February 24, 2011

“The Genesis Code” Draws a Political Crowd
The Genesis Code, a film about college students trying to reconcile creationism and evolution, has been drawing local and national politicians to the movie theater. The film stars former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson. Nationally, conservative politicians are working hard to link themselves to the film’s message. (Jeff Cranson, Religion News Service)

Changes to Conscience Protections for Health-Care Workers
After two years of struggling to balance the rights of patients against the beliefs of health-care workers, the Obama administration finally rescinded most of a federal regulation designed to protect those who refuse to provide care they find objectionable on moral or religious grounds. (Rob Stein, The Washington Post)

Tennessee Bill Would Make Practicing Shariah Law a Felony
A proposed new state law would make following the Islamic legal code known as Shariah law a felony, punishable by 15 years in jail. Republican State Senator Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro introduced the bill. (The Tennesseean)

Science in Society Film and Lecture

Matthew Nisbet: Last week I had the opportunity to moderate a world-class panel featuring American University film professor Larry Engel, science education advocate Eugenie Scott, and National Academies science education expert Jay Labov. The evening started with a screening of a segment from the PBS series The Human Spark, directed by Engel. (Big Think)

Of Gods and Men

Of Gods and Men takes the simple, profound stand that how a person of faith lives matters more than the circumstances of his death. I stick with the male pronoun here because this superb, award-laden French drama—a surprising omission among this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar nominees—is so essentially about how men behave in the name of religious conviction. The movie is loosely based on real events: In 1996, seven French Catholic monks in an Algerian monastery were kidnapped by Islamic terrorists and then disappeared, the circumstances of their murder unsolved. (Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly)

Category: Field Notes


One Response

  1. Lotfinia says:

    1. I hope these college students are actually college students of film school. Preferably in private college as well.
    2. It is a sad day when Dr.s and nurses have to have a law ‘protecting their conscience’ from doing what they pledged to do as graduates.
    3. Fifteen years in prison? Who is going to pay for these lengthy sentences against a specific religion? The actuality of this law shows only these folks don’t know their own laws. Pitiful
    4. Can dummying down the evolution talk really be a help? Has previous attempts been of any help? Doesn’t it actually discredit those that do understand evolution? It isn’t dummying down that is needed, what are needed are new arguments from outside the box. Start with those scientists that function as scientists despite being religious. What is different about them? Start reading other parts of scripture like Psalms 2. Few adults enjoy being talked down too, and most of them know when it is happening. Finally, theology demands absolute obedience to every word of scripture as true not God. So, it might help to remind those people, God saves not theology and its mysteries.
    5. Sounds like an excellent movie to take in, on a good reading day.

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