I’ve never been shy about my love for Neil deGrasse Tyson.
If I had a do-over button, I wouldn’t have let circumstances, and myself, stand in my way of pursuing science. I would’ve worked more in high school and took those steps in college.
But alas, with the Butterfly Effect, I likely wouldn’t have Witchlette and I honestly can’t say fun with science as a profession is worth the possibility of not having her.
But, back to my point.
Neil has made the news by sharing what he feels is a more accurate Pledge of Alligence and for defending Scientology (and all minority religions) as well as the rights of and from religion.
I’d like to share some highlights.
On the legitimacy of Scienctology, Mormonism, and one could conclude, other minority spiritual paths:
So, you have people who are certain that a man in a robe transforms a cracker into the literal body of Jesus saying that what goes on in Scientology is crazy?
But religions, if you analyze them, who is to say that one religion is rational and another isn’t? It looks like the older those thoughts have been around, the likelier it is to be declared a religion.
On the Indiana etc law and using religion to oppression:
…the point here is that if you’re religious, and your religion tells you that being gay is bad, then don’t be gay. But you have to remind yourself that that’s your belief system, and there are other belief systems that don’t agree with that, so you should not be in the position to make legislation that affects other people.
Looking at the above pieces, we see where he gets his truthful version of the Pledge:
I pledge allegiance, to the Flag of the Divided States of America. And to the PACs, for which it stands, one Nation, at odds, divisible, with Liberty and Justice for some.