June 20, 2010
In Louisiana, the legislature’s “State senators designated Sunday as a day for citizens to ask for God’s help dealing with the oil disaster.”
I say we all wish them all the best of luck with wishing on an invisible mage for help. But only so long as they don’t stop the real work necessary to address this disaster.
Then again, if all it took is wishing to make all of our dreams come true, my wish would be not to live in a country where the overwhelming number of people think making a wish on an invisible mage is the answer to their problems. The people would instead turn to intelligence and education to produce rational people grounded in reality.
Silly me though, not all wishes come true.
April 28, 2010
High court supports Mojave cross in Calif.. The five Catholic majority on the Supreme Court rules that the war memorial in the form of the Christian Cross is appropriate to mark all the war dead of World War I. The Cross now represents Jews, Mohammdans, Buddhists, Agnostics and all other pagan and non-believers.
Yes America, the Supreme Courts Catholics have rules that everyone in America is now Catholic. I am certain we can very soon look forward to reversals in the right of married couples to use contraceptives, and the right of women to determine their own reproductive health care. Vatican City, that wonder of mystical morality superiority, is now directing the United States Supreme Court. No other evidence is neccessary than Salazar v. Buono.
March 16, 2010
People come out in force to pray during times of crises like Haiti; does it really work? | Jacksonville.com
Once again Jacksonville is turning to prayer like it can really help with a crisis. Does it work? Jeff Brumley, the author of this article turned to Ellen Johnson for an answer.
September 14, 2009
A British film about Charles Darwin has failed to find a US distributor because his theory of evolution is too controversial for American audiences, according to its producer.
Science is too controversial for Americans. Well, I don’t know where you go from here. But I’d have to say: “This empire is doomed. DOOMED I say.”
August 13, 2009
The Liberty Counsel has produced a document called the Declaration of American Values that does not contain a single American value. First of all it declares allegiance to the security of human life, even inbred idiot bastards. They declare they will “extend the hand of loving compassion to care for those in poverty and distress.” This is belied by the last article that wants to do away with progressive taxation.
After extending the hand of loving compassion in the first article, they then turn around in the second article and pull it right back again for anyone who doesn’t agree with their sexual orientation.
The third gives white people the right to discriminate against minorities in education.
The fourth article requires all of society to bow down to their God in schools, court houses, and legislatures.
The fifth article is the anti-filth diatribe that wants morality laws passed to censure the people’s right to freedom of expression, i.e., book burning.
Now comes the real religion of the Liberty Counsel. Private property is God to these people and the right to bear and use instruments of death to protect that property is their real religion.
The next article expresses their distrust and hatred for the courts of our land because they uphold the rights of minorities from being trampled by these people, such as, stopping the government from forcing women to engage in compulsory pregnancy.
The next article wants to “foster national unity” through the only government funding they will allow, i.e., a xenophobic war machine to kill foreigners.
The anti-progressive tax article is last. I can fully understand why the millionaire’s club of fundy ministers wants to do away with progressive taxes, but why in the hell do their followers who will have to pay increased taxes?
December 31, 2008
Newdow v. Roberts; December 29, 2008
94. As it is, Atheists are the most despised minority in the land.36 Plaintiffs contend that it is the sort of government-sponsored activity at issue in this case – i.e., where the “power, prestige and financial support”37 of government is placed behind Monotheism – that stigmatizes them and perpetuates, if not instigates, this situation.
95. Defendants are acting in concert to further worsen the social condition of Plaintiffs. They are engaging in and promoting governmental activities that (a) will exacerbate Plaintiffs’ “outsider” status, (b) will have religious purposes, (c) will have religious effects, (d) will endorse the purely religious notion that there exists a God, (e) will show a preference for that exclusionary religious belief, (f) will affiliate government with that religious belief, (g) will signal the disapproval of Plaintiffs’ religious views, (h) will violate the governmental neutrality required in matters of religion, (i) will inculcate the specific religious belief that God exists (and likely the specific religious belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God), and (j) will place government’s “imprimatur” on those specific religious beliefs.
96. Moreover, Defendants know that they will impose these harms not only upon the adult plaintiffs in this case, but upon the minor plaintiffs as well.
97. Such impositions, upon impressionable young children, amount to the coercive imposition of religious dogma specifically denounced by the Supreme Court in nine out of nine public school cases (where religious dogma is imposed upon children in a governmental setting). McCollum v. Board of Education, 333 U.S. 203 (1948) (religious teaching); Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962) (prayer); Abington School District v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (1963) (Bible-reading); Epperson v. Arkansas, 393 U.S. 97 (1968) (forbidding the teaching of evolution); Stone v. Graham, 449 U.S. 39 (1980) (posting Ten Commandments); Wallace v. Jaffree, 472 U.S. 38 (1985) (moment of silence/prayer); Edwards v. Aguillard, 482 U.S. 578 (1987) (“creation science”); Lee v. Weisman, 505 U.S. 577 (1992) (graduation benedictions); and Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 530 U.S. 290 (2000) (prayer at football games).
36 “Atheists are at the top of the list of groups that Americans find problematic … It is striking that the rejection of Atheists is so much more common than rejection of other stigmatized groups.” Edgell P, Hartmann D, and Gerteis J. Atheists as “other”: Moral Boundaries and Cultural Membership in American Society. American Sociological Review, Vol. 71 (April, 2006), p. 211-234 at 230.
37 Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421, 431 (1962). See note 32, supra
October 24, 2008
Family Research Council president and noted white supremacist gadfly Tony Perkins delivered an ultimatum to the National Republican Campaign Committee yesterday, threatening to end financial support for that organization unless its chairman, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), reverses course on a recent move that stripped two embattled Republican congressmen of continued advertising spending. Both of the representatives in question are seen as facing losing battles in an election cycle that sees the GOP drawing on relatively scant financial resources; nonetheless, Perkins is demanding that the NRCC continue to blow money on two causes it deems hopeless because the two doomed reps “vote pro-life and pro-family.” Additionally, says Perkins, these are “winnable districts;” the only problem, it seems, is that nobody seems to know this except for Perkins himself.
Indeed, the FRC’s wacky president is a wellspring of unique electoral commentary. In the weeks before the 2006 election, he mocked those who claimed that the GOP was about to suffer a major loss; after those people were proven right, Perkins attributed the Democratic victory to that party’s alleged support for “social values,” an attribute that Perkins had never gotten around to attributing to Democratic politicians before this point. A few days later, Perkins apparently changed his mind, suddenly citing as a major factor in the Democratic landslide “wealthy homosexual activists, who pumped millions into contests on both the state and federal levels.” Incidentally, the Democrats were outspent overall in that particular election; perhaps money from homosexual activists simply works better. So, if you happen to be gay, please consider contributing some money to Enlighten the Vote.
The moral of the story, to the extent that any anecdote regarding Tony Perkins can be said to contain a shred of morality, is that Tony Perkins has no idea what he’s talking about.
October 20, 2008
It is said that there are plenty of white folks who won’t vote for the black candidate for president of the United States. It is also well known that Barack Obama is half African. What you don’t know is what percentage of African is Senator John Sydney McCain. Born in Panama of military family, but is of pre-confederate Mississippi plantation McCains who owned and bred slaves.
From this picture of Sen. John McCains family members, it could be very true that this election will be historic, not because there is one partial African American running for president, but two actually running. One is just lighter than the other.
This is going to put a real damper on all those white purest Know-Nothing Republicans who would never vote for a non-white candidate. Oh what they will do now?
September 5, 2008
Written by J. Bennett Guess
August 14, 2008
In response to a plan announced by the conservative Alliance Defense Fund to initiate a legal test of IRS limits on electoral political speech by at least 50 pastors on Sept. 28, a UCC church in Columbus, Ohio, is calling for at least 10 times that number to preach on the value of church-state separation on the Sunday prior.
The Wall Street Journal reported on May 9 that the ADF plans to initiate a widespread legal challenge to the IRS rules on political speech on Sept. 28, when an anticipated 50 pastors will intentionally cross the line and publicly endorse political candidates from their pulpits. The ADF is hoping at least one sermon will prompt the IRS to investigate, sparking a court battle that could get the tax provision declared unconstitutional, the WSJ reported.