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Sorry, but this is ridiculous. How does a discussion about a man who died over half a millennium ago violate the rule against discussing religion and politics? We've had other discussions of history and even current economics without crossing that line.Pinetreebbs wrote:From the Forum FAQs: In an attempt to respect the extreme diversity of our members, we ask that you do not start or participate in any discussions relating to religion or politics.
I like knives. I also like "OFF-TOPIC". For the third time, how is this a violation of forum rules?Pinetreebbs wrote:I respect that this is an important issue for you, but October 8 is a holiday established in Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103). Changing this holiday requires Congressional or possibly an Executive order, yes, it's political. This Forum belongs to Spyderco and we should respect their wishes.
I like knives.
I can't answer that, you need to ask that fellow you see in the bathroom mirror.Sequimite wrote:... So, what's the problem?
Ha, I can't believe that in a forum that regularly delights in the the details of how to maim and kill with knives and guns history is too harsh a subject for your dainty sensibilities.Pinetreebbs wrote:I can't answer that, you need to ask that fellow you see in the bathroom mirror.
I suspect that, if we're celebrating at all, most Americans are celebrating the deed, not the man, so what he did before and after are of little import to us.Sequimite wrote:Canadian Thanksgiving and US Columbus Day being on the same day I made a comment about my preference for the Canadian holiday over the US one, writing that Columbus was a mass murderer, robber and slaver. gull wing wrote that he was offended by my "political" post.
I'd like to know why so I'm breaking this into a separate thread. I'll just note that during the time that the Spanish Inquisition was torturing and murdering Jews by the thousand, the torture and murders that Columbus was engaged in on the island of Hispaniola was thought to be so extreme that Spain put him in prison.
Columbus insisted to the end of his life that he had reached India. The fact that native Americans are called Indians is about the only influence that Columbus had on history. He increased interest in exploring and colonizing the Americas, but so did hundreds of other explorers. He seems like an unlikely person to have a federal holiday for.
+1The Deacon wrote:I suspect that, if we're celebrating at all, most Americans are celebrating the deed, not the man, so what he did before and after are of little import to us.