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June 18, 2007

AU Donation Made

Quick update for everyone: As promised, I made the donation to Americans United for Separation of Church and State this morning, for $5,118.36. "That's an oddly specific number," the young lady who processed the donation said. Well, yes. Yes, it is. I'll post an image of the receipt as soon as I get it.

Posted by john at June 18, 2007 10:21 AM

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Steve Buchheit | June 18, 2007 10:52 AM

So, did you tell here it was roughly 256 times the entry fee to the Creation Museum? I mean, she might have gotten a chuckle out of that (especially if she's a geek).

John Scalzi | June 18, 2007 10:56 AM

I don't think the woman would have had any idea what I was talking about, to tell you the truth.

Stephen Granade | June 18, 2007 10:59 AM

"See, these people on my blog dared me to go to the Creation Museum, and I told them that if I was going to, they'd have to raise money for your organization and...yes? Oh, right, I'll just give you the money and shut up now."

Der Wachtelschlag | June 18, 2007 11:39 AM

That would have been an interesting conversation. The nice man in the white coat might have thought so as well.

Steven H Silver | June 18, 2007 11:41 AM

Because I feel it bears repeating:

While in Kentucky yesterday (no, I didn't go to the museum, I was there for a funeral), I read a very interesting article on the front page of the Lexington Herald-Leader about the Creation Museum, or, more accurately, about the lawsuit against them by an Australian Creationist group, complete with charges of necrophilia.

DavidK | June 18, 2007 12:10 PM

I loved Joe Hill's comment on the outcome of this...


Rebecca Davis-Nord | June 18, 2007 12:11 PM

On behalf of Americans United, thanks, everyone! Have a great time at the Museum, John! :)

Janiece | June 18, 2007 01:00 PM

Steven H. Silver,

Interesting read, thanks for the link. I have a question, though - because I'm not a Christian, I didn't get this comment:

"The Bible tells you not to have a lawsuit against your brother, so you can see who's obeying the Bible and who's not."

Does the Bible really say that?

John H | June 18, 2007 01:14 PM

Oooh -- Creationists and necrophilia? Pass the popcorn!

TransDutch | June 18, 2007 01:22 PM

a discussion of what it says in Corinthians about one believer suing another believer.

Martin Wisse | June 18, 2007 01:25 PM

Well, the Bible is big on not bearing false witness, a practise more honoured in the breach amongst most Christians, especially the more fundie ones.

ur_guys_here | June 18, 2007 01:30 PM

"The Bible tells you not to have a lawsuit against your brother, so you can see who's obeying the Bible and who's not."

Yes, the group suing them is not obeying the Bible. Unfortunately, not all Christians live their lives according to biblical principals, but only a person without legitimate complaints would condemn Christians as a group because of that.

Janiece | June 18, 2007 01:41 PM

Thanks for the info, gang, especially the link, TransDutch.

Wakboth | June 18, 2007 02:12 PM

Excellent! Good money for a good purpose; I hope all us readers will get a good laugh out of your trip, as well. :)

hugh57 | June 18, 2007 02:37 PM

"The Bible tells you not to have a lawsuit against your brother, so you can see who's obeying the Bible and who's not."

Does the Bible really say that?

Also see:

"He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart."

Proverbs 11:29 KJV

DonBoy | June 18, 2007 08:17 PM

"5,118.36? That's the exact number of years since the Lord created the heavens and the Earth, you atheistic swine. Yes, I lost a bet."

thanbo | June 19, 2007 03:46 PM

I don't think any system holds it to be 5118.36 years. According to the Jewish system, it's either the year 5767 or 5935 (if you take into account the Mystery of the Missing 168 Years) since Creation; for the Venerable Bede 5952, for the Masons it's 6007, for Bishop Usher 6011, for the Julian calendar 6720, for the Irish Annals 7201, for the Byzantine calendar 7516.

(see Wiki "Anno Mundi")

Many of these come from various methods of counting up the years in the Biblical Begats and other chronologies, and collating/comparing them with Roman/Persian/Greek chronicles and our current understanding of their dating systems.

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