Thursday, January 06, 2005

Richard Dawkins on Religion re: Tsunami

Richard Dawkins wrote a letter to the Guardian, in which he really nails it when it comes to religious people trying to find a reason for the tsunami. Here is an excerpt:

...Dan Rickman says "science provides an explanation of the mechanism of the tsunami but it cannot say why this occurred any more than religion can". There, in one sentence, we have the religious mind displayed before us in all its absurdity. In what sense of the word "why", does plate tectonics not provide the answer?

Not only does science know why the tsunami happened, it can give precious hours of warning. If a small fraction of the tax breaks handed out to churches, mosques and synagogues had been diverted into an early warning system, tens of thousands of people, now dead, would have been moved to safety.

Let's get up off our knees, stop cringing before bogeymen and virtual fathers, face reality, and help science to do something constructive about human suffering.


We are living on the thin, cracked crust covering a ball of churning molten rock and metal. We are all in the same boat.


2 Comments:

Blogger [ba] said...

indeed we are

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We are living on the thin, cracked crust covering a ball of churning molten rock and metal. We are all in the same boat."

The winner for best line of the day! Thanks for a great site.

Dan
www.danleone.com

9:32 AM  

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