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God of the Aliens May 14, 2008

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At least the Vatican isn’t threatened by the prospects of extraterrestrial life, compared to some religious groups.

The Vatican’s chief astronomer says that believing in aliens does not contradict faith in God.

The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, says that the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.

In an interview published Tuesday by Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Funes says that such a notion “doesn’t contradict our faith” because aliens would still be God’s creatures.

The interview was headlined “The extraterrestrial is my brother.” Funes said that ruling out the existence of aliens would be like “putting limits” on God’s creative freedom.

Link to the AP article

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Brits: Religion is ‘the new social evil’ April 23, 2008

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According to a recent Times articule, a poll of 3500 showed the “dominant opinion” of Britons is that religion is now among the ‘worst blights on modern society’. No exact numbers are given. Does this indicate a trend of Europeans moving from their traditional apathetic secularism to outright intolerance? Or is it merely a backlash to the confluence of Muslims to the region?

From my American perspective, I think that female and black presidential candidates are well overdue (Ferraro was going for the veep spot in 1984). Now getting an atheist (or gay) person the nomination would really be an impressive lurch forward for American tolerance. I know America isn’t anywhere close to widely accepting those ‘minorities’, but it’s not like having Clinton or Obama as the president indicates we’re furiously enlightened.