Last year, an unprecedented number of laws have been passed across the US, all aimed at restricting abortion or reproductive rights.
But the fight goes far beyond the medical procedure, with Republican politicians even attacking the Obama administration for making contraception more readily available.
The US has seen more anti-abortion violence than any other country in the world. Since 1993, at least eight abortion providers, including four doctors have been killed. And there have been over 200 arsons and bombings against reproductive healthcare clinics since 1977.
Watch an ALJAZEERA film on this issue here
Important info from Dear Kitty showing that when it comes to Creationist nonsense the Fundamentalist Christians don’t have all the bullshit – Islam, Hinduism and Judaism want a piece of the action as well…
This video from the USA says about itself:
25 June 2011.
On a world scale, the most important opposition to evolution biological science comes from Christian creationists; who are influential especially in the economically and militarily most powerful country of the world, the USA. They claim to draw the only correct conclusions from the comparatively long and detailed creation narrative in the Bible book Genesis.
Less importantly, there is opposition to evolution science from within other religions. In Hinduism, eg, the Hare Krishna organization attacks the “materialistic” theories of Charles Darwin and later biologists. This is not that surprising, as the Hare Krishna organization is rather extreme within Hinduism. The organization developed at first not in India, but in the USA, with influences from US American fundamentalist…
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Excellent post from a top blogger
We just watched a nice little film entitled: “Why I am no longer a Creationist” it’s the second film in the series. the first was: “Why I am no longer a Christian”
This is what the author has to say: I’m no longer a creationist or a Christian… these videos are some of the reasons why. I don’t really have anyone to talk to about this stuff because my family and friends are all fundamental Christians like I was… so I thought this may be a good way to start discussions and be able to finally get it all out there.
There are many well-meaning creationists who have just been misinformed. It takes a good deal of time to come to a thorough understanding of a major scientific theory; and many just don’t have the luxury of investing enough. They often become the unwitting victims of a few charlatans, and of their own confirmation bias.
It is the evangelical creationist leaders who are the main targets of my criticism. These men and women either should know better; or they are deliberately lying.
In a rare moment of sense, the Department for Education has revised its model funding agreement, allowing the education secretary to withdraw cash from schools that fail to meet strict criteria relating to what they teach.
Under the new agreement, funding will be withdrawn for any free school that teaches what it claims are “evidence-based views or theories” that run “contrary to established scientific and/or historical evidence and explanations”.
The British Humanist Association (BHA), which has led a campaign against creationism – the movement that denies Darwinian evolution and claims that the Earth and all its life was created by God – described the move as “highly significant” and predicted that it would have implications for other British Humanist Association looking to run schools.
Don’t you just love it when Christians get on their high horse and proclaim,
“But I’m not that kind of Christian…”
Those of us who don’t believe your story don’t give a feather or a fig about your doctrinal ravings. We’re not interested in the silly details that distinguish you from the next sect or cult. Those things only matter to you.
And, if you believe that Jesus is the Son of God and holds the Key to Everlasting Life, then why not get his name right for once?
Jesus is the Roman version – remember the folks you claim nailed him up? The actual Jewish name is Yeheshua or something – imagine that – Christians claim life, the universe and everything is about this one bloke then get his name wrong.
Both the BBC and Guardian today feature a research project which followed a group of over 1,000 people from birth to the age of 38, and has produced the first convincing evidence, claim the researchers, that cannabis has a different and more damaging effect on young brains than on those of adults.
Around 5% of the group used cannabis at least once a week in adolescence or were considered dependent on it. Between the age of 13 and 38, when all members of the group were given a range of psychological tests, the IQ of those who had been habitual cannabis users in their youth had dropped by eight points on average.
Giving up cannabis made little difference – what mattered was the age at which young people began to use it. Those who started after the age of 18 did not have the same IQ decline.
“This work took an amazing scientific effort,” said Professor Terrie Moffitt of King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, one of the authors.
“We followed almost 1,000 participants, we tested their mental abilities as kids before they ever tried cannabis, and we tested them again 25 years later after some participants became chronic users.
“Participants were frank about their substance abuse habits because they trust our confidentiality guarantee, and 96% of the original participants stuck with the study from 1972 to today.
“It’s such a special study that I’m fairly confident that cannabis is safe for over-18 brains, but risky for under-18 brains.”
While I wouldn’t want to argue with this research without knowing more about it, there are a couple of points worth remembering, or not if you’re really stoned 🙂
Nowhere in either article does it mention that IQ is a disputed test of intelligence or that intelligence itself is a poorly understood concept. IQ has been shown to favour certain cultures and can be changed by family culture, particular education and nutrition. Furthermore there are many types of intelligence and those with supposed high IQ scores are often the ones who quite happily abuse their lower scoring sisters and brothers. IQ says nothing about social awareness.
Also, if cannabis use harms memory, how can researchers be sure the correspondents remembered what they took?
IQ is the most researched approach to intelligence and by far the most widely used in practical setting. However, although IQ attempts to measure some notion of intelligence, it may fail to act as an accurate measure of “intelligence” in its broadest sense. IQ tests only examine particular areas embodied by the broadest notion of “intelligence”, failing to account for certain areas which are also associated with “intelligence” such ascreativity or emotional intelligence.
The researchers claim that this might explain “underachievers” but this is a completely undefined quality. Who decides what worthwhile achievements are? Would The Beatles be considered to be “underachievers”?
Our very civilization is on the brink of destruction – species are becoming extinct more rapidly than ever before, the climate is changing for the worse, there’s the biggest build-up of arms ever and the gaps between rich and poor are wider than ever before, billions are hungry and the oceans are dying. Wouldn’t it be better to find out what causes this mindset , and as a matter of urgency
So far nobody claims this crazy behaviour is down to Rastafarians, hippies and ravers, yet those in control of society have blamed cannabis for all kinds of ills before and these have been shown to be little more than political propaganda.
Reefer madness anyone?
The study claims that those under 18 are particularly at risk and this needs further research. But I’d argue religion is at least as damaging to young minds as illicit drugs yet these dangerous myths are pushed into children’s heads without any research whatsoever.
Look at John Lennon’s killer, Mark Chapman.
He was raised on a military base (Fort Worth) his dad was abusive to his mum and unloving to his son, Chapman was involved in many Christian religious groups and he took illicit drugs as a teenager. All of these things probably lead to his problems in later life, yet drugs and violence have been researched in many studies but religion and the military mindset are supposed to be okay.
Chapman said he shot Lennon 5 times because he was angry Lennon had said the Beatles were “bigger than Jesus”
This is why I argue to keep religion out of schools and begin to disband the military and move away from aggressive nationalism.
We need to protect our kids from many dangerous things – so let’s not get blinded by the smokescreen of the War on Drugs too much – it’s just one of many things we need to sort out.
Heavy but crucial to understand the state human society’s in. Exactly the argument contained in my novel – DOG Sharon: The Future is Female
The Bullshit Bible is back in showbiz. Darren Aronofsky has a bearded Russell Crowe for Noah. The documentary Bible Quiz is in post-production. Will Smith’s directorial debut will be Cain and Abel (reportedly with a vampire twist). Paul Verhoeven’s Jesus of Nazareth has its finance in place. Justin Theroux is rewriting Swear to God – a comedy about a hedge-fund manager who has seen the Almighty. Ridley Scott, Warner Bros – with a rumour of Spielberg directing – and the Chernin Entertainment Company all have Moses movies. Mary Mother of Christ, a film about the life of Jesus up to age 12, is currently prepping, as is Langston Hughes’s Black Nativity, with a cast of Samuel L Jackson, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson. And earlier this week, a Pontius Pilate movie was greenlit.
What was it that H L Mencken said?
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people…
Court decides confessed killer was not psychotic when he went on rampage in Oslo that left 77 people dead. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/24/breivik-verdict-sane-21-years
How can this behaviour be sane? What would constitute insane behaviour then?
Obviously Norway is not in danger of losing its culture to Islam and Intellectual Marxism so in what way is the bloke sane?
If he’s sane, then was the Sikh murderer sane? Was Adolf Hitler sane? Of course not.
This is a worrying trend.
White Christian murderers are never labelled as “Terrorist” yet if it was a dark-skinned person they would be.
If Breivik is sane the rest of us must be mad.
What will you do to celebrate Saint Chimp’s Day?
Daily Complaint. Aug 23:
GOP: Hurricane Isaac A Message From God
As journalists nationwide are connecting the dots of dumbness regarding Todd Akin’s connection to Lyin’ Paul Ryan and Mike Huckabee, something important, something directly from God Almighty to the Republican Party, is on its way: Hurricane Isaac.
Yes, just as a mighty preacher named Pat Robertson proclaimed that Hurricane Katrina was a message from God Almighty that America was going down because of gays and Liberals, I am here to proclaim that, because the Republican Party has conducted a war against women, God Almighty has sent Hurricane Isaac to disrupt their all-but-holy convention in a city ironically named Tampa.
And Mike Huckabee, champion of Christian bigotry, is slated to open, well, let’s just call it “the blow-out in Tampa”.
Huckabee has been right out in front regarding Todd Akin’s stunningly idiotic remarks about so-called legitimate rape and its…
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Torture is a brutal attempt to destroy a person’s sense of dignity and sense of human worth. It acts also as a weapon of war, spreading terror beyond its direct victims to communities and societies.
States must take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under their jurisdiction. There are no exceptional circumstances whatsoever — whether a state of war, or a threat of war, internal political instability, or any other public emergency or national security situation. States’ obligations also include the duty to provide effective and prompt redress, compensation and rehabilitation for all torture victims.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June 2012
And yet in the Guardian we read:
“Detainees who claimed they had been tortured were treated dismissively by officers at Dover immigration removal centre, prisons inspectors have said. Reports by officers at the Kent centre lacked photographs, body maps and judgements on whether scarring matched alleged abuse, inspectors found.”
Compare this response to how government officials act on terrorism and organised crime, yet torture is illegal in any circumstances under international law. The UK Government’s attitudes are disgusting and illegal under law.
Click here to see this blog’s author discuss the issue in a debate at Coventry University.
More weasel than pussy perhaps?
The symbol is an amalgamation of the sign for Venus/Feminity and a lollipop lady’s lollipop (crossing patrol warden)
Sharon Brough is the Ms.siah. She and her 13 female disciples set about making the future female. One of her women was formerly a lollipop lady.
I owe a great intellectual debt to my partner Sooz. She correctly identified REPRODUCTION as the key battleground in this crucial stage of human affairs.
When we look at the issues facing us at present, several interconnected problems loom large; Overpopulation, Anthropogenic Climate Change, War and Crazy Religions all threaten all life on this amazing planet.
And all these factors are related to human reproduction.
When women have full control of their own fertility, overpopulation will become a thing of the past. All evidence shows that birthrates drop when women are empowered.
Climate change is due to the unfettered growth in human numbers, industry and transport. When there are less people there will be less CO2 released into the atmosphere due to a reduction in the rearing of livestock for food and agriculture, less manufacturing of useless articles for profit for the few, less transport leading to more area for forests and wildlife.
War is almost always caused by men, usually for power and control of resources. The factors mentioned above are likely to lead to more and deadlier conflict. When there are less people there will be reduced pressure on the environment and more space.
Clearly we need to get men out of positions of power so they can’t start wars.
Nation states are also responsible for wars so the sooner we move on from this outmoded system of organisation the better.
The ‘Us and Them’ mentality is part and parcel of this medieval mindset and must be left behind if we want a future.
Finally, Crazy Religions provide the justification for all of the above. All the major religions are made by men for men. They are all misogynist and have led to the infantile mental states suffered by many of our fellow humans. They lay a death wish on humanity while they pretend to offer eternal life.
Even now, as the ecosystem struggles to cope with the pollution and poisons emitted by our insane industrial production, as the oceans are dying and we are witnessing the largest extinction event ever – at this very moment – male (and some female) nutters try to restrict abortion and deny women reproductive rights.
If I believed in a supernatural world I would say religions are the Devil incarnate. But happily I know there is no God or Devil therefore our problems are wholly caused by us.
So this means we humans can turn around this terrible state of affairs. We have the power – we can do it.
But we have to let women manage human affairs before it’s too late. As my American sisters and brothers might say, “We’re drinking in the Last Chance Saloon”
That is why we’re calling for a paradigm shift in human thinking and saying the Future must be Female.
Otherwise there will be no future for us all.
Religions must die so humanaity can live.
Let’s take the fight to the religions – let’s win the war for the future.
Jennifer Mason, crazy person and communications director for Personhood USA, said: “Personhood USA does not endorse political candidates, but we had hoped that Congressman Ryan would be a good influence on Governor Romney, considering Romney’s liberal abortion record.”
Mason added: “Reading today that babies conceived in rape should suffer the death penalty (my emphasis) under a Romney-Ryan administration is extremely concerning, and indicates that congressman Ryan’s pro-woman and pro-baby positions would have little influence if he wins the office of vice president of the US.”
Do these people campaign against the real death penalty? Of course not; their ideas are dangerous and ignorant – they have no morals but act holier-than-everybody-else.
Personhood is a ridiculous concept, but then that’s what defines “People of Faith” – they believe nonsense every day. they thrive on it – they love nonsense. Here’s a few examples; Virgin Birth, 3-in-1 God, Heaven, Hell, GOP, Armageddon, Transubstantiation, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Scientology, Mormonism, LDS,
What we need are more abortions, more contraception of all kinds and an awareness that human overpopulation will destroy the ecosystem for all life.
And to achieve this we need to work together to make religions a thing of the past like cannibalism, incest and forced marriages.
So decent folks everywhere – please argue for contraception – support women’s rights to abortion when they want it and oppose religion at every turn.
Educate your friends that religion and children do not mix.
Agitate to Keep Religion Out of Schools
It’s humanity’s only hope
It’s a cock-up…
Consider the sacred and secular stories on which our civilisations are based. Do they create equal
spaces for everyone to develop?
I’d say not. It’s so obvious, it’s the central contradiction in modern life.
The dominant stories are the elite’s greatest weapons against the people.
DOG Sharon: The Future is Female!
A thrilling story of love, courage and humour with a crucial
message of hope and change for the entire planet.
Why not let go of that
belief system today
and become a rational thinking being?
You know it makes sense…
DOG Sharon: The Future is Female!
A thrilling story of love, courage and humour with a crucial
message of hope and change for the entire planet.