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Go to: Science can't explain the big bang - there is still scope for a creator

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This is an astounding consignment of geriatric shoe repairers.

There are more than two creation myths - in fact there an INFINITE number of variations, from rainbow serpents to flying spaghetti monsters. None has any evidence to support it. So how can it be taught?

The only way you could deal with creationism in a science class is simply to acknowledge that many people believe that the universe was created by one or more gods (of various kinds) and leave it at that. However, the fact that there are people who believe this doesn't need pointing out.

Sat, 21 Jul 2012 09:45:33 UTC | #949740

Go to: A Religious Military? Spiritual Fitness Test or Rationality Fitness Test?

SonofHades's Avatar Jump to comment 27 by SonofHades

Indoctrinating military personnel with Christianity seems pretty absurd when you consider all that "turn the other cheek" and peace-loving guff - but then Christianity is whatever Christians want it to be, isn't it? And many Americans want it to be less about Christ and more about insanity. One wonders what Thomas Jefferson would think of this seeing as he wrote that he regarded even military chaplains as being unconstitutional.

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 03:40:26 UTC | #949619

Go to: Australia's blurred separation between church and state

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@Macropus

The chaplains policy is blatantly wrong for a number of reasons and I'm unhappy about the fact that Gillard's government is continuing it, but perhaps you are being a tad harsh on the PM over this issue.

There's a difference between "supporting the status quo to appease the right wing of her party and powerful (and wealthy) religious interests" and reluctantly abiding by the majority view of the party, and I'm not sure that Gillard falls into the former category rather than the latter. Taking the disagreement outside the party room and into the public arena could well be disastrous. When there are so many important things at stake in how the country is governed, upsetting the apple cart over school chaplains would be daft.

We want atheists and firm secularists in positions of power. If they're in the minority they may not be able to have much of an effect when it comes to a vote, but one less theism advocate is a good thing. The atheists/secularists can operate within the limits of what the majority is willing to tolerate to reduce religious influence, or they can stick their necks out and have their heads chopped off.

We know Gillard is an atheist and is therefore likely to resent this policy. The members of parliament who are the real supporters of this nonsense deserve our ire to a much greater extent.

Tue, 01 May 2012 02:43:32 UTC | #938547

Go to: Australia's blurred separation between church and state

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@DeepFritz

Please don't say "when" instead of "if"; it's too depressing. One can hope that if he does become PM his colleagues won't let him be a de facto "minister for everything". Unfortunately, however, his party's approach to leadership is much more commander-like and less chairman-like than in the ALP. The "pick a leader people approve of and toe his line for as long as he maintains that approval" approach is all too common in his party.

Tue, 01 May 2012 00:41:44 UTC | #938512

Go to: Australia's blurred separation between church and state

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@RobertJames

Children grow out of elves-and-gremlins playground prattle. The religionist message and mentality is much more powerful to a 6-year-old when it comes from an adult authority figure, especially a school staff member.

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:35:17 UTC | #938472

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