Worthy causes of the day, some of which Barry is responsible for: “WORLD LEADERS: STOP THE FOOD CRISIS”, “Stop the Seal Hunt”, “Please Support the Global Online Freedom Act, H.R. 275”, “Help Protect Community Rights in Ghana”, and “Show the Candidates the Many Faces of Climate Change”.
Divine misconception of the day: “Symposium: A New Koran?” discusses an attempt going on at the moment by Muslims Against Sharia to rewrite the Qur’an with the intention of making it less violent. No matter what the intent, this is a gross violation of a major unwritten metarule of religion: YOU WILL NOT TAMPER WITH TRADITION. Correct belief and correct practice depends on correct information. Rewriting scripture falsifies the foundations of correct belief and correct practice. In this case, the rewriters are deliberately trying to ignore a part of Islam which is well-attested in the Qur’an, Ḥadith, and Sunnah. This is massively dishonest, and any Muslim following this dishonesty yet trying to copy the behavior of Muḥammad will ignore a large part of what Muḥammad actually stood for. Needless to say, other attempts along these lines, e.g., The Jefferson Bible and The Korana of Mother Goddess, have had practically no success. If Muslims Against Sharia are really against a core part of Islamic tradition, I recommend that instead of dishonesty that they apostatize instead.
Today’s news and commentary:
- “Golan Promise (1981)”
- “Getting married for health insurance”
- “Playgroups 'cut leukaemia risk'” (Just something related to my doctoral dissertation.)
- “PETA and Euthanasia” (Sounds rather hypocritical for a group which puts the needs of animals above those of humans.)
- “Malware authors turn to EULAs to protect their work” (I cannot make something like this up!)
- “First superheavy element found in nature”
- “Jesus and the Romans” and “‘Hanna Montana’ Near Topless Should Trouble American Parents”
- Passed Over: Shorts You May Have Missed
- “Nano Photos Rival Modern Art”
- “In Abstract: Avoid Concrete Examples When Teaching Math”
- “Cuddly Squirrel or Gray Menace?: When Invasive Species Pose an Environmental Threat”