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Wednesday, 25 June 2008 16:16

Muslim Polygamists In Western Societies

Polygamy is illegal in western countries, including Australia. Marriage is between a man and a woman: not a man and many women. But some muslims have more than one wives. Attorney-General Robert McClelland asserts that this is not to continue. Sheik Khalil Chami says, 'Why not change the law?'. (Source)
Monday, 23 June 2008 20:53

Ice Found On Mars

A breakthrough in space exploration: Ice may have been found on Mars. The implications of this, if it is indeed ice opens up a lot of possibilities, considering that water is vital to life. If there is water in Mars then we ask: how abundant is water in terrestrial planets, in our solar system or in others? [youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=t2ssGtZjtkk[/youtube]
Published in Scientific Advances
So, the Anglican church conducted its very first gay wedding in the UK. "An Anglican church has held a homosexual "wedding" for the first time in a move that will deepen the rift between liberals and traditionalists. Two male priests exchanged vows and rings in a ceremony using one of the church's most traditional wedding rites - a decision seen as blasphemous by conservatives." (Source) The day finally came for gays to be able to wed in church. Not only that, the first couple to be wed were two priests! Who would have thought. Religion is evolving.
Monday, 16 June 2008 21:58

Earth-Like Planets Discovered

Scientists have spotted three earth-like planets in a nearby solar system, making them wonder whether earth-like planets are very common in the universe. (Source)
Published in Scientific Advances
Saturday, 14 June 2008 07:34

US bishops reject stem cell research

Scientists say stem cell therapy holds great medical promise, including treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's...but US bishops stop them from doing their research. (More)
A very important breakthrough has just occurred: evolution in action observed in the world of bacteria: Article.
Published in Scientific Advances
Saturday, 07 June 2008 14:26

Bride's virginity a white lie

PARIS - The bride said she was a virgin. When her new husband discovered that was a lie, he went to court to annul the marriage - and a French judge agreed. The ruling ending the Muslim couple's union has stunned France and raised concerns the country's much-cherished secular values are losing ground to cultural traditions from its fast-growing immigrant communities. (Source)

The search for extraterrestrial life does not contradict belief in God, the pope's chief astronomer said today, adding that some aliens may even be innocent of the original sin...Even if "we don't currently have any proof... the hypothesis" of extraterrestrial life cannot be ruled out, said Funes, a Jesuit priest who directs the Vatican's observatory at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome.

COMMENT: I find this article very interesting considering that back in Galileo's time, scientists were branded as heretics with their telescopes as the tools of evil. Unlike Galileo, who was put under house arrest for the rest of his life because of his discoveries, most scientists and thinkers who ever questioned the belief that the universe revolved around the Earth were killed or that other planets existed were killed.

Monday, 12 May 2008 20:34

Blasphemy Law Lifted In The UK

The law against blasphemy in the UK, which made it illegal to insult Christianity had been lifted.

The reasons are:

1. "The little-used laws served no useful purpose, while allowing religious groups to try to censor artists."

2. Maria Eagle, the junior justice minister, said in the debate: "These offences have now largely fallen into disuse and therefore run the risk of bringing the law into disrepute". "Given that these laws protect only the tenets of the Christian Churches, they would appear to be plainly discriminatory."

COMMENT: It is discriminatory against other religions. If there is a law against blasphemy -- which protects mainly the Christian faith -- then other religions will want their own law that prohibits making fun of their religions as well. If such an environment is pursued, think of what this will create.

There are many religions, each with their own beliefs and often times, they contradict each other and our modern sense of morality. If you were a muslim, you are bound to disagree with some Christian beliefs. If you are a Christian, you are bound to disagree with some muslim beliefs. You should be allowed to express it and debate it with others.

Due to the number and variety of religions, we should be allowed to question each other's beliefs for it is undeniable that they cannot all be simultaneously true. We can only determine which beliefs are useful to us as a society only if we can discuss them in the open.

Latest climate science showed global emissions of planet-heating gases were rising faster and upsetting the climate more than previously thought, Nicholas Stern [Climate Change Expert] said in a Reuters interview today... "Emissions are growing much faster than we'd thought, the absorptive capacity of the planet is less than we'd thought, the risks of greenhouse gases are potentially bigger than more cautious estimates, and the speed of climate change seems to be faster," he told Reuters at a conference in London. (Source)
Published in Scientific Advances