Archive for July 2011

The bishop takes full responsibility

Jul 14th, 2011 3:41 pm | By

It sounds as if the people who run Ireland are finally pissed off at the church.

Tough new laws to force the disclosure of information on child sexual abuse are to be introduced in response to another damning report on the failure of the Catholic Church to protect child abuse victims.

The withholding of information about serious offences against a child will be made a criminal offence, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter announced yesterday following the publication of the report on the handling of sex abuse claims in the diocese of Cloyne.

Which makes the necessary point that what the church has been doing all this time is a crime.

The report found that the Bishop of Cloyne,

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Filthy girls

Jul 14th, 2011 11:34 am | By

I first learned about Valley Park Middle School via Tarek Fatah at Facebook. Tarek Fatah is a great fella. He posted pictures of himself at the Gay Pride march the other day – in his wheelchair, beaming, in front of a decorative crowd of marchers.

So what is a Toronto public school doing providing a prayer service in the cafeteria? Where

girls are placed in the back, behind the boys, separated by benches used as shields.

And menstruating girls are segregated, off in their own little group, like this paragraph.

Sitting all the way at the back, yards from the other girls and more yards from the all-conquering boys. Separated out because they’re so dirty and filthy. Ewwwwww endometrium. … Read the rest

Girls should not be segregated in public schools *

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Not even if they’re bleeding.… Read the rest

Ireland will pass new laws in wake of Cloyne report *

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The bishops and the church lie to the government and evade law enforcement, the report found. … Read the rest

Cloyne report: Irish church hiding abuse into 2009 *

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Abuse victims called the report more evidence that the church sought to protect priests rather than children. … Read the rest

Israel: women banned from management conference *

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That’s right, just plain banned. All of them. Journalists too.… Read the rest

Joan Smith on “ball-breaking women” panics *

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Oh noes, Nick Clegg has to do his share of child-raising duties; he’s castrated!… Read the rest

The Pastafarian driver’s license photo *

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Well if you allow religious headgear in the photo, you have to be consistent.… Read the rest

An integral aspect of our

Jul 13th, 2011 3:24 pm | By

Did you read the warm pool of sick at the “Tony Blair Faith Foundation”?

It’s such a boneless mess it’s hard to figure out what it’s supposed to do. There’s not a trace of an attempt at an argument in it, no reasons, just a lot of limp saying. It doesn’t even keep track of its own stance.

At a recent forum exploring educational options for the future of Northern Ireland, several influential public figures – including Baroness May Blood – made it clear that the best way forward is for schools to be religion-free zones.

But that, of course, is the thing it’s going to disagree with – duh – so how funny to say “made it clear that.”… Read the rest

Andrew Copson on the EHRC’s stance *

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The Ladele case set a vital precedent in recognising the fundamental nature of the rights of gays and lesbians to be protected from discrimination.… Read the rest

Equality and human rights through the looking-glass

Jul 13th, 2011 2:20 pm | By

Rights? Pshaw. The clerics will tell you what rights you can have, thank you. And the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission will help them out. Yes, you read that correctly.

After supporting several gay equality cases, the EHRC now believes the rights of religious people are not being upheld…

To rectify this supposed shortfall in religious protection, the EHRC will now push for a new legal principle of “reasonable accommodations” so that believers can negotiate the boundaries of their contract with employers.

Which means…? That believers can refuse to do their jobs if their religious beliefs tell them to.

There is the case of Lillian Ladele, the Christian registrar who refused to perform civil partnerships and so

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Austria: colander hat is official religious garb *

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Can wear hat for driver’s license photo only for religious reasons. Pastafarian steps up.… Read the rest

Bishop, Vatican lambasted over sex abuse claims *

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Cloyne report found the response from Rome effectively gave a carte blanche to the likes of Bishop Magee to ignore the guidelines.… Read the rest

Cloyne report is published *

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Criticises a Catholic diocese in County Cork for a failure to report all complaints of abuse to police. … Read the rest

Jack of Kent and readers do detective work *

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On the question “who is David Rose?” A friend of Johann Hari’s as he says, or…?… Read the rest

Johann Hari faces new claims of sock puppetry *

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Claims that Hari used a pseudonym to make unflattering edits to Wikipedia entries for journalists including Nick Cohen and Cristina Odone.… Read the rest

Bombay: new explosions for bomber’s birthday *

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The blasts coincide with the birthday of the sole surviving gunman from the 2008 attacks which killed nearly 170 people.… Read the rest

EHRC proposes “reasonable accommodation” *

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So it is supporting Lillian Ladele at the European Court of Human Rights.… Read the rest

Religious rights will trump gay rights *

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When one group refuses to fulfil its job description because it disapproves of another group, there is no middle ground.… Read the rest

How’s it going?

Jul 12th, 2011 11:05 am | By

This isn’t going well. It’s going badly. It could and should have been a minor thing that lasted about ten minutes and then ended. Instead it’s still going, and the way it’s going is badly.

Alerted by a comment by someone at Abbie’s post, I listened to about 20 minutes of something called Citizen Radio yesterday because it had a talk with Rebecca Watson about All That. I gave up before they got to the talk because I was bored beyond endurance by the hosts’ dialogue, but at the very beginning one of them (Kilkenny or Kilstein, I don’t know which) gave a quick summary of All That, which included casually calling Richard Dawkins “a rich white man” Read the rest