Last week, we asked you to tell us about your local secular group
in an attempt to encourage the start-up and growth of "good without god" communities. We've received a lot of responses already (Thanks!) and here's just a glimpse at the first group: The Lehigh Valley Humanists
in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania:
There's a new case of religion making its way into public schools, where fiction is taught as fact and mythical beliefs override what academic scholars say.Except this case has nothing to do with Christianity or Creationism. It takes place in India, where 42,000 schools across the western state of Gujarat have some new compulsory reading material
The 125-page book, Tejomay Bharat,... was recently mandated as supplementary reading by the Gujarat government for all government primary and secondary schools.Published by the Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB), the book seeks to teach children “facts” about history, science, geography, religion and other “basics”.
What are some of these "facts"
Late last night, Richard Dawkins
made a series of tweets that made sense initially and then veered into downright weirdness. Let's start with the first:
Totally with him there. Some things are worse than others. Saying as much doesn't mean the first thing is "good." It's a simple, straightforward concept. Getting only four hours of sleep is bad. Getting no sleep is worse. It doesn't mean I'm advocating people get only four hours of sleep.But the examples Dawkins used to prove his point were quite possibly the worst ones he could've chosen:
In 2006, Pastor Mark Driscoll
published a book called Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church
in which he admitted to secretly participating in his own church's online forums:
At this time, our church also started an unmoderated discussion board on our website, called Midrash, and it was being inundated with postings by emerging-church type feminists and liberals. I went onto the site and posted as William Wallace II, after the great Scottish man portrayed in the movie Braveheart, and attacked those who were posting.
In the wake of all the bad publicity
surrounding Mars Hill Church lately, with its cult-like structure and exodus of church members
who are sharing their horror stories online, Driscoll and his allies are doing everything they can to scrub his past statements
from their website.
Manchester City, the English Premier League champions (a.k.a. a soccer team), decided to let fans ask questions of star player Jesus Navas
. Navas later responded on video
. Nice PR move. Fun for the fans. Lots of teams do something similar.What made it even more entertaining was that the official hashtag
for the Q&A was #AskJesus
. (That had to be on purpose, right?)
As you can imagine, some fans had a little too much fun