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"First President to repeat the Holy Quran tells us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth."
Why is this a bad thing? Would you prefer if he had said Jimmy Buffett? I've heard the Azan sitting on the banks of the Nile, I've sat in Notre Dame cathedral while Bach's organ music reverberated off the walls, and I've listened to the uplifting chorus of instruments at a Hindu wedding - they were ALL beautiful.
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" A belief in evolution does not preclude a belief in a God-created universe, despite the best efforts of the left wing to argue otherwise."
There are many on the left who believe in a god and accept evolution as part of the creation process. Is that so difficult for you to believe?
I see plenty of religious conservatives banging on the school doors trying to get their "facts' taught in public school, yet I don't see any evolutionists knocking down the doors to the church. To me, that says a lot about who is being victimized here and it's our children that end up paying the price.
MITT ROMNEY IS A MUSLIM
"Students in three sections of a high school biology course were taught a unit on evolution and natural selection. Prior to instruction, students were pretested to determine their (a) reflective reasoning skill, (b) strength of religious commitment, (c) prior declarative knowledge of evolution and natural selection, and (d) beliefs in evolution or special creation and related religiously oriented beliefs. Following instruction the measures of declarative knowledge and beliefs were readministered. The study was designed to test (a) the hypothesis that the acquisition of domain-specific concepts and the modification of nonscientific beliefs largely depends upon reflective reasoning skill, not prior declarative knowledge; and (b) the hypothesis that strength of religious commitment and a belief in special creation hinder the acquisition of scientific beliefs. Although instruction produced no overall shift toward a belief in evolution, as predicted, reflective reasoning skill was significantly related to initial scientific beliefs, and reflective reasoning skill, but not prior declarative knowledge, was significantly related to gains in declarative knowledge. Reflective reasoning skill, however, was not significantly related to changes in beliefs. Also as predicted, strength of religious commitment was negatively correlated with initial belief in evolution and with a change in belief toward evolution. Interrelationships among the study's major variables, as well as educational implications, are discussed."
I think this is an argument only a minority of people in the world will have (more so in the US than other civilized countries). Most people of faith have no problem reconciling evolution as part of the creation process by a higher power. The majority of this problem stems from those who take religious texts and interpret them literally thus excluding any scientific facts to compliment their faith.
A bronze age storm in a 21st century teacup.
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Poor Gandhi was unsaved despite all the good works.
Poor god, so oft quoted and so little adhered to - needs a better PR campaign - he should've quit while he was ahead.
God is overcompensating with all the anti-gay stuff - time to come out of the celestial closet oh omnipotent one!
Your god sounds like a bit of an arse, quite honestly.