December 11, 2013
Skepticism means I withhold outright agreement or support for peoples claims. I'm always looking for evidence and as such don't let people off the hook when they make unsupported claims. Being quiet in the face of suspicious claims is tacit agreement. I am fond of asking that 'second' question; doing my part to foster a healthy incredulity.
The Crusades aren't over. They've just changed playing fields. Be it the Good News Club or Connections or Deepak's Woo, young people are facing an attack on their rationality. These people who are sure of themselves and claim to have some 'special' knowledge, denied to others ...we must be critical of such claims. We know what terrible suffering happened during the Dark Ages. Let the credulous feel uncomfortable at my questions. It is far cry from the questioning techniques the rational face in modern theocracies. I'm concerned that I've found my voice much too late. The passing of Christopher Hitchens has impressed upon me the need to speak up. I am no Hitch, but my voice can join with others and together we can stave off the Dark Ages.
I'm a high school bio./chem. teacher.