Tuesday, 02 February 2010
I know! How about talking about how the pope, the head of a religion claiming a billion followers? Even more, how about talking about how religious people can feasibly get enough votes to infiltrate our government? Done! You know me, always trying to paint oddball extremists as representative of the whole.
First, the pope is opposing the UK's equality bill on gay rights.The Pope has urged Catholic bishops in England and Wales to fight the UK's Equality Bill with "missionary zeal".He continues...Don't you see? Giving gay people equal rights infringes on our right to be as discriminatory as we like! It's a good thing nobody listens to the pope, right?
He told the Catholic bishops of England and Wales gathered in Rome: "Your country is well-known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of society.
"Yet, as you have rightly pointed out, the effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve this goal has been to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs.
Moving on. I'm often shocked that Chuck Norris possesses the intellect to keep breathing. His craziness has been a fairly constant subject on my blog before: he's like the gift that keeps on giving. Chuck keeps trying to roundhouse kick gay rights like he's wearing high heels. This time, it's by supporting a particular candidate for governor in Alabama. (Thanks to Ed Brayton for this story)
Often overlooked, however, is the critical nature and necessity of electing regional and state justices, like the seat in Alabama once occupied by my friend, Roy Moore. Undoubtedly, readers remember him as the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama who was ousted for refusing to remove a copy of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama State Court House. Roy's résumé reads like a "Who's Who?" of American life and justice: from private practice to district attorney, then circuit judge and chief justice.
More than just an amazing legal mind, he is first a true patriot and passionate family man. Raised in the house of a traditional homemaker and World War II veteran, Roy was the oldest of five children. He served in the Army during the Vietnam era and left an admired captain. Moore's passionate and rugged Americanism could be seen from the battlefield to arenas of kickboxing and ranching back home. Roy Moore's awesome autobiographical manifesto "So Help Me God!" is a must read for any patriot.
A true patriot? Holy crap, sign me up! Passionate and rugged Americanism? Man, that makes me feel tingly all over.
Moore has said, in judgments, that he supports the arrest and execution of homosexuals, citing the bible as his justification for it. And now he's a candidate for governor of a state. I wonder how many rare, far-from-the-norm extremists will vote for this guy. Wouldn't it be weird if it was over 30% of the state?
Can we finally just admit that religious nutballs, whether Christian, Islamic, or otherwise, not rare? Not only are they not rare, but because they want evil things under the banner of religion, it often doesn't strike us as insane because we've become conditioned to tolerate stupid beliefs when they're called religion? It's time to stop doing this.