Morgan Matthew's Blog – February 2009 Archive (13)

Arabs, Muslims battle US, Europeans over free speech at UN

GENEVA: Arab and Muslim countries defended Tuesday a resolution they pushed through at the United Nations to have the body's expert on free speech police individuals and news media for negative comments on Islam.



The United States, Canada and some European countries criticized the role reversal for Kenyan legal expert Ambeyi Ligabo, who has reported to the global body on measures by dictatorships and repressive governments to restrict free speech.



The U.S. and other… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 25, 2009 at 9:37pm — 1 Comment

Evolution is Not the Same as Social Darwinism



While Confusion of the Two is Common, Evolution and Social Darwinism Are Two Separate Things

There seems to be some confusion, especially in the conservative Christian community, between the Theory of Evolution and Social Darwinism.



"Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" which came out in 2008 was a film created to arouse anti-science and anti-evolution sentiments among viewers. To that end the film purposely confused the meaning of… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 24, 2009 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Evolution is Not a Philosophy, Not a Belief System, nor a Moral Code: Evolution is Just a Natural Process

Evolution is just a process by which change occurs in nature. The process of evolution was deduced by interpretation of evidence that holds up to empirical scrutiny. Evolution is like many other natural processes which are deduced by interpretation of evidence. A couple of other

processes we have deduced from evidence found in the natural world are erosion and eutrophication.



Evolution has no moral bias, any more than erosion or… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 23, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Why I Think Christian Fundamentalists Hate the Theory of Evolution but Not Other Scientific Facts

Plenty of Scientific Facts Contradict Information Found in the Bible so Why Do Fundamentalist Christians Only Despise Origin Theories?

What do fundamentalist Christians and other religious fundamentalists have against the theory of evolution? Why do they seem so upset by the very idea of evolution? Evolutionary theory contradicts the literal story of Genesis as found in the Bible. However, a lot of scientific

knowledge contradicts parts of the… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 22, 2009 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

Bill Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun

Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.



As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces no light of its own.



But don't tell that to the good people of Waco, who were…

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Added by Morgan Matthew on February 21, 2009 at 4:30am — 382 Comments

How to respond to requests to debate creationists

A professor at the University of Vermont, Nicholas Gotelli, got an invitation to debate one of the clowns at the Discovery Institute. Here's what they wrote.



Dear Professor Gotelli,



I saw your op-ed in the Burlington Free Press and appreciated your support of free speech at UVM. In light of that, I wonder if you would be open to finding a way to provide a campus forum for a debate about evolutionary science and intelligent design. The Discovery Institute, where I work, has… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 19, 2009 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Reaching out



A direct message from Daves not home to me.



I can only imagine that you're becoming increasingly inundated with mail of all kinds, from criticism and hate to props and suggestions of how to make this better. So I'm somewhat reluctant to put my note onto the "suggestion pile" but I have so many "atheist ambitions" that I feel I must say something.



A thought that… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 16, 2009 at 5:00pm — 13 Comments

Vatican Accepts Darwinian Evolution as True

The Vatican has admitted that Charles Darwin was on the right track when he claimed that Man descended from apes.



A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin’s theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. “In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God,” said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Vatican also dealt the final blow to speculation… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 14, 2009 at 1:13am — No Comments

India: Newspaper Editor Arrested for Criticizing Islam, "Why Should I Respect a 'Prophet' who had sex With a Nine-Year-Old Girl and Killed Villages of Jews?"....

The editor and publisher of a top English-language Indian daily have been arrested on charges of "hurting the religious feelings" of Muslims.



The Statesman's editor Ravindra Kumar and publisher Anand Sinha were detained in Calcutta after complaints.



Muslims said they were upset with the Statesman for reproducing an article from the UK's Independent daily in its 5 February edition.



The article was entitled: "Why should I respect these oppressive… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 12, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

On Darwin’s 200th birthday, only 39 percent of Americans believe in evolution.

Charles Darwin, who invented the theory of evolution, was born on Feb. 12, 1809. Marking the 200th anniversary of his Darwin’s birth, Gallup has a new poll out showing that “only 39 percent of Americans say they ‘believe in the theory of evolution,’ while a quarter say they do not believe in the theory, and another 36 percent don’t have an opinion either way”:…



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Added by Morgan Matthew on February 12, 2009 at 6:29am — 3 Comments

Starting a blog? 12 ideas for blog posts



1. Respond to something elsewhere on the web: the best way to start blogging: simply link to something elsewhere that you feel is interesting, or (better) that you disagree with. If you make a constructive response to what someone else has posted, for example, you can start a useful inter-blog dialogue. You might add links to evidence that challenges what the original post says, for example. In its most simple form, when you simply post useful… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 11, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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Added by Morgan Matthew on February 7, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

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Added by Morgan Matthew on February 3, 2009 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

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