I’ll get to Wednesday’s bird speciation DpSU tomorrow, but the one for today – Some Atheists Go to Church for Kids by Christine Dao – can be commented on quickly.
The crux of the issue is:
A recent study found that about one in five scientists who say they are atheists or agnostics actually attend church or some other religious institution, and the main reason may be because of their children.
It’s a little annoying to me that atheists do go to church for societal reasons, largely because I myself get dragged along probably more Sundays than not. But what’s she on about.
To quote the conclusion of Dao’s article:
One study participant, a chemist raised in a strongly Catholic home, said he came to believe later in life that science and religion are not compatible, but what he wants to pass on to his daughter—more than this belief—is the ability to make her own decisions in a thoughtful, intellectual way.
But this practice seems counterintuitive to the aim and philosophies of many atheist and agnostic organizations, which seek to bar all forms of religious dialogue from the public arena under the guise of protecting civil liberties. The Huffington Post report—whether intentional or otherwise—coincides with the Christmas season, when new anti-God advertisements launch and atheist groups attempt to have nativity scenes removed from public areas.
However, the aspect of exploring all sources of knowledge is consistent with scientific inquiry. Why can’t that same courtesy be extended to actual scientific inquiry, such as for those scientists who question Darwinian evolution?
Oh no, it’s the War on Christmas! The proponents of its existence really need to take a step back and consider how much of a fool they’re making themselves look to people watching from overseas. I mean really.
If you saved all the straw men that are made at this time of year as part of the Crusade against the (imaginary) Jihad against Christmas and exported them for Guy Fawke’s Night in other countries you could rescue your economy…