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  •  "Demonstrable science" according to whom? (0+ / 0-)

    Eventually, some person or group of people has to make the decision. So who would be on this board that would be empowered to use the government to crack down on "hate speech" that it found contrary to "demonstrable science"?

    This would be a governmental organization—which would mean that ultimately, it would be political people who were making the decisions about who served on this board, even if the board were populated entirely by scientists.

    Do you really think the Bush administration or Congressional Republicans would have allowed scientists to sit on that board who would crack down on anti-LGBT pseudoscience? If you do, I've got a bridge to sell you.

    And you can bet your ass that they would have used the mere existence of this "board of truth" to scare up evangelical votes, and probably make inroads into African-American and Latino communities—because unlike their current ridiculous scare tactics, they would actually be telling the truth when they said that electing Democrats could result in a governmental organization shutting down conservative evangelical churches.

    So this "board of truth" would become yet another political football—only this would be a football with the power to shut down any religious organization that disagreed with it.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 06:54:35 AM PST

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    •  Judges (0+ / 0-)

      A court of law would be sufficient to accomplish this, I think.  But that is a good point.  We trust them not to mangle the science they encounter on the job too badly.  Some aren't very good at it.  People here make a big deal whenever a Bush judge makes a ruling in the favor of Democratic party concerns.  I don't find that all too surprising.  Judges are supposed to be non-partisan like that.

      It's either that, or religious groups across the board should have their special statuses removed.  Treat them like how UFO-meetup enthusiasts would be treated, according to tax laws.

      Actually, a lot of religious groups might have trouble with this on the basis of how jews are villainized.

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