By T. David Gordon~
What I find somewhat surprising in the gay-marriage discussion is this: By the evidence of most polls, nearly half of Americans favor gay marriage, even though only 3-5 percent of Americans are gay. That is, only a very small minority of the population has any personal interest in the matter; so why does nearly half the population favor the matter? Suppose athletic directors in high schools proposed some special tax benefit for themselves. Would half of the population support giving that small minority such a tax benefit, merely because they wished to have it? I doubt it. So what accounts for such widespread support for a public policy that would only benefit a very small portion of the population? I believe the answer has two parts.
First, for many people, to oppose gay marriage is to be bigoted; it is to oppose homosexuals themselves. For…
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The alert came after a fisherman in the Oresund Sound last week retrieved a 21 centimetre pacu – a relative of the piranha that is most commonly found in the Amazon region.
“Keep your swimwear on if you’re bathing in the Sound these days – maybe there are more out there!” cautioned the National History Museum in neighbouring Denmark.
The freshwater fish, which can grow up to 90 centimetres and weigh up to 25 kilogrammes, has been nicknamed the “ball cutter” for its attacks on the male genitalia.
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Beliefs have always been an important in understanding cultures from ancient times until today. This morning, I want to try and tell you about the ancient religions in India and Egypt and compare and contrast their belief systems. Both Hinduism and the ancient Egyptian religions are very old. The root of these beliefs are the human mind trying to understand the world and all that is in it. The Vedic Brahmanism is the ancient religion that later became Hinduism. There was worship of fire and rivers and a pantheon of nature gods who controlled wealth, health, and the number of children born. The Vedics tried to please the gods in order to obtain prosperity. The ancient Egyptians had a pantheon of gods and beliefs that the gods were present in and in control of nature. They, too, wanted wealth, health, prosperity and lots of offspring. The formal practice of…
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