Jewish date: 19 ’Adhar 5770 (Parashath Ki Thissa’).
Today’s holidays: Friday of the Second Week of Lent (Roman Catholicism), Feast Day of the Magi: Lao-Tzu (Thelema), World Day of Prayer (Christianity).
Worthy cause of the day: “Take Action: Join Us for the Food Safety Action Day on the Hill!”.
Topic 1: Pesaḥ (Passover) is coming in less than a month. You can find out a lot about it at the site of the Orthodox Union, which includes their annual Passover Guide.
Topic 2: “Darwin Foes Add Warming to Targets” and “Redefining The Creation/Evolution Controversy”. Both of these articles deal with creationists. The first deals with creationists also supporting denial of global warming and trying to use legal maneuvers to coerce have both unlikely beliefs taught in public schools. Major rule: Truth is not determined by governments. For example,
Trofim Lysenko convinced Joseph Stalin that Medelian genetics was wrong and hypotheses that acquired characteristics could be inherited. Lysenkoism therefore became what the USSR deemed truth, and since Lysenkoism is wrong, Soviet genetics was put back by decades. The second article attacks the notion that the evolution-creationism controversy is an argument between science and religion. This idea is often assumed to be true because it is said so often (proof by assertion). The author of this article is the man behind The Clergy Letter Project, a series of letters signed by thousands of clergy affirming the truth of evolution and exposing the proof by assertion as baseless.
Topic 3: For today’s religious humor: “Buddha Cat”:
Peace and Shabbath shalom.