Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9/11, Religion, and Assumptions

I saw a little poster online this morning. It read something like this: 'science helped people fly to the moon; religion made people fly into buildings.'

That statement reflects a belief that I've run into before. I don't think it's true. The '...fly into buildings' poster included a clever little image that recalled what happened in New York City 11 years ago today.

Several thousand people were killed that day, by folks who apparently had deeply held religious convictions - and a sincere belief that killing those who didn't agree was a good idea. I disagree with that view: very much.

More about my take on 9/11/2001, in another blog:

Religion, Killing, and Assumptions

Like I said earlier, on Google+: Some dangerous lunatics are 'religious lunatics.' Some folks are religiously dedicated to killing those who wear the wrong clothes, or don't say the 'right' things.

But - and this is what is so confusing - some dangerous lunatics aren't particularly religious. And some folks who kill those who don't agree have nice, non-religious motives.

I think the problem is with the assumption that not agreeing should be a punishable offense: but what do I know? I'm one of those religious people. ;)

Science, Religion, and More Assumptions

One of the more common assumptions in American culture is that science and religion are absolutely, completely, irrevocably hostile toward each other.

I can sort of understand why those who hate religion want science to be 'against religion.' It may make their belief feel 'scientific,' by which they mean 'real.'

Even knowing about the Victorian gentlemen's snit that's behind the belief that religion and science are feuding, I find it difficult to sympathize with 'religious' folks who insist that faith requires a dedicated refusal to learn about God's creation - particularly anything that's been learned since about 1850.

And that's another topic.

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From time to time, a service that I use will display links to - odd - services and retailers.

I block a few of the more obvious dubious advertisers.

For example: psychic anything, numerology, mediums, and related practices are on the no-no list for Catholics. It has to do with the Church's stand on divination. I try to block those ads.

Sometime regrettable advertisements get through, anyway.

Bottom line? What that service displays reflects the local culture's norms, - not Catholic teaching.