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Faiths or political posturing: who knows? (20/03/13 20:23:42)
    With age I see more lies around than I did when I was young. I used to think that fairness, reason and good intentions ruled my world - now that all wars were over and good thinking would, eventually, rule the world.

    Of course I was fascinated by the aftermath of the Internationsl Geophysical Year (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Geophysical_Year) - a few years before I became interested in scientific news - but then there was John F Kennedy

    http://www.bartleby.com/124/pres56.html

    I've never read it before - but it brings tears to my eyes.

    So - The Man had him murdered. It took me almost forty years to see what that murder led to - and the Vietnam war was only the beginning.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War_casualties#Deaths_caused_by_the_American_military

    But this source does not, as far as I can see, give any plausible number of casualties caused by US bombing in North Vietnam, which was indeed massive.

    Maybe

    http://www.vn-agentorange.org/edmaterials/cost_of_vn_war.html
    http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/SOD.CHAP6.HTM
    http://www.103fieldbatteryraa.net/documents/74.html

    SO it didn't take many years to abolish the policies outlined in Kennedy's inaugural address.

    Back to topic - how about the religions? To me religion is a private matter. Verbal insults, book burnings, caricatures, banner burning - they're only symbols, and rational people should be able to distinguish between symbols and reality.

    If that god is such an almighty power - why does he need thugs to protect his name? He could just send a lightning, couldn't he? Or a meteorite? So protecting god against insults is in my not at all humble opinion among the worst types of blasphemy, presenting the god as a spoiled and jealous child

    Buddhist or christian or hindu or muslim or jew or scientologist or communazi or laissez-faire capitalist or plain heathen: You may speak freely. Inciting violence or acting violently is a crime.
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