First, according to this article, "African bishops attending a Vatican meeting are speaking about the election of Barack Obama in divine terms" and "Archbishop Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle of Accra, Ghana said Wednesday that there was 'a divine plan behind' Obama's election." "The archbishop of Kinshas, Congo, Monsignor Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, told the formal synod itself that it would be wise to not ignore what he called a 'primordial event' in recent times." Finally, "Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria gave more tangible reasons for praise in meeting with reporters" saying:
"Obama has the authority to talk straight to our bad leaders and tell them they are messing up our countries," he said. Besides, he added, "In Africa we are always happy when our brother is big." [emphasis added]Meanwhile, about 1200 miles north, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that the 2009 winners of the Nobel Prize in physics were three Americans, Charles K. Kao, 75, Willard S. Boyle, 85, and George E. Smith, 79.
The African bishops represent all of those who have abandoned reason, who rely on mystic revelations from authority, and yearn to be subjugated and dictated by a Big Brother. The bishops and their masters in the Vatican are a stark reminder of the fact that faith and force are corollaries - that when reason no longer provides the framework for human discourse - only a gun or a burning stake remains.
They helped develop fiber-optic cable and invented the "eye" in digital cameras — technology that has given rise to film-free photography and high-speed Internet service, revolutionized communications and science, and utterly transformed the way we live, work and amuse ourselves.
...These three Americans, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences declared, are "the masters of light" whose work "helped to shape the foundations of today's networked societies."
The physicists represent all of those who embrace the life giving power of the independent, reasoning mind. They represent those who pay heed to Bacon's admonition that "nature to be commanded, must be obeyed." They represent those who have the courage to follow their own convictions born from ruthless objectivity and years of relentless, painstaking effort.
Isn't it ironic that men who suspend reason, zealously performing cultish rituals while dogmatically adhering to the dictates of ancient scriptures, claim the mantle of the enlightened spirit? Isn't it ironic that it is supposedly through faith, not reason, that man attains a state of grace and fulfillment, yet, it is religion that brought man into the Dark Ages, substituting superstition for knowledge, self-sacrifice for happiness, and subjugation for freedom?
As we witness the left turning more (HT: Rabiera, OActivists) and more and more to religion to justify the morality of altruism upon which welfare statism and despotism depend - as conservatives on the right vainly attempt to justify freedom on religious grounds (HT: Ari Armstrong, OActivists) - as we observe the daily barbarism of the Middle Eastern theocracies and the wholesale poverty and slaughter in an African continent mired in primitivism - as you read these words on your computer screen or on your cell phone's web browser, say a silent thank you to the real "masters of light."