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The world has turned on Robertson

Friday, January 15th, 2010   3:59 am | Author: freethinker | Life, Religion | Add Comment
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and that is a good thing. It is time to expose these idiots for what they are.

 

After Robertson claimed that the people of Haiti got what they deserve for their “pact with the devil” many turned on him.

 

On his program Don Imus said “You know, I’m not sure whether sometimes I’m ambivalent about whether I support the death penalty or not. I guess I do if I didn’t have to do it, but in his case (Robertson), I’d pull the switch on him myself. I mean he should be put to sleep. How does that contribute anything? It’s insanity.”

 

During a White House press briefing Robert Gibbs said ”It never ceases to amaze, that in times of amazing human suffering, somebody says something that could be so utterly stupid”.

 

Keith Olbermann said the following on his show (Countdown) ”Even the worst of us in this political mosh pit of the early 21st century can ..continue reading

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Is Pat Robertson the devil or just insane?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010   7:35 pm | Author: freethinker | Life, Religion | Add Comment
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Haiti was hit with a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Estimates of the missing and dead are exceeding 100,000 in a country of 3 million people. Relief agencies are struggling to help those in need with many of their own also directly impacted by this disaster.

 

Along comes Pat Robertson and says:  

 

“Something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. Napoleon the Third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devilThey said, “We will serve you if you get us free from the prince.” True story. And so the devil said, “OK, it’s a deal.” They kicked the French out, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free.”

 

“But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor.”

 

Pat Robertson has a long history of blaming disasters ..continue reading

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The Uganda problem

Sunday, December 13th, 2009   7:39 am | Author: chris | Life, Politics/Government, Religion | Add Comment
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Uganda is a nation that should know oppression well. 

 

For 8 years in the 1970s Ugandans suffered some of the worst human rights abuses under the rule of Idi Amin. According to Wikipedia “Amin’s rule was characterised by human rights abuses, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption and gross economic mismanagement. The number of people killed as a result of his regime is estimated by international observers and human rights groups to range from 100,000 to 500,000″.

 

You would think that Ugandans would have learned from that episode in history. You would be wrong.

 

Ugandan lawmaker David Bahati presented a private member’s bill on Oct. 14 which sought the death penalty and life imprisonment for gay people in the country. The Ugandan government supported the bill because homosexuality and lesbianism are “repugnant to the Ugandan culture,” said James Nsaba Buturo, the minister of ethics and integrity.

 

This bill is partly a result of some of the positions and strong influence ..continue reading

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Have a Merry Christmas or we will sue you

Friday, December 11th, 2009   7:04 am | Author: freethinker | Education, Politics/Government, Religion | Add Comment
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The Tea Party has found a new cause. In a reverse course the Party is seeking to impose a government regulation (instead of getting the government out of people’s lives) to require schools to play Christmas music and have pupils participate.

 

Calling it the ”Freedom to Present Christmas Music in Public School Classrooms or Assemblies” initiative the Redding (California) Tea Party is dead serious about this.

 

The local paper the Record Searchlight reports 

 

“The initiative would require schools to provide children the opportunity to listen to or perform Christmas carols, and would subject the schools to litigation if the rule isn’t followed.”

 

“Schools currently are allowed to offer Christmas music as long as it is used for academic purposes rather than devotional purposes and isn’t used to promote a particular religious belief, according to an analysis by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office.”

 

This is the brainchild of Merry Hyatt, a substitute teacher who filed ..continue reading

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The abuse of children

Thursday, November 26th, 2009   12:15 pm | Author: Isabelle | Life, Religion | Add Comment
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A sad story on Thanksgiving day. A report released in May of 2009 details 70 years of child abuse allegations by the Church in Ireland.

 

A New York Times article today explains that “The Archdiocese of Dublin and other Catholic Church authorities covered up clerical child abuse until the mid-1990s”.

 

“The Dublin Archdiocese’s pre-occupations in dealing with cases of child sexual abuse, at least until the mid 1990s, were the maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the reputation of the Church, and the preservation of its assets,” the report said.

 

“The welfare of children, which should have been the first priority, was not even a factor to be considered in the early stages,” it said.

 

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin apologized Thursday in a news conference. “No words of apology can be sufficient,” he said.

 

The report states that “… it is abundantly clear … that child ..continue reading

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