Category: Diary

The moon’s a reflector, right?

MoonWe might like to imagine that all the funny Creationists are over the other side of the Pond, but we know that’s not true. However, it’s unlikely they’d be allowed to get away with this sort of daftness over here.

Bill Nye, the harmless children’s edu-tainer known as “The Science Guy,” managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.

Some idiots refused to listen, because they think that God makes the moon shine by magic and it’s made of cheese. No, sorry, I made that up about the cheese.

The BBC will have to consult us – hooray!

Andrew CopsonFrom the Independent:

Religious broadcasting has taken an unexpected turn at the BBC, leaving secularists last night claiming a breakthrough. An important new committee that the corporation will consult on religious broadcasting is to include a humanist.

Read more about it on the BHA website. The humanist who’ll sit on the Standing Conference on Religion and Belief will be Andrew Copson, the BHA’s Director of Education & Public Affairs.

The atheist bus campaign, and hell

Fire

The campaign was the idea of comedy writer Ariane Sherine, who’d seen some Christian bus ads with a link to a website with an unpleasant message. How unpleasant? Judge for yourself. I especially dislike the bit about God’s wrath if you reject him – 

You will be condemned to everlasting separation from God and then you spend all eternity in torment in hell. Jesus spoke about this as a lake of fire which was prepared for the devil and all his angels (demonic spirits) (Matthew 25: 41).

It’s staggering that people who can walk and talk and (presumably) tie their own shoelaces still believe in fire and brimstone in 2009.