Things they’d have difficulty believing in Salt Lake City XXII

15 07 2008

Before we begin . . . kudos to the Federal Court for allowing sanity to prevail by striking down New South Wales’ special World Youth Day “anti-annoyance” laws.

Now, onto the week in fundie . . ,

Dillahunty FTW!

  1. Kicking the homeless out of Sydney during the Roman Catholic Church’s World Youth Day: it’s What Jesus Would Do. (ABC News Online)
  2. In the US, a Pakistani man has been charged with murdering his daughter because she wanted to end her arranged marriage. (Thaindian News)
  3. In Jordan, a 16-year-old boy stabbed his older sister 10 times in the heart because she “disappeared from home for a month with her boyfriend.” (The Times of India)
  4. The London Metropolitan University has “expressed regret at any unhappiness” caused to China as a result of its having awarded an honorary PhD to the Dalai Lama. (Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion)
  5. Ugandan Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi, a participant in Australian Archbishop Peter Jensen’s anti-gay Global Anglican Future Conference, says he fears being killed by gays when he is “in countries which have supporters of homosexuals.” (via Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion)
  6. In Italy, a man has been awarded damages after he was told to retake a driving test because of his homoseuxality. (via Fundies Say the Darndest Things.

Things they’d have difficulty believing in Salt Lake City XII

29 04 2008

The week in fundie:

  1. Firstly, kudos to Petro Georgiou for his opposition to the Australian citizenship test, an icon of that other but equally virulent form of magical thinking: flag-waving jingoistic nationalism. On the test itself: what Ninglun said. On the fat lot of good this artefact of Howard-era dogwhistle politics has done: “Just 16,024 migrants applied to be citizens between January and March, compared with 38,850 at the same time last year.” (The Age)
  2. The fundamentalist war on women in “liberated” Iraq: how the sharia-based Iraqi constution enables honour killings. (The Independent)
  3. In Pakistan, the anti-blasphemy law enabled Muslim workers in a Karachi leather factory to beat a Hindu worker to death for “defiling the name of the prophet.” They beat him for half an hour. The assailants were charged with . . . (get this) . . . “failure to inform the police that blasphemy was underway.” Now the victim’s family is in danger. (AsiaNews)
  4. Meanwhile, the Pakistan National Assembly unanimously passed resolutions calling upon the Dutch and Danish governments to prosecute Dutch MP and filmmaker Geert Wilders, and urged the UN to “take legal, political and administrative measures to ensure respect for all religions in these societies.” (Pakistan Link)
  5. The Pope’s war on liberal democracy: Benedict urges US bishops to continue heavying Catholic politicians, demanding that they place religious dogma above their responsibilities to the people that elected them. (US News)
  6. The bishops appear to be listening. (New York Times)
  7. Everything you need to know about Expelled (short of watching it) you can find at The Bad Idea Blog. If you’re still not satisfied, visit Expelled Exposed.
  8. Christian students take a stand in favour of anti-gay bigotry and bullying in schools. (Baptist Press News)

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Things they’d have difficulty believing in Salt Lake City VII

7 02 2008

The week in fundie . . .

 The Abercrombie and Fitch poster that caused a fit of mass-apoplexy in a family-friendly town in Virginia.

  1. In the UK, some female Muslim medical students are refusing to remove their arm coverings in surgery or roll up their sleeves when they wash their hands–both measures required by hygiene regulations–because Islam regards bare arms as “immodest.” (via Fundies Say the Darndest Things)
  2. Conservative political correctness: senators in the US state of Washington have introduced a bill purporting to promote “intellectual diversity” on university campuses by requiring institutions to “Develop a procedure in which a student may present his or her objection to a classroom assignment due to its opposition with the student’s conscience.” (via Pharyngula)
  3. According to the administrators of a Florida high school, the use of symbols expressing support for gay rights is evidence of membership in “secret/illegal organisations,” and suspended students for wearing them. They wore them in support of another student who, after being subject to bullying by her fellow students for being a lesbian, was then subject to a dressing-down by the principal for being a lesbian. The principal then invited an anti-gay preacher to speak at the school at a mandatory “morality assembly.”(Dispatches from the Culture Wars) Read the rest of this entry »