Sunday, October 21, 2012

Religion vs. Science

A pro-science meme has been circulating on the internet regarding the shooting of the 15 year old Pakistani, Malala Yousufzai, girl who spoke out in favor of educating girls.  It goes something like this:

"Hello Religion,

I sent a man to the moon and returned him safely.  You shot a girl in the head because she went to school.



I wish I could take credit for this, but it wasn't my idea.  I am happy to pass it on, however.  If you use it with a religious person, expect some blather about how the Taliban don't represent all religious people.  Just stick to your guns and point out that the shooter was undoubtedly motivated by religion, just like the 9/11 hijackers.  You can also point out that this is not an isolated incident.  There have been numerous occasions in which the Taliban have murdered girls for simply going to school.  You can also point out that using force to punish people for disagreeing is one of religion's primary characteristics.

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