Why would the thread be locked?
I don't see at all why this thread should be locked. It's just a random conspiracy thread. It's neither offensive nor am I advertising. If a mod wants to lock this, then that's fine with me. I'll do whatever is best for SPCR, but I don't see how this thread is a problem personally.
Nude dancing is... not free speech IMO
but any statement regarding an issue like this ought to be fully allowed by the academic community. The appropriate response ought to be announcing an official rebuttal disproving all of his arguments. And if the guy is crazy, he shouldn't have been able to obtain his tenure. The same goes for questioning the Holocaust, the moon landing, the causes of Pearl Harbor, and whatever else professors want to pursue. We should be proud that we, unlike most of the rest of the world, allow full free speech. Err, actually, does Canada allow full free speech?
By we I meant the US.
A thread on the Holocaust would be offensive though because so many died in it, but this thread only is about the cause of 9-11 not its existence. Holocaust questioning should not be allowed IMO on SPCR, but 9-11 is fine.
Jones has written a paper entitled "Behold My Hands: Evidence for Christ's Visit in Ancient America" in which he used archeological evidence to support the claims of Joseph Smith Jr. (founder of the Latter Day Saint movement) that Jesus had visited the Native Americans after his Resurrection, an event chronicled in the Book of Mormon.
That is a good find
I hadn't read the whole article. Nevertheless, I've read stories of Christians and Jews proving their own religious views. Just because the guy's a member of a popular cult, which I imagine he was born into, shouldn't prove he's crazy. I've met atheists with crazy ideas as well (e.g. they believe in the entire theory of evolution - pond scum to human - despite certain problems it presents. It's certainly a possibility, but it's not proven.) Additionally, I have trouble seeing how atheists can find anything of value in life, and was I one I would pursue power and pleasure absolutely, but I digress. Most any individual is going to have odd religious beliefs though.
Dr. Firmage's letter is welcome, but it doesn't rebuke all of the various claims. The structure ought not to have collapsed at near free fall and steel shouldn't have melted. Anyway, I'm still reading through all this stuff, and I'm not an engineer.
universities derive a lot of their income from government whether directly or indirectly, and anyone speaking out would likely be gagged/ostracised by their faculty (as BYU has done with Steve Jones). However in his case I think it is simply because they don't want to be associated with such a contentious issue.
This is precisely my fear. University professors have tenure so that they can be free to express their views. Free from censorship. The federal government shouldn't have the ability to influence tenured professors. 9/11 isn't so important as free speech.
According to the professor, BYU has removed its disclaimers and is no longer pressuring him to be quiet. I'm only stating the other side; I really don't have an interest in convincing anyone this is or isn't a conspiracy.
Seeing as the towers collapsed into the basements (I understand there were at least a couple of basement floors), there was a lot of material lying there. Perhaps the pressure on the lowest level, coupled with an - undoubtedly high - temperature from the fire, pushed the iron beyond its capability to remain a solid?
That's a good explanation.