Sunday Religion Roundup – Canada, Israel, and of course the U.S.

March 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

This made me laugh:

  • Growing Influence of Religious Right in Canada?

    A couple days ago I was strongly critical of Conservative science and technology minister Gary Goodyear for suggesting that the theory of evolution was theological, not scientific. (Specifically, he said he didn’t have to tell reporters whether he accepted the theory of evolution, because he didn’t answer religious questions publicly). This has prompted a few other bloggers to take a look at other links between the Harper government and the religious right. I don’t have much to add, but it’s worth taking a look, given that we usually comfort ourselves with the thought that it’s the Americans, not us, who are mixing conservative religion and national politics.

  • Pastor Gets Caught Lying for Jesus:

    North Carolina Pastor learns a lesson and apologizes after posing as pro-baby killer atheist @

  • A Religious War in Israel’s Army:

    For the first four decades of Israel’s existence, the army — like many of the country’s institutions — was dominated by kibbutz members who saw themselves as secular, Western and educated. In the past decade or two, religious nationalists, including many from the settler movement in the West Bank, have moved into more and more positions of military responsibility.

  • OK’s state legislature investigating U of O for hosting evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. :

    As I noted in a post over the weekend at Dawkins’ website, the legislature first considered two resolutions condemning both Dawkins and the theory of evolution as “an unproven and unpopular theory.” (I highly recommend reading both of the proposed resolutions.) Despite their efforts, the legislature failed to prevent Dawkins from speaking on March 6 to an audience of thousands at the University of Oklahoma.

    Last week, however, I received multiple reports that the legislature was now investigating the speech, and I wrote the University of Oklahoma President David Boren directly asking to know if this was true.

    Sure enough, I just received confirmation today in a letter from the Open Records Office at the University of Oklahoma.

    Think about it: If every time a student or faculty member invited, say, Rick Warren to speak on campus, they knew they would be subjected to a thorough and time-consuming investigation by state officials, you can all but guarantee that schools across the country would think twice before inviting Rick Warren. This would be a great way for state legislatures to chill speech they dislike without ever having to find the speaker guilty of a single thing. Talk about your un-American activities.

    Given the fact the legislature clearly is concerned with nothing other than Dawkins’ viewpoint, such an investigation is improper and should end immediately.

    Thanks for keeping me updated on that story Greg.

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