One geologist argued that unlike other longitudes, Mecca's was in perfect alignment to magnetic north. He said the English had imposed GMT on the rest of the world by force when Britain was a big colonial power, and it was about time that changed.
A prominent cleric, Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawy, said modern science had at last provided evidence that Mecca was the true centre of the Earth; proof, he said, of the greatness of the Muslim "qibla" - the Arabic word for the direction Muslims turn to when they pray....
The meeting in Qatar is part of a popular trend in some Muslim societies of seeking to find Koranic precedents for modern science. It is called "Ijaz al-Koran", which roughly translates as the "miraculous nature of the holy text". The underlying belief is that scientific truths were also revealed in the Muslim holy book, and it is the work of scholars to unearth and publicise the textual evidence.
But the movement is not without its critics, who say that the notion that modern science was revealed in the Koran confuses spiritual truth, which is constant, and empirical truth, which depends on the state of science at any given point in time.
Gee, ya think? Ridiculous speech from ridiculous men. Here's an insightful take by another internet wit:This trajectory is unstoppable, for this is the only result which can come from trillions upon trillions of unearned dollars flowing into the coffers of a nation whose buffoonishness even outsrips their epic wickedness.
Let them build those idiotic Palm Island boondoggles in the seas with those unearned trillions. Let them build as many gleaming towers and solid gold toilets as they wish. It's all for nothing like polish on a turd.
Let them soar and spiral unchecked into the endless stratospheres of their mounting insanities. The stewards of Islam sow the seeds of their utter destruction, for if sanity still presides in the larger world, there are only so many options in dealing with insane murdering psychopaths.
Before one jumps to nasty conclusions, remember that for thousands of years for some the most brilliant minds the West has produced, it was “common sense” that the Sun went around the Earth. Many Christians today take the Bible literally, even though there are far too many contradictory passages which cannot be reconciled despite their best attempts.
Muslims believe that God dictated the Q’ran to Mohammed, which suffers even greater interpretational issues. Nevertheless, there are still people who believe that man never walked on the moon, that dinosaurs existed with man because the world is only 6,000 years old, or that God planted dinosaur bones to test people’s faith.
But when it comes to jihad, we need to take those bastards out, and with all the power the West can muster, tame this vicious beast called Islam.