Wednesday, May 2, 2007


1) If you visit one California hotel, you will not find the Gideon Bible in the nightstand, but you will find a copy of An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore. This hotel also has waterless urinals (I call that going outdoors) and recycled paper (I don't want to know what kind of paper. Hopefully they haven't been coordinating with Sheryl Crow on that one).

2) Check out John Stossel's column today and ask yourself whether schooling is necessary for children to develop proper social skills. Stossel also has a 20/20 special on Friday.

3) This story itself is certainly not absurd, but one line in it may be. It is about the rise of religious life on college campuses around the nation. Professor Peter Gomes of Harvard, the university preacher, “There is probably more active religious life now than there has been in 100 years.” Certainly an interesting and potentially welcome development.

The absurd part, or at least a part I don't completely buy, is from the first few lines of the article. "To be seen as religious often meant being dismissed as not very bright, he (Gomes) said. No longer." As someone who is on a college campus, although it is certainly one where religious belief is not under attack, there are still many, many professors who belittle those students and fellow professors who openly express religious beliefs, especially at elite institutions. So to sum up, I think Gomes is a little too optimistic.

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