July 14, 2010
I came across two stories today that illustrate how wonderful and sane Islam is. The first is about an Afghan prison that houses women convicted of the horrible crime of showing “bad character.” This story is only about 2 weeks old so, yeah, your taxes are probably keeping that prison protested.
And the other story showing what a wonderful religion Islam is concerns Ismail Mohamed Didi, a 25 year-old air traffic controller at Male International Airport in the Maldives who was first investigated by his employers for apostasy and then later found hanged from the airport’s control tower.
The death of Ismail Mohamed Didi, a 25 year-old air traffic controller, prompted deep concern on the Islamic website Raajjeislam which reported that Ismail “was a person inclined to atheism” and had:
Declared his atheism to his friends.
The website alleged that Ismail had refused to follow religious sermons.
Ain’t Islam grand?
[UPDATE 7.15.10 – new information about the 2nd story here]
January 16, 2010
1. Secular S.H.A.R.E. raised $47,000 for Haiti relief in under 24 hours –
Amherst, New York—In response to Haitian residents’ emergency needs following the Jan. 12 earthquake, the Center for Inquiry’s Skeptics and Humanist Aid and Relief Effort (S.H.A.R.E.) has raised $47,000 in less than 24 hours. Those who live without God or religion, along with faith groups, recognize the need to assist the stricken nation’s survivors and have answered the call.
2. Yay, a Chupacabra sighting! – My less skeptical cousin Chupacabra has shown himself again in Horizon City, Texas. That’s right. He’s crossed the border and is now stealing jobs from U.S. fictional creatures. And if you thought Big Foot was scary before, just see what he’s like when he’s out of work. Not pretty.
3. D.C. judge rules that District can ban any referendum concerning gay marriage under Human Rights Act –
The ruling upholds a decision by the city’s board of elections, which has twice rejected plans by an anti-gay marriage group to hold a referendum on the subject. City council passed an ordinance in December that allowed gay marriage in the District.
Opponents of gay marriage say they will appeal the decision to the D.C. Court of Appeals. The decision fits a pattern of judicial activism, which has interfered with the people’s will to ban gay marriage, they say.
Um, good luck with that. You know, that’s not how the Appeals process works. You can’t just appeal a decision because you didn’t like it. You actually have to show a legal error was made.
November 23, 2009
Scientology is targeting sixth graders:
The New South Wales Government says the Church of Scientology is targeting Year 6 students using “marketing” material that claims to promote human rights.
Education Minister Verity Firth has ordered principals not to distribute DVDs and booklets funded by the church and sent to schools by a group called Youth For Human Rights.
The material outlines the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and quotes Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard on a list of “famous human rights leaders”.
Hubbard a famous human rights leader?
Oh yeah, he’s right up there with Genghis Khan.
Of course Scientology spokesman Cyrus Brooks had other names in mind:
He has defended the inclusion of L Ron Hubbard in the material, saying the Scientology founder’s views are as valid as those of others quoted, including Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and the Dalai Lama.
Wow! Just wow!
July 30, 2009
Lubna Hussein was just sentenced to 40 lashes for wearing pants. This is how the justice system in Sudan works. A woman wearing pants in public while out to dinner is a violation of their decency laws and punishable by 40 lashes!
There were chaotic scenes as Lubna Hussein, a former journalist who works for the United Nations, attended the hearing wearing the same green slacks that got her arrested for immodest dress.
THE SAME PANTS?! GET OUT!
Seriously, this is one of the most absurdly barbaric nations in the history of the cosmos. Fortunately, Hussein is courageous enough to put herself on the line to change the system:
After the hearing, defence lawyer Nabil Adib Abdalla said Ms. Hussein had agreed to resign from the United Nations in time for the next session on Aug. 4 to make sure the case continued. “First of all she wants to show she is totally innocent, and using her immunity will not prove that,” Mr. Abdalla told reporters. “Second she wants to fight the law. The law is too wide. It needs to be reformed … This is turning into a test case. Human rights groups will be watching this closely.”
He said Ms. Hussein was ready to face the maximum penalty for the criminal offence of wearing indecent dress in public, which was 40 lashes and an unlimited fine.
. . .
“Thousands of women are punished with lashes in Sudan but they stay silent,” she said. “The law is being used to harass women and I want to expose this.”