Science v. Religion

Science flies you to Mars.
Religion flies you into buildings.

While I don’t solicit memes, preferring to find them myself, Bruce in Canada sent me this one yesterday with these comments:

Seen this?

I like your memes and randoms.

While not really “picking on” the folks of Islam, they did present an opportunity for humour with a sharp point.

All religion seems to have that aspect — not all adherents, but enough.

Indeed, too many — including more white Americans going on shooting rampages in the name of religion in this country than brown Muslims.

I told Bruce that I’d queue it up, along with two other memes from my 2012 Facebook feed that his graphic reminded me of:

Dear Religion:
While you were debating which chicken sandwich is right to eat, I was parachuting a robotic spacecraft on Mars, and soft-landing it with a skycrane.
Your Friend, Science

References: Chick-fil-A same-sex marriage controversy and the Mars Science Laboratory‘s spectacular landing via “skycrane” by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


Dear Religion:
This week I safely dropped a human from 128,000 feet in the sky, landing him safely on the Earth.
You shot a 14-year-old girl in the head because she wanted to go to school.
–Your friend, Science

References: Felix Baumgartner’s highest-ever skydive (my own write-up) and Malala Yousafzai shot by the Taliban.

Indeed I’ve long been accused of being “anti-religion” when what I really am about is provoking thought. If it happens via “humour with a sharp point,” all the better. That comes down to …Thought-Provoking Entertainment!


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