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Quebec Disguises Discrimination as “Quebec Values”

Quebec Values Charter of Values

Quebec’s controversial Charter of Quebec Values has proposed banning public workers from wearing overtly religious symbols.

Under the proposed Charter, public employees would not be allowed to wear overtly religious symbols at work, including religious headwear such as Muslim scarves and those little Jewish hats. If you’re a bit confused about what would be allowed and what would be forbidden, the Quebec government has released a helpful guide. The first three images are acceptable “non-ostentatious” religious symbols. The bottom five are big NO-NOs. They are far too ostentatious.

Allowed Not Allowed

The plan would apply to judges, police, prosecutors, public daycare workers, teachers, school employees, hospital workers and municipal personnel.  The Charter would also make it mandatory to have one’s face uncovered when providing or receiving a state service.

The proposed Charter of Values was unveiled on Tuesday by the Parti Quebecois (who else?), who control the provincial government in a minority government situation. The Parti Quebecois claims they are simply trying “to entrench the religious neutrality of the state and the secular nature of public institutions” in Quebec’s Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

But Quebec will keep the crucifix in the National Assembly, the cross will stay on Mount Royal, and Christmas trees will remain in provincial government buildings… because apparently hypocrisy is also a Quebec value.

Since the Parti Quebecois holds a minority government, they must win support from another party in order to enact the measure, and officials say it won’t be introduced for debate until later in the year. Now, this proposed Charter of Quebec Values is blatantly unconstitutional as a violation of freedom of religion guaranteed the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. So if the proposal does get passed there is sure to be a legal sh*tstorm to follow.

But maybe that’s been the PQ’s strategy all along… Have their Charter of Quebec Values struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada and then blame the rest of the country for repressing their identity and try to get another referendum to separate out of it…. Or maybe they just don’t care for Muslims. Whatever.

Via: CBC News

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Evangelist Doug Sehorne Uses Modern Family Image as Book Cover

Modern Family Image Doug Sehorne

Fundamentalist Bible-thumper Doug Sehorne accidentally used a Modern Family image for the cover of his e-book, ‘Bible Principles of Child Discipline.’ It’s a gaffe of biblical proportions!

Doug Sehorne, best known for his anti-homosexuality rants, was unaware that the picture he used for his e-book cover was from the gay-friendly sitcom Modern Family, which features a gay couple, played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, and their adopted child.

Once someone called him out on it, he got pretty angry and defensive. Sehorne took out his anger on his facebook page, writing:

“FALSELY ACCUSED, I do not even have a TV and have not for 35 years. I have never heard of the TV Show.

“Anyone who knows me, knows I would never condone such wickedness as sodomy or even TV.”

Sehorne Rant

Not sure why TV is wicked, but having a Facebook page and twitter account is not… but I guess logic has never been Doug Sehorne’s forte .

And neither is copyright law apparently. Sehorne found the images of the sitcom family by doing a quick Google search and assumed those images were not copyrighted. Yikes, that’s even more embarrassing than the homosexual family part! But, hey – it could happen to anyone! (who hasn’t watched TV in 35 years and doesn’t understand copyright laws…)

Cover aside, the book looked like a great read (and a steal at 99 cents!). Amazon gives the description, “With many Christian parents losing their children to the world, this book gives fresh Biblical insight on how to discipline children properly and teach them charater [sic].” The book also gives some great advice, such as: “You cannot raise the kids without a paddle!”

Some advice to Doug Sehorne – you cannot market a book without having anyone proofread it.

Via: The Huffington Post

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Alan Chambers Could Not Pray Away the Gay

Alan Chambers

Alan Chambers, the president of a prominent U.S Christian Group, Exodus International, announced that the organization is shutting down after more than three decades of trying to cure homosexuality. Quitters!

Florida-based Exodus International announced that it will be closing its doors on Thursday and beginning a new ministry that would work with other churches to create “safe, welcoming and mutually transforming communities.” The organization’s president, Alan Chambers, also apologized for the years of pain caused to the LGBT community.

“Exodus is an institution in the conservative Christian world, but we’ve ceased to be a living, breathing organism,” said Alan Chambers, president of Exodus. “For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a worldview that’s neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical.”

He went on to apologize directly to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people saying he was “sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized patients”.

“I am sorry that there were times I didn’t stand up to people publicly ‘on my side’ who called you names like sodomite – or worse… I am sorry that I have communicated that you and your families are less than me and mine.”

Weirdly enough, Chambers says he still believes homosexuality is a sin and he cannot apologize for his “deeply held biblical beliefs about the boundaries [he sees] in scripture surrounding sex.”

But in a sexy twist, Chamber also revealed that he himself is still gay. Chambers had always presented himself as a success case for Exodus’ methods. He claimed he left the gay life in his teens and is now married with two adopted children (of course they’re adopted… ). But now Chamber admits that throughout his life he has struggled to hide his “ongoing same-sex attractions.” So much for praying away the gay!

“I was afraid to share them as readily and easily as I do today,” he wrote. “They brought me tremendous shame and I hid them in the hopes they would go away. Looking back, it seems so odd that I thought I could do something to make them stop. Today, however, I accept these feelings as parts of my life that will likely always be there. The days of feeling shame over being human in that way are long over, and I feel free simply accepting myself as my wife and family does. As my friends do. As God does.”

The apology coincides with California’s battle to ban “conversion therapy” of gay people. In October of 2012, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law banning gay “conversion” therapy for minors – but the law in still in appeals and only applies to licensed therapists, not ministers.

Via: USA Today 

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Christians Under Attack in Arkansas (less so in Texas)

Christians Under Attack -  Cheerleaders

Christians are under attack! An Arkansas school district has cancelled graduation ceremonies after some parents requested that Christian prayers not be included.

After receiving a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of an angry parent, the Riverside school district made the decision to cancel the entire graduation ceremony instead of just omitting the prayer section. The complaint led Arkansas Christians to feel that their freedom of religion is under attack.

Sixth grade parent and super Christina Kelly Adams in particular was less than impressed with the anti-Christian complaint.

“My daughter graduated last year from 6th grade and my son is graduating this year from 6th grade, and we had a pastor open our ceremony and my daughter actually closed the ceremony in prayer.”

“We just went to take a stand for God because we felt like out rights were taken away,” she added. “I realize they have rights too but you can’t take rights away from one group and give it to another.”

Instead, a group of Christian parents are looking to hold a substitute graduation at a local church, where everyone would be invited – provided they are Christians. They can’t really say no Muslims… but no Muslims…

Meanwhile, over in Texas, students are feeling slightly less persecuted after a Texas court ruled that cheerleaders are allowed to display Bible verses on banners at football games. After the Freedom From Religion Foundation brought a complaint forward in September, the cheerleaders sued the school district, arguing that their religious and free-speech rights were being violated. The judge agreed, ruling that their actions didn’t violate the Constitution. Praise Jebus!!

Students can now look forward to more biblically themed banners such as “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me,” and “But thanks be to God which gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Go team Jebus!

Via: Raw Story & NBC News

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Greeting Card will Blow Your Brains Out

Muslim Greeting Card

Nothing says Happy Birthday like a Muslim suicide bomber doll greeting card!

Members of Chicago’s Muslim community are unimpressed with a parody greeting card featuring a suicide bomber doll.

The card, which features such fun phrases like “Pull string for message, if you dare” and “She’ll blow your brains out,” was brought to the attention of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) after a Muslim woman saw it in a local stationary store. The card is based on an actual toy called “Aamina, the Muslim Doll”, which teaches kids religious greetings and sayings in Arabic. Sounds like a fun toy…

CAIR urged their supporters to pick up the phone and complain to the card company for making light of radical Islamic terrorism.

“Contact the makers of the greetings card and let them know that you do NOT think that stereotyping Muslim women and girls is OK. Ask them if they would get a chuckle out of their daughters growing up exposed to messaging that criminalizes their basic identity for profit,” CAIR wrote in its email.

‘The notion that a doll, that looks like any other doll that any little girl in the world would play with, can be presented as a terrorist doll simply and only because it is a “Muslim” doll or because it has a “Muslim scarf” on its head is not what defines “funny” for a lot of people, but bigoted, ugly, idiotic, moronic, etc.’

The New Jersey-based card maker, Noble Works, makes it clear on their website that they seek to impart “a sick, provocative, and sometimes controversial spin” to politics, religion, and current events. In fact, their motto is “F*ck ’em if they can’t take a joke!”

0845-baracolli-funny-political-happy-birthday-cardOther cards from Noble Works include a series of “F*ck Cancer” cards and a mix of political and politically incorrect cards. They even have cards about broccoli ——–>

Based on their selection (and their lovely motto), I’m pretty sure Noble Works thinks the whole Muslim terrorist doll greeting card is being blown way out of proportion. In fact, the whole uproar is probably making them want to blow their brains out.

Via: The Daily Caller 

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Dozens Dead in Dhaka over Blasphemy Laws

Dhaka Riots

Authorities in Dhaka, Bangladesh have banned all rallies for the rest of the amid following clashes over the weekend that left at least 20 people dead and more than 60 wounded.

Fights broke out between police and a large number of Islamic hardliners, led by Hefazat-e Islam. The Islamist protesters took to the streets to demand stricter punishment for those who insult Islam and the Prophet Muhammed.

Hefazat-e Islam – a coalition of around a dozen Islamist organisations – arranged at least 3,000 vehicles to bring demonstrators into Dhaka, the capital. The protesters, chanting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest!”) and “Atheists must be hanged”, blocked roads with burning tires and logs and set fire to at least 30 vehicles. The rioters went on to loot and set fire to shops, including bookshops where the Holy Koran is sold.

Police say they had no choice but to use tear gas, rubber bullets, and stun grenades to break up the crowds of stone-throwing rioters. Dhaka police announced that all rallies and protests are now banned in the city until midnight Monday.

The Hefazat-e Islam movement seeks to impose a stricter form of Islam on Bangladeshi society, which currently tries to pass itself off as a secular democracy. The radical group has issued a 13-point charter of demands, which basically consists of:

  • Releasing and dropping charges against all Islamists who have been arrested
  • Executing atheist bloggers (oh dear…) and passing much stricter blasphemy laws in general
  • Greater segregation of men and women – no co-ed dances!
  • Stopping the building of any sculptures

So, to sum up, putting something like this on a blog will result in the death penalty if Hefazat-e Islam gets their way:

Meowhammad

I guess I can cross Bangladesh off the list of places I don’t want to visit but definitely can’t visit anymore.

Just a thought, but maybe Bangladesh should concentrate on enacting stricter building regulations first, and worry about the bloggers later…

Via: The New York Times

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Nuns Gone Wild… And Other News

Nuns Gone Wild

Nuns gone wild! The pope says NOPE to feminist nuns.

Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican’s criticism of US nuns, accusing them of promoting “radical feminist themes” and ignoring the Vatican’s opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion. Not to worry though – the Vatican has dispatched an archbishop to set up reeducation programs to bring the out-of-control nuns back into line. If Sister Act (and let’s not forget Sister Act 2 and 3!) was any indication of nuns gone wild, the Vatican has their work cut out for them. Los Angeles Times

Airline DelayIf you think cramped seats and poor service is the worst thing about American Airlines, think again. The airline grounded all its flights Tuesday afternoon after its reservation system went offline. The outage sparked numerous delays and some passengers reported being stuck on planes. “We are on a system-wide ground delay that will last until 4:30 pm CST (2130 GMT) as we work to resolve this issue as quickly as we can,” the company said, apologizing to customers for “any inconvenience.” Still better than Delta. NBC News

Iran EarthquakeIt seems like an earthquake is always striking Iran. But this time it’s a big one! A magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit right on the border with Pakistan and is reported to be the most powerful in nearly 40 years. CNN reports that at least 34 people have died and 80 are injured in Pakistan. Iran has not confirmed any deaths at this point. Much better than in 2003 when a 6.6-magnitude earthquake killed 26,000 Iranians. CNN

FriendsNeed more friends? StarMedia, some kind of Latin entertainment site, reports that “NBC network has confirmed they will launch a new season of Friends on 2014, it will be about their story in a comeback reunion! It’s still unknown if the original actors will accept NBC’s deal, but the dream of “Friends” reunion is closer than ever!” A rumour like this MUST be true if there are typos in the announcement (on 2014) and no other entertainment source seems to be aware of it. But just to be on the safe side, I wouldn’t hold your breath. StarMedia

HorsemeatEuropeans are so hungry they could eat a horse. And they have been for quite some time. According to results form the European Commission, horse DNA has been found in up to 5% of beef products randomly tested across the EU. Banned horse drugs were also found in 0.5% of the horsemeat tested. Since a scandal emerged in January, a growing number of stores and companies across Europe, including Findus and Nestle, have recalled beef products, after tests found they contained horse DNA. Gross. BBC News

CircusIt’s about time: the use of wild animals in travelling circuses will be banned starting December 2015 in Britain. Circus operators will have until then to adapt their shows and find new homes for the animals, which include llamas, camels and zebras. The cruel treatment of an Asian elephant was one of the factors behind the public’s support for a ban. An undercover film shot by animal welfare campaigners showed her being kicked and hit with a pitchfork at a circus. Horses, however, will still be allowed. I mean, they already eat their meat, they might as well get some entertainment out of them. The Independent

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Pat Robertson: Americans are too Educated for Miracles

Pat Robertson 700 CLub

On Monday’s episode of CBN’s The 700 Club, Televangelist Pat Robertson told viewers that Americans were too educated and therefore received fewer miracles from God.

Long time viewer, first time writer Ken wrote in:

“Why do amazing miracles (people raised from the dead, blind eyes open, lame people walking) happen with great frequency in places like Africa, and not here in the USA? What can we do to encourage those things to happen here? Is America too far gone for miracles like this?”

First of all, great question Ken. The short answer is: because Americans are smart and foreigners are simple, but I’ll let Pat Robertson explain.

In what was NOT an April Fools’ joke, Robertson replied:

“Because those people overseas didn’t go to Ivy League schools.”

Go on….

“Well, we are so sophisticated, we think we’ve got everything figured out, we know about evolution, we know about Darwin, we know about all these things that says God isn’t real, we know about all this stuff,” Robertson lamented, “in many schools, in the most advanced schools, we have been inundated with skepticism and secularism.”

What are the Africans doing right, Pat?

“Overseas, they’re simple, humble. You tell ‘em God loves ‘em and they say, ‘Okay, he loves me.’ You say God will do miracles and they say, ‘Okay, we believe him.’ And that’s what God’s looking for. That’s why they have miracles.”

Oh, ok. So the more educated you are, the less gullible. Makes sense. And it certainly says a lot about Pat Robertson’s viewership. (Sorry Ken!)

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Fox News Invents a War on Easter

War on Easter

Because the war on Christmas is still 9 months away and Fox News needs to fill the air with something, there is now a war on Easter.

Bill O’Reilly took it upon himself to start the war on Easter rants last week on his show, the O’Reilly Factor. According to O’Reilly, we won the war on Christmas (really?) and now we must protect Judeo-Christian traditions by winning the war on Easter.

O’Reilly was angry about the decision of five public school districts to rename Easter eggs and bunnies spring eggs and spring bunnies.

Why is this war on Easter happening?

Because “secular progressives are running wild with President Obama in the White House. They feel unchained, liberated, and they are trying to diminish any form of religion.”

In a weird twist, O’Reilly also insinuates that if we don’t stop the war on Easter, women will be running around having abortions for any reason at any time. Just like they do in Canada. Ummm… I’m pretty sure that’s not true… but that’s a whole other issue.

The Easter issue also outraged the hosts of Fox and Friends after the principal of one Alabama elementary school instructed teachers not to have events linked to Christianity because one classroom could represent as many as six different religions.

Principal Lydia Davenport says “Kids love the bunny and we just make sure we don’t say ‘the Easter bunny’ so that we don’t infringe on the rights of others because people relate the Easter bunny to religion; a bunny is a bunny and a rabbit is a rabbit.”

The Fox news hosts argued that schools should be able to have the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs because it doesn’t have anything really to do with Easter.

“This is how it becomes so ridiculous,” Host Gretchen Carlson said, “Let’s just call it Easter and move on. Next week, you don’t have to worry about it.”

Yes, next week the war of Easter will be over. Until Fox needs something to talk about next year.

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The Pope is Slumming it… and Other News.

The Pope

The Pope is slumming it. Pope Francis, known for taking the bus and not wearing fancy red shoes, has shunned the regal papal apartment that sits on top of the Apostolic Palace. Instead, he opted for a simple Vatican home alongside other clergy. The pope is currently staying in a simple two-room flat in Domus Santa Martha. His decision to stay in the humble abode is consistent with his desire for the religion to become a ‘poor church, for the poor’ and to prioritise disadvantaged groups. Well, he’s certainly making Pope Benedict sound like a dick. Daily Mail

Madagascar LocustSucks to be in Madagascar. A severe plague of locusts has infested about half of Madagascar, threatening crops and raising concerns about food shortages. The billions (and I mean billions) of plant-devouring insexts could cause hunger for over half of the population. The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organzation is calling it the worst plague to hit the island nation since the 1950s. I don’t remember the movie being like this….. BBC News

David PFormer CIA director David Petraeus has apologized for the extramarital affair that ruined his career. Patraeus told a Los Angeles veterans’ group on Tuesday that he was sorry for his conduct and acknowledge that he is now regarded in “a different light.” The retired four-star general had resigned in disgrace in November 2012 from his position as the head of the CIA after admitting to an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The scandal surrounding the affair gained strong media attention, partially due to its complexity. Associated Press

JuddAshley Judd announced she will not be running for US Senate. Judd made the announcement via Twitter as her face was too frozen from years of plastic surgery to deal with a public appearance.  “Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate,” Judd tweeted. “After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities and energy at this time need to be focused on my family.” Judd had been publicly and privately flirting with a bid for several months, but I guess ultimately decided she might make a fool of herself. Politico

Small WorldWould you listen to 30 minutes of Disney’s “It’s a Small World” for $8,000? Well, a disabled man who was stuck on Disneyland’s ‘It’s A Small World’ ride for 30 minutes has just won a lawsuit against the theme park. Jose Martinez, 55, got stuck when the ride broke down and was unable to be evacuated with the other riders since he uses a wheelchair. The “Small World” song played over and over, which aggravated Martinez’s panic attacks and high blood pressure. The CIA is now looking into using the song during interrogations (no, they’re not). San Francisco Chronicle

Winning“Winning takes care of everything” – at least according to Tiger Woods. The new Nike ad featuring the Tiger Woods and his September 2012 quote is raising a few eyebrows. Some say it’s just about sports, while others interpreted the slogan as referring to his past marital problems and multiple affairs. Maybe they should ask his ex-wife Elin Nordegren if winning takes care of everything. She certainly won in the divorce… CBC News

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