At the risk of being an Egypt buzzkill, What do Egyptians really want? Apparently all Sharia law, all the time . . .
• 49% of Egyptians say Islam plays only a “small role” in public affairs under President Hosni Mubarak, while 95% prefer the religion play a “large role in politics.”
• 84% favor the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim faith.
• 82% support stoning adulterers.
• 77% think thieves should have their hands cut off.
• 54% support a law segregating women from men in the workplace.
• 54% believe suicide bombings that kill civilians can be justified.
Afghan Red Cross worker set to be hanged after converting to Christianity — this is tragic. The reason you don’t hear about this on the media is that he isn’t in the right minority group.
The laws of unintended consequences kicks in regarding the passenger “Bill of Rights” for airline delays. As one should have suspected, airlines are changing behavior to avoid fines – only the behavior change is canceling flights early, and often unnecessarily so. Yes, there was a problem and no, this wasn’t the right solution.
France and Germany agree: Multiculturalism is a failure. When will the U.S. admit it?
I think profit-sharing programs can be effective motivators, but if Obama Says Corporate Profits “Have To Be Shared By American Workers” — What About Losses?
Reason # 1,978 that the free market works better than the government: Once again government subsidized projects still fail to reduce dependency on oil and free market solutions work well.
Catch 22: The evolutionary explanation of religion
No matter where you go in the world you are confronted with the fact that mankind is a deeply religious creature.
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This is a particularly difficult problem for materialists like Mr. Dawkins to deal with since the historical evidence speaks strongly against the notion that everyone is borne as an atheist, or blank slate per John Locke.
To answer this, many evolutionists like to suppose that notions of religion arose out of the overriding need for survival.
However this presents a problem for the evolutionist. If it is true that religion is merely a survival mechanism, then it demonstrates the fact that the primary goal is not the production of true beliefs. If it is false, that religion is merely a survival mechanism, then we cannot dismiss it as merely a delusion.
If the primary goal of evolution isn’t the production of true beliefs then that undermines their belief that they can discern truth.
I also like to remind these folks that if their worldview is true then their beloved Darwinian evolution is 100.000% responsible for my conversion from atheism to Christianity and my trust in the “false” evidence that Jesus really lived, died and rose again. So why are they so upset if their trusted mechanism produced my views?
From Glenn’s roundup, LifeWay Bookstores aren’t warning about emergent books anymore. It was bad enough that they even sold these non-Christian books.
According to a Christianity Today article, LifeWay Christian Stores (resource department for Southern Baptist Convention) has decided to end their “Read with Discernment” labels program that began in 2007.1 Books that LifeWay was carrying at that time by emerging church authors such as Rob Bell and Brian McLaren were suppose to receive labels telling potential readers that they should used discernment when reading the books as the books “may have espoused thoughts, ideas, or concepts that could be considered inconsistent with historical evangelical theology.” But, says Christianity Today, LifeWay has decided to end the warning program. Chris Rodgers, LifeWay’s director of product standards and customer relations, said: “We have been thinking about doing away with them for some time . . . They have kind of become irrelevant.”
They are only irrelevant if you aren’t interested in the truth.
The Arguments Gay Marriage Advocates Use – a good summary of the laundry list of fallacies used to advance their cause
You’d think that mathematics would be free from the idiocy of postmodernism, but here we are.
And in New Mexico a recent graduate of high school tells of how a mathematics teacher labelled him a “bigot” for thinking it was important to get the right answer. As long as students worked together in a group and achieved consensus, the teacher insisted, the outcome was acceptable.
Wow. We have a technical term for math teachers like that: Idiots.
Abortion group’s music video targets kids, advises anal sex to avoid pregnancy – I am not making this up. I wish I was. The group in question is referred to as an “abortion charity,” which is my submission for the oxymoron of the year award.
Coming soon to a country near you: Canadian Court: Marriage officials must marry homosexuals. Religious freedom? What’s that?