Monday, January 30, 2012

Religion is not on her radar ... and neither is something else

 
Heather Mallick published a column in today's Toronto Star where she declares that she is an atheist [Atheists should make more noise]. Good for her. We need more people to come out of the closet.

Why is she an atheist? It's not because she's opposed to religion it's because religion just isn't "on her radar." She just doesn't care about religion. In this sense she's not much different than most atheists: it's not that they actively study and reject any particular religion, they just don't believe in any gods.

I find it a bit strange that she and her husband ignore religion entirely. That seems like a recipe for disaster since religion is behind a lot of strife in today's world. But that's not what caught my eye when she described the topics that she and her husband do cover. There's seems to be a huge gap ... can you spot it? What else is sitting on the kitchen table?
If you like to stay current, you can’t simultaneously juggle all the elements that make up the news of the world. I follow politics, the arts, memoir and European history, with a minor in Spanish novelists, British comedy and American popular culture. My husband does economics, the history of the English language, meat-based cuisine, the novels of Graham Greene and soccer. The children have assigned themselves music, American fiction, social media and legal issues.

Religion sits on the kitchen table, orphaned.
I still love reading her columns in spite of her obvious deficiency!


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  1. There's seems to be a huge gap ... can you spot it? What else is sitting on the kitchen table?

    [raises finger] I know! Science!

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  2. I remember Dawkins saying something like no one would proudly display their ignorance of literature so why do they do so with science? She may not be proudly doing so here but it's clear she's not interested in being informed about science. I would bet most of her readers feel the same way.

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  3. There's seems to be a huge gap ... can you spot it? What else is sitting on the kitchen table?

    Oh! Oh! Professor Moran!
    Is it: That there's a bunch of us out here making noise?

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  4. I have two questions:

    1) Who is Heather Mallick?

    2) What has she done with Monday's Molecule?

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  5. She says: The world would be a better place if we made more noise.

    And yet she says near the end of the article: I shall try not to write about religion again, even inadvertently.

    Unlike most of the rest of us, as an employed journalist she's in a place where she can be heard, but she "shall try not to write about religion again, even inadvertently."

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  6. In my kitchen religion sits on the cutting board

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  7. "she's not interested in being informed about science. I would bet most of her readers feel the same way."

    Please do not include me in the above statement. I am interested in being informed about science. Why do think I read this bog? It certainly isn't for Larry's punctuation and spelling.

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    1. Please let me know of any spelling misteaks and I'll correct them immediately. Punctuation is a different matter. Let me know when we disagree; and we can discuss, who's right. :-)

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    2. Your reply above is just too obviously a goad, so I won't take the bait.:-) However, I will read your posts carefully and alert you when I come across spelling and/or punctuation errors.

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  8. "There's seems to be a huge gap ... can you spot it? "

    Yeah, a real sport.

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  9. I guess one should read this to get some prospectvie:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2006/09/23/canadians/

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