Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hitler was a Christian

Hitler's religious beliefs and fanaticism:
My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice... And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.

-Adolf Hitler, in a speech on 12 April 1922 (Norman H. Baynes, ed. The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, Vol. 1 of 2, pp. 19-20, Oxford University Press, 1942)"

Miss Beverly Hills Lauren Ashley: God wants gays "put to death"

Christian beauty queen wants to kill gay people.

"'The Bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman,' Ashley told FOX News. 'In Leviticus it says, 'If man lies with mankind as he would lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death and their blood shall be upon them.' The Bible is pretty black and white."

Someone ship this nazi to Uganda.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Barbarism in Utah

Criminalizing miscarriage. Theocrats for limitless government reaching into wombs and family life.

"Perhaps the most troubling part of the bill is a standard that could make women legally responsible for miscarriages caused by so-called 'reckless' behavior. Under the 'reckless behavior' standard, an attorney only needs to show that the woman behaved in a manner that is thought to cause miscarriage, even if she did not intend to lose the pregnancy. Under this law, if a woman drinks too much and has a miscarriage, she could face prosecution.

Many states have fetal homicide laws, most of which apply only in the third trimester. Utah's bill, hwoever, [sic] would apply through the entire duration of a woman's pregnancy. Even common first trimester miscarriages could trigger a murder trial."

Sunday, February 21, 2010

'Family Guy' Actress Responds To Sarah Palin's Criticism

'Family Guy' Actress Responds To Sarah Palin's Criticism:
"In my family we think laughing is good. My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life. My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes."

Ayn Rand on Religion

Ayn Rand: "Faith is the worst curse of mankind, as the exact antithesis and enemy of thought"

Saturday, February 20, 2010

No Miracle

Brain-damaged patient proved unable to communicate |
Science |
The Guardian
"The turnaround vindicates those doctors who had doubted Houben's apparent ability. 'It's like using an Ouija board,' said Arthur Caplan, a professor of bio ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. 'It was too good to be true, and we shouldn't have believed it.'"

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Man Charged With Stockpiling Weapons Was Tea Partier, Palin Fan

"The Massachusetts man charged this week with stockpiling weapons after saying he feared an imminent 'Armageddon' appears to have been active in the Tea Party movement, and saw Sarah Palin, who he said is on a 'righteous 'Mission from God,'' as the only figure capable of averting the destruction of society."

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Palin's hypocrisy "Sarah, I haven't bought into your fake 'I'm-a-real-American' persona. You slam the president for using teleprompters, but write crib notes on your hand to remember basic beliefs that should be easy to regurgitate. 
You decry the 'lamestream' media, but you bask in its glory and have joined its payroll as a Fox News contributor, even having the network build a studio in your home. Talk about media elite. 
You give a speech riddled with falsehoods about the president and national security, and then try to shrug them off as the 'lamestream' media attacking you. 
You don't fool me, even as your legion of fans considers you the second coming of President Reagan. You quit on the people who elected you to become a political celebrity, which your presidential running mate blasted then-Sen. Barack Obama for doing. 
You had the opportunity to show everyone that you're willing to take on anyone who crosses the line against those who are mentally challenged, and you failed. 
Please, make as much money as you can. Paraphrasing comedian Martin Lawrence, ride this train until the wheels fall off. But please, cut the crap. You're a crass politician with no true conviction. Your actions have shown that."

good comment

over at the black kettle a commenter nicely sums up the core issue with the Intelligent Design "argument", such as it is:
"It is easy to find gaps/holes/flaws in this theory; however, arbitrarily assigning these gaps in the theory as support for intelligent design is not really good science.
Your theory is incorrect Therefore, ours is correct.
This article only goes to point out problems with the theory of evolution, but in no way does it relate it back to Intelligent design. There seems to be a logic, that if evolution is wrong, therefore intelligent design is correct.
Flaws in the theory of Evolution do no support intelligent design.
Unknowns about evolution do not support intelligent design.."

Flaws in specific aspects of evolutionary theory add absolutely no weight to intelligent design. It must stand or fall on its own as a hypothesis. It fell.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Antievolution bill in Mississippi dies | NCSE

Another small victory for the Enlightenment.
NCSE: "Mississippi's House Bill 586, which if enacted would have required 'scientifically sound arguments by protagonists and antagonists of the theory of evolution' to be presented in the state's schools, died in committee on February 2, 2010, according to the legislative website."

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bangladeshi Rape Victim Receives 101 Lashes for Becoming Pregnant

via Unreasonable Faith:
"Her rape emerged after her pregnancy test and Muslim elders in the village issued a fatwa insisting that the girl be kept in isolation until her family agreed to corporal punishment.

Her rapist was pardoned by the elders. She told the newspaper the rapist had “spoiled” her life.

“I want justice,” she said."

Good luck with that.

The grisly truth about the Super Bowl abortion ad

At Slate, great comments from William Saletan on the Tebow abortion ad, and the role of survivor bias:

Pam's story certainly is moving. But as a guide to making abortion decisions, it's misleading. Doctors are right to worry about continuing pregnancies like hers. Placental abruption has killed thousands of women and fetuses. No doubt some of these women trusted in God and said no to abortion, as she did. But they didn't end up with Heisman-winning sons. They ended up dead.
Being dead is just the first problem with dying in pregnancy. Another problem is that the fetus you were trying to save dies with you. A third problem is that your existing kids lose their mother. A fourth problem is that if you had aborted the pregnancy, you might have gotten pregnant again and brought a new baby into the world, but now you can't. And now the Tebows have exposed a fifth problem: You can't make a TV ad.
On Sunday, we won't see all the women who chose life and found death. We'll just see the Tebows, because they're alive and happy to talk about it. In the business world, this is known as survivor bias: Failed mutual funds disappear, leaving behind the successful ones, which creates the illusion that mutual funds tend to beat market averages. In the Tebows' case, the survivor bias is literal. If you're diagnosed with placental abruption, you have the right to choose life. But don't be so sure that life is what you'll get.

Monday, February 1, 2010

the neo-fascism of Glen Beck

The Anti-Defamation League, who have some knowledge of anti-semitism and fascism, have a problem with Glen Beck

Orcinus: "Just as we have frequently remarked here, this rage is being fed to a remarkable extent by mainstream media pundits on the right, particularly Glenn Beck, who has a long history of promoting extremist ideas and rhetoric:
Though much of the impetus for anti-government sentiment has come from a variety of grass-roots and extremist groups, segments of the mainstream media have played a surprisingly active role in generating such segment. Though a number of media figures and commentators have taken part, the media personality who has played the most active role has been radio and television host Glenn Beck, who along with many of his guests have made a habit of demonizing the Obama administration and promoting conspiracy theories about it. Beck has acted as a “fearmonger-in-chief,” raising anxiety about and distrust towards the government."

Baptist group trafficking in children?

an organized christian gang was nabbed smuggling children, some who claim to still have parents, to the Dominican Republic, a hotbed of child prostitution.  Appalling.
"PORT-AU-PRINCE - Ten American Baptists were being held in the Haitian capital Sunday after trying take 33 children out of Haiti at a time of growing fears over possible child trafficking.

The director of the charity now watching the children told NBC News that one child said she still had parents and was only expecting a brief vacation.

He added that a policeman believed the group was trying to sell the children for $10,000 each, an allegation denied by the church members."