Joined: Jan. 2006
|Quote (Schroedinger's Dog @ Sep. 15 2011,02:45)|
|Quote (midwifetoad @ Sep. 15 2011,02:37)|
|Well, when you are forbiden to take part in a shitload of business ventures, you get very good at mastering what you are allowed to do|
Europeans have always looked down their noses at businessmen and shopkeepers. (My source for this otherwise unreferenced factoid is BBC costume dramas.)
Islam still seems to be in the dark ages regarding science, music and art. Sad, because it wasn't always so.
Islam has, so far, the best banking system because they don't allow interests on loans and such.
Wait, did I just say something positive about religion? Get Louis!!!
ETA: Islam was top notch in science, medicin and maths until some dumbfucker in the XIth century decided this all was haram. I'll try to fish out his name...
In all seriousness there are plenty of positive things to say about religion, and plenty of negative things to say about non-religion.
It still doesn't mean there's a magic man in the sky who watches you masturbate, or whatever incoherent, evidence lacking proposition someone wishes to believe in.
I've got nothing against religion, let it flourish as a personal enterprise. As Thomas Jefferson said:
"But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."
The minute someone wants to break my leg or pick my pocket on behalf of their deity, ideology, or whatever, you bet your backside on a barbeque I'm going to ask a few awkward questions. The "goddiness" of it is irrelevant. Having the NHS support homeopathy (however small this support is, it's non-zero) is just as important in principle as removing the (pseudo) compulsory act of Christian worship in UK schools, or reducing the stranglehold that various religious groups have on schools, or combating Nadine Fucking Dorries (spit)*.
Not on any specific issue you understand, just combating Nadine Fucking Dorries (spit). She is the living avatar of what should be combated in so many ways it's simpler just to combat everything and take the hit if it ever occurs that she alights on the right side of an issue simply by chance.
*That is her full title. Google is your friend, I refuse to link to her blog.