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  •  True, Georges Lemaître was one of the first to... (3+ / 0-)

    propound the scientific concept of an expanding universe, along with the sometimes overlooked Russian scientist Alexander Friedmann. And the American astronomer Edwin Hubble actually performed the astronomical observations that lead to his discovery of our expanding universe--discoveries which convinced an initially skeptical Albert Einstein.

    The modern Roman Catholic Church has certainly come around from the time of Galileo and now readily accepts evolution and big bang cosmology (indeed with the significant help of the Catholic priest Lamaître). But it sure took them a long damn time--it was Pope John Paul II who formally vindicated Galileo in 1992, and again in 2000 Pope John Paul II issued a formal apology for all the mistakes committed by some Catholics during the 2000-year history of the church, including the trial of Galileo. That's good! But unfortunately there are still many fundamentalist religions with attitudes toward science and scientific evidence similar to that of the Catholic church during the time of Galileo in the early 17th Century--if it agrees with the Bible or their religious dogma, good; if not, then reject the scientific evidence (even if it happens to be correct).

    These are troubling times. Corporations are treated like people. People are treated like things. ... If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now. — Rev. Dr. William Barber, II to the NAACP, July 11, 2012

    by dewtx on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 06:05:44 AM PDT

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    •  yes, of course. (1+ / 0-)
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      "What you said."

      "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

      by G2geek on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 03:21:06 PM PDT

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