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Friday, October 02, 2009

Ardi, UN rights body approves free speech text,

Here is a challenge for Islamic scholars (note I did not say Pseudo Maulanas) to reconcile religion and science ~t

WASHINGTON -- Throw out those books that depict an ape evolving into a human being, says Kent State University Professor of Anthropology Dr. C. Owen Lovejoy. Lovejoy was among several authors who revealed findings today of Ardipithecus ramidus, a hominid species that lived 4.4 million years ago. "Ardi" is the nickname given to a shattered skeleton that an international team of scientists believes is a major breakthrough in the study of human origins.Her skeletal remains were recovered from the Ethiopian desert, along with bones from at least 35 other members of the species.The 15-year investigation of "Ardi" ended today (Oct. 1) with the publication of papers, as well as dual press conferences in Washington and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ardi

The U.N. Human Rights Council approved a U.S.-backed resolution Friday deploring attacks on religions while insisting that freedom of expression remains a basic right. The inaugural resolution sponsored by the U.S. since it joined the council in June broke a long-running deadlock between Western and Islamic countries in the wake of the publication of cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. The resolution has no effect in law but provides Muslim countries with moral ammunition the next time they feel central tenets of Islam are being ridiculed by Western politicians or media through "negative racial and religious stereotyping." American diplomats say the measure — co-sponsored by Egypt — is part of the Obama administration's effort to reach out to Muslim countries. UN rights body approves US-Egypt free speech text


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