Archive for the 'religion' Category

Onward Christianists

June 23, 2006

It’s too easy to pick in loony creation scientists most of the time, but this site, showcasing the winners of a “creation” science fair, deserves it if only because they’re warping young impressionable minds the same way us secularists are supposedly doing with our mtv and talk of (gasp!) sex. Best entry:

1st Place: “My Uncle Is A Man Named Steve (Not A Monkey)”

Cassidy Turnbull (grade 5) presented her uncle, Steve. She also showed photographs of monkeys and invited fairgoers to note the differences between her uncle and the monkeys. She tried to feed her uncle bananas, but he declined to eat them. Cassidy has conclusively shown that her uncle is no monkey.

I like bananas. I must be someone’s monkey uncle. (via seed)

Not to bash the Christianists too much in one sitting, but I also happened upon this gem: makers of the new, reportedly grossly violent Left Behind video game are including spyware in order to make more money off of in-game advertisements. As the article author points out, the money-changers are firmly in charge of the temple.

UPDATE: As the llama project author pointed out to me, they’re so tolerant that they allowed Muslims to participate – but they couldn’t win because of “Biblical inconsistencies.” So that’s how they do diversity – a nod toward inclusion to make themselves look better.


June 21, 2006

Worldwide distribution of religions. In line with the county-by-county maps of the US I posted a few months back.

May 26, 2006

Proving that the phenomenon of religious sightings in food is not just limited to Christians (although they fetch a higher price, it seems): a fisherman in Kenya has caught a tuna that some claim have markings that look like Arabic text for the Koranic phrase “You are the best provider”.

May 5, 2006

The Vatican’s astronomer decries creationism as a superstition. Realistically, he said that religion and science really aren’t in opposition and that the Bible should not be taken literally.

April 21, 2006

Meant to post this last night, but someone’s gone and built county-by-county breakdown maps based on religious affiliation. It’s really interesting to see just how prevalant, say, the Baptists are in the South or the Lutherans in Minnesota. Somewhere in there, there’s a study on demographics, voting patterns…if I wasn’t so into the Middle East I’d smell a dissertation.

Geitner Simmons has an interesting discussion on these, particularly as they relate to Nebraska, one of the more religiously diverse states.

April 21, 2006

How does a Muslim pray in space? The 5 daily prayers must each occur on a set schedule, the pray-er must be facing Mecca, and he/she must wash hands and feet before praying. All that’s hard to do while in orbit. Might check into the way Charles Stross tackled the issue in Accelerando.