Bo Gardiner is an environmental analyst, naturalist, writer, and humanist/skeptic organizer. She's a former research hydrologist, EPA consultant, wildlife program director for a national NGO, and TV writer/producer. She holds a B.A. in communications and M.S. in environmental engineering sciences.
On August 26, two journalists from WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia — reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward — were shot and killed during a live interview at Virginia’s Smith Mountain Lake. They were murdered by former WDBJ-TV reporter Vester Lee Flanagan, who was angry at being fired from the station two years ago and replaced by Parker. Read more
In April of 2014, white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr., also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, shot and killed a boy, the boy’s grandfather, and a woman near a Kansas Jewish community center while shouting “Heil Hitler!” In a dark twist of fate, all three victims were white Christians. This week, Miller was convicted of capital murder. At his trial, he said he “wanted to kill Jews, not people,” and responded to the verdict with “Sieg Heil” and a Nazi salute. Miller, who ran for several offices including U.S. House and Senate, has been described as “one of the pioneers in the modern hate world” and “a central figure of the white power movement.” CNN has reported that Miller is a neo-pagan who also “self-identified as an atheist,” who uses anti-Christian rhetoric. Here I take a deep dive into that characterization, and I will explain at the end why I think it’s worth the effort. Read more
A Qur’an that may be the world’s oldest made a splash in July, when carbon dating at the University of Oxford placed it at about 1,370 years old — the era of Muhammad. The “Birmingham Qur’an,” named after the English university where it resides, was heralded as proof that modern texts have remained true to Muhammad’s original words. But Houston, we have a problem. That’s not only very, very old, it’s quite possibly too old. This Qur’an may be older than Muhammad. Read more