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Posts Made By: Mark Norby

October 23, 2009 10:55 AM Forum: Politics

So-called founders and so-called economic freedom

Posted By Mark Norby

What's also revealing is the phrase: "so-called Founders"... it tells me that he doesn't have much respect for the term or the individuals that were the Founders.

November 10, 2009 01:59 PM Forum: Politics

PC woes

Posted By Mark Norby

From Britain: A private school for Jewish children was informed by the gov't that because of the anti-discrimination laws there, they (the school) must admit non-Jewish students. Remember that this is a "Private" school.

November 16, 2009 04:08 PM Forum: Religion

Muhammad declares Jesus Messiah

Posted By Mark Norby

Is this too, um, opinionated?

November 17, 2009 11:34 AM Forum: Religion

Islam's stellar claims

Posted By Mark Norby

Refet wants us to all become Muslims. Convert if you care to. I've just been responding to claims his religion makes. Again, I'm not comparing any other religion to his, just commenting on claims of science and innerancy, with my sources referenced.

November 20, 2009 06:55 AM Forum: Religion

"cosmology and ...................."(YES religion)

Posted By Mark Norby

If your claim is that there are scientific proofs in the Qur'an, then those claims are subject to scientific scrutiny. Astronomy started with the "Golden Age of Islam"? I think you are mistaken. It advanced, but was not born in this Golden Age. It developed with Indian and Greek influence. Here's a short history:
Here's a couple of short video concerning the history of Medieval Islam and science:
You suggest "Look for the truth and leave errors on the side. Debate is not good." In other words, don't question the accuracy of the Quran or Hadiths. I have no problem examining these works as literature, or as poetic writing. But they are not science, and they're not a complete history of the region. Neither are the holy books of Judaism or Christianity.

December 23, 2009 10:00 AM Forum: Religion

Yet another survey...

Posted By Mark Norby

Speaking of only US population; most are Bibliclly illiterate. If the illiterate are told "donate your estate and you'll get to heaven", they are more likely to believe it than those that know what is written about such claims. At one time, youngsters' first experience with the Bible was on a parents' knee and read to. That was their first reading lesson, also. Also, let's not forget that many "Ivy League" colleges, such as Harvard, were established to provide education, including, religious instruction. Public schools, especially the more remote "one-room" type, used the Bible for literature, as well as reading practice. Today's intelligencia have prohibited that in our schools today, to the detriment of society, imo. Instead, there are, in my son's junior-high library, introductory books about Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism. But no Judaism or Christianity. Isn't that curious. Apparently, the "Powers That Be" haven't considered that a Buddhist might be curious about one of them, or are afraid of the ACLU or Freedom From Religion groups filing lawsuit. Just the threat is enough. And conservatives are accused of being fascist Thought Police. Go figure.

December 24, 2009 11:47 AM Forum: Religion

Health care, party politics, religion

Posted By Mark Norby

There is an obligation of all Christians to help the poor, widowed, orphans and others. That is done by voluntary offerings to various churches and charities that provide relief both here in the US, and abroad. There is also a lot of tax dollars spent on foreign aid. A great deal of money is spent on health insurance for the needy already, by way of tax dollars.
You say that religious individualism can be an evil brew. Would you rather that all "religious individuals" be like the Borg-of one mind, without free will? Should society be the same-religious or secular citizens going about their day without thought of anything not in the approved program?

December 25, 2009 10:35 AM Forum: Religion


Posted By Mark Norby

What is your interpretation of the "camel to go thru the eye of a needle" verse?

December 29, 2009 02:33 PM Forum: Politics

Obama Comes Clean

Posted By Mark Norby

Was it Sun Tzu who said, in effect: "Know your own weaknesses, because your enemy certainly does." The best thing to come out of this latest incident was that it showed us areas that need improvement.

January 18, 2010 09:19 AM Forum: Global Warming - REAL or NOT

CO2 Ramps Up Aspen Growth

Posted By Mark Norby

I recall seeing/reading somewhere that the spreading of Aspen's range is due, in part to habitat destruction. Usually from logging of old-growth trees. The cleared areas grew aspens quickly because of more sunlight getting to the ground level-no overhead foliage to shade it. The aspen is a quicker growing tree than, say, the species that was harvested. Therefore it was able to gain a foothold in previously aspen-free areas. Of course, I may be completely wrong. Any forestry specialists out there?
The elevated CO2 levels spurring growth is worthy of note. Perhaps food crops will benefit as well.