Nobel Prize Winner Says Age of Enlightenment in Danger of Rollback

09/28/12 Robert Lorei
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Next up-- the humanist group of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater is sponsoring a talk on Sunday Sept 30th by Sir Harold Kroto. He is the 1996 Nobel Laureate in chemistry. Currently he holds the Francis Epps Chair of chemistry at FSU. The talk, entitled “Science, Society and Responsibility” will begin at 12:30 in the Octagon at UUC. The UUC campus is located at 2470 Nursery Rd., Clearwater. Sir Harry says he's concerned that with the rise of religious political influence around the world and here in the US there's a danger that the achievements of the Age of Enlightenment will be rolled back. He joins us now.

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You're brave to take on the subject of religion, I applaud you and enjoyed the show a lot! Comments: Seperation of church and state, or state and church, came about as the result of oppression under state sponsored religions in Europe. If you think about that doctrine rationally, it really has only one intent: to deny the power to one religion to force people to believe in that religion. By extension, that doctrine is to deny the power of one person, or one group of people, to force another person, or group of people, the “my way or the highway” doctrine. The U.S. was scared out of its wits at the prospect of a Roman Catholic (JFK) in the White House, and now in the early 21st century we have a Catholic majority on the Supreme Court and nobody seems to care; rather, they care more about Romney’s Mormon faith! What moraility! The problem is that all religion is superstition, based upon dogma written by men, about men, 5,000, 2,000, 600, or 200 years ago. If religion is the basis for social morality, then how to religionists explain the supression of human beings that do not look as they do (racism)? Or the sexual crimes on children and women committed by “men of the cloth?” Or the fact that more than 50% or marriages end in divorce? Or that the so-called leaders of this nation enable torture of POWs? Ad nauseum! PONDERINGS: We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor plant of a average star. But we understand the Universe. That makes us something very special. Stephen Hawking. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. Napoleon Bonaparte Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness. The demand to give up the illusion about its condition is the demand to give up a condition which needs illusions. Karl Marx