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Daily Archives: March 10, 2009
This German Jewish girl (age 7) was part of the Kindertransport that, in 1939, got 10,000 Jewish children out of Nazi-controlled areas of Europe. Her name: Dorrith Oppenheim. She ended up in Scotland. Her parents died at Auschwitz in 1944. More … Continue reading
Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Registration Certificate for a Girl Who Was Part of the Kindertransport to England, 1939
Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum archives 10,000 Jewish children—without their parents—were sent to England to escape the Nazis. In these kindertransports, imagine, if it is possible, the heart-wrenching moment of separation between each parent and each child. It is enough to … Continue reading
In a Recent Lecture in March 2009, Richard Dawkins Cited a Moose Mounting a Bison Statue as an Example of an Evolutionary Bait & Switch Akin to Human Uses of Pornography and Birth Control. But Do Such Moose-Copulating-with-a-Statue Images Actually Exist?
According to Snopes.com, the images are authentic. See them here. And here’s how Dawkins made use of one of the Moose-statue images. He gave a lecture at Michigan State University in early March, 2009, and Wesley Elsberry took notes and posted … Continue reading
I think that Camille Paglia would like this Lucas Cranach painting—with its sheeny, armored Apollonian males and naughty nudie graces. These two males have paused, dangerously, in the pagan wilderness, and like Mars, are about to be relieved of their clothes … Continue reading
While living in Bern, Germany, Fyodor Dostoevsky was mesmerized by the Hans Holbein painting below. Dostoevsky saw what the painting depicted as the pivot on which faith or unbelief must rest. One must either believe that God raised Jesus’s body from … Continue reading
According to AlterNet today, maybe not: Last year, one of the most deadly earthquakes on record devastated China, killing over 80,000 people and rendering millions homeless. Yet last month, reports surfaced stating that the 8.0 magnitude Great Sichuan Earthquake could … Continue reading
So says Politico today: Obama called the debate “a false choice between sound science and moral values,” adding: “In this case, I believe the two are not inconsistent. As a person of faith, I believe we are called to care … Continue reading
Richard Dawkins on EVOLUTIONARY “SUBVERSION FODDER”: Are Father God religions, sexy fashion ads, and eating at McDonald’s REALLY like “a moose mounting a statue of a bison”?
Richard Dawkins gave a lecture at Michigan State University in early March, 2009, and Wesley Elsberry took notes and posted them on the Internet. Here’s a part of his notes that I thought was interesting (in which Dawkins addressed the … Continue reading
“Hap”, by Thomas Hardy, was written in 1866 (when Hardy was 26 years old) and published in 1898. The poem is a brief and Job-like meditation upon suffering, theodicy, and “dicing Time”—but without the hope that there might actually be a God … Continue reading