Jewish date: 29 Nisan 5770 (Parashath Thazira‘-Meṣora‘).
Today’s holidays: Day 14 of the ‘Omer (Judaism), Feast Day of Martin I (Roman Catholicism), Feast Day of St. Bill Hicks (The Great) (Church of the SubGenius).
Worthy causes of the day: “Heart Disease and Stroke. You’re the Cure.”, “MoveOn.org Political Action: Obama's Supreme Court Pick”, “Equal Pay for Equal Work! - The Petition Site”, and “Take Action: TrueMajority.org: Bring back the WPA!”
Topic 1: “Happy or sad, emotions persisted beyond remembering an event in people with amnesia”: This article correctly notes that making people with poor memory still retain emotions even after forgetting why they are feeling they way they do. As such, treating them with kindness is not a waste, even in cynical moral systems; one can brighten their day even if they do not remember their day being brightened.
Topic 2: “Evangelical scholar expelled over evolution”. The scholar in question, Bruce Waltke, was forced to resign from his post as Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary because of his public acceptance of belief in evolution. Now, I wholeheartedly support the right of religious groups to choose who is in good standing with them and who is not. Reformed Theological Seminary is trying to fight something which is objectively true, that evolution is real. Physical reality pays no attention to what any of us believe is true, and firing Waltke is not going to change the truth of evolution one bit. They have therefore decidedly placed themselves on what is inevitably the losing side of the argument.
Topic 3: For today’s religious humor: “Lord, Fanx foar the fud I am about tu lick…”: