In the mindset of many, Christianity and science are two entities that have, historically speaking, always been at war. Much to the surprise of many, no doubt, professional historians rarely-if ever-speak of a historical “warfare” of science and Christianity. In fact in many (and sometimes surprisingly strange) ways, Christianity helped foster science. Not only this, but the large scale claim of a “warfare” of science and Christianity is now typically held up a particularly clear examples of how not to do history – grand categories do the lifting instead of careful and charitable historical organization.
Friday was International Blasphemy Rights Day. On paper, its stated goal appears eminently worth defending: it is opposed to laws, such as those in Muslim-run nations, that punish the free speech rights of those who criticize religion.
For example, it says, “Sometimes religious militants make their own laws, deciding for themselves that expressions of dissent justify brutal killings, like the grisly murders of secularists in Bangladesh, or attacks on religious minorities in Pakistan.”
No one could reasonably argue with this assessment. But upon closer examination, it is clear that those who sponsor this event are not friends of liberty: they are rabidly opposed to religion, harboring a special hatred of Catholicism. In short, the whole project is a farce.Read the full article and discuss it »