@Still_I_Cry: I don't know why I'm bothering with you, plus I'm fairly busy in recent days, so my apologies if I stop responding. Feel free to think you've "won" or whatever if I stop responding.
I used several different sources. Unless the majority of websites have a liberal bias, you just seem to be unhappy that there's data out there that you don't agree with.
The point is that abstinence only sex-ed does not stop kids from having sex. I've made that point several times, for whatever reason, you haven't noticed yet.
Again, I wrote an entire thesis on Creationism, but as you said, the burden of proof is on the believer, so please, prove to me creationism is true. As I said before though, the only two arguments FOR creationism were something called Irreducible Complexity and criticisms of the Miller-Urey experiment. Irreducible complexity is the idea that if you remove certain parts of certain organs or appendages, they become functionally useless. The strongest supportive evidence of this was the Flagellum. It's used for locomotion in microscopic organisms, and yeah, if you took parts away from it, it wouldn't be such a nice propeller. The problem being that even IF it can't be used as a propeller, it's still an awesome anchor, a deadly weapon. and a means of secreting waste, and we even see organisms that use it for all that stuff even today! The criticisms of the Miller-Urey experiment were indeed valid (They got some of the chemistry wrong, although a separate experiment involving volcanoes forming organic molecules is still valid), but the problem is, they have nothing to do with evolution, and everything to do with how life began on earth (funnily enough, there's this whole other thing called the RNA World theory that's pretty great anyways). The point is, creationism is just a group of random, unsupported claims and a basic misunderstanding of science, and therefore, it cannot be considered at all true. But please, I really want to hear you prove me wrong on this one.
No, see, we KNOW when life begins, your talking heads like to make it an issue, even though it isn't. If you're talking about when the soul enters the body, then that's a whole other ridiculous thing that's not worth seriously considering. The reason why we're discussing it is because I said that, along with being obsessed with having deadly weapons, conservatives are obsessed with a lot of other false ideas that are detrimental to our society.
Seriously, are you honestly saying that you don't believe that a majority of Conservatives agree with creationism?
Why are you even arguing against that? It's something that you (I assume) believe yourself.
Greyhound is a privately owned company, along with Datco and all the rest of the big bus companies.
In no way am I "intellectually superior" to anyone. Hell, I was even once a conservative myself. The point is, ANYONE can do exactly what I did. It doesn't take a genius to do well in college, and most of what I read is readily available for anyone to read for themselves. As for bows: I actually did some archery in High School, so I can handle a bow well enough (Although I've never used a crossbow) The point is, there is no way an average person, especially an average high school kid would be able to fire a crossbow as fast or with as much deadly force as they could with a semi-automatic handgun.
Well, that's kind of what sources are for, don't you think? You're right though, I haven't compiled a list of books for you to read. I'll make it easy by making a short list of books that are not only easy to read and understand, but can also be easily read in a day or two and can be found wherever books are sold or your local library, assuming you can use bus to get there. It might not be a complete list as I read a lot more than the average person so I'm sure I'll forget a lot of good ones:
Homage to Catalonia, Road to Wigan Pier (both by George Orwell), The Moral Landscape (by Sam Harris, also consider reading The End of Faith), On The Origin pf Species, by Charles Darwin, Evolution: The First Four Billion Years, by Ruse and Travis, The Blind Watchmaker, The Ancestor's Tale, and Climbing Mount Improbable (all by Richard Dawkins *gasp*! But then he was an Evolutionary Biologist before he became famous for being an Atheist), Six Easy Pieces, by Richard Feynman (Also I'd suggest Six not-so-easy pieces, but it's not required), Love, Poverty, and War, Why Orwell Matters, God is Not Great all by Christopher Hitchens, Why People Believe Weird Things and Why Darwin Matters, by Michael Shermer. Also, There's this book called Sciencia, I haven't read it yet, but I got it as a gift for a lady friend of mine who's interested in science, and it seems like it's a really nice primer on all sorts of branches of science and math.
So that's a very brief list of some of the books that I have read that are related to our debate, and I avoided any books that are either too wordy, aren't easy to come by, or are too complex for an average person to understand (again, I'm not insinuating you're stupid, just that if you gave me a book on electrical schematics, I doubt I'd be able to understand it). It's worth mentioning that some of those authors may be "liberally biased" (oh no!), But I'll remind you that one had his work subjected to the harshest scrutiny and has never been disproved in over 150 years, one is a Nobel Prize winning Physicist, one was a professor at Oxford, one was once a fully fledged Creationist, and one was considered a conservative by a great many people. Happy reading! (I have to admit, I'm very envious of you as I wish I could read all of those over for the very first time)
So there you have it. Actually, I have hope for you. I was once a pretty hardcore conservative myself, but as I got out into the world and started reading a lot and meeting people and being incredibly poor for a long time when I was younger, I started to realize just how harmful Conservative thinking is in a world that is dependent on not going backwards. I'm not saying I can convert you or anything, but I do think you're a smart person and once you're done reading you'll have a better understanding an appreciation for what I've been saying at the very least.