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Archives for September, 2009

The book of Genesis as told by Robert Crumb, that is, who is as respectable a prophet as any of the cabal that wrote the original. Crumb at least starts with a reasonable perspective. “The idea of millions of people taking this so seriously is totally nuts,” he added. “The Bible doesn’t need to be…

Well, no, actually, he didn’t. But once again, he’s going to get misquoted by every creationist on the planet, thanks to Newsweek. They have an article about him and his book, and in a nice bold pull quote, here’s what they claim: Hey, frogs are highly derived amphibians; we certainly aren’t descended from them. Monkeys…

Mr Deity has an irresistible hook

The Maher conundrum

Oh, boy. As many of you already know, the big AAI conference is taking place in LA at the end of this week — I’ll be there! — and they are giving Bill Maher an award. This is a problem. Maher made a provocative movie about religion this year, Religulous, and that’s the kind of…

30 September is going to be International Blasphemy Day, and I suspect Donohue will be turning purple while his head twirls around on his neck. It should be entertaining: he’s already sending out press releases to complain. BLASPHEMY DAY TARGETS CHRISTIANITY The Center for Inquiry will launch the first International Blasphemy Day on September 30,…

Nobel time coming up

Which means we have to start guessing and taking bets on who will win the pretty prizes. MedGadget has a contest — leave a name there and maybe you’ll win an iPod. I have no idea who will win this year, so I’m not making an entry. I do think it’s about time for Mark…

UMM, the Green University

Hooray for us! We got a nice plug in the Minneapolis Star Tribune for my campus’s conservation efforts, and for the opportunities to major in environmental studies here. Come on, students and parents of students, trust me, this is a good place for the environmentally conscious.

Justice for Gloria

In 2002, Thomas and Manju Sam had a very sick child: their daughter Gloria was suffering from a life-threatening case of eczema, and essentially screamed herself to death by painful suppuration. That’s a ghastly tragedy, and we’d normally feel for the parents who suffered that loss. My sympathies are all for their daughter, however, since…

Sad to say, I’ve seen a grand total of ONE monarch butterfly here in Morris this fall. When I moved here in 2000, we’d see them in swarms — there were scattered spots around town where clusters of monarchs would drape the trees and flutter about. Now…nearly nothing.

Basava Premanand is dying

Premanand is a notable rationalist and publisher of Indian Skeptic magazine, and he is in a hospital dying of cancer as I write this. He is alert and fully aware of his condition, and he knows his death is imminent. He also knows that when he is dead, the contemptible ghouls of spiritualism and faith…