Türkiye’de Yasaklandı. Türkiye’de Bakınız Richard Dawkins burada.

Banned in Turkey. Read Richard Dawkins in Turkish here.

Richard Dawkins’ website has been banned in Turkey, but mine has not.

For those living in Turkey, here’s an update from the website:

  • The Turkish edition of Dawkins’ book. The Ancestor’s Tale, sold out within a day
  • There is a Turkish translation of the offending article. See below.

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ACLU challenges federal district’s grant to mission that compels church attendance

The American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State have launched a case on behalf of homeless men and taxpayers against the District of Columbia, over its decision to grant over $12 million in public property and cash to Central Union Mission.

The ACLU quotes the director of the mission as saying: “We are in the business of converting people to Christ. That’s what we do.” They claim that the mission, which runs homeless shelters in the city, compels church attendance, only employs Christians, and requires volunteers to state their church allegiance.

The taxpayer plaintiffs include the episcopal Bishop of Washington and a Catholic priest. The case challenges a July decision by the Council to make a property exchange deal involving $7 million in cash that, the ACLU says, would net the mission a profit of $12 million.

Primaeval slime

If someone built a time machine, travelled back to 3.5 billion years ago, collected a sample of the primaeval slime, brought said sample back to the present, and showed this piece of Conservapedia fuckwittery to said sample of primaeval slime, the primaeval slime in question would curl up and die in despair at the thought that it went to all the trouble of launching 3.5 billion years of evolution of life on Earth, only to produce something whose palsied level of cognitive functioning was beneath that of a rock. Calilasseia on 26 Sep 2008 11:3, RichardDawkins.net forum, on Andrew Schlafly, “re: Conservapedia wants to see Lenski’s research data”

The occasion of this remark is the long-running attempt by Andrew Schlafly, scientifically challenged founder of Conservapedia, to discredit the work of biologist Richard Lenski.