The investigation into what should be reopened? The presence of large stones? Because their presence suggests "some kind of unknown intelligence" we haven't yet identified? Isn't this just the god of the gaps argument again? Maybe gods put the rocks there, carved out the Grand Canyon, etc. This is what Michael Shermer has described as the result of "patternicity" and "agenticity" in that we see connections that aren't there and decide that higher intelligences must have been involved because we lack alternative explanations.
I've never met anybody who denies the existence of UFOs. The existence of things in the sky some of us cannot identify is not remotely controversial. What is controversial is the assumption that these things we cannot readily identify must have an extra-terrestrial origin.
People have experiences they cannot explain all the time. The fact that someone has an experience they cannot explain does not mean that nobody else can explain it. This is true for gods, ghosts, UFOs, and all sorts of other things. Just because I can't explain it doesn't mean it is inexplicable. And even if it was inexplicable, that certainly doesn't make it supernatural.
Yep. They pull our emotional strings, and we dance like puppets.
Stories like this do make it seem that there are some fundamental problems with a democratic system that was designed to depend on an informed electorate. Rather than the system failing us, I fear we have failed it and are now paying the price. My guess is that the list of attributes you provided are why he is popular, and that's a sad commentary on the state of humanity.
I'm going to have to look into Yahoo! as you suggested. I've never tried that.
I think that is true for many of them, but we have to remember that some are leaving their churches behind over this sort of thing as well. My hope is that the more of this information that is out there, the harder it will be for them to reconcile their continued support of their church with the behavior of their clergy. Sure, some will continue to follow blindly no matter what, but I have to think their overall numbers may decline over this and the manner in which many churches treat LGBT persons.
Agreed. It seems to be working to far, as there has already been a big reduction in spam comments. Hopefully that will last.
I think it would be awfully difficult to hold congregants legally accountable for the criminal behavior of their clergy if they were unaware it was taking place. It seems to me that it would make more sense to go after the church officials who knew and concealed or facilitated the behavior. A clearer case could be made for their culpability.