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Richard (who any more?) Dawkins at the heart of a “civil war”?

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On the Left? Has Darwinism come to this?

Was supposed to be running religion news this morning. Better at least show the flag:  Here, Steven Hayward talks about more wheels coming off, this time:

If there’s any position sillier than confident atheism, I don’t know what it is. Maybe left-handed Rastafarianism or whatever paganism they pretend to follow at Burning Man. That’s why I assiduously ignore the person who is perhaps the most prominent atheist provocateur of our time, Richard Dawkins, who was a big deal at Oxford for a long time, and a celebrated figure on the left for his relentless public hostility to Christianity. He’s always struck me as a complete bore, so why waste time?

Except—this is fun: Dawkins has apparently turned his anti-theism toward Islam, and lo and behold, the left is upset! The Hive is going to DefCon1 to deride Dawkins as a bigot, reports Damain Thompson in The Spectator last week:

‘Richard Dawkins, what on earth happened to you?’ asks Eleanor Robertson in the Guardian today. Ms Robertson is a ‘feminist and writer living in Sydney’. She follows to the letter the Guardian’s revised style guide for writing about Prof Dawkins: wring your hands until your fingers are raw, while muttering ‘Oh, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown’.

Yes, enjoy.

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Mahuna/Axel - Ask yourself this one question: What would evil be most intent on suppressing: a) That which is good b ) That which is evil dressed up as good Why would evil waste time extensively attacking and seeking to bring down that which is essentially of the same thing as itself? No, the truth will always be the primary target of untruth. Dr JDD
A few notes:
Majority of American University Professors have Negative View of Evangelical Christians – 2007 Excerpt: According to a two-year study released today by the Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR), 53% of non-Evangelical university faculty say they hold cool or unfavorable views of Evangelical Christians – the only major religious denomination to be viewed negatively by a majority of faculty. Only 30% of faculty hold positive views of Evangelicals, 56% of faculty in social sciences and humanities departments hold unfavorable views. Results were based on a nationally representative online survey of 1,269 faculty members at over 700 four-year colleges and universities. Margin of error is +/- 3%. ,,, Only 20% of those faculty who say religion is very important to them and only 16% of Republicans have unfavorable views of Evangelicals; the percentages rise considerably for faculty who say religion is not important to them (75%) and among Democrats (65%).,,, “This survey shows a disturbing level of prejudice or intolerance among U.S. faculty towards tens of millions of Evangelical Christians,,, One-third of all faculty also hold unfavorable views of Mormons, and among social sciences and humanities faculty, the figure went up to 38%. Faculty views towards other religious groups are more positive: Only 3% of faculty hold cool/unfavorable feelings towards Jews and only 4% towards Buddhists. Only 13% hold cool/unfavorable views of Catholics and only 9% towards non-Evangelical Christians. Only 18% hold cool/unfavorable views towards atheists. A significant majority – 71% of all faculty – agreed with the statement: “This country would be better off if Christian fundamentalists kept their religious beliefs out of politics.” By comparison, only 38% of faculty disagreed that the country would be better off if Muslims became more politically organized. http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archive//ldn/2007/may/07050808
Which is ironic since the majority of major universities in America were founded by Christians,,,
The History of Christian Education in America Excerpt: The first colleges in America were founded by Christians and approximately 106 out of the first 108 colleges were Christian colleges. In fact, Harvard University, which is considered today as one of the leading universities in America and the world was founded by Christians. One of the original precepts of the then Harvard College stated that students should be instructed in knowing God and that Christ is the only foundation of all "sound knowledge and learning." http://www.ehow.com/about_6544422_history-christian-education-america.html
and is also ironic since Christianity gave birth to modern science,,,
Christianity Gave Birth To Modern Science - Dr. Henry Fritz Schaefer - video http://vimeo.com/16523153
also it is a deception that 95% of scientists don't believe in God:
Misconceptions of science and religion found in new study - David Ruth – February 16, 2014 Excerpt: The public’s view that science and religion can’t work in collaboration is a misconception that stunts progress, according to a new survey of more than 10,000 Americans, scientists and evangelical Protestants. The study by Rice University also found that scientists and the general public are surprisingly similar in their religious practices.,, The study also found that 18 percent of scientists attended weekly religious services, compared with 20 percent of the general U.S. population; 15 percent consider themselves very religious (versus 19 percent of the general U.S. population); 13.5 percent read religious texts weekly (compared with 17 percent of the U.S. population); and 19 percent pray several times a day (versus 26 percent of the U.S. population). ,,, ,,,Nearly 36 percent of scientists have no doubt about God’s existence. http://news.rice.edu/2014/02/16/misconceptions-of-science-and-religion-found-in-new-study/
The root of the false myth that 95% of scientists don’t believe in God was based on a severely biased study. The root of that myth is exposed here:
More Scientists Believe In God Than Atheists Want (You) to Think http://christiancadre.blogspot.com/2011/10/more-scientists-beleieve-in-god-than.html
Quote and video:
“I build molecules for a living, I can’t begin to tell you how difficult that job is. I stand in awe of God because of what he has done through his creation. Only a rookie who knows nothing about science would say science takes away from faith. If you really study science, it will bring you closer to God." James Tour – one of the leading nano-tech engineers in the world - Strobel, Lee (2000), The Case For Faith, p. 111 Top Ten Most Cited Chemist in the World Knows That Evolution Doesn't Work - James Tour, Phd - video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TAUw4pvbug
OT: Per Timothy Kershner who quipped, "No, this most likely isn't going to end well for Darwin..." New Nano3 microscope will allow high-resolution look inside cells - Aug 09, 2014 by Tiffany Fox Excerpt: will make it possible for cell biologists to see the structures of biological cells in higher resolution to better understand how cells function at a molecular level.,,, "One thing I've been studying is something known as the nuclear pore complex, which is the gatekeeper of the nucleus. It keeps the DNA inside the nucleus and away from the other parts of the cell. If we were to take it out of the cell entirely to study it, it wouldn't make a whole lot of sense, which is why we have to freeze it in place. "With cryo-electron tomography techniques, we can create 3D pictures of the cells called tomograms," she continues. "What I do is exactly equivalent to a CT (computed tomography) scan, except the cells are a million times smaller. We can take those 3D images and look at them in the (Qualcomm Institute's) StarCAVE or NexCAVE enlarged and in color, and get an even better sense for what's going on." Villa adds that another benefit of cryo-electron microscopy is the ability to infer cellular dynamics over time, "or what we call in physics 'ergodicity.' I can look at 3,000 nuclear pores frozen at different times to infer the cellular dynamics, classify all of this information and then make predictions,,, http://phys.org/news/2014-08-nano3-microscope-high-resolution-cells.html bornagain77
The cream of he joke, mapou, is that they'd have their heads chopped off by ISIS in rag-time. I suppose their attitude is, once we get rid of the Christians we'll worry about the others later! Dawkins quote (not necessarily verbatim) with conjectured subtext: 'It's just an illusion of design. Trust me. I'm an atheist. I just know these things.' Axel
Most modern Atheism is really just anti-Christianity. All other religions are just fine. When was the last time any Atheist attacked the Japanese for believing that the reigning emperor really is God? But somehow he was NOT God while his dad was still alive... But, yes. The Left will not tolerate ANY criticism of Moslems because Mohammedism is the new Communism: the idea that will overthrow Western culture. It's fun to watch them stumbling over each other when somebody misses the page change. mahuna
PRICELESS!! Made my Day!! C Williams

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