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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Vatican, Aliens, Ahmadinejad, Hillary, Operation Chaos and Bill Shatner, Too - This Post Has It All

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Okay, today was a pretty news-heavy day and there were a lot of things that caught my eye so I'm going to go through a whole bunch of them here...because I want to. So following is a potpourri of things in the news:

Today the BBC reported:

Writing in the Vatican newspaper, the astronomer, Father Gabriel Funes, said intelligent beings created by God could exist in outer space.
Father Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory near Rome, is a respected scientist who collaborates with universities around the world.

The search for forms of extraterrestrial life, he says, does not contradict belief in God.

The official Vatican newspaper headlines his article 'Aliens Are My Brother'.

'Free from sin'

Just as there are multiple forms of life on earth, so there could exist intelligent beings in outer space created by God. And some aliens could even be free from original sin, he speculates.

Asked about the Catholic Church's condemnation four centuries ago of the Italian inventor of the telescope, Galileo, Father Funes diplomatically says mistakes were made, but it is time to turn the page and look towards the future.

Science and religion need each other, and many astronomers believe in God, he assures readers.

To strengthen its scientific credentials, the Vatican is organising a conference next year to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the author of the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin.

A year or so ago I researched (its a long story as to why) the topic of the Catholic Church's feelings about aliens. I don't really think this story is news. If I remember right, the Church has been open to the idea of extraterrestrials for some time. I'd really like to see Father Funes' here interviewed in greater detail about what he believes aliens' relationship with God would be? Does he think there are alien counterparts to Jesus? What would creatures "without original sin" be like? It would make for fascinating reading. I think so, anyway.

Rhymes With Right discusses. So does Hot Air

: I'll be dealing with this subject in greater detail tomorrow.

Ahmadinejad says Israel is already gone according to this story:

Tehran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that Israel would "be soon swept away" from the Palestinian Territories by the Palestinians. It is the second time within less than three years that the Iranian president predicted the eradication of the Jewish state.

The first time was in 2005 when Ahmadinejad hoped that Israel would be eradicated from the Middle East map.

"This terrorist and criminal state is backed by foreign powers, but this regime would soon be swept away by the Palestinians," Ahmadinejad said in a press conference in Tehran.

Referring to worldwide celebrations for the 60th anniversary of Israel's foundation, he said that "it would be futile to hold a birthday ceremony for something which is already dead."

"As far as the regional countries are concerned, this regime does not exist," Ahmadinejad added.

The Iranian president said last week that the anniversary feasts could not save this "rotten and stinking corpse."

Ahmadinejad caused international outrage in the past by hoping for the eradication of Israel, the relocation of the Jewish state to Europe or Alaska and questioning the historic dimensions of the Holocaust.

And Obama can hardly wait to talk to this guy: no preconditions. I don't foresee any problems. Do you?

Hillary wins BIG! Operations Chaos strikes again!


The Shat is back...Well actually, he never really went away. I don't have any research on this (do you? I'd love to see it.) but it wouldn't surprise me if William Shatner has been on TV more frequently than any other actor. I can't think of anybody who'd be likely competition. He's got a new autobiography (with a co-writer, natch) that is already garnering positive reviews. The cover is below.

Yes, I know he's a ham. Yes, I know his reputation as an ass. Yes, I know...well, all the rest. But, the guy is 77 years old, has more energy than I do, his CD Has Been was brilliant (I swear), Denny Crane is hysterical and he was Captain Kirk, for goodness sake, Captain Kirk! . He can't be all bad.

The book looks to be a fun read.


sholomgootzeit said...

If ETs use cloning or some similar method of replication there would be no sin involved, unless of course they did it outside the church. Clearly, you might have pointed out that the Iranian President was miscast as president of Iran, he should have been cast as a villain in the original Star Trek, or perhaps the version with Captain Janeway, he could have used the holographic doctor and clearly could have used significant time on the holodeck, imagining the new history - no halocaust, and the destruction of Israel. S

Nocomme1 said...

Uh, yes indeed. If the world were only more like Star Trek, so many of our problems could be dealt with on the holodeck. Logically stated. LOL