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Open Letter: "I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design should be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design.
Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.
It is for this reason that I’m writing you today, to formally request that this alternative theory be taught in your schools, along with the other two theories. In fact, I will go so far as to say, if you do not agree to do this, we will be forced to proceed with legal action. I’m sure you see where we are coming from. If the Intelligent Design theory is not based on faith, but instead another scientific theory, as is claimed, then you must also allow our theory to be taught, as it is also based on science, not on faith.
Some find that hard to believe, so it may be helpful to tell you a little more about our beliefs. We have evidence that a Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. None of us, of course, were around to see it, but we have written accounts of it. We have several lengthy volumes explaining all details of His power. Also, you may be surprised to hear that there are over 10 million of us, and growing. We tend to be very secretive, as many people claim our beliefs are not substantiated by observable evidence. What these people don’t understand is that He built the world to make us think the earth is older than it reallly is. For example, a scientist may perform a carbon-dating process on an artifact. He finds that approximately 75% of the Carbon-14 has decayed by electron emission to Nitrogen-14, and infers that this artifact is approximately 10,000 years old, as the half-life of Carbon-14 appears to be 5,730 years. But what our scientist does not realize is that every time he makes a measurement, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is there changing the results with His Noodly Appendage. We have numerous texts that describe in detail how this can be possible and the reasons why He does this. He is of course invisible and can pass through normal matter with ease.
I’m sure you now realize how important it is that your students are taught this alternate theory. It is absolutely imperative that they realize that observable evidence is at the discretion of a Flying Spaghetti Monster. Furthermore, it is disrespectful to teach our beliefs without wearing His chosen outfit, which of course is full pirate regalia. I cannot stress the importance of this enough, and unfortunately cannot describe in detail why this must be done as I fear this letter is already becoming too long. The concise explanation is that He becomes angry if we don’t.
You may be interested to know that global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of Pirates since the 1800s. For your interest, I have included a graph of the approximate number of pirates versus the average global temperature over the last 200 years. As you can see, there is a statistically significant inverse relationship between pirates and global temperature.
In conclusion, thank you for taking the time to hear our views and beliefs. I hope I was able to convey the importance of teaching this theory to your students. We will of course be able to train the teachers in this alternate theory. I am eagerly awaiting your response, and hope dearly that no legal action will need to be taken. I think we can all look forward to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science classrooms across the country, and eventually the world; One third time for Intelligent Design, one third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable evidence.
Bobby Henderson, concerned citizen.
P.S. I have included an artistic drawing of Him creating a mountain, trees, and a midget. Remember, we are all His creatures."
Japan plans to make this futuristic television a commercial reality by 2020 as part of a broad national project that will bring together researchers from the government, technology companies and academia.
The targeted 'virtual reality' television would allow people to view high-definition images in 3D from any angle, in addition to being able to touch and smell the objects being projected upwards from a screen parallel to the floor.
'Can you imagine hovering over your TV to watch Japan versus Brazil in the finals of the World Cup as if you are really there?' asked Yoshiaki Takeuchi, director of research and development at Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
While companies, universities and research institutes around the world have made some progress on reproducing 3D images suitable for TV, developing the technologies to create the sensations of touch and smell could prove the most challenging, Takeuchi said in an interview with Reuters.
Researchers are looking into ultrasound, electric stimulation and wind pressure as potential technologies for touch.
Such a TV would have a wide range of potential uses.
It could be used in home-shopping programs, allowing viewers to 'feel' a handbag before placing their order, or in the medical industry, enabling doctors to view or even perform simulated surgery on 3D images of someone's heart.
The future TV is part of a larger national project under which Japan aims to promote 'universal communication,' a concept whereby information is shared smoothly and intelligently regardles"
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2005
CRAWFORD, Texas Cindy Sheehan, the mother of an soldier killed in Iraq and who is in a monthlong protest near President George W. Bush's ranch, said that she was temporarily leaving her encampment to be with her mother, who had suffered a stroke.
In a statement to reporters Thursday, Sheehan, 48, said that she received word around 4 p.m. that her mother, Shirley Miller, 74, was in a hospital emergency room in Los Angeles. 'As you can imagine, this is a devastating blow for my sister, my brother, my children and me,' Sheehan said.
Sheehan said she would return to Texas as soon as possible, and that while she was gone, mothers of other Americans killed in Iraq would keep pressure on Bush and continue to demand a meeting with him here. The group wants all U.S. troops immediately withdrawn from Iraq.
Sheehan's group is moving from a temporary encampment about two miles, or three kilometers, from Bush's ranch to a larger pasture, offered by a local landowner, that is only a mile from the ranch and adjacent to a U.S. Secret Service checkpoint. Sheehan has been here since Aug. 6, and on Wednesday night she inspired more than 1,600 candlelight vigils across the United States.
It is still not clear whether Sheehan's effort is the start of a lasting antiwar movement or a fleeting summertime event fueled by liberal advocacy groups who understand how to manage media relations. Republican Party leaders worry that the so-called Peace Mom has brought long-simmering unease over Iraq to a boil by galvanizing antiwar activists.
CRAWFORD, Texas Cindy Sheehan, the mother of an soldier killed in Iraq and who is in a monthlong protest near President George W. Bush's ranch, said that she was temporarily leaving her encampment to be with her mother, who had suffered a stroke."
By Peter Stephenson
The Heliodisplay machine can make a holograph image in the air from almost any video source.
The idea of a real holograph, a free-floating video image suspended in mid-air, has always been the stuff of science fiction. Usually not the near future kind, either. Movies that depict the use of holographs tend to be set centuries into the future.
Scientific breakthroughs have a way of sneaking up on us though _ and pouncing when we least expect it.
That may describe the way you feel should you visit IO2’s Web site (io2technology.com) and take a look at the videos showcasing their ``Heliodisplay.’’
Developed by Chad Dyner at IO2, the surprisingly compact Heliodisplay, which is about the size of an average PC case laid on its side (and only a bit noisier), is said to intake air, ``alter’’ it, then expel it and use lasers to project the image onto the ``still invisible’’ conditioned air.
For obvious reasons, IO2 isn’t revealing how it modifies the air, but say that its perfectly safe. The machine could run all day in a sealed room and the air would still be breathable. Some have speculated that the secret may lie in ionization.
The Heliodisplay image is actually just as 2D as the ones on any TV or computer screen, which appear 3D through use of animation. Amazingly, the machine can take input from just about any video source, such as TV, DVD or even video game systems can be interfaced to view the image in free space.
What’s more surprising is the cost of the early production models. Units capable of levitating a 55centimeter image can be had for $18,600. Considering that DVD players were ten times their current price just a few years ago, this begs the question of how long it will be before holographic projectors are a common home or office fixtur"
Religious Right leaders will gather Sunday in Nashville, Tenn., to trash the federal courts and lobby for the confirmation of Bush Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts and a radical re-make of the nation’s judiciary.
The highly politicized national broadcast, dubbed “Justice Sunday II,” is a sequel to a similar gathering at a Kentucky mega-church last spring. During that April 24 event, leading Religious Right politico James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, blasted federal judges as “unelected and unaccountable and arrogant and imperious and determined to redesign the culture according to their own biases and values.”
“And they’re out of control,” Dobson added.
The first “Justice Sunday,” coordinated by the Family Research Council (FRC), was a merger of politics and the pulpit. U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) joined the rally via video telecast. The FRC is coordinating the Aug. 14 event as well.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State says the second Religious Right rally is certain to be as shrill and politically charged as the first.
“Dobson and his cohorts want federal courts beholden to their religious dictates, not the U.S. Constitution,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “The first event was replete with hysterical accusations against the federal courts; the second is certain to be just as offensive.”
Lynn said “Justice Sunday II” should be canceled. FRC President Tony Perkins, Lynn said, should follow Hollywood’s lead.
“Movie makers know that when the original stinks, there’s no point in cranking out a sequel,” Lynn observed. “Tony Perkins ought to learn something from that.”
To counter the Religious Right’s second “Justice Sunday,” Lynn will participate in a “Freedom & Faith” event at Cathedral of Praise Church at 3 p.m. EST in Nashville. Lynn will join local and national religious leaders in arguing for the importance of a balanced judiciary.
The FRC’s event will include appearances from Dobson, U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and former U.S. Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.).
Another of the event’s scheduled speakers, Bishop Harry R. Jackson of Hope Christian Church in College Park, Md., said recently in a Focus on the Family publication that Christians must be concerned with the make-up of federal courts, because, “America will either remain a Christian nation protected by the laws based on morality or it will be come more morally lawless than ever before.”
Lynn said such thinking is dangerously wrong. America, he said, is a pluralistic country where people of all faiths are welcome.
“Our federal courts must not be taken over by the Religious Right,” Lynn said. “That misguided movement is seeking control of all three branches of government in an attempt to roll back civil rights and civil liberties. The separation of church and state is at stake.”
Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.And let's take a look at these laughable (yet true) quotes from the religious right.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.
-- H. L. Mencken
Sunday school: A prison in which children do penance
for the evil conscience of their parents.
-- H. L. Mencken
What is the function that a clergyman performs in the world?
Answer: He gets his living by assuring idiots that he can save
them from an imaginary hell.
-- H. L. Mencken
Satan hasn't a single salaried helper;
the Opposition employ a million.
-- Mark Twain
If Christ were here there is one thing he would not be -- a Christian.
-- Mark Twain
Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need
strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other
people's business. I live by the golden rule: Treat others as you'd want them
to treat you. The religious right wants to tell people how to live.
-- Gov. Jesse Ventura
Over the years I've met a handful of people who regularly talk with God,
but they usually do so only when they're off their medications.
-- Harley Sorensen
If Jesus were among us today, he’d bitch-slap George Bush, Mel Gibson,
Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly for using Christ as political cannon-fodder.
I have a problem with people who take the Constitution loosely and the Bible literally.
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
-- Bertrand Russell
Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day.
Give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish.
Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.
-- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Gee, and to think, Dubya has abused both.)
These televangelists say they don't favor any particular denomination, but I think
we've all seen their eyes light up at tens and twenties...
-- Dennis Miller
So Dubya goes to war because god told him to.
There's a woman down in Texas who bashed in her kid's skulls for the same reason.
-- Ed Krebs
I had a student ask me, "Could the savior you believe in save Osama bin Laden?"
Of course. We know the blood of Jesus Christ can save him, and then he must be executed.
-- Rev. Jerry Falwell
The "wall of separation between church and state" is a metaphor based on bad history,
a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging.
It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.
-- William Rehnquist, Supreme Court
I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you.
Yes, hate is good.... Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a Biblical duty, we are called by God,
to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism."
--Randall Terry, quoted in The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 16, 1993
We have no king but Jesus.
--John Ashcroft, May 8, 1999
We're going to bring back God and the Bible and drive the gods of secular
humanism right out of the public schools of America.
--Pat Buchanan, at an anti-gay rally in Des Moines, Iowa, February 11, 1996
The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by
the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.
-- Rev. Jerry Falwell
After the Christian majority takes control, pluralism will be seen as immoral and evil
and the state will not permit anybody the right to practice evil.
--Gary Potter, president of Catholics for Christian Political Action
The Christian community has a golden opportunity to train an army of dedicated teachers
who can invade the public school classrooms and use them to influence the nation for Christ.
--D. James Kennedy, Coral Ridge Ministries, 1993
The Constitution of the United States, for instance, is a marvelous document for self-government by the Christian people.
But the minute you turn the document into the hands of non-Christian people and atheistic people they can use it to
destroy the very foundation of our society. And that's what's been happening.
The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that
encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.
I think we ought to close Halloween down. Do you want your children to dress up as witches?
The Druids used to dress up like this when they were doing human sacrifice...
[Your children] are acting out Satanic rituals and participating in it, and don't even realize it.
Get the few liberals out. If you don't do it, it ain't gonna be done.
You will be doing the Lord's work, and he will richly bless you for it.
--Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, Christian Coalition's Road to Victory Conference, 2002, Washington D.C
If I do not return to the pulpit this weekend, millions of people will go to hell.
-- Jimmy Swaggart