Of course, others had different reactions. The response of Carolyn Porco, a senior research scientist at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo., was more like this:
Let’s teach our children from a very young age about the story of the universe and its incredible richness and beauty. It is already so much more glorious and awesome — and even comforting — than anything offered by any scripture or God concept I know.Porco's quote appears in the most e-mailed story in today's NYT, a must-read for anyone interested in either God or science or both, A Free-for-All on Science and Religion. It's misnamed; it's really a pile-on, not a free-for-all, as it describes a conference funded by anti-God money man Robert Zeps designed to not find common ground between science and religion, but to promote science over religion.
Here are just a few quotes from the article:
- “Anything that we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion should be done and may in the end be our greatest contribution to civilization.”
- I am utterly fed up with the respect that we — all of us, including the secular among us — are brainwashed into bestowing on religion."
- “What concerns me now is that even if you’re as brilliant as Newton, you reach a point where you start basking in the majesty of God and then your discovery stops — it just stops."
As fundamental Islam sweeps the world and the headlines, it is eroding the trust many non-religious people have that religion, even if it's not their thing, is not particularly harmful. Now, they're seeing fundamentalism in as life-threatening, science-squelching, freedom-hating -- and they don't have the understanding needed to differentiate between Christian and Muslim fundamentalism.
Fascist Islam does indeed pose a grave threat to our civilization -- but it's not a threat too great for God to endure.
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