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We have found a witch. May we burn her?

  1. Feb 15, 2008 #1

    siddharth

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7244579.stm

    Really sad that some parts of the world still live in the dark ages.

    Especially shocking is this bit.

    Public interest!?
     
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  3. Feb 15, 2008 #2

    FredGarvin

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    Does she weigh as much as a duck? If so, she's made of wood.
     
  4. Feb 15, 2008 #3
    Heck yes, if you make me impotent I'm going to burn you too. Maybe burning is too kind of a punishment.
     
  5. Feb 15, 2008 #4
    Whose side are you on! Siddharth is a witch!

    Witch!






    WITCH!!
     
  6. Feb 15, 2008 #5
    This same woman turned ME into a NEWT!

    Okay, totally serious now, I agree it is too bad that some societies will still do this to someone...... But it does make for some fun, now, doesn't it?

    BTW, I got better.......
     
  7. Feb 15, 2008 #6

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    I rather suspect that he began that way.
    Shouldn't she get some sort of reward for saving a goat?
     
  8. Feb 15, 2008 #7
    Why am I not surprised that this event is motivated by religion?
     
  9. Feb 15, 2008 #8

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    It's not religion. Same as the Jesus freaks in the USA. It's politics trying to disguise itself as religion. No established religion on the planet condones the kind of **** that people try to pull off under its umbrella.
     
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  10. Feb 15, 2008 #9

    Hurkyl

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    Religion turned you into a newt, did it?
     
  11. Feb 15, 2008 #10

    Moonbear

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    Well, darn, just because she's ugly is no reason to burn her at the stake! :uhh: (I'm actually rather glad that someone who would accuse a woman of being a witch and want to execute her for it is impotent...we don't need any more of his prodigy running around.)
     
  12. Feb 15, 2008 #11

    Danger

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    Damned straight! Evolution in action.
     
  13. Feb 15, 2008 #12

    Art

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    Really ugly women can have that effect, can we burn them too??
     
  14. Feb 15, 2008 #13

    Danger

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    Art, have you never heard of double-bagging? That's when she's so ugly that you put a paper bag over your own head in case hers falls off.
     
  15. Feb 15, 2008 #14

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    :rofl: Not QUITE what came to mind when I read double-bagging, but that should work too.
     
  16. Feb 15, 2008 #15

    Art

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    So that's where I went wrong! I thought it was a paper bag for you and a plastic bag for her. Oops!!
     
  17. Feb 15, 2008 #16

    Danger

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    Well, if you're a necrophile, that would work out for you quite nicely.
     
  18. Feb 15, 2008 #17

    siddharth

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    Seems like there's legal precedent for this case.

    http://hrw.org/english/docs/2008/02/14/saudia18051.htm

    In a way, it is partly religion too. This is what can happen when you base a judicial system on an interpretation of a religious text.

    Oh, just to make it clear, I'm obviously not suggesting that she be burnt. If you've seen Monty Python, you'd recognize the title.
     
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  19. Feb 15, 2008 #18

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    Point taken, and it's a good one. How about a compromise that I think sums it up properly (although anyone is welcome to disagree)? Regardless of it being based upon religion or politics, it's about power.
     
  20. Feb 15, 2008 #19

    siddharth

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    Well, that's what I think politics and religion are primarily about anyway.
     
  21. Feb 15, 2008 #20

    lisab

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    About power...yes, that's it. And how can a society disempower half its population -- the female half -- and think it can be equal with other societies on Earth?
     
  22. Feb 15, 2008 #21

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    A society can think whatever the populace will support. After all, the populace is the society. However afraid they might be of those in power, there are always enough of them to carry out an overthrow if they feel the need.
    Which, by the bye, the US citizens should have done when that idiot 'W' stole the presidential position with the aid of his equally idiotic cousin in Florida. Everyone in the world knows that he lost that election, and nobody did anything about it.
     
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  23. Feb 16, 2008 #22
    Exodus 22:18: "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live."

    There are many passages in the Qur'an condemning witches as well. It was carried out by religious people. It was motivated by religious dogma that specifically includes the imperative to imprison and kill witches. It was carrier out by religious police in a devoutly religious society. Politics has nothing to do with it. It is all about religion.
     
  24. Feb 16, 2008 #23

    arildno

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    Islam does. Islam is a religion.

    Christianity did. Judaism did.

    You are walking about with the positive, utterly unevidenced prejudice that religion is "essentially" benign or at least harmless.
     
  25. Feb 16, 2008 #24
    I secretly think that the only reason we haven't been invited to join the galactic imperium is because the aliens know that all wars are religion based, so they are waiting until we grow out of the whole church thingie so that they can feel safe inviting us to have a couple pan galactic gargle blasters with them.
     
  26. Feb 16, 2008 #25

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    You are not alone in your secret thoughts. :smile:

    I want a pangalactic gargle blaster, too!
     
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