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Astronomy and God

Do anti-religious messages belong in science education?
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Hey, whoa, that’s a no-no. We don’t bring religion into these pages. This is a science magazine, and introducing spirituality is as wise as inviting the Three Stooges into a crystal glassware shop.

Yet for some crazy reason, religion creeps into some popular science media. Each episode of the new Cosmos TV series that ran on FOX this past spring featured religious putdowns. For example, in an animation during the first episode, poor Giordano Bruno, burned at the stake in the year 1600 for believing in possible life among the stars, is approvingly shown turning his head disgustedly away from a crucifix.

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