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Of weekends and brain washing - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
Of weekends and brain washing
I got my Xbox back from Mat-Man last Tuesday.  I think he's had it for about a year - he borrowed it for a day so some friends could link them up and play against each other.  I was unable to make it - but lent him my box so there wouldn't be so many watching.

Saturday I connected it to the "Big TV" and played some Halo for the first time in ages... it was goooood! ;)

Misty and I went out in the afternoon/evening - a full account of which can be read here. After drinking too many different beers (including some bottled Hogaarden) I was feeling quite inebriated.

Sunday I did manage to surface before the PM, and spent a damn good afternoon bowling with Misty, Jo and Bianca.  I will make an effort to do this again soon™

After a quick visit to the 'rents I played some more Halo last night.  I had forgotten how frightening a game can be.  More than once I jumped out of my skin after turning a dark corner and being jumped by some nasty or another.  I am also ashamed to admit blowing away a few marines after being startled.  "Friendly fire" be damned.

In other news... From deeevamp who got it from poeticalpanther who got it from canuckgirl...
Their Own Version of a Big Bang
Those who believe in creationism -- children and adults -- are being taught to challenge evolution's tenets in an in-your-face way.

My "favourite" quote from this piece would have to be "Boys and girls," Ham said. If a teacher so much as mentions evolution, or the Big Bang, or an era when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, "you put your hand up and you say, 'Excuse me, were you there?' Can you remember that?"
...and then goes on to say that God was there.  How does he know?  He wasn't there.  Supposing he really believes that God has told him, he's taking God's word for something rather than a number of scientists.  Being a serious doubter, I would guess he's taking the Bible literally as "God's word" even though it is known to be written by men hundreds of years after the events took place - if they took place at all.

I wonder how anyone can be that narrow minded to miss that the very thing he's asking people to do can also be turned back at him.

The rest of the article is depressing on too many levels to document.  I have no problem with religious viewpoints being taught in schools, but to teach children that "science has got it wrong" is taking it too far.  There are many scientists who are themselves Christians who find no conflict between their religion and the "facts" of their science.  Ken Ham counts this as treason.

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tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: February 20th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's teaching children that they shouldn't think. That man is seriously evil.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: February 22nd, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel the need to slap him in the face. It's a very powerful urge. I guess I should be glad he is seperated from me by a large expanse of water.
tabby_of_doom From: tabby_of_doom Date: February 21st, 2006 07:48 am (UTC) (Link)
As a former child subjected to annual summer "Bible School" sessions at a southern Baptist church, I'd have to say inflicting guilt on a child for being human is a terrible, terrible thing. At the age of six I inquired on who actually wrote the Bible. To my childish, "illogical" mind, I found it hard to believe that someone actually wrote the chapters of the Bible without God dictating the whole thing in the person's ear, maybe a man-secretary of God. It was too easy to make things up without God editing things. I was a little heretic at such an early age!

My "teacher" (the uneducated professional child-bearer) told me to hush, and Jesus would cry if I dared ever question the Bible and God. She made me feel like a nasty little God-hater that day. She's the reason why I resent organized religion today. You should be allowed to question everything.

I've been on a rant today. Sorry.

paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: February 22nd, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
The baby Jesus cried every time she said that. ;)
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