Funny happening at Pharyngula

I just experienced outrage followed by a good chuckle, and then a bit of lingering though greatly dissipated outrage. More of a mild discontent and sense of disappointment. Yeah, that sounds about right.

Anyhow, I had just finished reading a story linking to PZ Myers’ post today on a New Jersey family who was ordered to return their two adopted children to the adoption agency years after having adopted them, and despite the fact that this was the only family the kids ever knew, because the family was atheist and thus could possibly rob the child of its freedom to experience the wonder of living a life with faith in a Supreme Being. As alluded to above, I was outraged by this. Unexpectedly, this outrage was quickly supplanted by an internal chuckle when I scrolled down to the comment section and saw that Myers had made a gaff: the article that he had read and had been outraged by himself was from 1970! After my brief comment of mild amusement I felt a sense of mild discontent and disappointment that such a thing could ever have happened. I’m happy to say that in reading through the comments section on PZ’s posting, I learned that the parents were successful in their appeal and got to keep their adopted children.

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  1. […] of the importance of double-checking publication dates. This story is from 2002… I feel like PZ probably felt a month ago. Posted in Ethics & Morality, Politics, Religion, Society & […]



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