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September 13, 2009

Darwin movie considered "too controversial" to show to Americans

Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America' - Telegraph America, you disappoint me.
Creation, starring Paul Bettany, details Darwin's "struggle between faith and reason" as he wrote On The Origin of Species. It depicts him as a man who loses faith in God following the death of his beloved 10-year-old daughter, Annie. The film was chosen to open the Toronto Film Festival and has its British premiere on Sunday. It has been sold in almost every territory around the world, from Australia to Scandinavia. However, US distributors have resolutely passed on a film which will prove hugely divisive in a country where, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution. Movieguide.org, an influential site which reviews films from a Christian perspective, described Darwin as the father of eugenics and denounced him as "a racist, a bigot and an 1800s naturalist whose legacy is mass murder". His "half-baked theory" directly influenced Adolf Hitler and led to "atrocities, crimes against humanity, cloning and genetic engineering", the site stated.

September 07, 2009

11 Myths and Truths about Atheists

Greta Christina's Blog: Eleven Myths and Truths About Atheists
2: Atheists are immoral: without religion, there's no basis for morality. I could argue against this a hundred ways. I could argue that mature morality takes responsibility for its choices, instead of blindly following someone else's rules... an argument many theologians also make. I could point out that even believers are selective about their religious teachings, deciding for themselves which make sense, and which are appalling or ridiculous. I could point out that religion isn't a reliable foundation for morality... Exhibit A being gross ethical violations by religious leaders, from Jim Bakker to Osama Bin Laden. I could link to current research on the neurological/ evolutionary basis of morality. But mostly I want to say this: Look around you. This myth is patently untrue on the face of it. Atheists aren't killing, stealing, raping, cheating, at any greater rate than believers. Look at countries in Europe, like France and England and Scandinavian countries, where non-believers are half or more of the population. They're not disintegrating into crime and chaos. They're doing pretty well, and they treat each other pretty well, with a strong sense of social responsibility.

September 02, 2009

Stuff White Evangelical People Like

Stuff Christian Culture Likes In the vein of 'Stuff White People Like" comes this funny site. Highlights include: #94: Jesus fish decals #88: Jumbotrons #15: Dry Humping #2: Sending Emails That Are Supposedly Written By Their Baby #3: Coldplay #4: Homeschooling #49: Spanking #16: Believing That America Is A Christian Nation #23: Having Lots of Kids #84: Focusing On That One Scene That Ruined The Movie

August 31, 2009

School bans band t-shirt that features reference to evolution

Band shirts hit wrong note with parents | 0px, span, font - Top Story - Sedalia Democrat Note to outraged Christian parents: Evolution is not a religious matter. It is science. Remaining "neutral on religion" does not mean ignoring science, it means the opposite.
T-shirts worn by the Smith-Cotton High School band have evolved into controversy among parents. The shirts, which were designed to promote the band’s fall program, are light gray and feature an image of a monkey progressing through stages and eventually emerging as a man. Each figure holds a brass instrument. Several instruments decorate the background and the words “Smith-Cotton High School Tiger Pride Marching Band” and “Brass Evolutions 2009” are emblazoned above and below the image. . . . “I made the decision to have the band members turn the shirts in after several concerned parents brought the shirts to my attention,” Pollitt said. Pollitt said the district is required by law to remain neutral where religion is concerned. “If the shirts had said ‘Brass Resurrections’ and had a picture of Jesus on the cross, we would have done the same thing,” he said. . . . “I was disappointed with the image on the shirt.” [teacher and parent] Melby said. “I don’t think evolution should be associated with our school.”