Man, the way some people cling to their guns and religion. According to Inside Bay Area, Douglas Yim, 33, shot and killed Dzuy Duhn Phan, 25, for saying that God didn’t exist. That is a serious, serious belief in God, coupled with some serious, serious anger issues. It reminds me a bit of the only negative experience I’ve had driving in Portland, when a few years back, some evangelist dude cut me off, gave me the middle finger, and showed me the back of his car which had this symbol:
“They were being taught to thank the sun for their lives and the warmth that it brought, the life that it brought to the earth and they were told to do that right before they did their sun salutation exercises,” she says.
A petition to remove references to evolution from high-school textbooks claimed victory last month after the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) revealed that many of the publishers would produce revised editions that exclude examples of the evolution of the horse or of avian ancestor Archaeopteryx. The move has alarmed biologists, who say that they were not consulted. “The ministry just sent the petition out to the publishing companies and let them judge,” says Dayk Jang, an evolutionary scientist at Seoul National University.
Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women. The findings will be published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly.
A while back, I blogged about how pastors in Brazil were using Brazilian Jujitsu to pull people into the their church services. It didn’t surprise me. Back when I was a young student in Sunday school, they used pop music to pull us in. They would rewrite secular music with “Lord is my Savior” lyrics, and they would get us to sing these new Jesus-focused songs. I remember bringing up copyright issues, and our teacher assured me that it was okay for two reasons: non-Christians did the same thing with Christian music (I hadn’t heard of this happening, but I took his word for it) and there was nothing under heaven that didn’t already belong to God.
This article has been making the rounds on Facebook: Americans’ Role Seen in Uganda Anti-Gay Push. It’s about three American evangelical Christians who gave a series of anti-homosexual talks in Uganda. The Ugandan people were so swayed by the Bible thumpers’ presentation that they created a bill calling for death sentences for homosexual behavior.
Now I LOVE the NY Times; I read it every day. However, notice how the headline does not mention anything about these Bible thumpers’ religion? Think about it…if it were Muslims pushing people to the point that they created this bill, the headline would probably say something about “Radical Muslims” this or “Radical Islam” that. Why don’t they say something about “Radical Christianity?” Why the double standard? Radical Christianity is clearly very dangerous if you’re gay.
Never drive when drunk, and never post when tired. I’m good about the first, and usually good about the second, but when the fatigue shows no sign of going away, I’m willing to step in and do what I have to do.
In this case, I saw this post by Jeff at 8 Asians. In the post, he talks about a White Realtor telling his brother-in-law that the Asians are ruining everything in real estate by providing kickbacks to buyers. Jeff then talks about how Asian people also do good things by buying houses in good areas and stabilizing the market. I posted the following:
It scares the hell out of me whenever I write posts that contain the tags “religion” and “politics” together. But thanks to eight years of Bush, I get the opportunity to post such things over and over. In the latest news, it appears that Donald Rumsfeld, the Defense Secretary of the United States during the Iraqi invasion, used to “curry favor” with President George W. Bush by writing “militaristic passages from the Bible on the cover pages of White House intelligence documents.” For example: