Johnny's Blog – January 2009 Archive (8)

One Child Per Month is Killed Because of Their Parents Religious Belief

Lauruhhpalooza posted the article a few days ago about the parents who killed their daughter because their religious beliefs prevented them from seeking medical help. The brief recap: Kara Neumann died of diabetic ketoacidosis on Easter Sunday 2008; she could have been easily saved by known medical procedures but her parents let her die because of their religious beliefs. They killed their child for fear of… Continue

Added by Johnny on January 26, 2009 at 10:15pm — 4 Comments

I just watched a great movie!

The Man from Earth Not an action packed blockbuster and no Oscar winner either; but a very compelling thought provoker. The Man from Earth (IMDB) is the last work of writer Jerome Bixby (of Twilight Zone and Star Trek fame); and it is… Continue

Added by Johnny on January 25, 2009 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

AOL asks "Did Obama's non-believer remark bother you?"

Our 44th President
In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama celebrated America as a "nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers." Some Christians are taking issue with the approach to inclusiveness, saying the president misrepresented America's culture and heritage.



By mentioning, for the first time in an inaugural address, the 16.1…
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Added by Johnny on January 24, 2009 at 12:43pm — 5 Comments

Religion is a Virus

Daniel Dennett Tufts University professor Daniel Dennett compares “religious ideas to viruses, which thrive by replicating and passing themselves from one generation to the next.”



Dennett is the co-director of Tufts’ Center for Cognitive Studies. On Tuesday he lectured at Dartmouth Hall on his recent study: Religion as a “Natural Phenomenon.” He… Continue

Added by Johnny on January 22, 2009 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

The President Acknowledges We Exist

A far cry better than the quote by former president George HW Bush back in 1987. President Obama pointed out that “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers.”
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a…
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Added by Johnny on January 21, 2009 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

"What if you're wrong?"

Eating Crow When and if you get into a civilized discussion with a theist, this question seldom fails to arise sooner or later: "What if you're wrong?"



This question always makes be smirk because of the condescending tone that usually accompanies the question; which to me implies “I know I’m right and you’re wrong.”



So how do you handle this question?



My answer (more-or-less):… Continue

Added by Johnny on January 19, 2009 at 3:44pm — 6 Comments

What Should Obama's Priority be After Inauguration?

There are several of these "suggestions for the new president" sites out there, and its tough to keep track of them all. The main ones I've seen though are:

change.gov

change.org

opposingviews.com



Weather-or-not chiming in on these sites will make a difference, or weather-or-not the ideas will even make it to… Continue

Added by Johnny on January 16, 2009 at 3:51pm — 1 Comment

JFK Had the Right Idea

John F. Kennedy, Sept 12, 1960 Today I stumbled upon a transcript on the National Public Radio site. It was a speech made by John F. Kennedy, given to a group of Protestant ministers a few months before the election. JFK was a devout Catholic, but he was also a big proponent of the separation of church and state; this speech has some excellent excerpts that exemplify this. JFK was the first Catholic elected president, and during the elections other religious groups (primarily the Protestant group) were concerned… Continue

Added by Johnny on January 12, 2009 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

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