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  1. Allah (God) Forbids Pork.

    Haha I can't believe so many people fall for this . It's an urban legend . The video you linked is a well known fake , the guy who made it admitted it on youtube . While undercooked pork can cause trichinosis this is extremely rare in developed countries . You're more likely to get it in poorer countries or from eating wild game that hasn't been cooked properly .
  2. The Function Of Mountains

    Yet more nonsense from the font of ignorance that is Harun Yahya :D Mountains are not pegs , they don't stop tectonic plates from moving and they certainly don't stop shocks. In fact the plate collisions that form mountains ranges mean most are in tectonically active regions and so have more earthquakes/volcanoes than non mountainous areas . Also Isostasy has nothing to do with this imagined function of mountains and is only thrown into the article to make it appear more scientific . :D {Moderator note} This post violated forum rule #22. Action taken. View (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.gawaher(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/index.php?act=boardrules"]details[/url].
  3. Defiant Iran 'takes Another Step In Nuclear Ambitions'

    So Iran has doubled it's enrichment capability from insignificant to negligible. It will take many times more centrifuges to even approach weapons grade uranium by which time they will probably be producing plutonium at their HWR facility anyway. Unlike some I don't consider Iran any real threat even if they do obtain a nuclear weapon. What bothers me more is the risk of proliferation. Muslims may like to talk about unity but if Iran were to build a bomb I expect a few nearby countries would look at developing their own in reply as much for a status symbol as any true deterrent. Perhaps if the US hadn't been so eager to isolate Iran after the revolution they could have got the assistance they needed to build up a civilian program without resorting to hidden facilities and the stolen technology passed on by AQ Khan.
  4. Darwin & Racism

    Darwin would certainly be classed as racist in the modern world but at the time he lived it was a fairly common view . I often see that paragraph quoted as evidence usually copy/pasted from some cretinist website or other in some bizarre effort to discredit evolution . Of course if the people using this argument ever read the book they would find that Darwin ,despite the racism of some of his views , actually argues that mankind is one species and that 'races' are fairly arbitrary . Quite progressive for his times really .
  5. Polio

    Something similar happened in Nigeria a couple years back . Muslim clerics in a northern state claimed there was a plot to sterilize the women . The vaccination program was boycotted and polio spread through other areas of Nigeria and into neighbouring countries . This sounds like more of the same fear and ignorance . The real shame is that polio was almost eradicated (and should have been in 2005 according to WHO targets) but now we see it increasing among poorer nations again .
  6. Uk Teacher Suspended Over Veil

    Yes that is my main problem with this . I have no argument with a teacher wearing the veil if it does not affect the students but she should have been more honest . She is obviously qualified so perhaps would be better off in a muslim or all girls school where male colleagues would be less of an issue .
  7. Universities Urged To Spy On Muslims

    As someone who works at a UK university I find the idea offensive . Let's face it students are well known for testing political extremes usually on the left wing . I mean where else do you find so many communists outside of china , not to mention all those anarchists :D It's only natural for some muslims to embrace more extreme versions of their own ideologies but like everyone else they usually grow out of it . While my university had trouble in the past with a small group of muslims ,who thought it fun to hand around anti-jewish pamphlets and invite speakers from Al-Muhajiroun , the miniscule numbers involved do not justify this sort of action . Especially as it was other muslim students who helped control their misguided fellows .
  8. Uk Teacher Suspended Over Veil

    She admitted a man was present at the job interview although she was reluctant to answer the question and also admitted she didn't tell them that she intended to wear a veil in the school . She made the admission during a live tv interview with BBC news .
  9. Uk Teacher Suspended Over Veil

    I notice that Gulfnews article omits the fact that she didn't wear her veil during the job interview - with a male governor . Surely if her principles are so important she would have kept it on then and made clear her intentions . It seems like another manufactured 'cause' for various equality groups .
  10. Islam Tames Lawless Somalia

    If Somalis are happy with Islamic rule then I don't see a problem . The ICU have certainly improved life for many after years of chaos . I do think people concentrate too much on American opinion considering Ethiopia and Eritrea are more likely to yet again use Somali militias as proxies for their own squabbles . I also wonder whether the Somaliland issue can be solved without sparking another civil war .
  11. Blood For Oil Program

    It's not unusual for these sort of surveys to give exaggerated figures but that should make no difference . The undeniable fact is that far too many have died directly or indirectly as a result of the invasion of Iraq and sadly more will die .
  12. Praying On Planes?

    The only time I've been worried on a flight is when i was sat across the aisle from a large man who was wearing pale baggy clothes with a white cap and a large bushy beard speaking loudly in a language few could understand . He upset enough people that security escorted him away once the plane landed . I should perhaps point out he was a drunken Scot . I'll take the devout muslim over that anytime :D
  13. Evilution sucks and Japanese make nice cars perhaps ? :D
  14. Thin-skinned Ahmadinejad Closes Two Reformist Newspapers

    I believe Mark Twain's original quote referred to reading the newspaper but 'watching news' is more relevant these days . Perhaps a more appropriate Twain quote in this instance would be : "The devil's aversion to holy water is a light matter compared with a despot's dread of a newspaper that laughs."
  15. Well many muslims seem to take an old earth creationist view so they will just dismiss it as a prehistoric ape . I have recently noticed a worrying increase among muslims of the idiocy that is young earth cretinism in which case they would dismiss it as a modern ape with deformities and ignore the age because they don't accept any radio-dating (unless it agrees with them of course) Obviously as a godless heathen with an interest in evolution I find the discovery amazing though I expect to see much drivel from cretinists on other forums :D