Correction and Correlations

Well, I jumped the gun a bit. The twitter quote from Rick Warren was not about the shooting in Aurora. According to a comment left by Warren at Exploring our Matrix:

TWITTER’S limit on words allows no context for statements. A lack of contxt causes misinterpretation. So when you tweet what’s on your mind, people preassume (incorrectly) that you are talking about what’s on THEIR mind. This is a clear example. My tweet was a brief response to a question to me about SEXUAL PROMISCUITY. It had NOTHING to do with the tragedy in Colorado.! I had received this email from a dad: “Pastor Rick, my daughter told me her teacher said in class “There’s nothing wrong with sex with multiple partners! Sex is a natural, inate drive, and any attempt to limit it to one, single partner is a manmade construct.” THAT is what I was commenting on. Unfortunately, you also incorrectly presumed the context.

That’s why most of us use #hashtags or @names in order to make it clear what we’re responding to, Rick. It also helps if you don’t use tired cliches as twitter posts without explanation. But, yeah, point made, we made too many assumptions.

What I really want to know is, what was up with that teacher? Assuming that the report is accurate, most of the teachers I know would be sweating for their jobs if that came out of their mouths.

But it’s not a total loss. It created a discussion of the correlation between a country’s acceptance of evolutionary theory as it relates to the murder rate. One ofJames McGrath’s readers, K.L. Onthank, created this chart:

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