Wednesday, January 4, 2012 4:09:29 PM
Regarding the off-topic discussion of "slaves vs. servants", it should be noted that in the Old Testament, male Jews could only be in an indentured servitude for six years (unless he wants to remain a slave for life) and many references were made specifically regarding *Hebrew* servants (see Exodus 21:1-11). However, that same courtesy was *not* given to non-Hebrew and/or female slaves.
The "heathens" however, can be bought and sold, and are yours forever. See Leviticus 25:39-55 (specifically 44-46).
Note that this isn't limited to the Old Testament either. The New Testament says, "Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh." - 1 Peter 2:18 (One of several NT examples.)
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 3:48:28 PM
This thread reminds me of a bumper sticker I once saw which read, "There was a time when religion ruled the world; it is called the Dark Ages."
While religion doesn't always hold back science, historically it`s certainly the #1 reason for science being held back, with a lack of funding being a distant #2. Galileo was censored and imprisoned for stating the truth that Earth is not the center of the universe.
Heck, the Catholic church didn`t even want the Bible available in English, for crying out loud! These are not the defenders of truth, but the defenders of the status quo. The advancement of science is often seen by them as an attack on religion, and something to be fought against (look up the "Wedge Document").
That aside, funding is currently a huge problem, mainly due to downplaying the importance of science education. So even indirectly, the attacks on science make education more difficult in other ways.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 12:50:36 PM
I'm irritated I missed this thread. From religious tangents to people claiming science would be better off if private companies funded things (LOL), I`ve definitely missed out here.