Died 8 January 1642 – Galileo Galilei, Italian scientist and astronomer: “It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved.”
If theocratic Creationists get their vile political way in America, scientifically-determined facts will once again be “heresy.” Interestingly, “heresy” comes from a Greek root meaning “to choose” or “choice,” and choice is exactly what most religious authorities deny their cowed underlings. As a wise man said, “Philosophy gives us questions we cannot answer; religion gives us answers we cannot question.”
Born 8 January 1981 – Graham Chapman, English comedian and actor, best known for his performances with Monty Python’s Flying Circus: “We don’t deliberately set out to offend. Unless we feel it’s justified. And in the case of certain well-known religions, it was justified.”
Offense to the offensive, I say.
Born 8 January 1979 – Sarah Polley, Canadian actress, who, commenting on the most important difference between “The Passion of the Christ” and “Dawn of the Dead” (in which she starred), said: “They’ve got only one guy who comes back from the dead. We’ve got millions.”
This seems to me to be a conclusive argument for the religious superiority of Zombie-ism. Below – High Priestess Sarah: