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Comment by Susan Stanko on November 15, 2010 at 11:37am
Hugh seems to be doing just fine on that site.
Comment by Gary Berg-Cross on November 15, 2010 at 9:09am


I see that you are writing for in DC. One thing about that group. It is owned by "Christian billionaire Phil Anschutz". Wikipedia has info on him and the group noting that:

" he is a Republican donor who supported George W. Bush's administration. He has been an active patron of a number of religious and conservative causes:

* Helped fund Colorado's 1992 Amendment 2, a ballot initiative designed to overturn local and state laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation but was invalidated by Romer v. Evans after it passed.[26]
* Helped fund the Discovery Institute, a think tank based in Seattle, Washington that promotes intelligent design and criticizes evolution.[27]
* Supported the Parents Television Council, a group that protests against television indecency.[27]
* Financed and distributed films with Christian themes, such as Amazing Grace and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, for mass audiences through his two film production companies and ownership of much of the Regal, Edwards and United Artists theater chains.
* Financed The Foundation for a Better Life.
* In 2009 Anschutz purchased the conservative American opinion magazine The Weekly Standard from Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.[28]

So you are probably going to swimming against a big tide on that site.
Comment by Tony Davis on November 15, 2010 at 8:47am
Hello everyone. I am new here and look forward to reading all (well, at least a representative sample!) of the insightful comments posted here.

As a "nube" this might not be appropriate use of time and space but I thought I'd give it a go.

I would like to invite anyone who cares to to chime in on the comments section of a column I am writing. Actually, I would like all who might be interested to read my column and offer constructive criticism and feedback as much of what I write there will find its way into a book I am writing.

But specifically I would like to direct your attention to one article in particular. My column is here:

I am new at it actually and need to get cracking on a series that addresses the various apologetic arguments.

The article I most want to draw the attention of this group to though is this article:

If you read it, notice the comment posted by someone named Tom: "Intelligent design is closer to a proven fact than is the old theory of evolution. DNA is one reason. Fossil records including Cambrian explosion is one reason. Mathematical probability is one reason."

Complete nonsense of course so anyone who wants to chime in would be appreciated.

OK, sorry for the long first post!

Comment by Vangelis Stamatopoulos on November 15, 2010 at 4:27am
As this group deals with "life" I have written a blog about this topic that shows some contrasting viewpoints. You can read more here.
Comment by Edward Becker on November 12, 2010 at 10:37am
@marco draco: Could it be a "Big daddy" Cane toad invasion? If that's the case, we need only fear his hoes and his pimp hand.
Comment by david perry on November 6, 2010 at 6:54am
Comment by Dr. Wolfgang von Khaos on October 25, 2010 at 5:48am
Cheers for heads-up. I'm glad to see a forum like this in a place where we aren't subject to Xtian argumentum ad hominem!
Comment by Marc Draco on October 19, 2010 at 5:58am
Fisherian Runaway spotted in Australian toad:
Comment by John Benal on October 18, 2010 at 7:26pm
Regarding "Galileo was Satire"....he has a point. A lot of what got the vatican all riled up in the day was Galileo's style, his popularity among the common people, and abrasiveness with which he presented his point of view. The author's comment ,"..."Not about God or belief or high ideals, but about power and popularity," is very true. After all, what is a key tennant of the vatican; power and control. Publish ideas that erode their power and control, regardless of subject matter, and the vatican powers become concerned. It's control and power that religions crave, not truth. For if they craved truth, they would be long extinct by now.
Comment by david perry on October 18, 2010 at 6:19pm
Galileo was satire.
I like to ramble on when I read something like this, but I don't know what to say about this one. Take a look at the rest of the site, there's plenty to chew on.



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