And for more images created for this day, check out the DrawMoDay2011 flickr page here.
Unfortunately, I didn’t due anything all that blasphemous today…at least no more than usual. But aside from repeating my denial of the “Holy Spirit’s” existence, the one unforgivable sin in the Bible, I figured I’d just repost this new article from Ayaan Hirsi Ali titled “It’s time to fight back against death threats by Islamic extremists” and the following two videos about the importance of free speech:
1. Happy Blasphemy Month! – I didn’t realize July was Blasphemy Month until i was informed by my newest Facebook friend, Greta Valenti, aka Masturbating Catholic, aka Fuji Minx. Greta (who I may vow to make my future wife) has gotten Blasphemy Month off early with a certain music video that has been banned from YouTube. Fortunately, the internet not only never forgets but attempts to censor YouTube videos is the best publicity. In fact, I may have never heard of Greta if her video hadn’t pissed off the Catholics who constantly need other things to be outraged against to keep them from being outraged at their own child abuse scandals. For those who wish to watch the video, it can be found in the link above.
2. Car crash blamed on vampire – You know, it’s these sorts of negative stigmas perpetuated by Hollywood that are keeping vampire Americans down. Not every bad thing that happens is because of vampires. Sometimes its just a chupacabra or the creature from the black lagoon.
4. New Zealand gets several atheist billboards – I just wish they could have added a few bananas in honor of Ray Comfort.
1. Another kid excluded from Catholic school due to lesbian parents – This is the second time in just the last few months that a Catholic school has decided that children of lesbian parents don’t deserve an education. This time it’s in Massachusetts. It’s just a shame the kid’s parents weren’t child rapists. Cause otherwise he’d get right in.
2. News anchor duped by YouTube video of people running on water – He says it couldn’t be a visual trick because he watched it in slow-mo (cause you can’t trick in slow-mo, right?) and his explanation is centrifugal force (even though that involves rotation). The actual explanation is that this video is a viral ad for Hi-Tec Sports, an athletic shoemaker.
3. Central African Republic courts overwhelmed by witch trials – Many alleged witches are facing criminal punishment for hexing their enemies or assuming the shape of animals. I hate when that happens. About 40% of all cases here are over witchcraft. And the rights of the accused are violated regularly in witchcraft prosecutions, because the charge carries enormous pressure to confess. And the alternative to these prosecutions is mob justice from people convinced witches are hexing people with impunity. I’m so glad we live in the 17th century.
4. Priest tries exorcism on handicapped girl – The girl was both physically and mentally disabled. The priest spoke in gibberish and then started demanding the girl to speak:
“The girl would not have even been able to comprehend, let alone follow instructions. It was very undignified for the young lady and she was just crying, howling at the altar.”
Suffice it to say, it didn’t work. The church’s excuse for this unseemly affair is that the priest was a foreigner. So I guess that means they’d have let him get away with virgin sacrifices too.
5. 13-year-old Somalian rape victim stoned to death – Yeah, that will teach her not to be raped. All in a days work for the religion of peace we call Islam.
6. Polish pop singer faces 2-years in prison for blasphemy – In a television interview last year, 26-year-old Dorota Rabczewska, known as “Doda”, said she found it far easier to believe in dinosaurs than the Bible; “it is hard to believe in something written by people who drank too much wine and smoked herbal cigarettes.” And for that, this pop star and Mensa member may go to jail for 2 years because she hurt the feelings of Catholics. Under Poland’s blasphemy law, simply offending someone’s religious sensibilities can earn you hefty fines and even imprisonment. And while I hate to invoke Godwin’s Law, it needs to be said. And to think I thought Poland got rid of the Nazis.
Two studies in the April 27th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, offer rare glimpses into the ways that chimpanzees deal with the deaths of those closest to them. In one case, researchers describe the final hours and moment of death of an older female chimp living in a small group at a UK safari park as captured on video. In the other, researchers observed as two chimpanzee mothers in the wild carried their infants’ mummified remains for a period of weeks after they were lost to a respiratory epidemic.
Two major stories came out of Ireland over the weekend. First the good news. Ireland’s government is having second thoughts about the blasphemy law they passed last year:
Dermot Ahern, the justice minister, is proposing that a vote to remove the criminal offence of blasphemy be held as part of a planned series of referendums this autumn, writes Stephen O’Brien.
Ahern, who was criticised for increasing the fine for blasphemy to €25,000 last year, said he never regarded the provision in the new Defamation Bill as anything more than a short-term solution.
“There was a lot of nonsense about that blasphemy issue and people making me out to be a complete right-winger at the time,” he said. “There was an incredibly sophisticated campaign [against me], mainly on the internet.
Not against you, Dermot. About your fascist policy.
I categorized the other news story as “bad news” but because it involves something bad that happened a long time ago being exposed, I guess it’s kind of also good news.
Yup, I’m talking about more child abuse covered up by a high-ranking official in the Catholic Church:
Cardinal Sean Brady, primate of all-Ireland, admitted he was present at meetings where two abused teenagers were made to sign vows of silence.
But in case you’re outraged that this got away with directly participating in the covering up of a crime as heinous as child rape, rest assured that Cardinal Brady assures us that this is not a big deal:
“Frankly I don’t believe that this is a resigning matter.”
See. What’s wrong with you people. The Church does this sort of thing all the time. It’s not a big deal. It’s not like they married people of the same sex. It was just raping children…sexy, sexy children.
1. Atheist Pete Stark replaces Rep. Rangel as Chair of House Ways and Means Committee – Although it’s not necessarily a permanent seat, this is a big deal as this is one of the most powerful committees in Congress and has jurisdiction over taxes, Social Security, unemployment benefits, and Medicare.
2. Science journalists give creationists another easy target – Last year there was much publicity surrounding a certain alleged “missing link” fossil that was found even though there’s no such thing as a “missing link” and the whole concept is over a century out of date. And really, the find wasn’t even very significant, though I admit that for a few hours even I was fooled by the media hype into thinking that it was. Well it gave even more fuel to the creationists and now they’re going to get even more as this once media hyped “missing link” may not even be a human ancestor at all.
Speaking of hype. . .
3. An atheist is accused of insulting religion in John Lennon Airpoirt in Liverpool – I like how Blair Scott summed this up on his Facebook page:
Basically, he is being accused of blasphemy. How are his fliers any more offensive than religious tracts? No vandalism was committed and nothing was destroyed. He left papers in the prayer room. The fact that his jurors swore on the Bible should be automatic grounds for a mistrial if his lawyer is any good.
I don’t think he could get a mistrial over the Bibles in court but everything else there I agree with. The guy’s being punished for doing what we all know religious people get away with all the time in John Lennon Airport of all places. Imagine that.
4. Eight-limbed Indian boy needs a doctor to remove parasite – You just can’t improve on that headline. But how dare the Telegraph not posting a picture of young Deepak Paswaan.He was born with the arms, legs, and butt of his parasitic twin protruding from his chest. That alone entitles him to membership in the X-Men.
Of course religion has to stick its ugly nose in this. Some think it’s intelligent design while others think it’s the work of the devil:
Some people see eight-limbed Deepak Paswaan as the reincarnation of the Hindu god Lakshmi, but to others he is the devil.
The worshippers bring offerings of money and flower garlands to the seven-year-old in his village of Bihar, in north-east India, but the more sinister throw stones at the little boy in a bid to remove the devil from his tiny body.
Yes, it’s clearly the devil’s most diabolical plan to date.