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Friday, March 24, 2006

From the Common Sense Files

(A) Scientists are saying that, if current trends continue, sea levels could rise up to 20 feet by the end of this century. The culprit is, of course, global warming which will raise the average temperature of the earth by four degrees in that same time frame. The report goes on to say that this temperature increase will render the earth as warm as it was nearly 130,000 years ago when a significant portion of the Greenland ice sheet melted causing the same effect. So my common sense question is this: If the earth's temperature rose enough to melt northern hemisphere ice sheets and cause sea level rises 130,000 years ago--when there were no human generated greenhouse gases produced--why are some so certain that this eon's temperature rise is not also a natural, cyclical event? (B) A "moderate" Afghan cleric has called for the death of Abdul Rahman, the man who converted from Islam to Christianity in violation of sharia law, even if the governmental authorities succumb to worldwide pressure and spare him. He and other clerics have said they will incite people to "pull him into pieces." So my common sense question is this: If the only Muslim clerics saying anything about this situation are calling for the death of Rahman for his conversion to Christianity, and that it is likely true that they will be able to incite other Muslims to murder this poor man, why do many continue to say that this barbarity is only reflective of the sensibilities of a small minority of Muslims. Does anyone really think that if you polled Muslims in Afghanistan (or Pakistan, or Iran, or Algeria, or in any other Muslim controlled country) most would express outrage at this man's fate at the hands of religious authorities? Or would you think that the majority would have little problem with his sentence?

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