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No surprises - Elf M. Sternberg
No surprises
Looking for a hot topic button with which to get your constituency all in a lather? Want that fresh indignancy smell? You too can pimp the Boy Scouts for all their worth, become the buttboy of the White House, tell the Supreme Court it can go fuck itself, and in general violate both the Constitution's First Amendment and the Constitutional Separation of Powers by declaring the Boy Scouts beyond the reach of the courts.

On the other hand, while reading an article in Christianity Today about the recent National Geographic article, "Was Darwin Wrong?", I had to feel sorry for the writer. Did any one of them really think that there was credible evidence for their side? Did they really think "Intelligent Design" was going to have even a case in that venerable science magazine? The author states that National Geographic gave ID "the silent treatment," but this is a bit like worrying in every essay about astronomy that some time was not given to the Terracentric view.

Every theory has its classical example, something that from start to finish is explained with the greatest parsimony by the theory. ID doesn't have one. And until it does, it's not science; it's just cheerleading.

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solarbird From: solarbird Date: November 30th, 2004 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Christianity Today also just ran this little it's-the-abortionists-liberals-and-fags-fault gem, called "The Moral Home Front: America's increasing decadence is giving aid and comfort to Muslim terrorists." I thought that meme got shot down after the Falwell/Robertson debacle, but apparently not.
wyrdone From: wyrdone Date: November 30th, 2004 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I personally and a big support of Scouting. I am also a big supporter of secularism (especially with the US government of trying to become Theocratic).

What I think the Govt should do is tell the BSA that they cannot use govt funds & locations for events till the BSA drops the religious requirements. (This seems to be what they are doing.) In this case I am on the side of the ACLU.

The BSA does a lot of good, however, their anti-secularism is ultimately hurting the BSA and if they dropped the religious requirements I think it would help the organization to grow. They don't have to be a religious organization to promote good moral and ethical values.

I was a Boy Scout, never made it to Eagle since I wasn't in it for the merit badges, I was also a BSA Scoutmaster for several years as well as Camp Councelor. I am also openly Pagan and Bisexual. None of the Troops or other groups I was involved with while I was a Scoutmaster ever had a problem with me.
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