Daily Archives: May 25, 2015

A Victory For Rationality

Why does Europe get to have all the fun? From Britain:

A devout mother made a legally binding promise, backed up with the threat of criminal sanctions, never to talk to her son about her religion, take him to church or even say grace at meals in a doomed attempt to stop him being taken into care, amid claims that she was “indoctrinating” him, a judge has disclosed.

The seven-year-old boy, who cannot be named, has been placed with foster carers because of fears that his mother, a Jehovah’s Witness, was causing him emotional harm by “immersing” him in her beliefs.

Details of the case were disclosed in a written judgment handed down by Judge Clifford Bellamy, after a hearing at the Family Court, sitting in Leicester, in which he set out his reasons for making an interim care order.

He found that the boy had suffered emotional harm as a result both of the conflict between the parents and, specifically, “immersion by his mother in her religious beliefs and practices”.

Let freedom ring! Read the whole thing, I could have snipped the whole article.

H/T: Why Evolution Is True

Syria’s New Next Door Neighbors

They’ve had enough:

Weakened by years of war, Syria’s government appears ready for the country’s de facto partition, defending strategically important areas and leaving much of the country to rebels and jihadists, experts and diplomats say.

Since the uprising against Assad began in March 2011 with peaceful protests, the government has lost more than three-quarters of the country’s territory, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor.

But the territory the regime controls accounts for about 50 to 60 percent of the population, according to French geographer and Syria expert Fabrice Balanche.

He said 10-15 percent of Syria’s population is now in areas controlled by IS, 20-25 percent in territory controlled by Al-Nusra or rebel groups and another five to 10 percent in areas controlled by Kurdish forces.

People close to the regime talk about a government retreat to “useful Syria”.

“The division of Syria is inevitable. The regime wants to control the coast, the two central cities of Hama and Homs and the capital Damascus,” one Syrian political figure close to the regime said.

B-b-but what about the moderates?

I guess now we know what areas to firebomb now…

Don’t Know Much Biology

Oh look, it’s an ignorant-ass Christian mouthing off about shit he doesn’t understand…somehow, evolution got dragged into the Duggar debate:

Eric Hovind — son of imprisoned creationist theme park operator Kent Hovind – said Duggar was the victim of a double standard by the media, which he said praised sins such as lust, abortion, and homosexuality but condemned “confession, judgment, and forgiveness.”

Naturally, he blamed evolution.

“If evolution is true, then there is no absolute right and wrong,” Hovind said. “If evolution is true Josh should not have admitted his faults over a decade ago because what one evolved bag of molecules does to another bag of molecules just doesn’t really matter. If evolution is true there is no ultimate Judge on the bench who will hold every man, woman, and child responsible for their actions. And if evolution is true you will not give an account for every idle word you speak.”

You stupid, stupid sad motherfucker. How depressing it must be to need an angry God to get you to behave correctly. I know right from wrong. I follow the laws and customs of my surroundings. I also have empathy in my heart for my fellow human beings, because I would ask them to have the same for me. That is just common sense, you don’t need a fucking bible to suss this.

Furthermore, is he really insinuating that we aren’t made of molecules because evolution isn’t true? Those are two different things. Not believing we are made of them is a deeper level of dumb that I can’t fathom. This brand of Christianity is a blight. One fervently hopes that someday, social evolution will weed these mindless cretins out.

Burn Motherfucker Burn

This.

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