Daily Dose of Ingersoll (Good Friday Edition)

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Nations, like individuals, have their periods of youth, of manhood and decay. Religions are the same. The same inexorable destiny awaits them all. The gods created by the nations must perish with their creators. They were created by men, and like men, they must pass away. The deities of one age are the by-words of the next. The religion of our day, and country, is no more exempt from the sneer of the future than the others have been. When India was supreme, Brahma sat upon the world’s throne. When the scepter passed to Egypt, Isis and Osiris received the homage of mankind. Greece, with her fierce valor, swept to empire, and Zeus put on the purple of authority. The earth trembled with the thread of Rome’s intrepid sons, and Jove grasped with mailed hand the thunderbolts of heaven. Rome fell, and Christians from her territory, with the red sword of war, carved out the ruling nations of the world, and now Christ sits upon the old throne. Who will be his successor?

–Robert Green Ingersoll, “The Gods” (1872)

MyBillofRights.org

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I can’t see how any American could be against this no matter what party you are a member of but I’m sure someone will correct that opinion in the comments. (No, that isn’t a challenge)

Our mission is to promote awareness and respect for the Bill of Rights as the foundation of our individual freedoms, our laws, and the American system of justice, through the design and crafting of Bill of Rights displays to be placed on public lands throughout America, beginning with the capitol grounds of all 50 state legislatures.

(via Metafilter)

AOL Caught Blocking Critical E-Mails

From news.com

America Online on Wednesday apparently began blocking e-mail on its servers containing the Web address of a petition against the company’s upcoming certified-mail program, an issue the company called a “glitch.”

The Internet service provider, which has roughly 20 million subscribers in the United States, began bouncing e-mail communications with the URL “Dearaol.com” sometime late Wednesday and continuing through Thursday.

A e-mail sent by CNET News.com to an AOL.com address and containing the URL “www.dearaol.com” bounced back on Thursday afternoon with a system administrator note that read: “The e-mail system was unable to deliver the message, but did not report a specific reason.”

AOL spokesman Nicholas Graham said late Thursday that AOL e-mails mentioning Dearaol.com would now be delivered as normal. The issue, he said, arose late Wednesday because of a software glitch that “affected dozens of Web links in messages,” including the Dearaol.com.

The shocking thing in the article to me is that AOL still has 20 million subscribers.