Topic: Science

Article: A Prayer For Science

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This is a prayer of appreciation for the contributions science has made to help us understand God's creation.  Read More...

Article: Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change

X Comments    Last updated: 2015-11-04 20:28:49

Read excerpts from this 184 page challenge to humanity.
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Barack Obama
How many of Obama's campaign promises has he kept?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter45 percent were kept and 25 percent were compromised.  Check it out.

Rush Limbaugh
Says the media created the term "polar vortex" and the cold air proves "the ice isn’t melting."
The polar vortex has been a part of science for decades, and it certainly does not prove that sea ice is not melting.
Chris Murphy D-conn
"All but 3 percent of voters 18 to 34 believe that climate change is really happening."
His data comes from a study by a bipartisan study commissioned by the League of Conservation Voters that surveyed 600 registered voters.  Another study by Pew Research Center, an independent polling organization, surveyed a national sample of 1,504 adults age 18 or older between Oct. 9 and Oct. 13, 2013 found 18% of youth still deny global warming.
Divided Church
Is this the year Liberals take back religion from Conservatives?
This comprehensive editorial reviews a wide range of trends to explore this issue.
Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio says surface temperatures on Earth 'have stabilized'
Few scientists doubt that temperatures will rise again. The "pause" in global surface temperatures is temporary, with temperatures poised to rise once the oceans start releasing more heat, such as during an El Nino event.
Creation vs Evolution
Seventy three percent of Americans still believe that God was active in creation.
A Gallup Poll shows that 42 percent believe in strict creationism and another 31 percent believe that God directed evolution.  This is a small drop since the first survey in 1982, but those who do not believe that God had anything to do with creation rose from 9% to 19 percent.
John Boehner
"The nearly six-year delay in approving Keystone is costing Americans more than 100,000 jobs."
He was citing a study that experts said was "flawed" and the company in charge of the project, TransCanada, said was "no longer relevant."
Steve Doocy Fox And Friends
Doocy claims NASA fudged data to make the case for global warming.
This is the pot calling the kettle black in a desperate effort to deny scientific facts. His information came from a blogger whose data was fundamentally flawed.  Besides, NASA could not fudge the data for the rest of the world.
Religion Vs Science
Vatican astronomer sees no fundamental incompatibility between science and religious Faith.
Guy Consolmagno, an astronomer and planetary scientist who works for the Vatican Observatory, says science and religious faith are fully compatible. Only fundamentalists on both sides have issues. These are people who cling to the fundamentals of their truth because they don't have the confidence or the faith to look at other viewpoints and facts.
Pope Francis
“Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said Oct. 27. Unlike much of evangelical Protestantism in the U.S., Catholic teaching traditionally has not been at odds with evolution.
Barack Obama
Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address: annotated.
PolitiFact reviewed the state of the Union speech line by line.  Click the icon to review each point.
Dana Perino Fox News
On climate change, "the temperature readings have been fabricated, and it's all blowing up in their (scientists') faces."
The allegations raised by skeptics like the author of The Telegraph the source of Perino, have had no effect on the consensus that the Earth has seen an increase in temperatures over the past 100 years.This claim has been debunked before. To continue to repeat it, moves this into realm of the ridiculous.
Jeb Bush Fl
Jeb Bush throws his support behind more federally funded science research and infrastructure.
Bush, who has said he will run in the Republican presidential primary, says without government funding "we lose the initiative to cure diseases." This is an unpopular stand among republicans whose desire to cut the budget overshadows other concerns.
Charles Koch
Recent solar energy policies in Georgia "have resulted in rate hikes and did not result in solar becoming any more economically viable."
Georgia’s largest utility said that the program in Georgia is thriving. Part of Georgia's implementation plan was that using solar power wouldn’t affect rates, and it hasn’t.
Lindsey Graham R Sc
The big loser in the GOP debate: Our warming planet.
Lindsey Graham is the only GOP candidate who regularly says that climate change is actually happening and humans are causing it, and he was attacked for it during the GOP debate.  Other than that attack, global warming was not mentioned.
Rick Santorum
Santorum says that IPCC climate change study says that 57% of scientists don't agree that "CO2 is the knob that’s turning the climate."
The IPCC actually said it is "extremely likely" (meaning a 95 percent confidence level) that humans are causing climate change; and it is "very likely" (meaning a 90 percent confidence level) that greenhouses gases are the driver. And scientists overwhelmingly agree.
Rick Santorum
Santorum claims that the head of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has debunked the claim that 97% of scientists believe humans have caused climate change.
Santorum's claim is wrong on several fronts. (1) Richard Tol, the actual head of the IPCC, is an adviser to the Global Warming Policy Foundation, and supports the 97% claim. The critic Santorum speaks of is just an economist who has collaborated with global-warming doubters and has since left the IPCC. (2) At least three surveys support the 97% claim.
Lgbt
Federal report calls for end to 'Conversion Therapy' for LGBT youth.
The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration performed the first in-depth federal look at conversion therapy and concluded that "none of the existing research" supports that gender orientation can be changed.  Conversion Therapy has resulted in many suicides.
Holy Bible
Study shows that frequent Bible reading is tied to desire for social justice and openness to science.
A study by Baylor University researcher Aaron Franzen found frequent Bible reading predicted greater support for issues ranging from the compatibility of science and religion, important of seeking social and economic justice, to more humane treatment of criminals.

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