Teachers trained to deal with domestic violence

first_imgTeachers from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) were on Wednesday facilitated in a domestic violence seminar, aimed at equipping them with the skills to handle such cases throughout their profession.The first ever workshop of its kind was organised by the Education Ministry and saw attendance from teachers and representatives from the Education Department and the Social Protection Ministry.Regional Education Officer (REDO), Annesta Douglas explained that a child’s ability to function optimally in school is sometimes affected by domestic issues, which can be addressed by teachers.“Our vision is to give the school age students of this region the best possibleSome of the participants at the Anti Domestic Violence workshopeducation available and we understand there are several factors that can impede them receiving this quality education. One of those is that they can be affected by issues in the home and in the community,” the REDO pointed out.She added that it was necessary to assist the students by providing support at the education level, where they have a medium to discuss issues affecting them. For the education sector plan for the years 2019 to 2023, there are a few aims which they hope to achieve.“We find it important for us to be proactive and to start with both our teachers and we will also be dealing with our learners. Presently, the Ministry of Education is in the process of preparing its education sector plan for 2019-2023, and in doing so, we will be focusing on efficiencies, governance and contributing to lifelong learning.”Representative from the Domestic Violence Unit of the Social Protection Ministry, Deidre Ifill also briefed teachers on how to deal with such cases as she expressed, “Domestic violence is a social issue that affects everybody. It has no face. It affects everybody.”While mentioning that domestic violence cannot be eradicated, she posited thatRegional Education Officer Annesta Douglasefforts can result in its prevention.Meanwhile, Regional Information Officer Ganesh Mahipaul stated that when acts of violence occur in the home, it travels with students to schools where they are distracted and cannot perform effectively.“I believe we are at a point where there must be some level of focus on what is happening in our homes and that often times transcends to what happens in our school environment,” Mahipaul said.Teachers were trained to ascertain whether children are faced with domestic violence or are living in an environment where violence is prevalent.last_img read more

Huskies set to hold try-outs this Weekend

first_imgHockey season is just around the corner and the Fort St John Huskies are gearing up for a campaign that they hope will go one step further than last year.After losing the NWJHL championship finals to the Whitecourt Wolverines the Huskies will have revenge on their minds this season. If you want to be a part of the drive for the NWJHL title it all starts this week with try-outs.The Huskies will be holding try-outs Friday, September 11th at 7pm, Saturday, the 12th at 7, and Sunday, the 13th at 1pm. Registration will be held at 6pm on Friday before the try-out begins.- Advertisement -The cost to players will be $50, which includes the ice-time for all three days of tryouts.**** This story originally said the registration session would be on Thursday night.  Please note the change.last_img read more

Mayor’s gang strategy

first_imgRe: “Mayor defends his anti-gang plan” (April 25): I watched an interesting program on the National Geographic Channel called “World’s Most Dangerous Gang: MS13.” It chronicled this gang’s origin as illegals or offspring of illegals from Central America, banding together to create what is now an international and ruthless gang. It shows them planning gang “hits.” It’s time that liberal politicians who participate in “immigrant-rights” marches, such as Antonio Villaraigosa, realize and acknowledge that there is a direct correlation between the illegal population numbers and the Latino gang numbers. Of course Villaraigosa would rather deal with the problem with money, which will be ineffective, instead of dealing with the root of the problem – illegal immigration. – John Gonzalez Saugus Fewer gang members Re: “LAUSD report card: All F’s” (April 21): It may be a great idea to have all high school students take college prep classes, except Roy Romer and now David Brewer III have forgotten one thing. Not all high school students are going to college because they will have to go to work after high school graduation, can’t afford college, or aren’t college material. Some will want a trade. What is wrong with high schools having cooking classes, shop classes, basic plumbing, carpentry and electric classes, and auto mechanic classes? Why aren’t there any real-life classes that prepare our young people in issues like renting an apartment, cooking, preparing a budget, and balancing a checkbook? If they understood the real world, maybe we would also have fewer gang members. – Barbara Evans Canoga Park From best to worst Re: “Big bucks” (Our Opinions, April 25): If we need proof that increasing the pay of politicians and public employees gives us better government, we need only look at the California Legislature. We are now paying our legislators about 2,000 percent more than we were in 1965 and we certainly have a 2,000 percent better state. Huh? By 1965, our part-time legislators had created a state that was the envy of the country. Our K-12 schools were about the best. We had outstanding, free community colleges, state colleges and universities. We had the best freeway-highway system in the country and a water and electrical infrastructure second to none. Now our K-12 schools are 49th or 50th in the country. Our colleges are crowded and expensive. Our roads are crumbling and we are running out of water and electricity. In 40 years, we went from arguably the best government to the worst. – Bob Larkin Westlake Village Let them leave Re: “Big bucks” and “Boom and bust” (Our Opinions, April 25): In “Big bucks,” once again the old mantra of needing to increase compensation for these overpaid and over-perked workers based upon the false premise that these people can earn more in the private sector and we need this to retain or lure the best and brightest to serve the public sector. Bunk! I say let them go to the private sector and actually have to do an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay and be accountable for their actions. In “Boom and bust,” we once again see how the overpaid and over-perked “best and brightest” have once again bungled a decision that even a grade-school graduate could have made, knowing full well that real estate is limited and pricey in Los Angeles. – Richard M. Stuber Sun Valley You guys are so slow Re: “Boom or bust” (Our Opinions, April 25): I’ve been reading the Daily News for more than 10 years. I have learned, with minimum grimacing, to tolerate your attacks on my wife, Cindy Miscikowski. When she was on the council, it was clear to me that she could not do anything (in your eyes) right. Now I pick up Wednesday’s Daily News editorial whose first line is “Cindy Miscikowski was right.” I do not know how to react, except to wonder why it took you so long. She told me she was right about everything years ago. – Doug Ring Los Angeles Politics and science Re: “Saving the planet” (April 22): If global warming is a serious problem, we need serious solutions, not demands to “change our lifestyle.” The problem is not SUVs. It’s government zoning that prevents people living close to their work. It’s public monopolies that prevent free-market alternatives, such as thousands of shuttle vans, from taking people to and from work. The problem is also not clothes dryers and air conditioners. The problem is they use energy from dirty fossil-fuel plants. The solution, as stated in an upcoming report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, includes using nuclear power. So stop blaming the people. And keep politics out of science. – Bruce K. Bell Moorpark Saving the planet When I read your story “How to save the planet” in the April 22 issue, I thought of a couple of ways to save the planet from global warming. When all the commercial airplanes were grounded after 9-11, the atmospheric temperature rose. Without the contrails from airlines, sunlight increased and the temperature rose. We need to produce more contrails by spreading water at 35,000 feet. Also we should be adding algal scrubbers to electrical power plants which can remove CO2. There is a system in operation in Arizona built by GreenFuel Technologies to do this. Here is an system that can reduce CO2 emissions from electrical power plants. The article did not mention either approach. – Masse Bloomfield Canoga Park Stop the lawsuits Re: “New LAFD incident adds fuel to the fire” (April 25): If someone would leave me a banana, I would say thank you for thinking about my health. And for the white lotion, thank you for thinking about my dry hands. People today have to think the positives, not just the negatives. We all know it’s about the harassment dollars. Grow up, firefighters who are seeking harassment charges. – Ventura Alcantar Sylmar Paying for it About three weeks ago a lady wrote in regarding a water-line break in Granada Hills. She complained that she called and reported the big leak to DWP three times but it was still not repaired. Is this the same leak I reported again today? This leak has been going on for about three weeks at the north side of Trosa just west of Daryl Avenue in Granada Hills. The water pushes out at the joint of the concrete gutter (below the sidewalk) and the AC paving. In the meantime, the AC paving has lifted about 2 inches. I estimate the water flow at four gallons per minute. Question: Does the LADWP hope the actual leak is occurring within a homeowner’s property? If not, all of us customers will be paying for it. – Antonio S. Luisoni Granada Hills Losing it Why does a considerate, common-sense, logical person lose most of those traits when they become a politician? The Iraqi civilians live in extreme violence, day and night, no safety zones. Some claim it’s now safe. Only an out-of-touch politician would believe or claim such nonsense about any zone. While America has numerous problems, the Bush bunch concentrates on Iraq. – Ken Garrison Rosamond Just sippin’ Re: “Here’s looking at you, Porsche” (McCarthy, April 22): I’ve had seven Porsches and my current one is a 1983 911SC with 230,000 miles on the clock. It delivers 27 miles to the gallon at 80 miles an hour and gets 19 mpg around town. That’s sippin’, not guzzlin’. – Bill Pollack Sherman Oaks 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Two North Peace schools to receive funding

first_imgPhase one of the projects are expected to begin this year and finish by spring 2016, with phase two slated for early summer of 2016. Following news of funding to four schools in SD 59, two schools in this district will be able to proceed with routine capital projects, as the provincial government awards $1,281,250 in funding.School District 60 school board chair Jaret Thompson said the board of trustees appreciates the contributions.“We look forward to further efforts and partnerships as the district and government work together to provide quality facilities within our growing district,” he added.- Advertisement -Bert Ambrose is receiving $500,000 and Robert Ogilvie is receiving $781,250.This funding is aimed to replace aging furnaces with new boiler plants, and installing classroom unit ventilators with carbon dioxide control at both schools to ensure the school is safe and efficient to support student learning.“Upgrading old furnaces with boiler plants and installing classroom units with carbon dioxide control ventilation is an efficient way to improve our learning institutions,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said.Advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool seek new ‘heroes’ with Salah absent against Barcelona

first_img“Obviously we’ve got two of our main goalscorers out, but it also presents an opportunity for some of the other lads to come in, make a name for themselves and make themselves heroes,” said Alexander-Arnold.“If we do overturn the deficit tomorrow then whoever scores, their name will always be remembered because I am sure it will be one of those really special nights.”Liverpool look like ending the season empty-handed after Manchester City’s nervy 1-0 win over Leicester on Monday put Pep Guardiola’s men in the driving seat to regain their Premier League title on Sunday.Klopp hopes to have Salah back for the final league match against Wolves on Sunday, providing the Egyptian recovers from the concussion he suffered in a collision with Newcastle ‘keeper Martin Dubravka in the 3-2 win on Saturday that kept alive their chances of a first league title for 29 years.“It’s a concussion so that means he would not even be allowed to play (on Tuesday),” Klopp said on Monday.Results of the semi-final first leg matches and the second leg ixtures for the European Champions League 2018-2019. © AFP / Vincent LEFAI“He feels OK but it is not good enough from a medical point of view that is all. He’s desperate (to play) but we cannot do it.”It is the second year running that Salah has suffered the cruellest of luck in the Champions League — in last season’s final he had to leave the field with an injured shoulder after he was wrestled to the ground by Sergio Ramos. Real Madrid went on to win 3-1.Klopp was realistic about his side’s chances of progressing to a second consecutive final, but with the memory of Liverpool’s remarkable comeback in the 2005 final against AC Milan fresh in their fans’ minds, the German refuses to give up hope.“Together with our supporters it was a long season and there is at least a little chance to make it even longer,” Klopp added.“Two of the world’s best strikers are not available tomorrow night and we have to score four goals against Barcelona to go through after 90 minutes.“It doesn’t make life easier, but as long as we have 11 players on the pitch, we will try it.”– Anfield an extra man –Luis Suarez scored the opening goal against his former club in last week’s first leg at the Camp Nou, but ahead of his return to Anfield, the Uruguayan warned his current teammates that Liverpool will get a huge lift from playing on home soil.Barcelona’s Luis Suarez scored against his former club in the first leg © AFP / Lindsey PARNABY“To play at Anfield is like playing with an extra man for what the fans transmit to the Liverpool players,” said Suarez.And Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes attack will be the best form of defence — if the Catalans get an away goal, Liverpool will need to score five.“What we have to do is score,” said Valverde.Suarez will be joined by Messi and Philippe Coutinho on his return to Liverpool after a £142 million ($186 million) move to Barca last year.But the often-injured Ousmane Dembele is missing due to a hamstring problem and Valverde believes the Frenchman will be missed just as much as Salah and Firmino.“We don’t want any player to be injured. It would have been extraordinary to see them all on the field. They are all important,” he said.“Dembele’s absence is a problem. Against a team that concedes space (in behind) it is always important to have player like Ousmane.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohamed Salah was concussed during Liverpool’s 3-2 win at Newcastle on Saturday © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 6 – Liverpool face mission impossible as they seek to overturn a 3-0 Champions League semi-final first-leg deficit on Tuesday against Lionel Messi’s Barcelona without forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.The absence of two of their most potent weapons leaves Jurgen Klopp’s side at a huge disadvantage in a match that was already a massive challenge — but defender Trent Alexander-Arnold says it will be a night for someone else to rise to the occasion.last_img read more

Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter offered work placement at Radio Yorkshire

first_img Sepp Blatter 1 Sepp Blatter could be set for a future in local radio, after Radio Yorkshire offered the outgoing FIFA president a work placement at the company.The 79-year-old, who will stand down from his role on February 26 when a successor will be elected, suggested he is hoping for a career in radio journalism once his term comes to an end.And Radio Yorkshire have wasted no time in offering him a way into the industry.Speaking during a weekly interview with former Leeds United chairman Ken Bates, director of broadcasting at Radio Yorkshire Sam Brydges said: “We would like to offer Sepp Blatter a work placement opportunity here at Radio Yorkshire next summer, when his commitments at FIFA have ceased, to get a good snapshot of the industry.“If he is serious about wanting to be a radio journalist, then there is not a more serious place to learn than here at Radio Yorkshire.”Bates added: “What you are offering is a job placement opportunity for two weeks, here, at Elland Road and he can find out how to be a proper broadcaster, and perhaps how to answer questions and commentate clearly and openly without confusing the audience.“I believe Sam has even generously offered to provide him with accommodation in case he can’t afford to pay for his own for the two weeks in Leeds.“When he returns to Zurich he can be the European commentator on the European political scene. I think it’s a very generous offer on your part, Sam, and I think Mr Blatter would be very wise to take it up.”The offer came about after Blatter, who was previously a member of the International Association of Sports Journalists, said in a press conference in Zurich last week of his desire to rejoin the media.“I think the radio is the most popular form of information because it’s 24 hours and everybody can listen, and if you are travelling all around the world, you always hear radio,” he said.“It’s easier to speak than to write.”last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Radisson Blu Letterkenny seeks full-time Breakfast Chef

first_imgIs BLU for you? Do you crave the taste of success? Because here at the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny we’re looking for foodies just like you!At Radisson Blu Letterkenny, we stand out together as one team and make memorable moments for our guests. If you love a fast paced, inspirational environment, full of people who are powered by passion, then you are just what we need.Our Chefs are talented individuals and team players with a flair for finicky attention to detail.Breakfast Chef (Full-Time position)Key Responsibilities:To ensure the smooth running of the breakfast service on a daily basisTo guarantee excellent handover to colleagues on days offTo have excellent time keeping, and be totally aware of the responsibility for opening the kitchen each morningTo work with the executive and sous chef to implement company standards or any new developments that may ariseTo be capable of excellent customer service interactionTo possess a keen eye for presentation of buffets and plated dishesTo be capable of developing excellent working relationships outside of the direct kitchen team  The ideal candidate must be:Passionate about food and hospitalityPossess a professional ‘Yes I Can’! attitudeEager to learn and developHard-working, organised and flexible A team playerFluent in English Our mission is to be perceived by our employees as “The Employer of Choice”, demanding yet rewarding, offering great opportunities for professional and personal growth in a fun environment where “Yes I Can” attitude is a way of life.To apply, please email your CV to lynn.mclaughlin@radissonblu.comThe Radisson Blu, Letterkenny is an equal opportunities employer.Job Vacancy: Radisson Blu Letterkenny seeks full-time Breakfast Chef was last modified: October 10th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:breakfast chefchefculinaryjobsRadisson Blu Hotellast_img read more

TICKET FRENZY HITS DONEGAL AS GAA PREDICT FIRST CROKER SELL-OUT OF 2011

first_imgIt may still be more than two weeks away but Croke Park bosses are already predicting the All Ireland football semi-final clash between Donegal and Dublin could be their first sell-out of 2011.Ticket-frenzy has hit Donegal with thousands of people having already secured their tickets through the GAA website gaa.ie.Thousands of others have booked their tickets through the clubs around the county and will collect them closer to the date of the big game on August 28th. Dublin fans are already booking their tickets in huge numbers and many feel the game could reach an 80,000 plus capacity sell-out.A GAA source revealed “Nobody needs to be reminded about 1992 and the rivalry that exists between Dublin and Donegal.“Both are huge GAA counties and we’re in for one cracking game.“The Dubs have upped their game with their hammering of Tyrone but Donegal will not be afraid of anyone because they have nothing to lose. “We are expecting a huge amount of supporters from both counties but we are bound to get a lot of neutral GAA supporters looking for tickets for what will be every bit as intense as the final itself,” he said.Ticket prices are €40 for adults and €5 for children under 16.For any brave Donegal supporters, tickets for Hill 16 can be obtained for a reasonable €25.For that you do not get a seat but you are guaranteed a lot of stick from the Dublin supporters!Ends TICKET FRENZY HITS DONEGAL AS GAA PREDICT FIRST CROKER SELL-OUT OF 2011 was last modified: August 10th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Croke Parkdonegaldublinsell-outticketslast_img read more

TV REVIEW: JIMMY’S WINNIN’ MATCHES HITS THE RIGHT NOTES

first_imgTV REVIEW: Jimmy’s Winnin’ Matches: RTE1What a triumph.CocoTV’s production for RTE1 took Donegal GAA fans through an emotional roller-coaster with 60 minutes of pure indulgence.Even though we knew how this documentary would end, somehow the nerves jangled again, the hairs were raised on the back of the neck and the heart filled once more with pride. Kevin Cassidy’s glorious point against Kildare in the 2011 All-Ireland quarter-final had us standing up again willing the ball over the bar (just in case).The stomach-churning butterflies of the 2012 quarter-final win over Kerry – and then that win over Cork when 40,000 descended on Croker.All before, of course, the third Sunday in September and bringing Sam home.Jim McGuinness’ vision of Sam at the front of the bus would come true.This documentary had it all, punctuated by the razor-sharp analysis of Joe Brolly.And that’s saying something about a programme that brought no new revelations. We’d all watched from the stands as Jimmy’s men did it.But the journey from no-hopers to the best in the country was wrapped up in a wonderful yet simple documentary full of passion and pride.If this show was a dinner, it was 5-star culinary feast. And the ingredients were Jim McGuinness, his players and their support staff. All topped off with the greatest GAA song ever written.It was a summer we’ll never forget and tonight’s programme made us all realise it did happen.And how brilliant it was. Again.TV REVIEW: JIMMY’S WINNIN’ MATCHES HITS THE RIGHT NOTES was last modified: January 4th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:TV REVIEW: JIMMY’S WINNIN’ MATCHES HITS THE RIGHT NOTESlast_img read more

Darwinism and Logic: How Strong a Grip?

first_imgScience and logic are inseparable.  Whether one approaches the study of nature from reason (rationalism) or evidence (empiricism), logical inferences and deductions are essential for understanding – or for claiming one’s scientific work produces understanding.  When it comes to the reigning evolutionary perspective, though, how can a blind, chancy process like evolution produce reason, laws of logic, morality or knowledge?    The best way to see how Darwinism scores on logical inference from its own premises is by examining the views of its leading defenders in the most prestigious publications.Nature editors:  The editorial in Nature April 10 asked,1 what is “natural”?  The occasion for the question was a transgendered woman-who-became-a-man announcing on Oprah that he/she/it had become pregnant.  The editors seemed to waffle on the answer to the question.  Uneasy to accept this person’s sexual identity crisis as natural, they had more questions than answers: e.g., “if drugs enhance performance on a standardized test, what is so ‘natural’ about prep courses designed to improve scores?”    The question of what we mean by “natural” is a profoud issue (see 05/11/2006 for a deep discussion about it).  Nature, however, started the editorial with a statement that begged much bigger questions: whether logic and intelligence is natural, and how they could have evolved:From an evolutionary perspective, we humans have good reason to be wary of things that seem to be ‘unnatural’.  Anything out of the ordinary can be dangerous.  But the evolutionary origin of that response also guarantees that it will be guided more by emotion than by reason.Michael Ruse:  Philosophy of science is a field where logic and reason should be on full display.  It was most interesting, therefore, to see what Michael Ruse, a self-proclaimed “hard-line Darwinian” philosopher, thought of a new book, Why Think?  Evolution and the Rational Mind by Ronald DeSouza (Oxford, 2008).  He reviewed the book in the March Literary Review of Canada.    Ruse liked the book very much, and shared its usual speculations about what intelligence is good for in evolutionary biology: e.g., having fewer offspring means greater care must be invested in their care – which requires judgment.  That, in turn, “means brains and all of the rest– getting on with others, finding protein and so forth,” he said, adding in his off-the-cuff way, “I am not sure if this is really an evolutionary justification for eating Big Macs, but one can say that this is all very much a feedback situation.”    Where Ruse seemed to get tied up in knots was considering the comeback argument to all this from philosopher Alvin Plantinga.  Ruse said Plantinga “loathes and detests” evolutionary biology.  But he seemed disappointed that DeSousa in his book did not provide a satisfying answer to Plantinga’s challenge: “the unreliability of reason in the Darwinian scenario is reason enough to reject evolution and embrace God.”  He elaborated:As Plantinga points out, what counts in evolution is success and not the truth.  So how can we ever be sure of the truth?  Perhaps none of our thoughts can tell.  Perhaps none of our thoughts can tell us about reality.  Perhaps we are like beings in a dream world….Everything we believe about evolution could be false.Ruse acknowledged that this question even troubled Darwin himself:With me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or are at all trustworthy.  Would anyone trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?Surprisingly, Ruse conceded that Plantinga could have employed this quote of Darwin to make his point.  How did DeSousa respond to “Darwin’s Doubt”?  In short, he argued that our mathematical knowledge could not have evolved by natural selection.  Our brains evolved for other things.  Since our brains discovered mathematics along the way, and found it useful for all kinds of other things (including predictions that came true), this implies our brains are able to comprehend external reality as it is, not just as we experience it.    Ruse felt that DeSousa did not adequately answer Plantinga’s challenge.  Ruse himself did not have a good answer, but shrugged it off: “you are probably right, but that is a level of skepticism about knowledge that excites philosophers and not mature human beings.”  Then he changed the subject.  He hoped DeSousa would write a sequel on the evolution of morality.Eugenie Scott:  Speaking of morality, the director of the National Center for Science Education should be a good person to ask about evolutionary ethics.  Eugenie Scott reviewed a book in Nature about “brave new bioethics,”2 Life As It Is, Biology for the Public Sphere by William F. Loomis (University of California Press, 2008).  First, her review of philosophy:Science’s task is to explain the natural world: what it is, how it works and why it is the way it is.  Ethics is about the oughts and the shoulds.  Most ethicists – religious and secular – agree that knowledge of the natural world helps us make better, or at least better-informed, ethical decisions.  But, as David Hume, Thomas Henry Huxley and G. E. Moore have noted, a particular understanding of nature does not dictate a unique moral stance.Thus one of the preeminent evolutionary spokespersons in America jumped right into the quagmire of evolutionary ethics.  One would think that Scott, whose life work is to keep evolution in schools and creationism out, would bring evolutionary theory to bear on the question and show its superiority in grounding ethics in something sustainable.  But she said almost nothing about evolution.  Instead, she de-emphasized the ability of science to inform ethical decision-making.  “The idea that a realistic understanding of biology will usher in a paradise of ethical correctness,” she said, “is naive: the panoply of extra-scientific considerations that influence ethical decision-makings cannot be ignored or minimized.”    At one point she described Loomis making advice about sustainability: “Loomis recommends a programme of voluntary population reduction,” she said, apparently uncomfortable with this idea: “requiring both political leadership and a radical change of public opinion.”  Hopefully Loomis was not recommending mass suicide.  What she failed to provide, though, was an answer to the question she raised at the beginning: if science cannot dictate a unique moral stance, how can it provide “better, or at least better-informed, ethical decisions”?Self-refuting sci-fi:  Science journals don’t have to be all dry.  Nature ends each issue with a science fiction short story featurette called “Futures.”3  The April 10 entry was a story by Neal Morison set in the far distant future.  A group of scientists were reliving a century-old discovery that a lively blogger turned out to be a robot.  The moral of the story seemed to suggest this had solved the mind-body problem, one of philosophy’s biggest questions, once and for all.  What the story actually did, though was beg the question: who built the computer?  And who programmed the robot?David Tyler blogged about the Nature articles on Access Research Network.1.  Editorial, “Defining ‘natural’,” Nature 452, 665-666 (10 April 2008) | doi:10.1038/452665b.2.  Eugenie Scott, “Brave new bioethics,” Nature 452, 690-691 (10 April 2008) | doi:10.1038/452690a.3.  Neal Morison, “All over, Rover,” Nature 452, 780 (10 April 2008) | doi:10.1038/452780a.There you have it: the world’s biggest Darwin defenders can’t answer the question: how can evolutionary theory produce any knowledge that is trustworthy – including the supposition that evolution is true?  They either shrug their shoulders or retreat into fiction.    Since Michael Ruse took delight in a jab at the Bible, let’s see how logical it was.  He said of DeSouza’s introduction, “I knew I was going to love this book” when the author compared Abraham to Andrea Yates (the delusional housewife who said God told her to kill her five children).  DeSouza quipped, “When enough people share a delusion, it loses its status as a psychosis and gets a religious tax exemption instead.”  Oh; you mean, like Darwinism?.    DeSouza may have scored on ridicule, but not on logic.  If Yates had truly received a message from God, she would not have killed her children.  How many times did God angrily speak through his prophets about the idolaters who burned their children in the fire?  Over and over, God said of such horrendous practices, “I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind” (e.g., Jeremiah 32:35).  Human sacrifice was such a completely alien concept to the mind of God, He pronounced severe judgments on the nations that practiced it.  But self-sacrifice for others is one of the highest measures of love: “Greater love hath no man,” said Jesus, “than that a man lay down his life for his friends.”    So put the pieces together.  What of God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice his son?  This was not a temptation, or even a test of Abraham’s faith (God, being omniscient, already knew what Abraham would do).  This was one of many types or pictures in the Old Testament of Christ.  Just as God provided the ram as a substitute for Isaac, God provided a Lamb as a substitute for our sins.  God’s righteousness demands penalty for sin, and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).  Either we will die for our sins, or a substitute will take our place.    The only person able to give a life in payment for the sins of the world was Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  He alone in the universe was fully God and fully man.  Since the persons of the Trinity never act apart from one another, and share fully in each other’s joys and sorrows, God was providing Abraham (and all of us) an illustration of the torment of being ordered, “Take thy son, thine only son, whom thou lovest, and offer him as a sacrifice.”  The pain of God’s sacrifice of His Son having as satisfaction for His justice was portrayed in a heart-wrenching way to the world.  Yes, God provided the Lamb: Himself!    What Abraham did is polar opposite from Andrea Yates did.  What good came from her delusional revelation?  Yet look how the world has been blessed by those who are children of Abraham by faith.  And what kind of character was Abraham?  Up to that point, and throughout his life, he showed by his actions to be a man of sound mind and self-sacrificing character, bold for the cause of right, but gentle and loving toward his family and neighbors.  He was not delusional.  By all accounts of his friends and his enemies, he was a great man.  He was great spiritually because he believed God, and God counted it to him as righteousness (see Hebrews 11:8-19).    Faith is only as good as its object.  It is not Abraham’s faith per se that made him great: it was that the object of his faith was the true and living God.  As for Abraham founding three world religions, well, the story of the sacrifice of Isaac makes no sense apart from its fulfillment in Jesus Christ, and Mohammed was a latecomer who co-opted the fame of Abraham for anti-Abrahamic ends (e.g., killing Jews and Christians).  Abraham did not set out to found any religion.  He just obeyed God, and God brought about the answers to the promises He gave Abraham: “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you.”    Whether any religion deserves tax breaks is a side issue.  The delusional religion of Darwinism gets a free ride in all our public schools, national parks, museums, courts, media and science labs.  Who are they to complain about religious tax exemptions?  Watch out when the Darwinists gain absolute power and act consistent with their presuppositions.  They might just give tax breaks to the Andrea Yates types who follow delusions and exhibit relativistic morality.  Neither DeSouza nor Ruse can claim any action is more rational or moral than any other.    So how logical was Michael Ruse to laugh at DeSouza’s distortion of Scripture?  Pray for him.  Despite his bluffing, he seems troubled by Plantinga’s challenge.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more