When it comes to feelings about creation vs evolution between the American vice-presidential candidates, voters will have a clear choice. Reporters are digging for information on the surprise Republican nominee, Alaska governor Sarah Palin. Answers in Genesis collected statements from the press about her position on the teaching of evolution in public schools. She indicated support for teaching both sides if the debate comes up in class, but not mandating the teaching of intelligent design. As for her personal position, she stated clearly, “I believe we have a creator.” AIG did not consider any of these strong indicators of a Biblical creationist position, but at least one that tolerates openness in the public debate. Massimo Pigliucci though, commenting on this at Live Science, considered Palin’s stance on science education “worrisome.” He asserted that “creationism is simply not even in the ballpark of the best ideas ever produced by humanity.” (Presumably, he considers evolution as a top contender.) The situation is very different on the Democratic side. According to Bill Sammon at Fox News, Joe Biden gave reporters an earful when asked about creationism. “Biden … used unusually strong language to ridicule those who believe in creationism or intelligent design,” Sammon said. Biden exclaimed, “I refuse to believe the majority of people believe this malarkey!”If Biden wants to attract votes, it doesn’t seem politic to alienate the majority of people. Diplomacy does not seem to be his strong point. A hot-headed vituperant responded to Sammon’s article with this gem of reasoning: “I also use strong language to ridicule the creationist idiots who still believe in intelligent design MAGIC in the 21st century. Nobody is more uneducated, gullible, and just plain stupid than the creationists.” Here’s a suggestion on how to respond to this kind of pronouncement when you encounter a self-made philosopher. Use the J. P. Moreland approach. Listen patiently while the vituperant blows his credibility, then look him or her in the eye, and calmly but firmly ask, “Excuse me sir/madam, do you have an argument?” After a short pause for the quizzical look, continue, “because I’m waiting for one. If you have a point to make, make it.” Get the vituperant on the defensive to make a rational argument based on evidence. (This assumes you have been setting a good example.) If the combatant takes the challenge and states a proposition, good. That can be debated, using evidence and logic. Don’t put up, though, with ridicule. Stand up to it. Demand respectful, rational dialogue, and maybe you will win mutual respect. If he or she storms off muttering, then – well, you’ve won something else: the whole shootin’ match.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kayla Hawthorne, OCJ field reporterFredericktown Local School District received an Ohio Historical Marker for the world’s first blue corduroy jackets worn by members of the National FFA Organization.The historical marker sign states, “In 1933, Dr. J.H. “Gus” Lintner, a Fredericktown teacher and advisor to the local FFA chapter, commissioned a jacket for its members to wear to FFA’s national convention in Kansas City, Missouri.” The national organization then adopted the jacket as part of the official dress for FFA members.The historical marker will be placed in front of the school so it can be viewed by students and visitors.“Tonight was a very exciting moment, not only for Fredericktown FFA, but FFA in general,” said Holly McClay, Ohio FFA State Vice President at the event.Two of the members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter from 1933 were in attendance at the event. Linden Scheff and Neil Overly — who were in the original 1933 Fredericktown FFA band that wore the first FFA jackets to the National Convention — got to unveil the marker. They will both be turning 100 years old within the next few months and still live in the area.They were also presented commemorative replicas of their original FFA jacket that were reproduced by Mark Hoops of Universal Lettering, the company that has made FFA jackets for 85 years.“It was so cool to watch them because when they unveiled the historical marker, there’s a picture of the original band on it, and their faces when they saw their picture on there was just priceless,” McClay said.In addition to the Historical Marker, six new signs will be placed around town to remind everyone that Fredericktown is the Home of the FFA Jacket.
Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… selena larson Tags:#Embedded Posts#Google#wordpress Google+ launched two new features it said will help writers and other publishers get more attention on Google News and search. WordPress and TypePad powered blogs using Google+ Sign-In will now link all posts to the author’s Google+ account. The author’s name and information will appear in Google News and search results, thus increasing distribution and discovery, as well as making it easier for readers to engage with the author.Following the lead of Twitter and Facebook, Google+ also now allows publishers to embed public G+ updates in blog posts and on other websites. Users can follow the original update’s author and comment on or +1 the post as they would on the Google+ stream. Google claims this feature will tie conversations together, as comments will also appear wherever the post is embedded.The features are only available to WordPress and TypePad users, but Google is experimenting with other platforms including About.com, WikiHow, SkillPages and Examiner.com. It announced the updates at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference today. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos
A win eluded India once again as they lost the lone Twenty20 International against England by six wickets at the Old Trafford on Wednesday.Sterling displays from Eoin Morgan (49) and Jade Dernbach (4/22) helped England scamper home to a six-wicket win in a tense Twenty20.Opting to bat first on a sluggish track, India made a competitive 165 all out in 19.4 over after valuable contributions by debutants Ajinkya Rahane (61) and Rahul Dravid (31).Rahane’s eye-catching 49-ball innings was studded with eight fours and Dravid playing in his first and last Twenty20 International smacked three consecutive sixes off Samit Patel to score a 31 from 21. Suresh Raina, who had a miserable Test series, also scored a useful 33 from 19.India, however, were largely done in by Dernbach’s array of slower balls and yorkers as he returned with his career-best figures of four for 22 from 3.4 overs.England made a slow start, losing debutant Alex Hales to a second-ball duck off Praveen Kumar and were 17 for one after three of their Powerplay overs.Kevin Pietersen scored 23-ball 33 but it was Morgan’s 27-ball 49 that kept England in the match.England needed 10 runs off the last over, and Samit Patel (25) and Ravi Bopara (31) held their nerves to take the team safely with three balls to spare.In the last over, umpire Rob Bailey erroneously called wide when Vinay Kumar pitched his first delivery just inside the tramlines and then Patel came up with two streaky fours and a slap over extra cover to pull England over the line.Both players were booed by Indian fans for their decision to play against their country of birth, but their turned the jeers into cheers with their unbroken partnership of 35 that secured the win for England.advertisement