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The fight against ignorance

Physics professor Lawrence Krauss has good things to say in this New York Times essay about creationist developments in Kansas. (You may need to register to read this article.)

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Kissing Hank’s Ass


My good friend and longtime co-conspirator Kevin Baird sent me this little gem, titled Kissing Hank’s Ass. It’s a wonderful satire on the even more wonderful world of organized religion.

As an added public service, here’s a PDF version which you can download and put up in your cubicle or on your front door or in your church bulletin. Wherever seems appropriate.

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See ya, Kent!

I don’t know which fact in this story I like more — that creationist Kent Hovind was arrested for not paying his taxes, or that the judge’s name was Miles Davis. Either way, it’s a great story.

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Raymond Street, a logic-free zone

I just picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, figuring I’d better read the series before I’m the last person in the English-speaking world who hasn’t read it.

While I was reading the book, the neighbor kids came over and said that they’re not allowed to read Harry Potter books because the books are “bad.” I asked why the books are bad.

KIDS: “Because they have witches in them.”

ME: “And why is that bad?”

KIDS: “Because they do magic.”

ME: “What’s wrong with magic?”

KIDS: “Because we’re Christians.”

ME: “But didn’t Jesus do magic? You know, water into wine, bringing people back from the dead, things like that.”

KIDS: “God doesn’t do magic.”

ME: “How do you know?”

KIDS: “It’s in the Bible.”

ME: “But the Bible’s just a story, just like this Harry Potter book.”

KIDS: Blank stare.

And there you have it. As the conservative blogger Kung Fu Monkey recently wrote: “”Everybody who wants to live in the 21st century over here. Everybody who wants to live in the 1800’s over there. Good. Thanks. Good luck with that.”

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