I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution, and live in your—in your world, that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in our universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it, because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future…
Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It’s very much analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You’re not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is just going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place. If you try to ignore that, your worldview just becomes crazy, just untenable, itself inconsistent.
Scientist Bill Nye (the Science Guy) on not teaching your children to deny evolution for the good of America.
In summary, creationists are hurting future America. Bill Nye thinks you should stop that.
We are deeply troubled by your campaign’s recent advertisements and statements about welfare, which we believe demonize the families we serve and reflect a woeful lack of knowledge about the challenges faced by tens of millions of Americans. By accepting our invitation, we hope that you will have the opportunity to see firsthand the struggles of those in need and have the compassion to desist your campaign’s harsh attacks. We are all God’s children and equal in God’s eyes. Efforts to divide us by class or score political points at the expense of the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters reveal the worst side of our country’s politics. Please accept our invitation to witness and to serve.
Dude, do not mess with the nuns.
If this were a business run by an observant, Kosher-keeping Jewish man who was spending a good deal of his profits trying (with success!) to outlaw bacon, shrimp, and cheeseburgers in America (even for health reasons, mind you), I can guarantee you there would be mass protests.
If an observant Muslim woman were trying to force all women in America to wear some kind of head-covering in public at all times (in order to promote modesty, reduce teen pregnancies, and reduce rape, she might say), would Americans be lining up around the corner to pat her on the back and give her more money for her efforts?
No. Nor will you see either of those things happening, because those personal and religious beliefs are exactly that: PERSONAL and RELIGIOUS. That woman should be free to cover herself or not as she sees fit. That man should be free to abstain from and avoid foods according to his beliefs and conscience. They do not seek to take away your rights when they exercise theirs.
Yet many this day applaud the efforts of a man who would like to take AWAY the basic rights of others in order to force his religious views on an entire nation.
Valeria for president.
Are there men who demand that their women wear a hijab? I am sure there are; just as there are men that demand their wife or girlfriend parade at their side in high heels and a sexy dress. The power play between genders is not exclusive to one religion or culture; it happens on an individual level.
Inge Rombaut in an IPS News interview about the Muslim headscarf.
[Michele] Bachmann’s concept of Christian love brims with hate, and she has a deep satchel of stones to throw. From what kind of messiah did she learn that? … My aim here isn’t to re-litigate Bachmann’s crimes against reason and decency, all widely documented. It’s to wonder why we accept her descriptions of herself, and in turn describe her, as a deeply religious woman. That grants too much credence to her particular, peculiar and highly selective definition of piety. And it offends the many admirable people of faith whose understanding and practice of religion aren’t, like hers, confrontational and small-minded.
Religion isn’t likely to be a decisive factor in November, but what explains this phenomenon?
A sizable chunk of the electorate wrongly believes that President Obama is a Muslim and a similar amount of voters say they are uncomfortable with his religion, according to new poll released Thursday.
For Christian women, particularly in more conservative traditions, one of the most difficult barriers to feminist consciousness is the identification of sin with anger and pride, and virtue with humility and self-abnegation. Although this doctrine of sin and virtue supposedly is for ‘all Christians,’ it becomes, for women, an ideology that reinforces female subjugation and lack of self-esteem. Women become ‘Christ-like’ by having no self of their own. They become the ‘suffering servants’ by accepting male abuse and exploitation. Women are made to feel profoundly guilty and diffident about even the smallest sense of self-affirmation. They fear the beginning steps of asking who they are and what they want to do, rather than ‘putting others first.’
Rosemary Radford Ruether,
Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology