Investigate NASA

The Snopes site which responds to rumors in an attempt to kill them before they go totally viral and infect the thinking of half the population just responded to this question:

Please check out this article about the discovery of tablets on Mars proving the existence of God. The same story is already on many other sites also being repeated as if it were true.

MosesThe response from Snopes was a clear FALSE but in today’s political climate you can expect the story to be further embellished and in six months it will be treated as the truth by a significant portion of the population, at least by those that desperately want to believe in the Judeo-Christian-Moslem god (there is only one god, remember). Furthermore, don’t be surprised when that protector of the American Way, Daryll Issa, opens an investigation demanding to know what information NASA is hiding from Congress and insisting that all intelligence, real or imagined, connected with this issue be turned over to his committee without further delay.

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Humanist Ten Commandments

[Lifted from the Humanist Network News as posted by Christian Hagen]

At a summit of Nobel Peace award winners in Warsaw, Polish Nobel Peace laureate Lech Walesa called for a “secular Ten Commandments,” a guide for universal values that transcend religious beliefs. The response has been a heated debate among secularists about what could constitute such a guide. And while some have criticized the idea for being too dogmatic, others have embraced the notion of a set of rules which might bridge the gap between evangelicals and nonbelievers.

HumanismThus we propose herein to provide such a list, a Humanist Ten Commandments, that it might serve to aid those questioning the moralities of the universe regardless of their religious belief or nonbelief. Many of the ideas behind these commandments are inspired by the tenets of humanism, as outlined in the Humanist Manifesto, and by the Kochhar Humanist Education Center’s “Ten Commitments.”

First, though, it must be said that the idea of a secular Ten Commandments should best be viewed not as a set of rigid, unbreakable rules (for what punishment should a humanist fear from breaking them?). Rather, these should be read more as strongly-worded suggestions for living, the kinds of ideas that, if everyone followed them, might make the world a better place all around.

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