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Go to: The end of one law for all?

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Well...there is something of a legal argument here if the immigrants are not naturalized citizens. From an international law perspective, a country should have legal jurisprudence within its own borders, including over non-citizens and immigrants. But a sometimes conflicting principle is one of states exerting control over their citizens regardless of the state in which a crime is commited. So there is sometimes a legal debate over whether citizenship or residence takes priority when deciding jurisprudence.

But the point here isn't legal. It's cultural and religious. Frankly, I'm all for cultural diversity, but all people are supposed to be equal before the law. Suppose my religion decreed that I could kill anyone for his/her ice cream. It's obviously ridiculous, but the principle is the same. I'd have to be tried in an ice cream-ist court, which would let me off scot free. Luckily this sort of silliness isn't as entrenched in US law...one of the few things we've got right.

Tue, 28 Nov 2006 17:16:00 UTC | #9501

Go to: Creation vs. Darwin takes Muslim twist in Turkey

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John: You wanna see fossil evidence? Try your local science museum. You specifically wanna see a transition fossil? How about Archaeopteryx fossils (reptile to bird)? Or in the case of human beings, Australopithecus afarensis, better known as "Lucy"?

If these and the other mountains of fossil evidence aren't enough, what about DNA evidence? Similar genomes? Geographic distribution of animals?

...bah. I'm probably wasting my time, but it's worth a shot.

Mon, 27 Nov 2006 18:41:00 UTC | #9393

Go to: Holy Baloney: Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion crucifies religion and the religious

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Sure, science has provided dangerous technology. I think anyone espousing a scientific worldview has to admit that. But we also have to realize two other things: first, Mark Plus's point about science actually being EFFECTice, and second, the scientists themselves rarely used said technology. It was usually (ho, hum) political and religious leaders.

Now I'm sure some religionists will point out that the technology wouldn't have been used if it didn't exist, but here's where I'll turn it over to Professor Dawkins: "If you want to do evil, science provides the most powerful weapons to do evil; but equally, if you want to do good, science puts into your hands the most powerful tools to do so."

Sun, 26 Nov 2006 09:13:00 UTC | #9229

Go to: Creation vs. Darwin takes Muslim twist in Turkey

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I'd like to point out something that's rather sad about this article with respect to my own country:

All this crap is going on in Turkey, which is 34th in the ranks of nations which accept Darwinism. Where's the US? A lovely 33rd.

So let me get this straight: Turkey has glossy books talking about how Darwinism is dead and atheism is the root of terrorism. And yet with all their abundancy of loony per capita, they're only ONE SPOT below the US on the list.

To me, this implies one of two things: we're only one step away from large picture books in size 78 font replacing our (already inadequate) biology textbooks, or we don't need even need such rubbish to be abhominably ignorant.

...so, how about that island?

Sun, 26 Nov 2006 09:03:00 UTC | #9226

Go to: Science Gives Christians Upper Hand Over Atheists

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UGH.

Typical Christian crap. Sure, astrophysics may have revealed a wonderously queer universe that we haven't fully explained. But honestly, would it really kill these guys to take a class in elementary logic? Just because science hasn't explained all the queerness doesn't mean religion gets to declare its victory. It's not a scientific argument here; it's a logically fallacious one, one that was easily refuted by Hume.

...but where I come from, this rubbish is called "journalism." 'Tis sad.

Sun, 26 Nov 2006 08:45:00 UTC | #9223

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