Years Of Science

After 2000 years of prayer we gave science a chance.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Top 25 Creationist Logical Fallacies



Ad Hominem - attack the opponent n
Man on the street interview
Non Sequitur
Red Herring - distraction
Personal Incredulity - personal disbelief
Ignorance - like god of the gaps
Violation of the philosophy of science
Equivocation - misleading of a use of a word that has multiple meaning (e.g. Theory)
False Dichotomy
Begging the Question - circular reasoning.
Tautology - begging the question.
False Premise - Kalam argument (first cause)
Ad Hoc Reasoning - for this purpose
Slippery Slope
Correlation implies co-relationship
Creative Math
Moving the goalpost
Just Plain Nonsense
Outright Lie

Friday, January 4, 2013

Is Crime Against Atheist OK?

Apparently so. Christians follow the Ten Commandments and loving their neighbor only if their neighbor isn't an atheist.

Article on Christian On Atheist Crime

From a Christian blogger:

Never would I encourage vandalism, but in this case I think I’ll let it slide. Atheists have been vandalizing my beliefs for years, so it’s about time the shoe was on the other foot...

The best part of this whole situation, though, is that these secular billboards were part of a Fourth of July project that placed similar ads in Greensboro, Raleigh and a handful of other cities – and it totally backfired. They underestimated their demographic, and because the vandalism occurred days before the Fourth, no one could service the billboard until after the holiday. It’s the small victories in life that make it all worthwhile.

Wasn't there something Jesus said about turning the other cheek? Doing good to those who do evil to you? That part must be cut out of their bible. Put up the 10 commandments in a courthouse, but keep that bible closed or tape the pages around Exodus 20 together.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

One Nation dot dot dot

And also no faith.

Johnny come lately change in 1954.