Wesley Jlue, the finance manager of the National Drug Service (NDS), found guilty after confessing that he and his boss, Beyan Johnson, diverted hundreds of thousands of United States dollars generated from the sale of drugs intended to fight against malaria, was last week sentenced to five years imprisonment.The money, Jlue claimed, was withdrawn from what he described as a” “facilitation account,” he and his boss jointly opened at the First International Bank (FIB) to process NDS’ customer discount and to settle other related expenses.Interestingly, the drugs were donated to the government by the Global Fund, the world’s largest financer of anti-AIDS, TB and Malaria programs, which is being managed by the NDS,“Jlue is sentenced to five years imprisonment immediately and is ordered to pay the amount of US$358,366.12 and LD$1,916,495.60,” Judge Yussif Kaba of Criminal Court ‘C” said. “Same represents double the gains derived from your criminal act.”Surprisingly, Jlue was charged with the commission of the crimes of theft of property and forgery, following a complaint by his boss, Johnson that he (Jlue) singlehandedly opened an account in the name of the institution, where he allegedly transferred hundreds of checks.Jlue’s prison sentence did not take place immediately as it was declared by the court, because his lawyers took serious exception to the ruling and announced an appeal before the Full Bench of the Supreme Court.Besides, the crimes are bailable offences under the law and he is also enjoying a criminal bond, as provided by the law.Granting his appeal, Judge Kaba declared, “exception noted and appeal being a matter of rights, it shall stall the enforcement of this matter.”His decision to appeal against the ruling stemmed from Judge Kaba’s action to deny his request to reverse the unanimous guilty verdict earlier brought against him by the petty jury.As part of that request, Jlue’s lawyers argued that the verdict was contrary to the weight of the evidence produced during the trial.They contended that the facilitation account opened at First International Bank (FIB) was based upon the instruction of the managing director, Beyan Johnson, to process customer discounts and to settle other related expenses, which, according to them, was ignored by the jury.They further argued that the money was only withdrawn by him upon authorization of his boss. However, his boss who brought the charge against him was vindicated from the charges.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
NICIL Special Purpose UnitGovernment has come under severe criticism from the Opposition for requesting $130 million to be used as a subsidy for the establishment of a Special Purpose Unit at the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) — to assist with the divestment of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).Former Junior Finance Minister Juan Edghill has opined that the purpose of establishing this unit is to create employment for special people who are already earmarked for these jobs, and it is only a matter of time before the Government names those people who will take up the top positions.Edghill recalled asking Finance Minister Winston Jordan, on Friday in Parliament, why the extra-budgetary agency NICIL would be allowed to receive funds for such an activity, when in fact the unit is being set up within NICIL. The excuse proffered was that NICIL does not have the finances to create the unit.Edghill has described the unit as basically a “clearing house” to sell off GuySuCo’s assets. He told Guyana Times that he doesn’t see the need to have a special services unit, because there is already the Privatization Unit within NICIL, and NICIL is a legally established company.“But I suspect what would have happened is that they have gone so much after NICIL while in Opposition that they are now ashamed to have NICIL used as the tool for privatization, divestment, and alternative investments as well as private-public partnerships,” he opined.Setting up a unit within NICIL, which is basically NICIL, Edghill said, doesn’t make any logical sense.Government has revealed that three top positions would be created within this unit, and an audit firm would be hired. Edghill, however, has pointed out that NICIL already has a chief executive officer and a deputy chief executive officer, whose skills could have been utilised.“NICIL already has a structure, but if they use NICIL’s structure they can’t employ their top friends and pay them huge amounts of money, because if 60 percent goes towards employment, that’s $18 million,” he said, adding that each of the three top people would be paid in excess of $1 million per month.“(They are) creating these positions to give jobs to their friends; so $60 million is also earmarked for professional fees, which will be used to pay an international auditing firm. Some 20 vehicles will be purchased for the unit, and $2 million (will be expended) to fix office space in GuySuCo facility.”The former minister opined that creating a unit of NICIL to be housed at GuySuCo is another issue that must be explained. “The question was already asked: if GuySuCo does not have the facility to do its own divestment. But this venue for the Special Service Unit is to hide the true intent of what they want to do,” he claimed.Reference was also made to the controversial Durban Park Project which has cost Government millions of dollars. Edghill reminded that the finance for that project was disbursed from the Public Infrastructure Ministry. He said a comparison could be drawn between the unit at GuySuCo and the new department that is being opened at the Ministry of the Presidency on innovation and education reform.That unit is expected to have a director who will be paid $750,000, far more than what is being paid to the Chief Education Officer (CEO) at the Education Ministry. The deputy director, on the other hand, will receive a monthly salary of $500,000.“So, you are paying a man for education reform and innovation more than the CEO, who is responsible for the formulation of policy as it relates to education management and development. So these bodies being created are jobs for the boys. It is what I would want to call, in its lowest form, a slush fund,” he detailed.Minister Jordan had explained that the purpose of the Special Purpose Unit under the rubric of NICIL will be for the divestment and privatisation of certain parts of GuySuCo.“This is a Special Purpose Unit designed purely for what I indicated… the focus of this Unit is privatisation and divestment of identified assets, one of which is Skeldon Estate; that is their top priority,” he explained.The Finance Minister told the House that other identified properties will soon be transferred to the Special Purpose Unit for divestment by that outfit. GuySuCo, he said, would identify the lands or assets to be divested, after which those lands or assets would be transferred to the Special Purpose Unit.The Finance Minister has insisted that all transactions would be above board, and in fact would be subjected to a public tendering process. The Minister has reminded that Government is unable at this time to speak specifically to the level of revenues to be raised, since the valuations are yet to be completed. He, however, assured that the proceeds emanating from the sale of GuySuCo’s assets would be pumped back into the industry.According to the Finance Minister, the revenues emanating from the sale of these assets would go to GuySuCo, and would be used to defray its debts, finance the costs associated with divestments, and used to operate the entity.
The national Classroom Energy Diet Challenge is an energy literacy program that provides K to 12 students across Canada competition that is fun to help teach students to reduce their carbon footprint and become stewards of the environment. The annual Educator of the Year prize is given out to teachers to celebrate their contributions to improving energy literacy among Canadian students. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Grade 7 French Immersion teacher, Nicole O’Reilly has been awarded the 2019 Energy Educator of the Year prize for her ongoing commitment to environmental education. The annual prize is recognized as part of the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC), funded by Shell Canada is an award-winning educational program created by Canadian Geographic Education, to improve energy literacy among Canadian students.Nicole O’Reilly’s class was one of nearly 1,400 classrooms from across Canada that participated in the Challenge this year. With 16 energy-related challenges, such as calculating your carbon footprint and going an hour without power, 27,000 students across Canada engaged in the 8th annual Classroom Energy Diet Challenge.- Advertisement -O’Reilly shares she appreciates the recognition the award brings, but she’s even more excited about what her $500 cash prize will do for her school’s eco-initiatives. “The prize money will go right back into Bert Bowes Middle School’s recycling program and green projects, such as our two grow towers,” says O’Reilly. “I also want to offer gifts and prizes to my students who have worked hard volunteering their time sifting through many undesirable things that end up in our recycling. They deserve to be rewarded.”“Students not only learn about environmental impacts, they take action. Students have taken a leadership role within the school with our recycling program, they’ve designed and implemented competitions and school-wide activities to develop a broader understanding of energy literacy,” says Wade Hart, principal at Bert Bowes Middle School, who shares he is proud of the efforts he has seen in the students because of O’Reilly’s support, which is making a difference in the school and community. Susan McGarvey, an education coordinator for Northern Environmental Action Team, shares Nicole O’Reilly is one of the rare gems that takes on projects that are above and beyond the typical classroom setting. “Nicole doesn’t just educate her students about energy literacy, she helps them understand the nature and role of energy in their daily lives, and helps them to find creative ways to solve problems,” said McGarvey. Advertisement
0Shares0000Plateau Queens celebrating. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONKAKAMEGA, Kenya, Mar 23 – Plateau Queens from Nyanza ripped apart Limuru Starlets from Central 6-0 to storm the Girls final of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom where they will meet Tar Tar on Sunday.Mercy Akinyi was the star of the day after striking four goals while Margaret Atieno and Valentine Awour netted a goal apiece. Limuru Starlets, who got a bye to the semi finals were poor in defence seeing them concede three goals in the first half.Plateau Queens star Mercy Akinyi in action against Limuru Starlets in the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom semis. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONAtieno scored the first goal in the 19th minute with a fine finish from the left before Akinyi opened her floodlights of goals in the 28th minute with a super goal.Against the run of play, Akinyi well positioned inside the box unmarked, back-heeled Beverlyne Achieng’s cross from the left to get an applause from the fans.She added a second goal in the 32nd minute from a long range that was executed outside the D-area to beat Limuru Starlets custodian Susan Njeri.Mercy Akinyi from Plateau Queens was the star of the semi final of the Girls Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom against Limuru Starlets. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONPlateau could have scored a third goal five minutes to the interval, when Sylvia Nabwire broke through from a counter attack, only to go for glory.On resumption, a hapless Limuru were on the receiving end with Akinyi completing her hat-trick through a header in the 68th minute before Awour netted the fifth goal after two minutes.Akinyi rounded off the rout from the spot with a well converted penalty in the 74th minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
A brother-in-law of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who appeared in court charged over a dissident republican rally today, has been banned from staying at his home in Manorcunningham.Marvin Canning, 49, is accused of committing two terrorist offences at a 32 County Sovereignty Movement Easter Monday parade in the Derry on Easter Monday.Mr Canning’s address was given as Glendara in the Brandywell area of Derry but he has been living in Manorcunningham in recent weeks. He denied the charges and was released on bail to appear again on 7 July. His bail conditions include having to wear an electronic tag and staying in the North.There was massive security for today’s hearing in Derry with cops video-taping supporters of Canning.The defendant is charged with arranging, managing or assisting in arranging or managing a meeting which he knew to be in support of a proscribed organisation namely the IRA.He is further charged with aiding and abetting, counselling or procuring persons wearing the uniform of a proscribed organisation, namely the IRA.A PSNI detective sergeant told District Judge Barney McElholm that members of a police helicopter video team recorded the defendant driving members of a paramilitary colour party at the Easter Monday commemoration event.He said the police were objecting to the defendant being granted bail because they believed he may interfere with witnesses at that he may pervert the course of justice.Defence solicitor Peter Corrigan applied for bail and said his client had told police officers that he did not agree with comments made by a masked man at the commemoration event.The district judge released the defendant on his own bail of Stg£1,000 together with one surety of Stg£1,000 to appear in court again on 7 July.As well as the electronic tagging and he must observe an 8pm to 8am curfew. He was further ordered to reside at an address in Galliagh Park in Derry.McGUINNESS RELATIVE ON DISSIDENT CHARGE BANNED FROM MANORCUNNINGHAM was last modified: June 9th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dissident chargemanorcunningham
It will be a busy time for the club this weekend with six teams taking to the field. In the National Cup Competition, both the Under 16’s and the Youth team have away fixtures. The 16’s travel to Inishowen to take on Cockhill Celtic and Anthony Gorman’s Youth’s take on Ballyheane FC of Castlebar. Both games are on Saturday.In the Letterkenny and District Schoolboys League last weekend the U-12s got beat by Dunfanaghy, the U-14s lost to Milford United, the Crusaders got beat by Ballyraine and the U-16s defeated Illistrin.This week the U12s are away to Glencar, the 14s have home advantage over Dunfanaghy and Crusader have a local derby against neighbours Bonagee Tigers away from home. Our reserves finished their campaign with defeat at the hands of Drumkeen United in the final of the league Cup. The game finished 5-1 with Mark Harkin scoring for the Rovers. It’s been a good season for Gaga and the lads who finished the season with the DPD Division One League Trophy.The first team played Bonagee United in the Ulster Senior League last Sunday. The game finished 3-1 in favour of the Rovers. Goalscorers were Kieran McPherson, Josh Mailey and Darren McElwaine. This Sunday they host Kildrum Tigers at Leckview Park.Congratulations to Agnes Morrissey from Willowbrook, Letterkenny who won our Lotto Jackpot last week. Agnes matched the 4 numbers drawn and won €5,000. In this weeks lotto the numbers drawn were 8,19,21 and 23. Michael Kyle, Mary Hunter and Joe Sweeneny won €25 each. Next week’s jackpot is €1,025.Well done to Dale Gorman a member of our U-16 team who played for Northern Ireland against England in the U-16 Victory Shield last Tuesday night. The game was live on SkySports and he has games coming up in the next few weeks against Poland and Scotland to look forward to. Also on International duty at the moment is Ryan McConnell. Ryan is with the Republic U17s who are in Kazakhstan with games against Liechtenstein, Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic on the agenda in the next week. Finally, best of luck to U-16’s manager Paul Browne. Paul is unable to take charge of his team this weekend in Cockhill as he has the small matter of tying the knot to his sweetheart Aisling Connolly in Arranmore Island this Saturday. SHOW ME THE MONEY!! Agnes Morrissey, Willowbrook, Letterkenny, beingpresented with her winning cheque after she won the jackpot prize in the Letterkenny Rovers lotto draw. Also included are Liam O’Donnell,Victor Visher(who sold the winning lotto) and club chairman Dessie Kelly.SOCCER NOTES: LETTERKENNY ROVERS was last modified: October 19th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Rovers notes
Q: My husband purchased an annuity through a dishonest agent. It is a fixed account that will pay just 2.25 percent for the next 11 years. It has been almost a year since he bought it, and there will be a surrender charge of 14 percent if he wants to take the money out. Still, we want to transfer the money and open an IRA with a no-load mutual fund or discount broker. Would this be a wise decision? A: It would actually be an impossible decision as far as the money in this annuity is concerned. Legally, you cannot take money from an annuity that is not already part of an individual retirement account or qualified retirement plan and turn it into an IRA. From the information you gave me, your husband made a lump-sum payment of $11,000 to buy what is known as a “nonqualified” annuity, one bought with after-tax dollars and not part of a tax-qualified retirement plan. I do not know whether the agent who sold your husband the policy is dishonest, since I wasn’t there to witness the transaction. But I will bet anything that the contract your husband has had for almost a year spells out the surrender charges and interest-rate guarantees. Also by law, annuities must include a “free-look” provision, giving you enough time – typically from 10 to 30 days; in Florida it is 10 – to look over the contract and cancel it you don’t like the terms. Q: I’ve seen some ads from banks that offer certificates of deposit with good rates. The ads state that the banks are federally insured. How can I find out if the account is really insured, as the ads claim? A: You can call the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s toll-free consumer assistance line at (877) 275-3342 or go to the Web site www.fdic.gov. While you are there, you might want to take a look at a wealth of high-quality consumer information the agency provides at no cost. In particular, I am a big fan of the FDIC Consumer News, a quarterly newsletter filled with plain-English tips to help people protect and stretch their money. You can check current and past issues at the Web site www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news, or ask to be sent a print version by calling the FDIC number above. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice each Thursday and answers readers’ questions each Saturday. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 What I’m saying is that your husband must take some of the responsibility for having bought this annuity contract. Still, if he feels the agent was less than honest and failed to disclose important information, he should contact his state insurance department and file a complaint. In some recent cases involving the questionable sale of annuities, particularly to seniors, insurance companies have agreed to drop surrender charges in the face of customer complaints and pressure from regulators. If your husband’s insurance company won’t drop the surrender charges, then you both need to decide whether he is better off sticking it out with this annuity and earning the minimum 2.25 percent a year tax-deferred or paying the piper and putting the money somewhere else. In the latter case, if the policy is not quite a year old yet, he might want to wait until the policy’s first anniversary, when surrender charges often go down by a percentage point. While I can’t make that decision for you, I will suggest your husband can learn a valuable lesson from this experience. Based on what you told me, I am almost certain he bought a teaser-rate annuity that paid a “bonus” rate the first year but then guaranteed no more than 2.25 percent in the second year through the 12th year. His mistake was buying an annuity with a surrender-charge period that extended way beyond the time an attractive interest rate was guaranteed. And I suspect he failed to ask for a critical bit of information: the guaranteed “yield to surrender,” based on the lowest interest rate allowed under the contract, which in this case is 2.25 percent. The guaranteed yield to surrender is the minimum you would earn if you held the annuity until the end of the surrender period. For investors, that is the rate that really matters – not the one-year “bonus” rate that many insurance companies like to hype. For example, a fixed annuity I saw advertised recently paid a juicy 7 percent the first year, but the guaranteed yield to surrender, after 12 years, was a mere 1.5 percent a year.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Mexico-based Cemex filed a lawsuit in state court Wednesday to challenge an environmental review in the city’s plan to annex 1,885 acres where a mega-mining operation is planned. The annexation application is “inadequate under the California Environmental Quality Act, in part because the city failed to assess the impacts of how that annexation will affect future mining at the property,” said Kerry Shapiro, the lead attorney for Cemex’s Soledad Canyon project. The city has asked permission from the agency that oversees municipal boundary changes in Los Angeles County to annex the Soledad Canyon land, of which 906 acres is city property. The city’s environmental review says the annexation will have no impact on the mineral and energy resources that lie beneath the ground. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “The city wasn’t surprised to be served with a lawsuit regarding this annexation,” said Kai Luoma, a senior planner. Cemex was granted the right to mine 56.1 million tons of sand and gravel by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in 1990.
Richard Dawkins’ God is Charles Darwinby Jerry Bergman, PhDBesides owning almost every book Richard Dawkins has authored, including his newest, his 15th book (2017), I have watched him in many video interviews. I consider the most honest interview he gave to be the one with Ben Stein in the movie Expelled. Dawkins is very frank about his beliefs and is not afraid to buck against society’s norms. His upcoming book, Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide to Atheism (2019), is aimed at children.A Debate Dawkins Backed Out OfSeveral years ago I was contacted by an atheist society in Indianapolis in their effort to have Dawkins debate a creationist. I was told this would be a David vs Goliath event (with Dawkins the Goliath, in their opinion). The atheists were anxious to see their champion, Dawkins, triumph against one who they considered to be one of the most qualified creationists. After I agreed to the debate, I was at first nervous, but an in-depth reading of his beliefs helped me begin to develop my debate strategy.At this point I was looking forward to the debate, confident that I would prevail, or at least hold my own. About this time I received a request from Dawkins through the atheist group for a copy of my resume, which I sent. A short time later the atheist group informed me that Dawkins backed out of the debate. I was very disappointed. After all of my work, the debate was off. From my research, it was clear that Dawkins pathologically hated God and religion, and actually almost worshiped another god, this one named Charles Darwin.The Darwin Worship IndustrySophie Elmhirst, who interviewed Dawkins for several articles, observed that he “has expressed admiration for Darwin in the way a schoolboy might worship a sporting giant. In his first memoir, Dawkins noted the ‘serendipitous realization’ that his full name – Clinton Richard Dawkins – shared the same initials as Charles Robert Darwin.” Dawkins makes a point of this fortuitous coincidence almost every chance he gets.Other examples of his admiration for Darwin include the fact that he “owns a prized first edition of On The Origin of Species, which he can quote from memory.” The value of this book can be gauged by the fact that one copy of the Origin of Species just sold for $125,000 at Sotheby’s. It is one of the most valuable books ever printed. Not even most early Gutenberg Bibles fetch that much. This price needs to be evaluated in light of the fact that 1,250 copies of the first edition were printed, 58 of which were distributed by the publisher, Murray, for review, promotion, and presentation. Of the original 180 Gutenberg Bibles printed in 1455, 49 are known to exist today, and 21 are still complete.Something less common, such as a letter signed by Darwin, was listed at $8,625.00. That’s actually a very reasonable price for original Darwin ephemera. Another letter, consisting of three pages, in which Darwin expressed his disbelief in the Bible and discussed the future world when our omnipotent and omniscient God would be relegated to the dustbins of history, sold for $197,000. Darwin once admitted that his god-destroying theory was like “confessing to a murder.” Darwin’s fame is also obvious from the fact that government-issued postage stamps honoring Darwin now number well over 100 since the first Darwin stamp was released by Ecuador in 1935.Dawkins’ IdolFor Dawkins, the Origin of Species is totemic, the founding text of his career. Dawkins claims that Darwin’s case for evolution—what Darwin called “one long argument”—is now, in contrast to everything else in science, thoroughly proven beyond any doubt. Dawkins believes that the book succeeded in putting God out of a job. As a description of Dawkins’ own life, particularly the late phase of his life, “one long argument” serves fairly well.Besides his god, Darwin, Dawkins has now become the global face of atheism. In the last decade Dawkins “has ratcheted up the rhetoric in his self-declared war against religion. He is the general who chooses to fight on the front line – whose scorched-earth tactics have won him fervent admirers.”Dawkins’ MissionWhile still an atheist in my college days, one fact that bothered me was the atheists’ passionate goal to destroy religion by whatever means possible, including by promoting laws suppressing religion and forcing their implementation through the courts. Up until now they have been enormously successful in using the courts to do their bidding. The totalitarian society the atheists were working hard to create bothered me then, but bothers me more now that I see the harm atheists have caused society. Back in college, I agreed with the atheism worldview – but not with their goal of forcing their will on everyone else by a powerful government. Yet that is actually what history has shown they have accomplished. Actually, they have succeeded beyond their own expectations. Dawkins supports this totalitarian goal, openly stating for everyone listening that his desire is “ultimately, to eradicate religion from society.” I have documented this in three thick volumes.Dawkins’ PassionHis actually pathological hatred for religion seems to be the driving force of his life. He claims he wants to leave the world a better place by suppressing religion,where there is illogic, obscurantism, pretension.” Religious faith, for Dawkins, is above all a sign of faulty thinking, of ignorance; he wants to educate the ill-informed out of their mistakes. He sees religion, as he once put it on Twitter, as “an organized license to be acceptably stupid.”In fact,The God Delusion and The Greatest Show on Earth were all battles against the irrationality of creationist thinking. It was not enough to say that he did not approve of religion or its role in society; he needed to prove its impossibility. The God Delusion contains a 42-page chapter devoted to this enterprise, titled, “Why There Is Almost Certainly No God.”Dawkins Has Resurrected EugenicsEvolutionists have a long history of supporting eugenics, which led to the Holocaust. Dawkins does not seem to have learned much from this sordid history. The fact is, Dawkins, the bestselling writer, “has become the face of a new crusading atheism.” But even most evolutionists have, at least for public relations purposes, learned this position is untenable today in view of the abuses of the past, but Dawkins has not learned this. Or if he has, does not care. Consequently, “even his closest allies worry that his online provocations do more harm than good.”I have many quotes about Dawkins’ support for eugenics. In one case, he wrote that he believes “it would be immoral for a mother to continue with a pregnancy if the baby would be born with Down syndrome, and a mother has a responsibility to ‘abort it and try again’ if she knows her baby would have the disorder. In response to the claim that it would be “immoral” to carry a baby to term if she knew it had Down syndrome, one woman commented that she would be faced with “a real ethical dilemma” if she became pregnant and learned that the baby would be born with the disorder. Dawkins tweeted: “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.” His tweet created a backlash. One woman who had a child with a major genetic deformity responded angrily at Dawkins. Emphasizing the strength of her feelings, she tweeted back: “I would fight till my last breath for the life of my son. No dilemma.”Amazingly Dawkins did not backtrack, but stubbornly defended his view. He stated he would not apologize “for approaching moral philosophic questions in a logical way.” The Nazis used that same logic in applying Darwinism to create a pure Aryan society void of “useless eaters.” Although Dawkins correctly mentioned that Down syndrome fetuses are often spontaneously aborted, this fact does not negate the worth of children that are born. Those who are carried to term often have a less severe deformity, not the result of trisomy 21, but the less serious transposition 21 condition, where a small part of chromosome 21 is attached to another chromosome.Some Dawkins fans actually supported his eugenics-supportive tweet. They agreed with his assertion that termination before a child is born is the best choice. The Down Syndrome Association’s (DSA) responded to Dawkins’s initial comment, saying, “People with Down syndrome can and do live full and rewarding lives; they also make a valuable contribution to our society.”Dawkins appears to lack normal human feelings, like empathy. In one of many examples, a friend of Dawkins recalled a discussion the two had about what you would tell a terminally ill child about death. Dawkins “was very unwilling, . . . to say that it would be OK at that point to tell a fairytale about heaven.” 15In another example Dawkins noted that the world’s Muslims were awarded fewer Nobel prizes than the Trinity College Cambridge professors, implying that Muslims are genetically or culturally inferior, or both. He even argued that some types of rape or pedophilia are not as bad as others, then retorted to people who couldn’t understand his logic to “go away and learn how to think.”Dawkins Actively Seeks to Convert College Students to AtheismDawkins gives close to 100 lectures a year. He and fellow militant atheist, Professor Lawrence Krauss, once lectured at the University of Ulster in Belfast and alsoappeared on a radio talk show, when they had attempted to debate a creationist (an “idiot”, in Dawkins’s terminology). “She simply tried to shout down everything Lawrence and I said. So she was in effect going la la la la la.” Dawkins stuck his fingers in his ears as he sang.Dawkins has been on his atheist mission since 1976 when he published The Selfish Gene, a book that made him rich and famous,which has now sold over a million copies. Since then, he has written another 10 influential books on science and evolution, plus The God Delusion, his atheist blockbuster, and become the most prominent of the so-called New Atheists – a group of writers, including Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris.When Dawkins and Krauss gave their lectures on why atheism fits the facts and theism does not in Burke Theatre in Trinity College, the “large modern lecture hall . . . was full. … As he spoke, Dawkins took on a grandfatherly air, as though passing on hard-earned wisdom.” Atheists are welcomed in academia, but in the last three decades creationists have been spectacularly unsuccessful in their attempts to get their ideas heard in colleges and universities. As a consequence, most students are indoctrinated in one side only. Dawkins has spent half his life behind a lectern, preaching to students and others about the ‘truth’ of atheism and the ‘evils’ of theism. And since Dawkins joined Twitter in 2008, he amassed more than a million followers. When the Trinity event was over,a crowd of about 40 audience members descended on to the stage, clutching books [by Dawkins] to be signed. Dawkins eventually retreated into the wings to avoid a crush. One young schoolteacher lingered in the hallway long after the rest of the audience had left, in the hope of shaking Dawkins’s hand. . . . he is used to receiving a steady flow of letters from fans of The God Delusion and new converts to atheism … the book has sold three million copies.”Dawkins’ MotivationAn academic of his eminence could have eased into a distinguished late career period, but a peaceful life has not been Dawkins’ goal: “Some people might say why don’t you just get on with gardening? I think [there’s a] passion for truth and a passion for justice that doesn’t allow me to do that.” To him, this passion means abolishing the Christian God, and to do this,Dawkins remains indefatigably active. He rarely takes a holiday, but travels frequently to give talks – in the last four months [as of November 2017], he has been to Ireland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and Brazil. …. “I suppose some of what I do is an attempt to change people’s minds about religion,” he said, with some understatement, . . . . “And I do think that’s a politically important thing to be doing.” For . . . . In his mission, Dawkins is still, at heart, a teacher. “I would like to leave the world a better place,” he said.19—a place, Dawkins admits, without either God or Christianity. Furthermore, the two sides of Dawkins’s mission, namelypromoting science, demolishing religion – are intended to be complementary. … Since his arrival on Twitter in 2008, his public pronouncements have become more combative – and, at times, flamboyantly irritable: “How dare you force your dopey unsubstantiated superstitions [of God] on innocent children too young to resist?,” he tweeted last June. “How DARE you?”19His pathogenic hatred of theism is illustrated in research by Professor Paul Vitz, who did a study of academic atheists like Richard Dawkins. Vitz concluded that academic atheists are likely to have had a very destructive relationship with their father or were molested as children. Dawkins admits his experience of sexual abuse by a teacher at his junior school. Also, at his senior school, Oundle, he was forced to fend off older boys who tried to climb into his bed at night.Richard Dawkins Inc.The Dawkins empire includes the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (RDFRS), founded in 2006. The foundation supports multiple projects in the US, such as Openly Secular, to encourage atheists to proclaim their secularism, and the Teaching Institute for Evolutionary Science, which provides teachers with evolution tools. Dawkins regularly goes on fundraising lecture tours. Tickets for a tour to Portland, Oregon; Rochester, Minnesota; and Boston are $35. A reception beforehand is $250. Membership in the “Dawkins circle” costs as much as $9,999 a year. Partakers have invitations to events with “RDFRS personalities,” and for more money they get two tickets to an “invitation-only” event with Dawkins himself. Fundraising is led by the full time CEO of his foundation, Robyn Blumner. Dawkins’s personal fortune is over ten million dollars from his efforts to murder God, and yet he complains about the comparatively small change Intelligent Design organizations manage to raise. His last book, Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist (New York, Bantam) is a book of his essays. 2017. Is Richard Dawkins destroying his reputation? https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/09/is-richard-dawkins-destroying-his-reputation. November, 2017. Ibid. https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/rare-darwin-lovelace-letters-sold-auction-125000-32500/ Rowan Hooper. 2009. One Minute with Charles Darwin. New Scientist. 204(2736): 29. November 28. Is Richard Dawkins destroying his reputation? https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/09/is-richard-dawkins-destroying-his-reputation. November, 2017. Ibid. Ibid. See Censoring the Darwin Skeptics. How Belief in Evolution is Enforced by Eliminating Dissidents. Southworth, WA: Leafcutter Press. 2018; Silencing the Darwin Skeptics. Southworth, WA: Leafcutter Press. 2016; Slaughter of the Dissidents: The Shocking Truth About Killing the Careers of Darwin Doubters. 2008. Revised version 2012. Southworth, WA: Leafcutter. Is Richard Dawkins destroying his reputation? https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/09/is-richard-dawkins-destroying-his-reputation. November, 2017. Ibid. Ibid. Ibid. Richard Dawkins: ‘immoral’ not to abort if foetus has Down’s syndrome. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/aug/21/richard-dawkins-immoral-not-to-abort-a-downs-syndrome-foetus#comments. Richard Dawkins: ‘immoral’ not to abort if foetus has Down’s syndrome. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/aug/21/richard-dawkins-immoral-not-to-abort-a-downs-syndrome-foetus#comments.Is Richard Dawkins destroying his reputation? https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/09/is-richard-dawkins-destroying-his-reputation. November, 2017. Ibid. Ibid. Ibid. Ibid. Paul Vitz. 1999. Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism. Spence Publishing Company Did your absentee father make you an atheist?https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/did-your-absentee-father-make-you-an-atheist/2014/01/13/a0d96b5a-7c9f-11e3-97d3-b9925ce2c57b_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.8b508ca592cf. Is Richard Dawkins destroying his reputation? https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/09/is-richard-dawkins-destroying-his-reputation. November, 2017. https://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/authors/richard-dawkins-net-worth/.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more of his articles on CEH, see his Author Profile.We appreciate Jerry Bergman’s detailed research into the harm caused by Darwinism. Look at this case: a man, Richard Dawkins, who makes millions on a view that is patently illogical at its base. Dawkins uses morality to preach that there is no absolute moral standard. He uses the ‘Truth’ to preach that truth is an illusion caused by material forces. He uses passion to preach that emotions are neural artifacts of natural and sexual selection. If he really believed what he says he believes, he would just try to have as many kids as possible, not caring what they believe, as long as they also have lots of kids. Instead, he borrows from theistic assumptions about truth, goodness and beauty to destroy those values. In the process, he leaves a trail of hate, bigotry and totalitarianism that could motivate another genocide. —Ed.(Visited 1,053 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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