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77 professors at the University of Rome, La Sapienza, have signed a document protesting against the presence of Pope Benedict XVI at the inauguration of the academic year next Thursday. The protest is motivated by the Pope's obscurantist and reactionary positions concerning science and his continuous meddling in Italian society and politics. Student activists intend to rally against his presence.

Pope Benedict once declared that the trial against Galileo was reasonable and just, contradicting the later position of John Paul II who apologized for the trial. The present papal administration has undertaken a campaign against what it calls ideological science, such as "evolutionism". Science that does not have as its core axiom a curious concept known as True Reason is to be condemned as ideological and false. True Reason is apparently based on revelation of which the Church is the sole custodian. Science that denies Intelligent Design is false science.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat Jan 12th, 2008 at 04:00:29 AM EST
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I have with me the latest issue of Europhysics news where the editorial (by the president of the European Physics Society, no less) gets it all wrong, apparently not being aware that 1) Ratzinger has backpedalled on Wojtila's positions 2) the creationism and intelligent design movements are "largely disconnected from organised religion".

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jan 12th, 2008 at 05:45:01 AM EST
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For #2 I mean that he thinks they are diconnected.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jan 12th, 2008 at 07:24:22 AM EST
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Ooh. A crypto-woo-woo!
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jan 12th, 2008 at 09:13:14 AM EST
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Unfortunately, yes.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jan 12th, 2008 at 12:05:32 PM EST
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