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Comment: Re:Start with Venus... (Score 1) 319

by wiggles (#48775075) Attached to: How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

Habitable does not necessarily mean earthlike. Just getting it to the point of having floating colonies, actively working on fixing the planet - of putting up sun shields over the planet to even start cooling, getting cheap, efficient interplanetary transportation - all of that will take hundreds of years. Turning it into a place we can walk around on the ground would take a lot longer.

Comment: Re:islam (Score 1) 1350

by wiggles (#48756699) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Short answer: Political ambitions, greed, and corruption - all things the Christian religion condemns. These things happened because Christendom wasn't following the teachings of its own religion. You can't blame the religion itself for the misdeeds of its followers. You must blame the followers themselves for not living according to their stated values.

Comment: Re:islam (Score 2) 1350

by wiggles (#48756055) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Again, not true.

Protestants - as in Main Line Protestants (Baptists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Methodists, etc) all have governing bodies of some sort who determine the theologies of those particular churches.

"Non-denominational" churches are those who reject even those Protestant churches' theologies. Those are the dangerous ones, many can't even be considered Christian, as they do things like disbelieve the divinity of Jesus, of the Trinity, etc.

In the current era, there are many who, when confronted with their own behaviors being out of sync with the Church, decide that instead of changing their behavior, they simply change their Church. It's more convenient that way.

Comment: Re:islam (Score 2) 1350

by wiggles (#48755245) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

100% of the examples you provide are not driven by religious ideals, but political ones. Evil people merely twist and use religion to whip up the support of the masses for their political agenda. In the case of the IRA, it was used to create an "us vs. them" mentality to rally people to the cause. Same with the KKK, which was NEVER a mainline protestant church unlike how you state. The Gunpowder Plot was less about religion and more about politics - the Protestants were persecuting the Catholics, the Catholics tried to turn the tables - again, more about the politics of "us vs. them" rather than religion. If you honestly think the only reason why the African militias are killing people is because of religion, you're out of your mind. That nut in Oslo was mentally ill.

I can't speak to Islam, but what I do know is that Christians who use violence to spread their views can not be considered Christians. According to the Christian religion, the suffering and death of Jesus in the New Testament by its very act is intended to teach that violence and persecution against you by someone is no reason to retaliate violently. Jesus was God Incarnate, perfectly able to take himself down from the cross, call an army of angels to his side, and lay waste to the Roman legions and Jewish religious. He did not.

Comment: Re:islam (Score 4, Informative) 1350

by wiggles (#48755031) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

> I am all about being correct. And in this case, Islam is no more or less violent than Christianity is, if you judge it according to the respective holy book.

That's not true at all.

The Bible is written such that the violence of the old testament is the back story for the mission of peace in the gospels. It's basically saying, "This is how it used to be - now all that ends, and the Kingdom of Heaven begins with Jesus Christ." The New Testament is all about "turning the other cheek", about martyrdom of peaceful saints, of loving thy neighbor. Pray for those who persecute you. The scourging and crucifixion itself shows that suffering at the hands of another is no reason to retaliate with violence.

Are there those who twist that message? Absolutely. Just don't call them Christians.

Comment: Re:and that's how we got the world of FIREFLY (Score 1) 265

by wiggles (#48663079) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Actually, no. Their GDP per capita is still very low. Their GDP hasn't eclipsed ours despite some funky figures produced by

Thinking they can really hurt us with economic measures belies the damage they'd do to their own economy with said measures. They need us more than we need them.

From Sharp minds come... pointed heads. -- Bryan Sparrowhawk