The Problem With Science Is Scientists

Tuesday, August 03, 2010 2:02 AM Comments (134)

Paraphrasing Edward Longshanks from the movie Braveheart “The problem with science, is all the scientists.”

I am amused by a piece in the New York Times Magazine by Virginia Heffernan.  I am amused by Heffernan’s piece not because I disagree with her, but because she seems surprised.  Note to Heffernan—It has always been thus.

Heffernan writes about the meltdown over at Science Blogs.  “Science Blogs”, as you may well remember is the home of blogger PZ Myers who is famous for advancing science by desecrating the Eucharist.  While Myers is the most read of the cynics at Science Blogs, his penchant for the unpleasant is rather standard fare.

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Educational & Professional McCarthyism

Thursday, July 29, 2010 3:28 PM Comments (37)

You know that expression “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

In the culture wars, it is the truism of truisms.

From the beginning of the culture wars (I don’t wish to debate when they started, perhaps all the way back to Adam & Eve) education has been the front lines.  Sure, weapons and tactics change, but the end game remains the same.  Control education, control the culture.

The age old and continuing battle has been over curriculum.  You know the battles over Creation, Evolution, sex education, and trans-gendered lesbianic social inclusion studies.

But there are other battles waging of which you should be aware.

Professional McCarthyism.

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"The Jersey Sharia"

Monday, July 26, 2010 9:00 AM Comments (8)

Many good people from the Garden State do not care for the show “The Jersey Shore” because it makes people from Jersey look like, well, idiots.

Governor Christie even went so far as to complain this weekend about the show saying to Jake Tapper on ABC’s This Week that “reality series doesn’t represent ‘the real New Jersey.’”

If I were from NJ (I dodged that bullet when my NYC born parents chose Long Island over Jersey in the early ‘60s) I would be embarrassed too.  But not just from “The Jersey Shore.” There is someone making Jersey look even worse than JWoww and Snooki.  It is “The Jersey Sharia.”

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Secular Blasphemy

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 12:17 PM Comments (8)

Banning religious garb is all the rage these days. The secular order must be maintained at all times.

The banning of Burqas and full face veils has become so popular, in fact, that even some countries you wouldn’t expect are getting in to the act. Recently, another country has banned the niqab, the full Islamic veil that reveals only a woman’s eyes, at all universities. Has Islamophobia taken over? Not quite.

The country that is doing the banning? Syria.

Let the outrage commence! Oh yeah… Nevermind.

Let me go on record stating that while I do not care for the niqab, I do not support any government action to ban any kind of religious garb. Whether it is in France or Syria. That said, I...READ MORE

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There Are Witches In My Basement

Thursday, July 15, 2010 1:50 AM Comments (8)

I have long been an advocate of Bishops taking a harder line with leaders receiving communion who openly oppose Church teaching and advocate immoral policies.

Bishops have understandably been reticent to withhold communion, but now one Bishop has said enough is enough and has threatened to ban a local leader from communion unless he stops his advocacy of immoral and un-Catholic policies.

That is the good news.

The bad news is that the immoral practice invoked in this case is rounding up potential witches and wizards and locking them in his basement.

Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba speaking people in Northern Province has allegedly established an illegal prison at his palace to...READ MORE

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Anglo-Catholics Lose Their Escape Hatch—Good

Monday, July 12, 2010 12:56 AM Comments (15)

Over the weekend, the protestants of the Anglican communion acted like protestants.  Good.

This past weekend the General Synod of the Church of England rejected a compromise over women’s ordination aimed at maintaining the unity of the Church of England.  The compromise would have allowed for male Bishop’s only for those who reject female ordination and female bishops for the rest.  A two-tiered episcopacy intended to maintain some semblance of unity.

The acceptance of women Bishops in the Church of England is now a foregone conclusion.  Believe it or not, this is a good thing.

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Undercover Jews?

Tuesday, July 06, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (23)

Some Jews walks down the street of a European city.  Yarmulkes sit atop their heads.  Recognizable as a Jews, they don’t make it very far before they attract unwanted attention.  At first they were mocked, then they were spit upon, while their attackers make Nazi salutes.

Nazi Germany 1939?  No.  Amsterdam, 2010.

Last week, a television broadcast showed how three Jews with skullcaps, two adolescents and an adult, were harassed within thirty minutes of being out in the streets of Amsterdam. Young Muslims spat at them, mocked them, shouted insults and made Nazi salutes. “Dirty Jew, go back to your own country,” a group of Moroccan youths shouted at a young indigenous Dutch Jew.

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Praying For Christopher Hitchens

Thursday, July 01, 2010 9:47 AM Comments (205)

I know he doesn’t want me to and I know he thinks it is useless but, Christopher Hitchens, I am praying for you.

Christopher Hitchens can be smart, acerbic, funny, mean, insightful, and thick.  He defends Western Civilization while, via his outspoken atheism, semantically chipping away at the Christian pillars that support it.  In short, Christopher Hitchens is a frustrating person.  Christopher Hitchens is also very sick.  He writes…

I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice.

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Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company. Patrick, his wife Terri, and their five children reside in Long Island, N.Y.