Dinki: Professor forces a student to violate his religious beliefs.Does Mormonism have a tenet that you can't step on the name of Jesus?
eraser8: Is there a reason our society treats religious ideas so much more gingerly than other kinds of ideas?This isn't a troll. I'm seriously asking.
RickN99: houstondragon: eraser8: Is there a reason our society treats religious ideas so much more gingerly than other kinds of ideas?This isn't a troll. I'm seriously asking.Most major wars and a great deal of historical murdering sprees tend to come from arguing over who has the coolest sky wizard.Or by not showing the appropriate level of fanaticism towards said sky wizard when confronted./See: Crusades//Or: Inquisition///Or: Romans vs Christians////Or: Dark Ages//Etc etc etcAll dwarfed by the murdering sprees of those arguing that no sky wizard exists./See: Stalin//Or Mao///Etc, etc, etc
FloydA: There is a substantive difference between thinking "he's a good guy" and "bowing and scraping" or "treating him as a godhead." I think Sir Arthur Guinness, Alan Turing, and Sir Thomas Crapper were great men, because each of them invented something that makes my life better, but I don't worship any of them.
Epicedion: Amos Quito: Hickory-smoked: Amos Quito: How was this not a HATE CRIME?/DiscussBecause "hate crime" does not mean that hatred or expressions that can interpreted at hateful are criminal, but rather refers to bias-motivated violence, which this is not.Understand now?No.Please show where VIOLENCE is a necessary factor in any "hate crime" under law.Thanks for your help.I'm pretty sure crime is a necessary part of a hate crime.
Igor Jakovsky: LtDarkstar: GAT_00: St_Francis_P: Dinki: Professor forces a student to violate his religious beliefs.Does Mormonism have a tenet that you can't step on the name of Jesus?Probably just the opposite. The Bible warns about idolatry and the worship of graven images. He should have stomped that piece of paper good to prove his faith.I've always liked that Christians pray every week to a God who condemned them for false idols while being surrounded by false idols.Being surrounded by them is one thing, worshiping them is another. Most Christians do not worship false idols. The only ones I know of that actually DO are Catholics. Of course i've seen unsaved Catholics before so being Catholic doesn't necessarily mean they are Christian.Saying that you take the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal savior isn't going to get you into heaven either.
Cornelius Dribble: Pop quiz: explain the difference between "step" (as used in the lesson description) and "stomp" (as used in the Townhall article).
serial_crusher: Did the principal catch sayof--complained the college?
FloydA: rkiller1: eraser8: Note: "De Jure" is a Latin term that means "concerning the law." "Du Jour" is a French phrase means "of the day" or "made for a particular time."
raerae1980: ginandbacon: I think I could see how being asked to write the name of your divine spirit on a piece of paper and then being required to step on it might be offensive. I'm not sure who designed this particular exercise, but it kind of sucks ass. There are much better ways IMHO to teach how hypocritical and ridiculous many religious teachings are without doing dishonor to the essential message behind them which is essentially love and tolerance. Jesus was a great man in many respects and even as an atheist, I'm not sure I would want to write out his name and then stomp on it. Id have no problem stomping on it. Im an atheist and I have doubts on if he even existed.
vpb: Happy Hours: Then don't read Townhall. Other news outlets are carrying this story too."Other" news outlets? You think world nut daily is a news outlet?
Three Crooked Squirrels: Happy Hours: Then don't read Townhall. Other news outlets are carrying this story too.Well, it was the source Fark linked to. They didn't link to a different source. As far as going to a different news outlet to read this story, no thanks. It's an unimportant story.
Happy Hours: The university did not explain why students were only instructed to write the name of Jesus - and not the name of Mohammed or another religious figure.Oh, that's easy. They would be the target of terrorist attacks and called "racist" if they had told the students to write Mohammed.Also, "Mohammed" is harder to spell than Jesus and most of the student would probably have been unable to do so.
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