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Christians Are Hypocrites

Well, at least these ones are. Either that or they all lost contact lenses.

10 Commandments Violation

No, they’re hypocrites.

P.S. If you don’t get it, read the second one.

A la Shakespeare’s Sister.

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I Love Troll-Baiting

Check out this exchange between me (and some other enlightened folk) and a lonely troll.

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The Catholic Church Has Jumped the Shark

Apparently Catholic clergy have fallen from denouncing Nazi war crimes, fighting totalitarianism in the USSR, and going to jail to protest the Vietnam war to fighting against our right to look at naked women on 1″ screens. Yes, that’s right, the Canadian cell phone service Telus has dropped their soft-core porn downloads for cellphones in response to a boycott led by Archbishop Raymond Roussin of Vancouver. So, it’ll only be available online, at adult stores and movie theatres, and on cable. And, oh yeah, on cellphones. Because 90% of Tellus’ customers use cellphones that can access the internet, and therefore, online porn.

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A Huge Step Forward

Great news out of Egypt tonight. The Grand Mufti of Egypt (one of the most respected scholars of Islamic law) has issued a fatwa saying that premarital hymen reconstructive surgery is halal (religiously permissable), and that women don’t need to tell their future husbands about it. He even went so far as to say that a woman is under no obligation to tell her husband that she had premarital sex if she has repented. I can’t be sure, since I can’t find the actual fatwa, but the newspaper article made it seem like this applies even to adultery.

The best part? Another scholar (Shiekh Khaled El Gindy) has chimed in, saying that the reason for this fatwa is that “Islam never differentiates between men and women, so it is not rational for us to think that God has placed a sign to indicate the virginity of women without having a similar sign to indicate the virginity of men.” Apparently he also has a similar sense of humor as I do, since he added that “Any man who is concerned about his prospective wife’s hymen should first provide a proof that he himself is virgin.” (I want to meet this guy!)

So, next time someone tells you that Islam is inherently misogynistic, point them here. It’s happening slowly, but it’s making strides.

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Apologia for Evolution

A departure from politics today. I’ve encountered a barrage of anti-evolution comments and websites recently, so I felt like I had to respond. The easiest way seems to be to debunk some of the worst and most common arguments against evolution. Just a note, I’m feeling snarky today, so edit out the snark if you’re actually arguing with a creationist.
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Beauty

I’m a little late posting this, but Ali Eteraz posted this absolutely beautiful piece on his blog. It’s an arrangement by the Symphony Orchestra of Bosnia-Herzegovina of the adhan and a Sufi chant.

http://www.eteraz.org/music/Bosnian_Symphony.wma

Next time someone calls Arabs “barbarians” or “backwards” I won’t know whether to hit them, laugh, or play this.

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This Is So [expletive deleted] Wrong

In the category of “Wrong Response,” the winner is… a school district in New Jersey. When a teacher at Kearny High School made several, shall we say, unjustified comments to his class (we’ll get to what she said in a moment), a junior there decided enough was enough and he would go to the school board. However, since he was only a student, he thought they wouldn’t believe him, so he decided to record the class on audio tape.

What did he record? The teacher telling his class that the big bang and evolution were unscientific, that there were dinosaurs on Noah’s ark, and that if you did not accept Jesus Christ as your savior (hallelujah!) , you would burn in Hell for all eternity. So, what do you think the school board did when they heard the tape? Well, first they reprimanded (not fired) the teacher. Then, they banned taping classes without permission from the teacher.

Well, it turns out that the teacher has not learned his lesson. Apparently the same student that taped him in September now says that he compared the people who believe in global warming (aka scientists) to Hitler. What, exactly, does it take to fire a teacher?

**Correction**
The teacher in question is male, not female, as I stated before. (I’m not entirely sure how I missed that.)

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