19th October 2008

“President Bush, and a minority of his party, the religious and social conservatives, are once again trying to impose their moral code on the rest of the nation, and stand in the way of scientific progress.”

New York Times

6 Responses to “19th October 2008”

  1. The Atheist Advocate Says:

    With only a couple weeks left, I’m pretty sure Bush is on “mental vacation” right now (not that he wasn’t all along!). Him and his minions will be replaced with Obama and his appointees. I believe things may be a little better since Obama is sensitive to religious adversity, including non-religious adherers, which I have heard him state during interviews. Let’s cross our fingers on that one!

    🙂

  2. Critic Says:

    Admin, could we get a link to the full text from which this quote was taken?

    TIA.

  3. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    Not sure I buy the “minority of his party” bit.

    Most Republicans I know personally are quite religiously conservative. All are socially conservative.

    And Bush and his party, including the McCain/Palin ticket, wouldn’t know science if it grabed their genitals and yanked.

  4. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    To The Atheist Advocate:

    Bill Maher’s “Religulous” is indeed a funny movie. But it does nothing to advance atheism or atheists. Making fun of the least capable of conservative and right-wing religionists can be, I know, a whole lotta fun and a decent way to kill a couple of hours, but it will change nothing.

    And Maher has said that he finds atheism itself a fundamentalist sort of mindset, prefering a self-designation of agnostic.

    Or maybe he is really an atheist and is lying. Which, again, does nothing to advance atheism or atheists.

    Bottom line? He’s a comedian, and he’s funny, and that’s enough.

  5. The Atheist Advocate Says:

    I agree, “Religulous” was VERY funny, and for you and I there was only confirmation of facts already in evidence. However, I believe there are fence sitters (agnostics) who may have watched the movie for the humor, only to realize that any supernatural tendencies they were unable to shed were released when they saw how ridiculous the superstitions are, when placed under the microscope. It’s this ‘education’ that I would like to see continued. It may also bring some atheists out of the closet, which was Bill’s request in several interviews.

    Personally, I take my belief structure to the next level and claim to be an “Anti-theist” rather than an atheist. I loathe religion and am very vocal about its dangerous nature. It has killed more people than all diseases known to man combined. It has robbed the poor of 10% of their gross. It scares innocent children who fear hell fire. Sorry… I got carried away… I know I’m preaching to the choir. I’ll save my rhetoric for the soap box on my corner! 🙂

  6. Admin Says:

    Admin, could we get a link to the full text from which this quote was taken?

    Loosening the Stem Cell Binds

    With hindsight the quote doesn’t make much sense in isolation.