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Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 931

by roca (#47933545) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Christians throughout history have understood that the laws God prescribed for Israel in the Old Testament are not mandatory outside that context, and in particular are not to be applied wholesale to gentiles (i.e. almost everybody). This isn't some modern opportunistic innovation, it's explicit in the New Testament (e.g. Acts 10-11,15).

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 931

by roca (#47933519) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

The Protestant reformers would have objected violently to your characterization. To them, rejecting the human authority of the Pope in favour of 'sola scriptura' was a move *away* from secularism. You're right that ironically it provided room for true secularism to grow.

But the grandparent post is right nevertheless. The Christianity of the New Testament is fundamentally compatible with secularism and pluralism because it grew up as a minority faith in the Roman Empire and took hold through mostly-peaceful implementation of the teachings of Jesus. There have been a lot of deviations from that course but those deviations can be corrected/stripped away without doing violence to the core, and in the modern era have been.

Comment: "Net neutrality", my ass. (Score 1, Interesting) 91

by jcr (#47803049) Attached to: Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

It's a buzzword for demanding federal control of the internet, to remedy the government-caused problem of last mile providers who are protected from competition by local cable monopoly privileges.

All we need to solve the problem of the Comcasts and the Time-warners of the world is to expose them to competition.


Comment: Re:Rockets suck (Score 2) 211

by db48x (#47795507) Attached to: Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

A rocket is a mass driver, and all of the "scifi" types of propulsion break the laws of physics one way or another. Space elevators would be pretty nice, but we still haven't found a material strong enough. Carbon nanotubes are the current hope, but we can't make them long enough yet; they'd have to be very long indeed to make a strong enough elevator. Short nanotubes have to be glued together and then you're down to the strength of the glue.

I'd rather be led to hell than managed to heavan.