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For the record, as it has been mentioned a few times in this thread (not by your good self), I am not an Atheist but rather an Agnostic.
originally posted by: BMorris
Science doesn't have all the answers, and probably never will. Each question it answers, leads to two new ones.
However what science can answer, is supported by masses of testing, or evidence, or both. That's something religion can't do. It can't be tested, nor is there any real hard evidence. Thats why one is religion, the other is science.
One other thing that differentiates science from religion. If data appears to prove an existing scientific theory wrong, in general, the data gets verified and reverified, and if the data is found to be accurate, the theory is adjusted to fit the data, or even discarded entirely, and a new theory proposed.
Religion just buries its head in the sand and says 'no no no no no no... go away'.
originally posted by: wayforward
a reply to: Aloysius the Gaul
The law most certainly is banning certain forms of speech. A science teacher in a science class is not allowed to say "there is an alternative theory to evolution called creationism whereby the Earth is less than 20,000 years old". That is banned now in the UK and that is the point of the law... to ban that speech when made a science class by a science teacher.