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  • Spanish Inquisition left genetic legacy in Iberia

    12/05/2008 1:47:19 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 25 replies · 1,131+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 04 December 2008 | Ewen Callaway
    It's not often that cultural and religious persecution makes countries more diverse, but the Spanish Inquisition might have done just that. One in five Spaniards and Portuguese has a Jewish ancestor, while a tenth of Iberians boast North African ancestors, finds new research. This melting pot probably occurred after centuries of coexistence and tolerance among Muslims, Jews and Christians ended in 1492, when Catholic monarchs converted or expelled the Islamic population, called Moriscos. Sephardic Jews, whose Iberian roots extend to the first century AD, received much the same treatment. "They were given a choice: convert, go, or die," says Mark...
  • The Smithsonian withdraws sponsorship of intelligent design film

    06/03/2005 6:25:25 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 337 replies · 3,172+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6/3/05
    The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History has withdrawn its co-sponsorship of a showing later this month of a film that supports the theory of "intelligent design." The museum said it would not cancel the screening of the film, "The Privileged Planet," but would return the $16,000 that the Discovery Institute, an organization that promotes a skeptical view of the Darwinian theory of evolution, had paid it. Proposals for events at the National Museum of Natural History are reviewed by members of the staff, and it shares sponsorship of all events. After the news of the showing caused controversy,...
  • Predictions for 2003 ("FreeRepublic.com will collapse")

    01/15/2003 11:08:17 AM PST · by Little Timmie · 101 replies · 1,630+ views
    ...Freerepublic.com will collapse under the sheer weight of the stupidity generated there daily. It will be reborn as Fascists-R-Us.com....