• Divide. Distract. Deceive.

    posted by Keito
    2012-09-18 21:03:46
  • John Lennon - Imagine

    posted by Keito
    2012-09-17 17:56:49
  • No One Murdered Because Of This Image

    posted by Keito
    2012-09-14 20:50:19
    'WASHINGTON—Following the publication of the image above, in which the most cherished figures from multiple religious faiths were depicted engaging in a lascivious sex act of considerable depravity, no one was murdered, beaten, or had their lives threatened, sources reported Thursday. The image of the Hebrew prophet Moses high-fiving Jesus Christ as both are having their erect penises vigorously masturbated by Ganesha, all while the Hindu deity anally penetrates Buddha with his fist, reportedly went online at 6:45 p.m. EDT, after which not a single bomb threat was made against the organization responsible, nor did the person who created the cartoon go home fearing for his life in any way. Though some members of the Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist faiths were reportedly offended by the image, sources confirmed that upon seeing it, they simply shook their heads, rolled their eyes, and continued on with their day.',29553/
  • Religion: It's all about peace and love... anyone who disagrees will be tortured for all eternity.

    posted by Keito
    2012-08-19 18:19:17
    'An 11-year-old Christian girl has been arrested after being accused of desecrating pages of a book containing Islamic text.

    She was detained for blasphemy after an angry mob demanded her arrest and threatened to burn down Christian homes outside of the capital, Islamabad, Pakistani media say.

    The girl is known to have learning difficulties, officials say.

    Police have taken her parents into protective custody following threats.

    According to Dawn newspaper, police said the girl had been unable to answer questions properly during the interrogation.

    Dr Paul Bhatti, Pakistan's minister for National Harmony, told the BBC that the girl was known to have a mental disorder and that it seemed "unlikely she purposefully desecrated the Koran".

    "From the reports I have seen, she was found carrying a waste bag which also had pages of the Koran. This infuriated some local people and a large crowd gathered to demand action against her. The police were initially reluctant to arrest her, but they came under a lot of pressure from a very large crowd, who were threatening to burn down Christian homes."

    He added: "Her parents have also been taken into protective custody because they were frightened of threats against them.

    "More than 600 people have fled from that Christian neighbourhood. We are working to ensure their security so they can return to their homes."

    He said the incident took place on 17 August after Friday prayers.

    Rights activists have urged Pakistan to reform its controversial blasphemy laws, under which a person can be jailed for life for desecrating the Koran.

    Many of those accused of blasphemy have been killed by violent mobs, while politicians who advocate a change in legislation have also been targeted.

    Last year, Shahbaz Bhatti, the minister for minority affairs, was killed after calling for the repeal of the blasphemy law.

    His death came just two months after the murder of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, who also spoke out about the issue.'
  • Richard Dawkins: "I am ashamed of my country and its laws"

    posted by Keito
    2012-08-17 23:56:21
    'I can hardly bear to see poor Tony Nicklinson's face as he hears the news that he is not allowed to die. I am ashamed of my country and its laws. Here's part of The Independent's account (unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any way to bypass the commercial that pops up unbidden).

    "The debate about assisted suicide has been reignited after the High Court ruled that two men with locked-in-syndrome cannot be legally helped to die.

    Tony Nicklinson, 58, and a second man known as Martin, 47, mounted legal challenges in attempt to secure immunity from prosecution for any professional who helped them to die.

    The men are completely physically dependent and can only move their eyes and eye lids yet remain cognitively sharp. Both want to die but neither is capable of taking their own life.

    Lawyers acting for Mr Nicklinson, who suffered a catastrophic stroke in 2005, argued for an extension to the common law defence of ‘necessity’ for murder because the alternative – forcing him to stay alive – is worse. They also argued that the government is in breach of his Article 8 right to ‘privacy, dignity and autonomy’, a right he cannot exercise independently because of severe disability.

    The court rejected the “bold” submission, stating that there was no precedent anywhere in the world and such socially controversial changes were only for Parliament.

    The decision was condemned by Mr Nicklinson and his family but welcomed by medical leaders and religious groups."

    Yet again, religion turns out to be the major culprit. As Polly Toynbee wrote yesterday, there have been attempts in the House of Lords to do something about the right to seek professional (or even amateur) assistance in dying when you are too incapacitated to kill yourself:-

    "In opinion polls, for years, more than 80% have supported this change in the law, but every attempt at a right-to-die reform has been sabotaged by the large religious lobby, galvanised by Care Not Killing. The red benches, heavily stacked with the religious, including 26 bishops, saw off the last bills."

    Polly also makes the excellent point that

    "The irony of the law is that the dying must kill themselves long before their condition becomes intolerable. In Oregon, where the law allows it, the terminally ill know they can call for an injection whenever they feel they can take no more. That reassurance so eases their anxiety that fewer choose to end their lives. Dignitas has hundreds of British members on their "waiting list", but they will have to make that grim journey to a bleak clinic far from home while they may still have months of reasonable life left. Besides, what hypocrisy for the law to allow suicide tourism, while denying medically assisted death at home where people want to die."

    It seems that the High Court judges could find only one serious objection to treating Tony Nicklinson humanely, and granting him his clearly expressed wish about what should happen to his own body. The objection is that there is "no precedent".

    Early in my Fellowship of New College, when the great philosopher A J ("Freddy") Ayer was a senior Fellow, we were debating some measure that the majority wanted to pass. The minority objected that there was "no precedent". Freddy's response was instant, characteristic and genial. "No precedent? Then let's set one!"

    No precedent for allowing a human being to be put out of his appalling misery, when he has lost the ability to do it on his own? No precedent? Then in the name of humanity and decency SET ONE!'