Archive | July 2014

God Gave Gaza Life not for Humans to Make Life Worthless*

God Gave Gaza Life not for Humans to Make Life Worthless*

Despite all the pain in Gaza at this time, these four angels were born yesterday. May they live long lives. Respect and blessings to the doctors, medics, ambulance and rescue workers of Gaza who continue to perform miracles and save lives daily.

A Newborn Declares the Indisputable Right to Life*

Life is about BEING REAL, not Perfect*

A Grandfather Leaves Behind the Treasures of Life*

Operation Protective Edge: The Dead Have Names*

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Transformation: Lessons from Rumi*

Transformation: Lessons from Rumi*

  1. Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.

“You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.”

“You sit here for days saying, This is strange business. You’re the strange business. You have the energy of the sun in you, but you keep knotting it up at the base of your spine. You’re some weird kind of gold that wants to stay melted in the furnace, so you won’t have to become coins.”

“Why should I stay at the bottom of a well when a strong rope is in my hand?”

“Become the sky. Take an axe to the prison wall. Escape.”

“Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript oƒ a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that.”

  1. Your job is to live your life in a way that makes sense to you, not to “them”.

 

“Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.”

  1. Never give up on yourself.

 

“When you go through a hard period, When everything seems to oppose you, … When you feel you cannot even bear one more minute, NEVER GIVE UP! Because it is the time and place that the course will divert!”

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”

  1. Ignorance is God’s prison.


“Ignorance is God’s prison. Knowing is God’s palace.”

  1. The treasures that can be found outside of you can’t even compare with the treasures that can be found inside of you.

“You wander from room to room Hunting for the diamond necklace That is already around your neck!”

“If you knew yourself for even one moment, if you could just glimpse your most beautiful face, maybe you wouldn’t slumber so deeply in that house of clay. Why not move into your house of joy and shine into every crevice! For you are the secret Treasure-bearer, and always have been. Didn’t you know?”

“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”

“Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you?”

“You go from village to village on your horse asking everyone, “Has anyone seen my horse?”

“Don’t knock on any random door like a beggar. Reach your long hand out to another door, beyond where you go on the street, the street where everyone says, “How are you?” and no one says How aren’t you?”

“There is a fountain inside you. Don’t walk around with an empty bucket.”

  1. When you let go of who you are, you become who you might be.

“Knock, And He’ll open the door Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”

“Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”

“Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.”

  1. There is something you can do better than anyone else.

A Spring Waterfall

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.”

“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”

  1. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

The door to a spiritual journey is always open...

“As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.”

  1. When you commit to something, do it with all your heart.

“Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty. You set out to find God, but then you keep stopping for long periods at mean-spirited roadhouses.”

“When you do things from your soul you feel a river moving in you, a joy. When action come from another section, the feeling disappears.”

“Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.”

 

Good things come to an end so that better things can fall together.

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“Do not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

The wound is the place where the Light enters you.

Spiritual Wayfarer

“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.”

“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”

“Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.”

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”

“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”

  1. Do what you love and do it with love.

    It is only selfishness that breeds poverty of the heart, the mind, the soul and the physical

“Let the beauty we love be what we do.”

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.”

“Be occupied, then, with what you really value and let the thief take something else.”

Think less. Feel more.

“Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.”

“Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.”

“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”

“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you?”

“Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! Why do you stay in prison When the door is so wide open?”

Love is worth it all.

Jihad an nafs (struggle of the heart)

“Gamble everything for love, if you’re a true human being. If not, leave this gathering.”

“Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absentminded. Someone sober will worry about events going badly. Let the lover be.”

Appreciate both the good and the bad in your life.

“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”

“When someone beats a rug, the blows are not against the rug, but against the dust in it.”

You change your world by changing yourself.

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

We are made of Love and made to Love.

Occupy Your Heart by Ian MacKenzie

“We are born of love; Love is our mother. “

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

“Through Love all that is bitter will be sweet, Through Love all that is copper will be gold, Through Love all dregs will become wine, through Love all pain will turn to medicine.”

“I have no companion but Love, no beginning, no end, no dawn. The Soul calls from within me: ‘You, ignorant of the way of Love, set Me free.’ “

“That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquillity.”

Your Soul is not of this world, your body is.

Ascension

“All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”

“When I die, I shall soar with angels, and when I die to the angels, what I shall become you cannot imagine.”

At the Soul level, we are all ONE.

“All religions, all this singing, one song. The differences are just illusion and vanity. The sun’s light looks a little different on this wall than it does on that wall, and a lot different on this other one, but it’s still one light.”

“What shall I say, O Muslims, I know not myself, I am neither a Christian, nor a Jew, nor a Zoroastrian, nor a Muslim.”

“I am neither of the East nor of the West, no boundaries exist within my breast.”

Your Soul is more precious than anything.

life in ones hands

“You know the value of every article of merchandise, but if you don’t know the value of your own soul, it’s all foolishness.”

Choose your life partner wisely.

Life replenishes life

“Take someone who doesn’t keep score, who’s not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing, who has not the slightest interest even in his own personality: he’s free.”

Real love transcends the material plane and no matter if your bodies are apart, your souls will forever be connected.

Woman Wearing "Tudung," or Headscarf

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”

Raise your words, not your voice.

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

Silence is the language of God.

Thai Women Pray at Pattani Mosque

“Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.”

“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.”

“In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”

Just to be alive is not enough.

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“You think you are alive because you breathe air? Shame on you, that you are alive in such a limited way. Don’t be without Love, so you won’t feel dead. Die in Love and stay alive forever.”

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Argentina Trying to Side Step U.S. Vultures*

Argentina Trying to Side Step U.S. Vultures*

Talks aimed at averting Argentina’s second default in 13 years has ended with bitter recriminations as the South American country said it could not accept a deal with US hedge fund creditors it dismisses as “vultures”.

Court-appointed mediator Daniel Pollack said the failure triggered an imminent default that, among other things, would hurt the Argentine economy as well as bondholders who were not part of the dispute.

“The full consequences of default are not predictable, but they are certainly not positive,” he said.

A US court ruling previously blocked Argentina from making US$539m in interest payments due by midnight yesterday to other bondholders who separately agreed to restructuring plans with the country in 2005 and 2010.

Argentine economy minister Axel Kicillof emerged from the New York meeting with creditors and the mediator with an air of defiance, saying his government could find no middle ground.

“We’re not going to sign an agreement that jeopardises the future of all Argentines,” he said.

“Argentines can remain calm because tomorrow will just be another day and the world will keep on spinning.”

There was no immediate comment from the hedge funds, which refused to participate in the debt restructurings and won a US court judgment that they be paid the full value of their bonds plus interest – now estimated at about US$1.5bn.

Mr Kicillof said the funds refused a compromise offer to settle their claim, although he gave no details of that proposal.

He said the funds would also not agree to a stay of the court order to allow Argentina to make the interest payments by last night’s deadline and avert economic uncertainty for investors and citizens of the country, which is struggling with recession, a shortage of dollars and one of the world’s highest inflation rates.

Mr Kicillof dismissed a decision by ratings agency Standard and Poor’s to downgrade Argentina’s foreign currency credit rating to “selective default” because of the missed interest payments.

“Who believes in the ratings agencies? Who thinks they are impartial referees of the financial system?” he said.

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez had long refused to negotiate with the hedge fund creditors, often calling them “vultures” for picking on the carcass of the country’s record $100bn default in 2001.

The holdouts, led by New York billionaire Paul Singer’s NML Capital, spent more than a decade litigating for payment in full rather than agreeing to provide Argentina with debt relief.

They also sent lawyers around the world trying to force Argentina to pay its defaulted debts and were able to get a court in Ghana to temporarily seize an Argentine naval training ship. The threat of seizures forced Ms Fernandez to stop using her presidential plane and instead fly on private jets.

Restoring Argentina’s sense of pride and sovereignty after the 2001-2002 economic collapse has been a central goal of Ms Fernandez and her predecessor and late husband, Nestor Kirchner.

The couple nationalised the pension system, kept energy cheap through subsidies and dug deep into the treasury to redirect revenue to the poor through handouts.

Argentina has also made efforts to return to global credit markets that have shunned it since the default.

The government paid its debt to the International Monetary Fund and agreed in May with the Paris Club of creditor nations on a plan to begin repaying US$9.7bn in debts unpaid since 2001.

It also agreed to a US$5bn settlement with Grupo Repsol after seizing the Spanish company’s controlling stake in Argentina’s YPF oil company.

Analysts say a new default would undermine all of these efforts.

“This is unexpected; an agreement seemed imminent,” said Ramiro Castineira of Buenos Aires-based consultancy Econometrica.

“Argentina would have benefited more from complying with the court order in order to get financing for Vaca Muerta,” he added, referring to an Argentine region that has one of the world’s largest deposits of shale oil and gas.

Only a few international companies have made commitments to help develop the fields as many fear the government’s interventionist energy policies. The government has also struggled to get investors because it can’t borrow on the global credit market.

Prices for Argentine bonds had surged to their highest level in more than three years on the possibility that Argentina would reach a deal with the hold-out creditors. Argentina’s Merval stock index also climbed more than 6.5% in midday trade on a likely deal.

Optimism had been buoyed by reports yesterday that representatives of Argentina’s private banks association, ADEBA, were poised to offer to buy out the debt owed to the hedge funds.

In return, the reports said, the US court would let Argentina make the interest payments due before the midnight deadline and avoid default.

The deal failed to materialise.

“It is an unfortunate situation which is pushing the country into another default. As defaults go, we all know when we get into one but it is very unclear when and how to get out of it,” said Alberto Ramos, Latin America analyst at Goldman Sachs.

“We just added another layer of risk and uncertainty to a macro economy that was already struggling. This puts us on a path of unpredictable economic and financial consequences.

“But nothing will last forever. At some point the parts involved will hopefully sort this out.”

Source*

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What an IMF Loan Cost Argentina, and How They Got Out of It!*

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Enough of IMF, Portugal Opts Out of Bailout*

The Real Purpose of the IMF*

“Our Liberation is for the Whole of Humanity”

One of Israel’s Greatest Spies

One of Israel’s Greatest Spies

Born 16/26th December 1924 as Эли Коэн, Камал Амин Тават, אלי כהן‎, Eliahu (Eli) ben Shaoul Cohen (Hebrew: אֱלִיָּהוּ בֵּן שָׁאוּל כֹּהֵן, he was born in the Mediterranean city of Alexandra, Egypt. Cohen’s father had settled there from Aleppo, Syria in 1914. Cohen tried to join the Egyptian Army, but his loyalty was in doubt. He went to university, but it is said that he was forced to study at home due to harassment from the Muslim Brotherhood.

With the occupation of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel his parents and three brothers left Egypt in 1949 while Cohen completed his degree in electronics in Egypt, and coordinated Zionist activities, which led to his arrest in 1951. Many Jews were expelled from Egypt after the Suez crisis, thus Cohen was obliged to leave for Israel by December 1956.

Cohen joined the Israel Defence Forces in 1957 and worked for the military intelligence as a counterintelligence analyst from which he resigned when rejected by MOSSAD.

For 2 years Cohen worked as a filing clerk at Tel Avivinsurance office. He married Iraqi Jew Nadia Majald in 1959, and had three children.

Syria

At the Golan Heights in Syria – the middle person is Cohen.

Director-General of MOSSAD Meir Amit recruited Cohen as a special agent with the aim of infiltrating the Syrian government. With an intensive 6-month of training Cohen qualified as a katsa, a field agent.

With a new name travelling as a business man Cohen was to make everyone believe that he was returning to Syria after living in Argentina, so in 1961, Cohen moved to Argentina.

Cohen became Kamal Amin Ta’abet كامل أمين ثابت., a rich Arab who lived in Argentina returning to his homeland, Syria. Details to Israel were sent by radio, secret letters, and sometimes in person. Nadia his wife once received a message from Cohen from two Syrian Jews whereby Cohen approached them in a marketplace when it was the Jewish event of Passover by asking “Let me taste some of that thing that you eat only on your week of holiday”.

The socialite that he was, Cohen entertained many government officials in his home with women and wine. Once their guard was down sensitive information came to the surface with Cohen feigning intoxication. His cover was so well executed that developed strong enough ties with the Syrian elite and close relations with the political and military hierarchy; Cohen was even considered for the position of Syrian Deputy Minister of Defence, yet there was one person who did not like or trust Cohen, Colonel Ahmed Su’edani. He became the Chief Adviser to the Minister of Defence. However, this is disputed by then Prime Minister’s Amin al-Hafiz’s secretary as he was in Moscow until 1962.

For 4 years Cohen regularly corresponded with Israel, passing information including information that concerned the 6th October War (1967) with Egypt, and for Israel to take the still disputed Golan Heights. After surveillance of the Golan Heights, Cohen told a Syrian officer to have some eucalyptus trees planted which would fool the Israelis into believing that there was no fortress, but would also provide shade for the Syrian soldiers, and beautify the area. From the Israeli side, the trees marked the target that aided them in taking the Golan Heights in 2 days. Cohen by that time was not alive.

Caught in the Act

Syria was trying to find a high-level mole and used Russian tracking equipment and expertise. There was a period of radio silence, and from this illegal transmissions were detected. A lot of radio interference was tracked to the source, Cohen’s apartment where he entertained officials. Cohen was caught in the act.

 

Cohen underwent a military tribunal and found guilty of espionage. He was sentenced to death. Israel kicked up a fuss and called for international pressure. Cohen was allowed to write a letter to his wife, and meet briefly with a rabbi before he was hanged in front of a crowd of over 10,000 people in Al-Marjeh Square, Damascus on May 18 1965. Six Syrians were handed down prison sentences for their part in the espionage.

In 2005, Cohen was voted the 26th-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet. In the Garden of the Missing Soldiers on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, a memorial stone reads Eliahu (Eli) Cohen. The film The Impossible Spy is about Cohen. He is also featured at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.

Sources:

Solomon, A.B. ‘Israel searching for remains of Eli Cohen in Syria’ jpost.com/Middle-East/Israel-searching-for-remains-of-Eli-Cohen-in-Syria

Famous Spy Eli Cohen Ate Matzah While in Syria algemeiner.com/2012/04/06/famous-spy-eli-cohen-ate-matzah-while-in-syria/

Eliahu Cohen nekropole.info/en/Eliahu-Cohen

Fox, T “Eli Cohen” myjewishlearning.com/israel/History/1948-1967/eli_cohen.shtml

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U.K.’s Largest Supermarket Chain Tesco to Boycott West Bank Products*

U.K.’s Largest Supermarket Chain Tesco to Boycott West Bank Products*

Britain’s biggest supermarket chain, Tesco, will will no longer sell products originating from the Israeli-occupied West Bank starting September 2014, the Jewish Chronicle reports. Tesco’s decision to stop selling goods produced in the occupied Palestinian territories is the result of pressure by customers who could no longer tolerate rewarding Israeli crime.

Meanwhile two health and beauty product suppliers told the Jewish Chronicle that Tesco had asked them to list all their products and ingredients originating in the occupied territories.

A Tesco spokesman indirectly confirmed that the move was testimony to the success of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), saying:

We have received some questions from customers about products we sell that are sourced from Israel or the West Bank.

To make sure we answered their questions with the most accurate and up to date information, we contacted suppliers to double check our own information, particularly for branded products.

Lamenting Tesco’s decision, the ultar-right-wing Israeli news website Arutz Sheva 7 recalled that Tesco’s decision comes just a few weeks after Britain’s largest trade union, Unite, voted unanimously to boycott Israeli companies.

It further lamented that in May the European Union banned the import of poultry and eggs from Jewish squatter colonies in the occupied West Bank and occupied Arab Jerusalem.

Prior to that, the EU published new guidelines which boycott Israeli entities operating in the West Bank, Arab Jerusalem or the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

Source*

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Demonstrators Take to the Streets against the Massacres in Gaza

The Iron Dome Hoax*

The Iron Dome Hoax*

An Israeli scientist and award-winning security expert has called the Iron Dome missile defence system “the biggest hoax the world has seen”, Addustour news website has reported. According to Dr Motty Scheffer,

“Today, there is no missile which can intercept other missiles or rocket-propelled grenades, and the Iron Dome is a light audio system which blocks Israeli public opinion and, of course, itself. In fact, all the explosions that we have seen in the atmosphere are self-destruction. The Iron Dome did not launch any rocket that could intercept at least one missile fired from Gaza.”

Sheffer added that the concept of open areas is a myth created to amplify the Iron Dome’s ability as a missile interceptor. He made an indirect accusation against the dome’s operating staff of misleading the public:

“The missiles which were intercepted by the Iron Dome and did not reach the ground are hypothetical missiles produced and destroyed in the Dome’s computer control room; as of this moment, nobody has seen an intercepted missile fall to the ground.”

The scientist made his comments after the challenge raised by Hamas’s military wing, the Izzaddin Al-Qassam Brigades on Saturday, which fired J80 missiles at Tel Aviv and defied the Iron Dome and its experts to intercept them. The J80s have been fitted with a jamming system to get through Israel’s missile defences.

He claimed that the parts that we are shown on the ground belong to the Iron Dome itself.

“The Iron Dome is a plot created by interest groups who are afraid of peace, including the security industry and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”

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From Veterans Today Senior Editor, Gordon Duff dated July 13, 2014:

THE “IRON YAMUKA”
As with the failures of the US built Patriot missile defense system during the first Gulf War, the “Iron Dome” is all public relations, a myth with no substance.

Israel is defended by one or more US Navy AEGIS ships stationed in the Mediterranean. This is the real “Iron Yamuka.” The radar systems of Israel’s homegrown adjunct are primitive, their boosters inadequate and their own missile defense has been accused, perhaps rightly so, of doing more damage than Hamas.

Israeli air defense systems have destroyed buildings and killed Jews with missiles suffering booster failure and plunging into populated areas. Anyone threatening to report this inside Israel has a life expectancy of hours.
The idea that Hamas rockets are being intercepted successfully is almost funny. In order to simulate an interception, it would be necessary to place a slow flying drone in the path of an Israeli rocket and hope the two accidentally collided. If it was a “miss,” you could always self-destruct the drone and lie about it.

This has been done, in fact, everyone does it. The Reagan administration, during the development of the Star Wars or SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative) program was caught doing this repeatedly. Israel isn’t the only country that lies.

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South Carolina Backs Education Plan to Encourage Scepticism about Evolution*

South Carolina Backs Education Plan to Encourage Scepticism about Evolution*

By Josh Israel

A thousand goals have there been hitherto, for a thousand peoples have there been. Only the fetter for the thousand necks is still lacking; there is lacking the one goal. As yet humanity hath not a goal. But pray tell me, my brethren, if the goal of humanity be still lacking, is there not also still lacking- humanity itself? - Nietszche

A thousand goals have there been hitherto, for a thousand peoples have there been. Only the fetter for the thousand necks is still lacking; there is lacking the one goal. As yet humanity hath not a goal. But pray tell me, my brethren, if the goal of humanity be still lacking, is there not also still lacking- humanity itself? – Nietszche

A South Carolina joint education panel unanimously recommened a new teaching standard to will force biology teachers to encourage students to consider whether the facts really support evolution. The proposal now goes onto the full state Education Oversight Committee and the full state Board of Education next month.

South Carolina’s current standards require that students “demonstrate an understanding of biological evolution and the diversity of life,” including exemplifying “scientific evidence in the fields of anatomy, embryology, biochemistry, and paleontology that underlies the theory of biological evolution” and summarizing “ways that scientists use data from a variety of sources to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory.” Even this was too much for State Senator Mike Fair (R), a member of the Oversight Committee and joint panel, who proposed that the state should teach “Darwinian natural selection” as a theory rather than a fact. His initial proposal would have required teachers to “teach the controversy” about evolution and forced students to construct arguments both in support and against it.

Fair and the five other members of the joint education panel embraced compromise language Tuesday to teach South Carolina students that “scientific conclusions are tested by experiment and observation, and evolution, as with any aspect of science, is continually open to and subject to experimental and observational testing,” and require that they “understand assumptions scientists make in situations where direct evidence is limited and understand that all theories may change as new scientific information is obtained.”

Fair praised these new rules on Tuesday, telling WBTW he hoped they would “stimulate even more in-depth questions, which then will beg for some critical thinking to come up with some opinions, and some inferences made by the students.”

A June Gallup poll found that 42% of Americans believe that “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.” But according to the National Academy of Science, “the past and continuing occurrence of evolution is a scientific fact. Because the evidence supporting it is so strong, scientists no longer question whether biological evolution has occurred and is continuing to occur. Instead, they investigate the mechanisms of evolution, how rapidly evolution can take place, and related questions.”

The rules are part of a national trend of legislative proposals, led by creationist organizations like the Discovery Institute and climate-change deniers such as the Heartland Institute, to encourage schools to teach kids to be sceptical of science.

Source*

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