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Comment: Re:'Crown is regarded as a corporation' (Score 1) 933

by TangoMargarine (#47943119) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

the Crown is regarded as a corporation, with the monarch being the centre of a construct in which the power of the whole is shared by multiple institutions of government[131]—the executive, legislative, and judicial[7]—acting under the sovereign's authority

If anything, this blob would seem to indicate the queen doesn't have much of any real power, which I'm sure is the opposite of what you think it says.

"Elizabeth controls everything."

i never said she does that

And I quote:

Elizabeth II has final say on all important decisions of the Canadian government

I'm not misrepresenting your claims; you went all balls-out, then when I called you on your bullshit you started furiously backpedaling and denying everything.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 933

by TangoMargarine (#47938341) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Yes, I've heard of the word "patriarchy" ever. You don't have to keep fucking bringing it up when it's totally irrelevant to the conversation.

We could always take the German approach and give everything a random gender. "Girl" neuter, "mountain" male, "stream" female. Would that be better?

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 933

by TangoMargarine (#47936399) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

I would think that's probably a question of who you ask. The NIV (1973) still uses small-caps for "Lord" when referring to God last I saw, which is in the same ballpark.

Today there is no widely accepted rule in English on whether or not to use reverential capitalization. Different house styles have different rules given by their style manuals. Reverential capitalization is not to be used, for example, according to the style guidelines set by the Chicago Manual of Style[2] or the Associated Press Stylebook. It is prescribed, for example, by the US Government Printing Office Style Manual (2008).[3]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R... ...which in any case wasn't why beernutz was bringing it up, I don't think, but rather because of the genderization.

Comment: Re:both/and (Score 1) 933

by TangoMargarine (#47936347) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Elizabeth II has final say on all important decisions

...I would interpret to mean "if she approves it, it goes; if she doesn't, it dies." There's no way the Queen has time to personally okay every law in the entire Commonwealth. Hell, she doesn't even bother to okay all the laws in the U.K. itself; they have some guys to stamp all that shit *for* the monarch.

You made this whole distinction in the first place in contrast to whatever people generally perceive the UK to be*, so the onus is on you to prove "Elizabeth controls everything." You can't call someone "absolutely wrong" and then start splitting hairs. That's just not how the language works.

* Wikipedia, under Politics of the U.K., says "The United Kingdom is a unitary democracy governed within the framework of a constitutional monarchy." So it seems like they won't even take a firm stance on whether it's a monarchy or a republic/democracy. And the whole "we may or may not still have that power but we won't exercise it unless we REALLY WANT TO but we haven't in 300 years" is quite Erisian.

Comment: Re:canada is owned by the Queen (Score 1) 933

by TangoMargarine (#47932495) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Even Britain itself doesn't really have to ask the monarch's permission for stuff anymore. Technically the king/queen can refuse to sign any bill they want, but none of them have since 1708. And since the Brits are a bit weird with their unwritten rules it's debatable whether the monarch actually still has the power. I dunno.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 933

by TangoMargarine (#47932405) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

"No religion condones the killing of innocents."

The obvious loophole being how you define "innocent." Doesn't Mohammed have a lot to say about how anyone who won't become a Muslim is an enemy of Islam and must be destroyed or something?

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. - John 15:5-6

It's in reference to Judgment Day, not any call to action on humans' part. "Picked up, thrown into the fire and burned" is referring to being thrown into hell, which is doctrinally something God does and humans have no control over (the physical punishment part, that is).

The entire story is about how he is pointing out that the Pharisees are hypocrites, as noted in the other comment. There's a recurring thread in the Gospels about how the Pharisees were always trying to trip up Jesus by coming up with ways where he would technically be violating the ceremonial law. In context here, Jesus is basically telling them to STFU.

Genesis 6:6-7

Again, talking about God causing the flood. Not a call to any sort of action on our part.

Numbers 31

Okay, you actually managed to find one argument that wasn't totally uninformed. Yes, in the Old Testament, there was a lot of razing of cities that resisted the Israelites or were labelled "obstinate" or what-have-you, which is rather hard to justify. I'll just say, sidestepping that issue somewhat, that this falls under "Christians say not to do that anymore...Muslim imams are currently endorsing this very thing so they should grow up like we did."

I find it a bit funny that the first 3 links are all to a facebook image. But go figure.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 933

by TangoMargarine (#47932299) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Calling for the extermination of the group that has already been calling for our own extermination for decades? Yeah, that's crazy talk.

I mean, Islam is a religion of peace. It's just a few bad eggs spoiling it for everybody else.

The West goes in and stirs up shit over there, everybody hates them. They don't, then this happens (ISIS). Or I suppose the argument can be made that this was actually caused by the shit-stirring, huh?

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