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Go to: Law could bury ancient secrets for ever

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I'm really glad Dr. Dawkins brought up Kennewick Man. Those of us on the other side of the pond have NAGPRA, which not only applies to human remains but to funerary and ceremonial objects, to deal with; and now there's been an amendment introduced to it that requires federally funded institutions to repatriate culturally unidentified remains to any tribe whose historical territory overlaps where the remains were found. All the Native tribe has to do is file a claim and show that at some point they occupied that place. While the reasoning behind such a law is laudable, it has gotten out of hand to the point that archaeologists are having to acknowledge myth to make up for crimes committed by Franz Boas and others from his time. I'm not sure of the historical circumstances surrounding this development in England, if there is one, but what culminated in the Kennewick Man controversy, is the direct result of the historical circumstances of how the discipline developed over here and the uses to which Native skulls were put.

Sun, 06 Feb 2011 23:08:53 UTC | #588689

Go to: 'God is a person, not a theory'

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I only got as far as the first paragraph. I don't need or have an effing leader. I wish theists would get over this thing they have where because they need leader to tell them what and how to think that everyone else does, too. Ok, going back to finish reading it.

Wed, 17 Nov 2010 12:28:50 UTC | #548770

Go to: Archbishop damns BBC as 'anti-Christian'

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“Senior news managers have admitted to the Catholic church that a radically secular and socially liberal mindset pervades their newsrooms.

Reality has a liberal bias anyways.

How can you be "radically secular" anyways? Doesn't make much sense, kind of like "atheist fundamentalist".

Sun, 05 Sep 2010 11:57:30 UTC | #511728

Go to: Barack Obama believed to be a Muslim by one fifth of Americans

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Comment 13 by toomanytribble:

it's frustrating... no, actually terrifying... to see how few people in the u.s. have any grasp of, let alone respect for, the rights they enjoy.

To those people, those rights don't apply to "the other", only to themselves: The First Amendment guarantees me the free exercise thereof (of religion), not you!" That's their mentality. When the Establishment Clause was pointed out to one person recently (as in two weeks ago), her response was that the Constitution says that Congress can't make any law establishing a religion it says nothing about states or referendums by the people. These are the kinds of people we are dealing with.

i think most people who believe obama is a muslim are expressing an increasingly accepted resurfacing of racism and bigotry.

This is exacerbated and reinforced by the Tea Party, which runs on a pseudo-libertarian platform. They practice a different kind of racism which is not saying that any race is less than Caucasian, but an overwhelming percentage (I'll try to find the article again that quotes it) believe that black people are poor because they don't want to work.

I haven't yet seen the Tea Party define "Muslim" as a race (though I have seen it implied and defined by a few other people) but I have seen Latino defined as "Mexican" and that as a race; basically you are either white and Christian, brown-skinned and Christian (meaning you are either of this new Mexican race and are automatically illegal or you're black and automatically poor and lazy) or you have the misfortune of having brown skin and not being Christian in which case you are automatically a Muslim terrorist.

Fri, 20 Aug 2010 09:41:21 UTC | #502818

Go to: Barack Obama believed to be a Muslim by one fifth of Americans

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This didn't surprise me at all when I read it at NPR (I think) a couple of days ago. The "wrong religion is better than no religion" thing is very obvious in the US and, I'd have to say, a major problem. But it doesn't just extend to what people think of others' religion, it extends to how they deal with the choice of "which religion should I belong to?".

Example: An acquaintance of mine was truly given a choice. She wasn't raised in a particularly religious household (at first I didn't believe her) and her mother is Christian while her father is Muslim. During her high school years, she decided to make a choice as to what religion she wanted to be a member of and spent the majority of her senior year researching different world religions. Finally, she chose: she's a devout Muslim. Yep. When I asked her if she ever considered "no religion" as an option, she looked shocked and said "No! Why would I do that?".

A relative of my husband's refused to have anything to do with me when she found out I am an atheist. She's an evangelical Christian and has friends of a few different religions. The wrong god is better than no god again.

The instances go on and on. The Jehovah's Witness I studied with while I was in high school and my freshman year of college (going through the same "what religion should I be part of?" phase) literally threw her hands in the air and told me she gave up on me when I last saw her on a visit home and told her I am an atheist (I didn't tell her it was partly thanks to her).

The right is looking for any reason to discredit Obama and pegging him as a Muslim is one way to do it. It doesn't help that he's black and had a father of foreign birth who actually was a Muslim (shows you how patriarchal our society is: not only must he be of the religion of his father, but of the nationality, too, regardless of his mother's religion and nationality).

Fri, 20 Aug 2010 08:49:11 UTC | #502792

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