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).
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.
Malaysia and Indonesia aren't too bad.
The 9/11 hijackers were Saudis, mostly well-educated and from relatively wealthy families.
Meanwhile there's desperate poverty all over Africa and Asia and not a whole lot of terrorism (except where Islam is introducing it).
Unfortunately the area's an ethnic patchwork, not just of Sunni and Shia but other groups like Yazidi. So just "redrawing along religious lines" isn't practical unless you also carry out mass deportations. And good luck trying to keep the minority groups viable.
But it seems to me that if you have to pay someone to use your product, your product probably sucks.
The IRS scandal is pretty much all hogwash.
Only if by "hogwash" you mean a systematic harassment of political groups that oppose the expansion of the government.
Demanding membership lists is definitely beyond the pale.
So how is this different, functionally, from state owned media like the soviet union's pravda?
Pravda doesn't bother pretending to be an objective outlet for factual information.
Gosh, what a clever deflection. Yes, we should all praise the TelePrompter In Chief because the asshole that the other brand of the Ruling Party nominated was just as bad.
..and I fly far less often than I would if coach were tolerable.
I didn't bother with college. When I graduated from high school, I figured that four years of experience would be worth more than the degree, and that proved to be the case.
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.
Yes, he is amazing. He gives half of those SICP lectures as well, trading off with Hal Abelson, another great engineer and lecturer.
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.