For your viewing pleasure, a video from one of Carl Sagan's shows.
While some religions pretend today that there was never any wanton destruction of knowledge or (different) thought because of their "peaceful" message (and other religions still continue to unleash violence in the name of eternal peace), ALL organized religion has always been guilty of fanatism. There is much for us to remember in Sagan's words here.
And here's an announcement. Selva, who blogs at The Scian has announced the Scian Science Fiction short story contest.
Go on, take up that pen (or keyboard) and start working on your SciFi masterpiece.