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  •  Saying steeples are related to religious (10+ / 0-)

    freedom for Christians but minarets are not for Moslems is pushing the envelope. In both cases, it's all about symbolism and, of course, you can practice your religion as you please without them. However, if you ban one but not the other, it's discriminatory by the very definition of the word.

    Britain spends half as much per capita on healthcare than the US for a system which covers everyone.

    by FudgeFighter on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 11:39:36 PM PST

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    •  Actually, both of them were expressions of power (0+ / 0-)

      they took a lot of skill, a lot of time, and a huge amount of money to build.

      It was a good way for a local noble to flaunt his wealth and power if his steeple or minaret was bigger than the neighbors.

      The functional aspect was only secondary.

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