Join us as we bring you our take on a number of news stories we consider within our purview. In this edition for June 18, 2017 we find that over half of Canadians believe that religion is a force for harm and we wonder what the hell is wrong with the rest; a new creationist dinosaur museum opened this weekend in Innisfail, Alberta where no expense regarding historical accuracy was spared, including a laser tag facility themed with an ancient city being invaded by dinosaurs; in Ontario, a court rules that students no longer have to provide a reason for opting out of religion classes in Catholic schools; and in The Regressive Left Files… indigenous peoples of some 189 countries petition a United Nations committee to make cultural appropriation illegal. Lastly, we look at lawsuits from both pro and con sides of medical assistance in dying in Canada that can only be traced to crappy federal legislation. But first, welcome back Twyla!
Kris, Twylla, Haysn and I have a lively discussion on the recent Ken Ham/Bill Nye debate on creationism and what its effects might be.
[First posted on the Freethinkers Mailing List (http://groups NULL.google NULL.com/group/freethinkers-club/browse_thread/thread/a250ae9cae7ba541/cd6bda3368a36b78).]
I once stopped reading “On the Origin of Species (http://en NULL.wikipedia NULL.org/wiki/On_the_Origin_of_Species)” because I was
sick of Darwin’s introduction; page after page was full of
acknowledgements of every person who’d come up with parts (and once or
twice, even the whole) of evolution. In the scientific realm, it was
an inevitable, uncontroversial theory.
Alas, Christianity and Islam decided to use the variation and
design of life as a proof of their god. And no religion takes kindly
to criticism or contrary facts; it’s been more than 150 years after
“On the Origin” was published, and yet we’re still dealing with crap
like this (http://www NULL.washingtonpost NULL.com/national/on-faith/on-eve-of-darwins-birthday-states-take-steps-to-limit-evolution/2012/02/01/gIQAzxnAiQ_story NULL.html):