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Sometimes superstition creates great culture, really only sometimes? And what is culture?

I am just back from visiting the "terracotta soldiers" at the tomb of Qin Shi Huan, the first emperor and representative of the Quin dynasty. As generally known he was buried with more than 7000 Terracotta soldiers to be mighty also in the afterlife. He was also buried with 100 s of acrobats, chefs and all the other people that were necessary to assure the used lifestyle of the emperor. I am not knowledgeable enough for being sure if at the end really only the terracotta duplicates have been buried or also the living people who had that function.

Virgins? What Virgins?

Virgins? What virgins? | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited

This Guardian article from Ibn Warraq is already from 2002, but I came over it only now. It is hilarious in pointing out the absurdity of religious martyrdom. But it is also very enlightened in how far religious scripture is only the product of certain socio-economic circumstances and not revealed by anything supranatural.

Amnesty decides to support women who fight for right of abortion after rape. The catholic church blackmails to withdraw support

BBC NEWS | Americas | Amnesty ends abortion neutrality

Please consider to become member of amnesty international to back its courageous decisions to defend women's liberty rights.
No surprise that the catholic church is blackmailing now amnesty and announce to withdraw support!

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KARIM, IL BLOGGER, CONDANNATO A QUATTRO ANNI DI CARCERE

""Dichiaro di rifiutare qualsiasi legge che non rispetti i diritti
dell'individuo e la libertà personale": per questa dichiarazione,
nonché per aver espresso altre opinioni "pericolose" in merito alla
tolleranza religiosa e all'uguaglianza tra i sessi, in Egitto lo
studente ventiduenne Abdul Karim Suleiman, ossia Karim Amir, è stato
condannato a quattro anni di carcere con l'accusa di avere insultato
il presidente egiziano e la religione islamica.
Il ricorso in appello ha confermato la sentenza e l'accusa ha

What kind of rights are possible

The below linked article from the Economist supports my opinion that it is inappropriate to speak about the right of housing, the right of food, and so on. Limiting essential rights to a few, will make it easier to enforce them:
- free expression of opinions
- not being jailed without a proper legal treatment by the authorities
- protection against violence from others
- state of law
this are basic principles that also can be enforced by a simple decision of will.

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