The publication of the draft code follows David Cameron's speech last month in which he pledged to break into encryption and ensure there was no "safe space" for terrorists or serious criminals which could not be monitored online by the security services with a ministerial warrant, effectively spelling out how it might be done.
Unfortunately if there is no safe space for criminals on the internet then there is also no safe space from criminals either - and no safe space for my bank account!
Playing devil's advocate here I would point out that the link to filing foreign patents may also be a factor. Valuable patents are more likely to be filed worldwide and this may well distort the data - having said that - personally I would love there to be a good answer to that objection - anyone gort one?
As I said, it only takes one contrary scripture and Christians believe their hatreds are justified.
A gross oversimplification:
Here is John Quincy Adams on this subject:
This appeal to the natural hatred of the Mussulmen towards the infidels, is in just accordance with the precepts of the Koran. The document does not attempt to disguise it, nor even pretend that the enmity of those whom it styles the infidels, is any other than the necessary consequence of the hatred borne by the Mussulmen to them—the paragraph itself, is a forcible example of the contrasted character of the two religions. The fundamental doctrine of the christian religion, is the extirpation of hatred from the human heart. It forbids the exercise of it, even towards enemies. There is no denomination of christians, which denies or misunderstands this doctrine. All understand it alike—all acknowledge its obligations ; and however imperfectly, in the purposes of Divine Providence, its efficacy has been shown in the practice of christians, it has not been wholly inoperative upon them. Its effect has been upon the manners of nations. It has mitigated the horrors of war – it has softened the features of slavery – it has humanized the intercourse of social life. The unqualified acknowledgement of a duty does not, indeed, suffice to insure its performance. Hatred is yet a passion, but too powerful upon the hearts of christians. Yet they cannot indulge it, except by the sacrifice of their principles, and the conscious violation of their duties. No state paper from a Christian hand, could, without trampling the precepts of its Lord and Master, have commenced by an open proclamation of hatred to any portion of the human race. The Ottoman lays it down as the foundation of his discourse.
In general the violence in video games etc is not realistic. I know of exactly one video game in which the violence (or at least its effect) was realistically portrayed.
That game was developed as a training aid for first responders to major accidents or terrorist events. The scenes were really disturbing (which in a way proves that the scenes in regular games are not).
Of course you really do want the paramedic who treats you after a car accident to save you life - not leave you to go off and throw up in a bush.
I don't think anyone who was trained on that game became violent as a consequence.
This just shows that even if the violence is realistic and even if you become inured to it - it doesn't necessarily make you violent yourself.
Even the US institution of slavery was argued during the rise of abolitionism as being biblically sanctioned.
But the motivation for abolition came from Christianity (Newton, Wilberforce etc). Islam on the other hand officially approves slavery and the religious leaders protested when western pressure forced abolition inthe 19th century.
"Western Culture" also blazed its trails across much of the globe, both before and after the Ottoman Empire.
Western culture is not Christianity. Christianity includes all the eastern churches from Russia down through the middle east to Ethiopia and across to Kerala in India. Sadly these churches have themselves often suffered from "Western Culture" and continue to suffer today from the fallout of western adventurism.
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You will find that the video focuses mostly on the (supposedly "Christian") counter patrols. I don't know why they call them Christian - they don't seem to have much in common with Christianity and don't even claim to be Christian much of the time.
However it does provide enough hard evidence to support the only claim I made which was that
"something a bit like it does exist on a small scale and is certainly an aspiration of some muslims."
A lot of myth and nonsense is talked about Galileo.
It is simply not true that the church blindly opposed the heliocentric theory and persecuted anyone who proposed it.
In 1533, Johann Widmanstetter, secretary to Pope Clement VII, explained Copernicus' heliocentric system to the Pope and two cardinals. The Pope was so pleased that he gave Widmanstetter a valuable gift
So heliocentrism had ben widely debated in the church and widely approved for 80 years before the Galileo incident.
The problem with Galileo was that he wrote a book in which the a foolish character was made to argue against heliocentrism and some of the things he said made that character identifiable with the Pope.
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Religion is a purely subjective matter of personal belief, but morality cannot be.
So where does morality come from?
Attempts in the 19th century to produce morality independent of religious belief (not that there is such a thing - because atheism is itself a religious belief) spawned Communism and Nazism.
Like it or not your morality is almost certainly a legacy of your Judeo-Greco-Romano-Christian heritage. Rahter than to try to construct something new it is much simpler to ask which of the religiously derived moralities is most likely to be tolerant of others.
Any religion which holds to the precept "Love your enemies" is a good candidate and you will find some common ground between Christianity and Buddhism on that point (of course Christians and Buddhists don't always practise this but that is not the point).