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Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 2) 796

What boggles my mind is that this despicable behavior was done in front of a teacher! Any school I, or my kids went to, that bullying tirade would have been stopped, and the student marched down to the principals office by the teacher. A "cut it out" is for talking to your friend when you should be paying attention.

I'm from Canada, but I'm going to guess the bully was an athlete. Untouchable.

And I agree with others that have pointed out that the school admin seems more concerned with protecting the schools reputation and athletics program than with learning and justice.

And in what way is tirade shouted out in a classroom not public? What is wrong with that magistrate, and that cop?

Comment: Re:unfiltered information will make people THINK! (Score 1) 1037

by canadian_right (#46676979) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

The Catholic church was certainly aware that unfiltered thinking could cause problems with faith which is why for centuries the clergy read the bible in latin and told the "flock" what to think, and they burned at the stake the man who first publish the bible in English.

Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 2) 1037

by canadian_right (#46676943) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Actually, we do have an arbiter of good evil outside the bible which is why good christens are not keeping slaves, stoning their neighbors to death for not observing the Sabbath or killing kids who disrespect their parents. This arbiter is the knowledge that certain actions harm other people, and our empathy allows us to know that other do not want to be harmed. Basically, the morals and ethics that arose during the enlightenment (which do owe something to some ancient Greeks) are the basis of most secular western law and principals of judgement.

Do the gods love the good because the gods say what is good, or because the gods love what is good?

As humanities moral development has improved over the ages, more and more of the bible has become metaphor.

Comment: Re:The new Hitlers (Score 3, Insightful) 564

by canadian_right (#46671109) Attached to: Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

You bring up two topics: the morality of gay marriage, and the completely separate issue of the financial and legal benefits the the USA government bestows on married couples.

You make a persuasive argument against the government giving special rights and benefits to married couples that are denied to other long term, stable relationships. I agree with you that the government has no business doling out special rights to some couples because they made a commitment called marriage while similar commitments are denied these benefits.

It is my opinion that government should not give any financial benefits simply because your are married. Further, I think the government should get out of the marriage business completely. Marriage, outside of religious ceremonies, should be replaced by civil contracts.A lot of people don't really understand that when they get married they are agreeing to a huge and convoluted legal contract. A range of simpler contracts should be available that spell out the rights and privileges of both partners: power of attorney, child custody and guardianship, shared assets, and how to dissolve the partnership would be some of the key things to include in these contracts..

The moral issue is should being gay be treated like being a red head, or being black, or being white, that is something that the law should prevent everyone from discriminating against.

In this case I disagree with you and say that being gay should be something that no one, and no law, can use as something to justify discrimination. Being gay is like having blue eyes, something you are born with. All government programs, civil rights, etc... should be available to gay people just as if they were straight.

And hospitals do NOT decide the rules about who can visit and who has the right to make medical decisions those are all laws - laws that currently discriminate against a lot of people. rules governing wills, child custody, etc... are also generally unfair to anyone other than straight couples.

Gay people are not forcing their morals on anyone. They are asking to be treated equally before the law. Asking for people to stop discriminating against yourself is not forcing your morals on anyone; it is asking for the law to be fair.

Finally, gay people are not "greedily" grabbing benefits they are just asking for the same benefits others already have, and you so eloquently argued that everyone should have. Are you saying that all committed, long term relationships should get benefits, except gay ones? That would hardly be moral.

Comment: Re:Medicalizing Normality (Score 5, Insightful) 558

You've never actually met an autistic person have you? It is NOT an advantage in 99.99999% of cases, A few people with mild cases can live normal lives, but this is the exception. Most autistic people cannot live on their own and require close supervision 24x7. Most people, even saintly social workers, find it extremely unrewarding, frustrating, and generally unbearable working with autistic people.

Autism is a horrible affliction.

Comment: Re:Obligatory Fight Club (Score 1) 357

by canadian_right (#46620677) Attached to: An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

No, limited liability corps limit the financial liability to the company, and prevent the owners from being personally responsible for DEBT the company racks up.

Limited liability companies were invented to encourage investment in risky ventures, like buying a ship and sending it to India for the spice trade. If the venture failed creditors could only go after the companies assets, not your personal assets.

Limited liability companies have no affect on criminal responsibility. It is hard to sue individuals in companies for criminal acts because it is generally very hard to determine which individual is responsible. Who knew, who decided? It can be very hard to prove.

Comment: Re:Whatabout we demand equal time of our views ins (Score 3, Interesting) 667

by canadian_right (#46554493) Attached to: Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

1/3 of American Christians do think the bible should be taken literally, according to various polls. 56% think the bible should "have a greater role in society", yet - 57% didn't read the bible at all the year the poll was taken. 75% of people in the USA think the bible is the word of god, or inspired by god.

If you accept the Bible to be the "word of god", and most Americans do, then you are NOT taking it metaphorically. But, on the other hand most Americans haven't actually read the whole bible and only hear the "good" parts in church, as selected by their pastor. The evidence is overwhelming that most USA christians have a simple, literal, or almost literal, belief in the bible. They are not taking it metaphorically.

Once you decide that the bible should be taken "metaphorically" how does one decide what it really means? How does one decide which parts should be ignored? How does one decide which parts are good? It appears that most theologians are using rational, post enlightenment ideals, to cherry pick the good parts from the bible, and explaining away the parts that are evil, or contradicted by science as metaphor. Once you start down this path you are pretty close not needing the bible at all for your moral outlook, and discarding the iron age myths in favour of modern secular morals will seem a sensible step.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 334

by canadian_right (#46501939) Attached to: Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

Since when has being beyond an evolutionary incentive had anything to do with morality. We vaccinate our children, wash our hands, build sewage treatment plants, etc... all of which subvert evolution. If you can make peoples lives better and longer it is right to do so.

"Death is wrong" is a silly thing to say philosophically because wrong and right only apply to the actions and decisions of sentient being, like humans, not the actions of natural forces like earthquakes and senescence.

I DO want to beat death because I like living and experiencing. If I could live forever I would. I'd settle for a few thousand years.

Luck, that's when preparation and opportunity meet. -- P.E. Trudeau