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Posted Nov 24, 2010 10:00 UTC (Wed) by marcH (subscriber, #57642)
I am afraid I have just been proved wrong. Political correctness seems to have infiltrated everything.
Posted Nov 24, 2010 11:04 UTC (Wed) by vonbrand (subscriber, #4458)
You'd be surpised by the range of irrational beliefs held by otherwise well-educated people (mostly outside their real area of expertise, that is).
Posted Nov 24, 2010 11:41 UTC (Wed) by ikm (subscriber, #493)
I would also add that "with the high level of education required to enjoy LWN" one could expect a somewhat elevated level of people who are opposed to religion. Of course most of them wouldn't care, but still, references to religious content would be frowned upon to some extent.
Posted Nov 24, 2010 14:55 UTC (Wed) by ironiridis (guest, #60586)
It's been great guys. See ya.
Posted Nov 24, 2010 23:52 UTC (Wed) by ikm (subscriber, #493)
Posted Nov 30, 2010 16:58 UTC (Tue) by jone (guest, #62596)
yeah .. that's why i don't pay my taxes either :)
but seriously .. i'm guessing it's understandable that some might be overly sensitive particularly if you've been thwacked too often or abused with out of context biblical references .. in a similar vein - i'm guessing that any sort of "open kimono" or "money shot" references might be equally offensive to people who may have been sexually abused
perhaps an entropy analogy would be more appropriate here since it's generally benign and science is generally the more widely accepted school of religious thought that nobody will complain too much about
(let's see if i've covered all the bases .. government/politics - check .. religion -check .. sex - check .. ok - my work here is done)
Posted Nov 24, 2010 15:02 UTC (Wed) by copsewood (subscriber, #199)
Oh dear. Please reread that sentence slowly and try to consider how it might seem, to someone who doesn't agree with you, for you to claim superiority on that account. It might surprise you that Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Christians, Atheists, Sikhs, Agnostics and others can be found at any point on the scale of learning from illiterate to professorial.
As to the quote of timeless ancient wisdom within the article, I found it amusing, agreeable, appropriate and illuminating. Appropriate because those who won't learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat these. It could of course be equally appropriate for Bertrand Russell or Karl Marx to be quoted in a well-thought out article in LWN regardless of the fact that these significant thinkers were atheists.
Posted Nov 24, 2010 17:10 UTC (Wed) by ikm (subscriber, #493)
I also won't participate in this anymore; clearly, this discussion IS the road to destruction no matter how you go about it.
Posted Nov 26, 2010 23:16 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
It might surprise you that Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Christians, Atheists, Sikhs, Agnostics and others can be found at any point on the scale of learning from illiterate to professorial.
For my part, I don't claim educated people are superior to uneducated or that religious people are inferior to nonreligious, and I don't even know what "elevated" means as a quality of a person, but let me say that in spite of the diversity you point out, I'm willing to bet there is a strong negative correlation between education and religiousness.
I haven't seen any study of this, and I think one challenge in reporting such would be measuring "religious." I do believe a lot of people who describe themselves as religious aren't really. E.g. in choosing between medical treatments, one based on scientific conclusions and the other based on teaching of clergy, many such people would easily choose the former.
Tying back to the issue with the article, I doubt the author expected us to believe religiously that the road to destruction is wide, but rather to consider from our own educations whether it's true.
Posted Nov 24, 2010 20:07 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
you seek to impose your Religion on everyone else by preventing anyone else from even mentioning their Religion, or anything related to it.
you can't do the English language without the KJV
Posted Nov 24, 2010 20:18 UTC (Wed) by dmarti (subscriber, #11625)
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