Here is a short movie (with subtitles) on Romanian parents whose kids emigrated to the US. It is hilarious, at least for people who have gone through this.
Funny enough, my own parents went through an abridged version of this, even though my mother has a Bachelor in Computer Science. She did her university studies just as Computer Science was introduced, and she got a degree after writing FORTRAN programs on punch cards. After graduating, her parents convinced her that there was no future in this discipline, so she became a mathematician.
Here is a funny article on religion published in the Cosmopolitan in the 1920s. The author was scared by religious fundamentalists who tried to introduce bills limiting the teaching of evolution. Sound familiar?
When it comes to social issues, I am always more comfortable in Romanian circles than in the US. I never feel the need to engage in a conversation on the existence of God, since I genuinely consider any person who believes such a thing to be intellectually inferior --- he prefers to rationalize a feeling rather than "truly feel" a logical conclusion. (Of course, my position is not politically correct in the US.) The truly interesting question, to me, is whether we should allow discrimination on religious grounds --- after all, would you want a professor who has proven himself to be intellectually inferior? While I cannot give a definite answer, I think it is OK to accept religious people as scientists, since there is a lot of technical work in science --- i.e. there are many useful skills, and they seem to be distributed independently of the particular feature on which religious people show inferiority. Thus, rejecting religious people would reduce the pool of talent, rather than concentrate it.
Via Luca, here is a bad philosophical piece on how efficient algorithms show that God exists. There are, of course, many cringe-inducing examples of bad philosophy that abuses concepts in computer science. This is just one that I saw today.
To quote some from last week, consider some talks from the Barriers workshop at Princeton. "P vs NP is really the deepest question in Mathematics, since it talks about the essence of Mathematical proofs." "The decades since P-vs-NP was posed really convinced us that this is the right question to ask about computational efficiency." "P!=NP is a law of the universe."
Now, "computational efficiency" means many things in many contexts. If you're sitting inside ATT routers, O(lg n) may be trivial to achieve, but a prohibitive cost. If you're aggregating over Google's data, O(n2) may be trivial, but prohibitive. And if you're optimizing the bus schedules in NY, O(n!) may be trivial, but prohibitive.
P is not the universal definition of "efficient." The P vs NP question is a misnomer for the question "Can you beat backtracking for the following list [...] of problems?", which is, by all accounts, a fascinating question. But substituting P with "efficient" and talking about the universe is just bad philosophy abusing sounds concepts in Computer Science.
Any attempts to ascribe metaphysical (or "metamathematical") meaning to this question is, like religion, a failure to accept the most plausible interpretation of reality, leading to an urge to replace it with a feel-good half-logical explanation.