This one's a repost of one I did ages ago, in light of a few readers subscribing after my recent attempts at poetry, as well as a recent very unsatisfactory debate with an apparent creationist elsewhere.
Archive for May, 2012
My thanks to reader, Sherryl, who mailed me the link for this. No words from me, as the video speaks eloquently for itself.
Just found out via Jerry Coyne's
blog web-site, that Doc Watson's died.
I'm not much good at obituaries, so I'll just say that the world will be a tad less beautiful without him in it. We still have his music, though; and if you haven't heard any, I urge you to check him out on YouTube. You won't regret it.
Here's Black Mountain Rag
In One Very Easy Lesson
If you provide a service and wish to take advantage of government grant-schemes or other tax-payer funding, most governments will require you to follow certain government-mandated policies, which they apply to all, whether religious or not, who receive those grants. For instance, an adoption service which takes government funding in the UK cannot refuse to consider gay people's applications to adopt, merely because their religious belief informs them that homosexuality is a sin. In the US, employers must include contraception in health-insurance plans, if they want to take advantage of governmental subsidies regarding health-insurance.
Another scrap of doggerel today. Yesterday's looked at the way many Christians get all fired up about same-sex marriage, even though Jesus—surely the Biblical figure whose words are most important?—never mentioned homosexuality at all. So now let's turn it around. How do they fare on a subject raised several times by Jesus: the instruction to love thy neighbour as thyself? (I've dealt with this in a little more depth before, though with a slight tongue-in-cheek attitude.)
This is a result of having found a wonderful atheist–humanist poetry-blog just recently, plus having spent much of the day sat in the doorway trying to catch a hint of a cool breeze, in the company of a book of Kipling. That said, neither Rudyard nor Rebecca should be held to blame for what follows. Any lack of quality is purely my own fault.
I've got a couple of bits I really want to get to writing, but it's like a damn sauna here today; and I really can't be bothered.
So here, in lieu of half-hearted scribbles from myself, is a link (embedding, unfortunately, is disabled) to a playlist of Jacob Bronowski's science/philosophy series, The Ascent Of Man. The whole series, presented in glorious YouTubey scrumptiliciousness, complete with a bonus episode of an interview with David Attenborough, who was controller of BBC2 at the time it was made. What's not to like?
“There’s nothing wrong with slavery!” you cried with all your might.
“It’s sanctioned in the Bible!” (And by God, you know, you’re right.)
’Twas tradition that the upper class owned property like slaves.
You treat your blacks quite well, you claimed (as long as they behaved).
But giving slaves their freedom? To treat them just like white?
You cried that it’s not natural!