Book burning just makes you look like an ass

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Some Christian moron plans on burning Qur’ans on Saturday September 11th. Like other stupid Christian fundamentalists he has no real reason to do it but just because he can and he feels he should. I have no love for any religion but book burning? Really? You know who else burned books? Hitler.

Many religious and political leaders from all different religions have asked the moron in Florida not to have the event. Even the Pope asked him to cancel the show.

The event will could cause some problems with US troops in Afghanistan. General David Petraeus, commander of the forces there said:

Gen. David Petraeus warned Tuesday in an e-mail to The Associated Press that “images of the burning of a Quran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan — and around the world — to inflame public opinion and incite violence.” It was a rare example of a military commander taking a position on a domestic political matter.

Pressure rises on pastor who wants to burn Quran

It is true that national coverage of the Christian moron’s obvious disrespect will be used to incite more violence toward US troops and could also increase recruitment of insurgents.

What also pisses off Afghanis? US troops killing innocent civilians. But that is a different story…

Back to the Christian moron burning books. You know who also burned books? Hitler and the Nazis.

That’s why it is a bad idea. You can disagree with the contents, like I do, but burning a Qur’an makes no sense and is a cheap publicity stunt that might actually help get some soldiers killed in the long run. Book burning is also one of the first steps to dehumanizing a group of people and that can lead to other nasty events happening to that group of people.

There may not be a law against the burning but we don’t need to give the creep any more publicity for his moronic event. That is why I refuse to mention his name or the name of his church.

I wish the other media would do the same.

Glenn Beck is a popular loon we need to pay attention to

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Glenn Beck had his masturbatory rally in Washington on August 28th. It was a mix of religious revival and fascist party rally (a group called “The Black Robes”? really?). His speeches and sermons are devoid of any facts or truths but people seem to love him. However his mix of religion and hate speech can be dangerous and we should not simply ignore him.

It is obvious that Beck isn’t the first demagogue with a large fan club. Father Charles Edward Coughlin, who had a radio show in the 1930’s, was just as popular and dangerous.

Father Charles Edward Coughlin (pronounced /’k?gl?n/ COG-lin;[1] October 25, 1891 – October 27, 1979) was a controversial Roman Catholic priest at Royal Oak, Michigan’s National Shrine of the Little Flower Church. He was one of the first political leaders to use radio to reach a mass audience, as more than forty million tuned to his weekly broadcasts during the 1930s. Early in his career Coughlin was a vocal supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his early New Deal proposals, before later becoming a harsh critic of Roosevelt.[2] It was at this point Coughlin began to use his radio program to issue antisemitic commentary, and later to rationalize some of the policies of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.[3] The broadcasts have been called “a variation of the Fascist agenda applied to American culture”.[4] His chief topics were political and economic rather than religious, with his slogan being Social Justice, first with, and later against, the New Deal. Many American bishops as well as the Vatican wanted him silenced, and he was eventually silenced by his superiors.

Father Charles Edward Coughlin

Some may ask how can people like Beck or Coughlin be dangerous?

There are some people in this country who were unstable to begin with and with a push from a talker like Glenn Beck went on a violent spree. For Beck it has happened at least twice and he may have played a part in a third incident.

A man in Pittsburgh died using suicide by cop after killing 3 cops, a gunman in Oakland CA was going to target a group that only Beck ranted about on his show, and Beck and his other Fox “news” buddies’ rhetoric played a part in the shooting inside a Knoxville Unitarian Church.

I fully believe in free speech and Beck can lie and mislead as much as he wants, but rhetoric can have consequences. We need to watch this fascist leaning talk and the wrapping of the flag within a religious framework. We must not be caught off guard or surprised. We must protect our rights every day and take people like Beck seriously even if he is a loon.

Just because he is popular doesn’t mean he tells the truth.

Protesting Mosques is just ignorant

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For some odd reason the media has decided to focus on a small fringe of morons who get their “news” and “information” from FOX “News” or conservative talk radio. One of the idiotic messages the moron club is passing around is that all Muslims are terrorists looking to take over America and force Sharia law on all of us. These geniuses have taken to protesting the building of new Mosques. These people need a civics refresher.

“As a mother and a grandmother, I worry,” Ms. Serafin said. “I learned that in 20 years with the rate of the birth population, we will be overtaken by Islam, and their goal is to get people in Congress and the Supreme Court to see that Shariah is implemented. My children and grandchildren will have to live under that.”

“I do believe everybody has a right to freedom of religion,” she said. “But Islam is not about a religion. It’s a political government, and it’s 100 percent against our Constitution.”

Across Nation, Mosque Projects Meet Opposition

Banning mosques is a stupid idea that doesn’t address the made up issue they have. Banning anything just pushes it underground. China banned Christian churches for years but it never got rid of Christianity. People still meet in secret even though China does allow some public Christian churches. If one is worried about terrorism and you believe they all hook up at mosques then I would want them in the open so they can be checked out if need be.

Banning mosques is nothing but symbolism like banning a church. It wouldn’t prevent youth from being radicalized. It is just a cheap and ignorant way to express your jingoism.

As pointed out in the article:

Radicalization of alienated Muslim youths is a real threat, Mr. Bagby said. “But the youth we worry about,” he said, “are not the youth that come to the mosque.”

Besides none of the geniuses advocating the idea and protests have said what would be done with all the mosques already established such as in the Pentagon. There was one at the recent Boy Scout Jamboree. The BSA – the paragon of right wing Christian fundamentalism had a mosque!

The fact is we have the 1st Amendment that has and would prevent any strict religious law from becoming public law. The religious right is concerned probably because that has been their agenda for decades – forcing biblical law on all of us.

Jewish law and some Catholic laws are administered in this country for those who hold those beliefs. Typical use is in marriage rules since the civil act of marriage – managed by the state – is separate from the religious act of marriage.

Another example is the Amish. They use public roads yet the only requirement is to use a slow moving sign on their buggies. The courts ruled that the secular purpose of the sign trumped the Amish religious beliefs against garish colors on their buggies.

Under traditional use Muslims could use some of their Sharia law in their communities as long as those laws don’t conflict with the Constitution or current public laws.

It just ticks me off that the mainstream media have blown this issue up and still have not reported the truth about the complaints.

Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights

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The court decision that overturned California Proposition 8 supports the American foundation of equal legal protection and could also be applied to future questions about freedom of religion and freedom FROM religion.

Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians. The evidence shows conclusively that Proposition 8 enacts, without reason, a private moral view that same-sex couples are inferior to opposite-sex couples. (pp 135 line 3)

Prop 8 Ruling FINAL

The key part is “Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights…”

It remains to be seen if that would actually work but it would be something to try in a future complaint or law suit over religious freedom issues.

Another important point is that civil rights are not open to a popularity contest and never should be.

The religious irony on the ABC Family channel

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I was looking through the TV listings on Monday when I came across strange programing for the ABC Family channel. They had the “700 Club” on between a show that glorifies teen pregnancy.

At 10 was an episode of the show “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” which is a show about the life of a 16 year old girl dealing with an unexpected pregnancy.

At 11 PM was the “700 Club” (I hope I don’t need to explain what that is)

Then at 12 am was another episode “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”

This was funny for a couple of reasons.

ABC Family was established in 1977, as the Christian Broadcast Network, part of televangelist Pat Robertson’s ministry and was sold in 1998 to FOX. Under terms of the sale to FOX and to future owners like ABC, who bought the channel in 2001, the channel is required to have “Family” in the name and is required to air the “700 Club” twice a day.

“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” focuses on the relationships between families and friends and how they deal with the unexpected teenage pregnancy of character Amy Juergens, who is portrayed by Shailene Woodley. In the second season, Amy Juergens must deal with juggling motherhood and high school, while her family and friends experience relationship challenges of their own.

The Secret Life is one of the biggest hits on the channel.

The “problem” is that Secret Life deals more with the social struggle of teen pregnancy and glossing over the economic struggle. The show takes on a 7th Heaven tone to teen mothers. The girl never has to worry about paying the bills and someone is always there to watch the baby. It is basically a soap opera and offers nothing of real substance and for teens and pre-teens to see it without guidance from parents or other adults, they may get a false idea about what life really is like to be a teen mother.

Just seemed goofy ironic that the show bookends a religious show that bad mouths TV shows that glorify teen motherhood.

Huffington Post supports too much woo

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I like Huffington Post for their political coverage. That’s what drew me to them in the beginning. Even as they changed their view point to be harder on the Obama Administration, I still read it every day. However editorial changes over the last few months have pushed me to stop recommending the site and to avoid linking to them in the future.

What changed my mind was when they added a religion section. At first I thought, since it was a liberal blog, it might give a fair shake to religion, instead the first articles I saw were from people bashing so-called “new atheists” and articles supporting creationism. Like the article by David Klinghoffer, from the creation shills the Discovery Institute, blaming Darwin for eugenics and the Nazis.

Then there is the Living section that is full of pseudoscientific crap one sees regularly on Oprah and “The View”. As Joshua Holland wrote:

I’ve long been a critic of HuffPo’s “Living” section, where fake doctors peddle snake oil cures and vaccine conspiracy theorists spread their poisonous misinformation. Those who read the Huffington Post solely for its (usually good) political content often don’t even realize that a couple verticals away is a den of quackery and pseudo science…

But publishing the new agey holistic naturopath crystal-healing Beverly Hills quack-to-the-stars bullshit of Adriana’s good friend’s nutritionist is one (stupid, potentially dangerous) thing. Giving a platform to the anti-science creationist dingbats at The Discovery Institute is a step in a darker direction.

Huffington Post Publishes Creationist Nonsense; Touchy About Criticism

Then today what should I see but in a prominent “above the fold” place a link to a live chat with the “positive thinking” huckster to the stars Tony Robbins. Here is a screen cap:

When it comes to science and medicine I have to insist on the truth and articles based on actual evidence that has been peer reviewed. Sometimes science doesn’t feel good – that isn’t its job. Science is suppose to inform us on the world in which we live.

And as blogger vjack noted:

I admit that I have been slow to act. I was torn because I continue to find excellent political content on HuffPo that I do not always see elsewhere. I have tried to avoid the woo and focus my attention on the good stuff. But now I have reached the point where the quackery simply couldn’t be avoided any longer. It is too pervasive, and it makes me question the credibility of everything else the blog does. PZ is right; it is time to walk away from HuffPo.

Huffington Post is no friend to reality

I agree the quackery taints what is good about HuffPo and so I can’t quote or link to it any longer.