Lost in Space

One Hot Topic

One Hot Topic

Well, I wouldn’t call this “Good News” but it seems to be evidence of the Gospel of America:

Americans think the sun goes around the earth (NPR)

Highlights (sic):

A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to a report out Friday from the National Science Foundation.

The survey of 2,200 people in the United States was conducted by the NSF in 2012 and released on Friday at an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.

To the question “Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth,” 26 percent of those surveyed answered incorrectly.

In the same survey, just 39 percent answered correctly (true) that “The universe began with a huge explosion” and only 48 percent said “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.”

Just over half understood that antibiotics are not effective against viruses.

Are these the same people who say America (and Their Faith) is “exceptional”?

Are these the same ones who say Humans can’t be the cause of a Warming Earth (we’re too exceptional)?

Does everything revolve around US?

Maybe we need a little Light on the subject! (could someone turn off that bright light in the sky. . .and the one in my mind!)

Religious Exceptionalism

Some people sure think their faith makes them exceptional.

Little Sisters. . .Looks like a rough bunch, Mr. President

Little Sisters. . .Looks like a rough bunch, Mr. President

“The Obama administration responded on Friday to a plea before the Supreme Court from a Catholic-affiliated nursing home that got a temporary exemption from a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. The Little Sisters of the Poor sought to avoid filling out a form saying the group objects to birth control.

The Justice Department pointed out that due to a loophole, no birth control will actually result from the signing of the form, and even if it did, that isn’t a substantial burden on religious freedom. The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged’s “concern that they are ‘authorizing others’ to provide coverage lacks any foundation in the facts or the law,” the Department of Justice wrote in its response, filed by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.

The nursing home is one of many religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations that have sued over the administration’s self-described accommodation of their objections. It allows them to opt out of covering birth control on employee health plans if they sign a form saying they object.”  More (NBC)

God says we can’t sign a form!  You can’t make us!  We’re. . .we’re. . .special! (God says so on THIS FORM!)

Now, as the Church Lady would say, isn’t that Special Exceptional!

Mandela on God

Mandela

 

A great leader, a great man.

Asked if he was a Christian, Nelson Mandela answered,

“The relation between a man and his god is a private matter. . .but, there is no power on earth that compares with religion.”

He acknowledges his respect for religion and then says the greatest thing the missionaries brought to South Africa was “education.”

Asked if he believes in God, Mandela answered,

“That is a private matter, between an individual and his god.”

BBC 2002