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Go to: Mayans never predicted world to end in 2012: experts

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@Modo (#12):

Hey I’ve got a question; why don’t we call scientific predictions (like eclipses) ‘prophecies’ and the scientists that make them ‘prophets’? Is it me, or is the defining characteristic of a prophecy is that it’s bollocks? Seriously...

That made me smile. It reminded me of a passage from Carl Sagan's Cosmos (Chapter IV) in which he discusses Edmund Halley's prediction of the return of a comet and mentions that it was named after him after his prediction turned out to be correct.

From the article

The National Institute of Anthropological History in Mexico has been trying to quell the barrage of forecasters predicting the apocalypse. "The West's messianic thinking has distorted the world view of ancient civilizations like the Mayans," the institute said in a statement.
"The Maya did not think about humanity, global warming or predict the poles would fuse together," said Alfonso Ladena, a professor from the Complutense University of Madrid. "We project our worries on them."

It did always seem weird to me that people were looking at a calendar and assuming that the things that would happen at the end of that calendar were in line with what they (the people alive now looking at the calendar) believed, which is not necessarily going to be the same as what others believed.

Sun, 04 Dec 2011 16:23:07 UTC | #895583

Go to: 'Honour' crimes against women in UK rising rapidly, figures show

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It's so sad. There aren't insults horrible enough to describe the horrible people who commit such attacks. This whole practice of using religion or culture (or some combination of the two) to excuse such violence is unacceptable. This weird idea of preserving one's "honor" by killing members of the family who refuse to follow some ancient and horrible tradition is, I think, one of the worst ideas human beings have ever thought of. The idea that certain beliefs cannot be challenged due to the fact that they are "traditional" gets used to excuse the bad consequences, because somehow breaking that tradition would be "dishonorable", while they don't notice the absolute dishonor of killing someone who didn't do anything wrong. I really hope that more people who are being hurt are able to escape from the abuse and receive help if this problem is brought to light and more people become aware of it.

Re: The response to problems like this

Am I the only one who's annoyed by how articles about a problem in Islam (and/or about a problem in Islam that's also in other religions) are followed by complaints about immigration, with an assumption that the Muslims in the country are somehow a problem from outside, rather than fellow citizens in the country? After all, many of the victims of the attacks are also Muslim --- but rather than showing concern for them, any article like this gets used as a reason to post claims of persecution, about how immigrants are ruining the country, or self-congratulatory comments about how immigrants should assimilate into the culture of the country they've moved to (as if any country has only one culture).

How about this: Everyone should be treated equally under the law. A Muslim who commits such a crime should get the same punishment as a non-Muslim who committed the same crime. When it comes to beliefs (rather than violence) we should all try to figure out the best beliefs to have, the best actions to take, etc. based upon the real world. This includes everyone. Rather than saying that immigrants should just assimilate, I think it's better to say that everyone should seek to have correct beliefs, and we should try to convince others to support equal rights,etc. by explaining why these ideas are better, rather than just treating immigrants like robots who should do/believe whatever someone else is doing/believing. People should be in favor of equal rights and against such honor killings because these views are in line with the real world, considering the consequences that result --- not because of the beliefs of most of the people in the country they're living in. (After all, if you're an atheist in a country with a Christian majority, you wouldn't just decide to be Christian, since that's the majority religion, right?)

@Metamag (#8):

Of course such crimes are rising.. When you have multiculturalism instead of assimilation this is what happens. Same thing in Netherlands and every other European country infested with muslims and multiculturalism.

Did it occur to you that many of the victims of the attacks are also Muslim? They're not an infestation. They are human beings and they're just as much a part of the countries they live in as anyone else in that country.

@Osiris (#49):

"Moderate Muslims"....I tend to think of them in the same way as the Yeti, the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot and Leprechauns....people talk about them but they are never seen or heard.

There's a difference between supernatural characters that don't exist and people who do but may be hesitant to speak up due to many factors, including fear of retribution or of alienating their families. I tend to agree that there are not enough Muslims speaking up about the problems within Islam, but that does not mean moderate Muslims are comparable to fantasy beings that don't exist.

Sun, 04 Dec 2011 16:08:56 UTC | #895577

Go to: If only more people took this approach.

Ani Sharmin's Avatar Jump to comment 32 by Ani Sharmin

Good for him, for saying he's an atheist, rather than hiding it.

On the one hand, he's taking a risk, since he's so famous and it could make people change their opinion of him and/or his movies. On the other hand, the fact that he's famous might give him some leeway (i.e. people being less upset if a celebrity is an atheist rather than if their own family member was) and also might make people reconsider their opinions.

@Jay G (#3):

"If only more people took this approach" OK, then what?

I can't speak for the person who wrote the title, but my own reading of it was "What if people who don't necessarily want to spend time arguing in favor of religion would still respect those who argue in favor of it, rather than telling them they're being too shrill, strident, mean, etc."

Sun, 27 Nov 2011 19:02:28 UTC | #893670

Go to: Loving Christians respond to atheists

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While this makes me a little angry, it mostly just makes me sad.

Sat, 30 Jul 2011 20:57:19 UTC | #855937

Go to: Muslim Sharia Law In Australia

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This is so sad and horrible. What's so disturbing is that there are people who will voluntarily go along with this, preferring to go the religious leaders for a decision, rather than using ideas of justice and equality in making decision. Then, there will be those who are forced against their will by family, community, etc.

On a related note, why are the discussion about religious courts, etc. by those who defend them framed in a way suggesting that it would be okay if it only affected Muslims, and not others? The assumption seems to be that if you happened to have been born in a non-Muslim family, then you deserve equal rights, but if you happen to have been born in a Muslim family, then people should look the other way while you're being mistreated.

Sat, 30 Jul 2011 15:25:40 UTC | #855848

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