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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Science vs Religion, Part 2

From an intellectual viewpoint, there is no inherent conflict between religion and science.  Trouble comes from the efforts of atheistic materialists to hijack science.

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Science vs Religion?

In the popular picture, assiduously promoted by our socialist educational system, Christianity is a dark force of ignorance seeking to halt the advances of science.  The truth is that all of the greatest groundbreaking scientific work of the seminal period of modern physical science, the 17th and early 18th centuries, was done by devout Christians.

Posted by Thomas E. Brewton on 08/28 at 06:52 PM
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Something to Like in Swedish Socialism

Since the 1930s, the Scandinavian socialist countries, particularly Sweden, have been held up as the models for social-justice policies that liberals want the United States to emulate.  Swedish citizens are actually better off than we, but not in ways the liberals anticipated: they don’t have inheritance taxes or minimum wage laws, and they do have a school voucher system.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

The NEA’s Top Educational Priority

In The Curious Case of NEA Priorities, Alan Sears writes:

“Plunging test scores. Floods of incoming college freshman who can?t read at even a sixth-grade level. Principals and school boards groping for incentives that will draw better teachers into lifelong service for high stress and infrequent appreciation….

“Teacher morale remains low, as many grapple daily with parents who are disengaged and apathetic, neurotic or demanding, angry or eager to move their child into alternative educational settings…..

“The toughest question was undoubtedly the first one: where do we start, when it comes to fixing America?s schools?”

Answer: NEA leaders decided that “.... the first thing our teachers have to do is win popular support for homosexual ?marriage.?

Posted by Thomas E. Brewton on 08/27 at 10:30 PM
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Will Our Grandchildren Understand the Meaning of Virtue?

The Bible’s truth is an endangered heritage, caught between the atheistic secularism of our reigning religion, liberalism, and the onrushing assault of Islam.  The United States today is in the position so often recorded in the Old Testament books of the prophets: a stiff-necked people abandons God and worships its own man-made gods of wealth and power, always suffering devastation by foreign foes as a consequence.

Is Judicial Activism OK?

Edward A. Kole presents an interesting argument in support of judicial activism as a long-range defense of the Constitution.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Income Tax Destroyed Connecticut Jobs

A think-tank study documents the destruction wrought by Connecticut’s adoption of an income tax on wages and salaries.

Posted by Thomas E. Brewton on 08/25 at 11:14 PM
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Question of the Day - August 25, 2006

Rabbi Daniel Lapin in his Toward Tradition?Newsletter asks why should the Jewish Anti-Demafation League denounce a TV documentary titled “Darwin?s Deadly Legacy”?

This documentary, released by Coral Ridge Ministries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, “features prominent intellectuals like University of California law professor Phillip Johnson, and scientists with unimpeachable academic credentials like professors Michael Behe and Jonathan Wells,” according to Rabbi Lapin.

Rabbi Lapin writes, “This dazzling production shows how ideas always have consequences, often unintended, and how Darwinism has impacted American culture. ?It discusses how the philosophy of evolution can dehumanize people and how Adolf Hitler, on his own admission, was influenced by Darwinian thought.”

“This is how the ADL blasted the documentary (reportedly, before seeing it): ?This is an outrageous and shoddy attempt by D. James Kennedy to trivialize the horrors of the Holocaust.?? ADL National Director Abe Foxman warns that, ?It must be remembered that D. James Kennedy is a leader among the distinct group of Christian Supremacists who seek to reclaim America for Christ and turn the U.S. into a Christian nation guided by their strange notions of biblical law.?

Posted by Thomas E. Brewton on 08/25 at 10:27 PM
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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Question of the Day - August 24, 2006

If the New York Times and Al Gore can declare “case closed” on their agendas by invoking the opinion of “all of the world’s scientists,” what are we to make of astronomers’ recent decision, after nearly a century of unchallenged opinion by all the world’s scientists, that Pluto is no longer to be classified as a planet?

Melting of Greenland’s glaciers is cited by “all of the world’s scientists,” according to the Times and Mr. Gore, as irrefutable evidence that so-called greenhouse gases will destroy the planet.  What then are we to make of the recently published research findings by Danish scientists at Aarhus University?

Quoting from the AFP news article:

“Greenland’s glaciers have been shrinking for the past century, according to a Danish study, suggesting that the ice melt is not a recent phenomenon caused by global warming.

” Danish researchers from Aarhus University studied glaciers on Disko island, in western Greenland in the Atlantic, from the end of the 19th century until the present day.

“This study, which covers 247 of 350 glaciers on Disko, is the most comprehensive ever conducted on the movements of Greenland’s glaciers,” glaciologist Jacob Clement Yde, who carried out the study with Niels Tvis Knudsen, told AFP.

“..... The shrinking of the glaciers since the 19th century is “the result of the atmosphere’s natural warming, following volcanic eruptions for example and greenhouse gases, created by human activities, which have aggravated the situation further,” he said.”

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Question of the Day - August 23, 2006

If Darwin’s Galapagos Island finches with slight differences in their beaks are different species, why aren’t caucasians, blacks, and Asiatics, with much more marked superficial differences, also different species?

Why is there such fierce disagreement among evolutionary biologists about the proper species classification of many plants and animals, if Darwin’s evolutionary hypothesis is definitive and unquestionable science?

Is it possible that evolutionary biology is just a set of arbitrary classifications arising originally as a political and philosophical effort to discredit Judeo-Christianity?

Note that, from the Judeo-Christian viewpoint, caucasians, blacks, and Asiatics all are equally children of God.

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