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September 15, 2005

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Jerusalem Post editorial
Muslim intolerance

How much more Muslim intolerance is the civilized world willing to tolerate? A lot, if two events this week are any indication.

In the first case, British Prime Minister Tony Blair rejected the suggestion of senior advisers that he scrap England's Holocaust Day, on the grounds that the annual commemoration of the Shoah offends the country's Muslims.

In the second case, the International Committee of the Red Cross drafted a proposition according to which Israel's Magen David Adom would assimilate its logo into a more "neutral" crystal shape that wouldn't offend Muslim countries as much as its red Star of David does now.


Alan Sears
The ACLU's war on parents

It is bad enough that the culture seems at war with parents. But more disturbing are the actions of courts to damage the link between parent and child. And no group has done more to inflict damage on parental rights though the courts than the American Civil Liberties Union working with its zealous allies.

In December, the ACLU praised a Washington State Supreme Court ruling that prevents parents from listening to their minor children's telephone conversations. The high court determined that a mother violated the state's Privacy Act when she monitored a discussion between her 14-year-old daughter and her daughter's boyfriend. The content of this conversation helped convict the boyfriend of a violent crime....

The ACLU is also undermining parents' right to teach their children traditional moral and religious beliefs. One of the latest battlegrounds in the organization's war against parents is Boyd County, Ky....

"Parents don't get to say I don't want you to teach evolution or this, that, or whatever else," said James Esseks, litigation director for the ACLU's Lesbian and Gay Rights Project. "If parents don't like it, they can home school, they can go to a private school, they can go to a religious school."

Mr. Esseks doesn't seem to get it. Public schools should be just that: open to the public. That means open to everyone. Is the public school system merely for students who aren't Christian and who can afford to go to private schools?

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Posted by Danny Carlton at September 15, 2005 06:34 AM

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So if it were up to you, do parents also get to say that their children should be taught flat-earth theory?

Posted by: Blackpriester at September 15, 2005 01:25 PM

If there were actually some that wanted it taught, of course. But, remember, the claim that the earth is flat has as much scientific validity as the claim that people evolved from pond scum, and that religious viewpoint is forcibly taught at taxpayer's expense.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at September 15, 2005 04:13 PM

Hi,

Then we have to agree to disagree on how a good school system ought to look like. I believe its our duty to teach Children the best available science, and flat earth theory or Creationism/ID are definitely not it. In fact, both are not science at all.

As for the pond scum -> people comment, that is what we call a "straw man". And the REAL argument that you are trying to attack with it has all the scientific validity in the world. In fact, pretty much every scientist in a related field who did not get his credentials from a Christian diploma mill or whose name is Michael Behe defends it.

But science is not necessary about consensus or democracy - it is always about the theory that fits facts best, and about FALSIFIABILITY. So its open to anyone to prove just ONE of Evolution's predictions wrong. Come on, its so easy! Just find a human skeleton in a supposedly "Jurassic" strata. Not a big task, if flood geology were correct, right?

Posted by: Blackpriester at September 18, 2005 05:01 AM

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