“darwin wrong? if anything this shows that darwin was right. article says, "really big evolutionary changes happen when animals move into empty areas of living space." This completely follows natrual selection. if a mutated trait isn't challenged because there are few other living things competing for resources, these traits will be passed on to later generations. this is nothing more than extrapolating preditor/prey theory. if there are few preditors, it is no surprise that the prey will increase in numbers. an increase in numbers increases the diversity of genetic traits. so of course evolution will experience a big jump.”
“we really need to figure out what to call these devices. tablet pc isn't quite accurate, neither is netbook. android tablet is too limited and "ipad killer" just plain isn't helpful. touch screen tablet? smart tablet? net tablet?”
“sorry, but no. I vote based on critical thinking. that's examining an issue on multiple fronts, weighing the pros and cons, determining what is best for my interests and comparing that to the interests of the rest of the country and keeping that in context of how it effects the rest of the planet.
if you were actually voting based on scripture, you'd be voting for cannibalism, dictatorships, and stoning people.”
“the unfathomable distance and emptiness of space is often missed. the likelihood of ever detecting life outside our planet is so incredibly small. That's not to say that it doesn't exist, but it's searching for a needle in 2 billion haystacks spread out over a space of millions of cubic light years. Oh and all of the haystacks are constantly moving.
If we ever hear a blip, we probably wouldn't recognize it and if we did it may have taken 10,000 plus years for it to reach us. The trajectory calculations for even finding out where it came from 10000 years ago are almost impossible. That's assuming we know how long ago the signal originated, which we won't. And it would take 10,000+ years for us to respond. By that time the society that sent it could be long gone or so changed that it wouldn't even remember sending it. Then of course they'd have to be listening to the exact right place and exact right time to receive it and try to find out where we are located (or were located 10000 of our years prior).”
“sorry. i meant why are religious beliefs relevant to marriage equality in general? i refer to the entire premise of the article.”
bsmithslo on Aug 19, 2010 at 12:30:26
“Religious beliefs are not relevant to marriage equality; at least directly. There is no one claiming that Baptists or Catholics should determine political policy regarding marriage directly.
The values of the citizens of the country are shaped by religious beliefs. People vote their values, as they should have every right to do. That is why the discussion among all groups, including groups of faith is important. Marriage is not a private event, nor is it primarily a personal one. Marriage is a social construct shaped by social mores. That is why religious beliefs are relavent to the discussion on the definition of marriage over time; and tangentially speaking why they matter to marriage equality.”
“"out of control"? it's a wild animal. please stop with the fear inducing sensational headlines. bears are just doing what they have been doing for the last million years or so. we're encroaching on their home. where's the headline that reads "out of control resident shoots mountain lion in his backyard"?"”
theubermensch on Aug 19, 2010 at 22:24:31
“Breaking news: Animal seen looking for food that eats food and lives on the same planet as humans. Oh my god!!!!”
“this whole "debate" is completely manufactured as a wedge issue. This is a local issue for the people of NYC (who largely support the project). I don't see how the events of 9/11/01 have anything to do a muslim cultural center. Why aren't people protesting the new Starbucks that is being built just as close to the WTC? If anything people should be boycotting the dozen gas stations that are within a 6 block radius of WTC.”
“Why is religion even a part of the conversation about civil rights? it just doesn't make any sense. Religious beliefs are completely irrelevant.”
Choicelady on Aug 19, 2010 at 17:47:12
“I work for a large faith organization and TOTALLY agree with you. Civil rights exist irrespective of faith perspectives.”
scottyknows on Aug 19, 2010 at 14:16:51
“Because I vote based on what I know from scripture, just as you vote by what you hear on CNN or read on PuffPost.
Your problem may lie with the sources people use to make up their minds on issues, but that will always be the case.”
Richard Ramsey on Aug 19, 2010 at 12:31:30
“It actually makes perfect sense, because it is impossible to discuss civil rights without appealing to one's own theological, moral, and philosophical suppositions (i.e. one's religious beliefs).
Your comment is a case in point, albeit an inadvertent one. To say that religious beliefs are completely irrelevant to a civil rights discussion is to make a declaration (with theological, moral and philosophical implications) about the proper place of religious beliefs.
In other words, to say "Religious beliefs are completely irrelevant [to civil rights conversations]" is to make a religious statement.”
bsmithslo on Aug 19, 2010 at 12:10:44
“Religion is a part of the discussion in a Religious forum. This article is about the biblical view of marriage as it relates to the evolving state of civil marriages. Therefore, religion within this context is extremely relevant. If you want to have a discussion on civil rights it is different then this one.”
kwinter on Aug 19, 2010 at 11:56:59
“Yes, "Religious beliefs are completely irrelevant."
But, if you can imagine god/s ... it's easy to imagine relevance for your god/s in secular issues.”
“ummm... no. Morality exists completely outside of religion and is defined by societal norms. Some religions choose to dictate, enforce and shape morality, but morality itself has nothing to do with religion.”