By: Robert Curry To: Phil Morrison Re: major advances PM+gt; Unless I am terribly wrong, t

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By: Robert Curry To: Phil Morrison Re: major advances ---------------------------------------------------------------------- PM> Unless I am terribly wrong, the major advances in the world PM> have been made by dedicated Christians. o Florence Nightingale established nursing care for soldiers on the battlefield. A dedicated Christian? No, a concerned atheist. o James Lick helped to finance the largest (at the time) telescope and observatory here in the U.S. An atheist helping to advance the science of astronomy in a big way. o Stephen Girard opened the first free college for orphans in the U.S. No religious belief system was needed for this atheist to do good. o Jean Henri Dunant organized the Internatonal Red Cross. Yes, you guessed it - another concerned atheist improving the world. o Andrew Carnegie financed most of the libraries in large cities in the U.S. and many in Canada. Still another major advance that an atheist brought about, to the benefit of our society. o James Smithson was the atheist who established the Smithsonian Institute. Perhaps you've heard of it? o Francis Wright was the first person to buy slaves in order to free them and set them up on their own land. Dedicated Christians may have sold their slaves, but it was an atheist who first freed them. o Clarence Darrow (yes, the atheist lawyer of fame from the Scopes trial) fought for workmen's compensation and unemployment compensation laws when these were almost unheard of. PM> Unless I am terribly wrong, the major advances in the world PM> have been made by dedicated Christians. Your biased claims based upon empty rumors are debunked. Go, and bear false witness against your neighbor no more.

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