From forcing women to veil, to rapes and assassinations, fundamentalists imposed their rule.… Read the rest
Archive for November 2008
Congress is having fits trying to figure out what to do about the big 3 US carmakers. Let them sink? Give them billions and billions and billions of dollars? Retool them to make buses and repair bridges? No that last one isn’t a real proposal, at least not that I know of. Barbara Mikulski’s is real though.
Mikulski did not call for the $25 billion worth of federally guaranteed loans that Reid is seeking. Instead, she offered her own proposal costing $8 billion: tax breaks for those buying cars between now and the end of next year.
That’s the stupidest thing I’ve heard in – a day or two anyway. What a good idea! Give people tax breaks to encourage … Read the rest
‘Hinduism, my critics tell me, is far more rational and “scientific” than these other “Semitic” religions.’… Read the rest
The writings and speeches of the new-age gurus are read with utmost seriousness by their followers.… Read the rest
It has been reported that there is a Military School in Nasik to train Hindu terrorists.… Read the rest
Outsider status can have a corrosive effect on morality.… Read the rest
Annulment called ‘a fatwa against the emancipation of women’ and ‘a ruling handed down in Kandahar.’… Read the rest
Run for your lives.… Read the rest
Atheists “are talking to a very small slice of the population,” said Mathew Staver, a leading Christian conservative and law-school dean. “In some ways, they’re really just talking to themselves.”
Well no kidding. And what does Mathew Staver think theists are doing? In some ways, all groups are just talking to themselves; and in other ways not. But at least atheists aren’t also just talking to an imaginary friend, and we’re also not constantly invoking an imaginary friend when talking to other people, unlike some people I could name.
In rural Chambersburg, Pa., one Christian group responded to an “Imagine No Religion” billboard with a giant sign of their own, asking: “Why Do Atheists Hate America?”
Says he would like his role to evolve so that his ‘knowledge and experience’ are not wasted.… Read the rest
‘We neither killed them nor injured them, but only whipped them according to the Islamic law.’… Read the rest
Wants to go on promoting anti-science nonsense as king.… Read the rest
Tax-exempt fanatic says voting for Obama ‘constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil.’… Read the rest
Education has ‘a dark side’: people who question church authority.… Read the rest
You know, human rights are risky. Equality is risky. Freedom is risky. That is to say, movements to gain or restore or promote those things are risky. Tyrants and exploiters and authoritarians don’t just smile politely and go home – they fight back. Being tyrants and exploiters and authoritarians, they fight dirty. That’s why they’re being fought in the first place. So people who are attempting to promote or gain more equality or rights have to consider the fact that they may be putting other people at risk, because they usually are.
The Civil Rights movement (in the US in the 50s and 60s) had that problem. We tend to forget this now, but it was a huge issue at … Read the rest
Charles’s vanity and delusion are being taken out for an airing again. He
has told confidants he would like his role to “evolve” so that his knowledge and experience are not wasted once he inherits the crown.
What knowledge and experience? What knowledge and experience does he have that would be ‘wasted’ if he didn’t use his accident of birth to publicize them? His knowledge and experience about GM crops? About alternative medicine? About architecture? What special unique irreplaceable knowledge and experience does he have on those subjects?
None, right? Do correct me if I’m wrong – but as far as I can tell, the answer is none. He has strong opinions on the subjects, but so do lots of … Read the rest
It’s not a newsflash that Karen Armstrong is not one of the clearest thinkers in the world – but nevertheless the opening sentence of her sermon on compassion at Comment is Free set me back a little.
The practice of compassion is central to every one of the major world religions – but sometimes you would never know it.
But sometimes you would never know it – good one. Did she write this while taking a bath and watching Celebrity Big Brother, or what? But more to the point is the fundamental and pathetic incoherence of the basic thought: the practice of compassion is central to every one of the major world religions, and yet oddly enough in real … Read the rest
Leadership issued a decree to be read to congregations: ‘the formation of families is central to the Creator’s plan.’… Read the rest
‘The practice of compassion is central to every one of the major world religions – but sometimes you would never know it.’… Read the rest