Not a Pedophile. Yeah. Sure.

The 57-year-old head of the now defunct Church of Downtown Montreal, who also once ran for mayor, has maintained he is not a pedophile and that he did nothing wrong as the pair were married during a ceremony at his obscure evangelical church in 1999.

via The Canadian Press: Ex-Montreal pastor gets five years in prison for sex with 10-year-old ‘wife’.

What gets me is that he tried to justify his actions by “marrying” a 10-year-old girl.  Of all the whacked out shit.  Five years is far too light a sentence for this man…10 years plus castration would be better.

Perhaps he will get more time tacked on for next case…

Islam: The Religion of Peace and Love

In a recorded lecture entitled “The Keys to a Successful Marriage”, delivered to his male worshippers but now broadcast on the internet and viewed by several thousand people, Mr Hamza said Islamic law allowed men to hit their wives as a last resort, but they were not to make them bleed or become bruised.

via It&squo;s OK to hit your wife, says Melbourne Islamic cleric | Herald Sun.

There is a sickness to this religion…  Of course there is a sickness to all religions, but one that feels it is alright to beat, demand sex, and brutalize your wife, has an extra helping of sickness.  With idiots like this speaking for them how do Muslims expect rational people to ever take them seriously?

More and more I have my doubts that this medieval cult of misogyny and pedophilia deserves a place in a modern world.  While I am no fan of most religions (ok, all of them) this takes a special place on my wall of shame…

I think Pat Condell says it best:

Let’s stop appeasing these idiots.  Secular governments should take a stand.

Red Dwarf Returns!

LONDON (Reuters) – Cult sci-fi comedy “Red Dwarf” is to return to TV screens for a special two-part series more than 20 years after it was first aired.

The show, which ran for eight series on the BBC from 1988 until 1999, will appear on digital channel Dave over the Easter weekend.

via Cult hit Red Dwarf returns for Easter special | Entertainment | Reuters.

First the Doctor, now Dave Lester!  This is great!

The effects of Wayne Bent

Bent’s son says the young woman has not eaten since December 30th. That’s when Wayne Bent was sentenced to prison.

via KOB.com – Welfare check conducted at cult compound.

Bent may or may not be starving himself (it seems unclear depending on the source), but at least one of his followers is.  This is truly sad.  If he had any true sense of morality he would make it clear to his followers that they should not do this to themselves.  One has to think and worry that he may yet ask them to do something stupid-perhaps commit mass suicide.  We know that one man’s mental illness is taking at least one potential victim down with him.

Glenn Beck and James Dobson: Poor Persecuted Religidiots

They miss the point and Beck complains about how we Atheists persecute the poor Christians (Mormon cultists in his case). First of all, prayer does not belong in public schools-so says the constitution. Secondly, I love his little piece of theater with the child in the “green room.” What an infernal idiot. Take a look:

President Obama’s statement on Roe v. Wade

Besides the fact that I like saying “President Obama” it is important to post this statement.  This is why I voted for the man.  He is rational, and I think this says it:

On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded that this decision not only protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose.

While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what our views, we are united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, and support women and families in the choices they make. To accomplish these goals, we must work to find common ground to expand access to affordable contraception, accurate health information, and preventative services.

On this anniversary, we must also recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights and opportunities as our sons: the chance to attain a world-class education; to have fulfilling careers in any industry; to be treated fairly and paid equally for their work; and to have no limits on their dreams. That is what I want for women everywhere.

via RNS Blog: “Obama on Roe v. Wade”.

I think it important to state that no one wants abortions to happen, on the other hand, the reproductive rights of the mother (well all people…) should be paramount to a free society to function.  And, as the President points out, education and prevention should also be paramount.  Maybe if you pro-life fucktards actually worked to prevent abortion you wouldn’t have to get so upset when the inevitable happens.

Hey Texas! I mispoke!

As The Blog of the Airtightnoodle points out, I spoke too soon.  Yes, the Texas board of education did vote to strike the “strength and weaknesses” phrasing from the current science standards, but they are now looking to allow arguments against common descent into the curriculum.  Oops!  As airtightnoodle explains:

This proposal is completely unscientific and is in the same spirit as the “strengths and weaknesses” clause that was struck down.  What is even more amazing to me, personally, is that at least before this creationists/intelligent designer proponents could make the argument that they weren’t singling out evolution–they wanted to teach the strengths and weaknesses of ALL theories (which of course for the most part wasn’t true, but they could still make that argument).  This new proposal is blatantly singling out evolution.

As this article points out:

“It’s really unscientific. It promotes creationism. It says that students will be required to learn arguments against common descent or ancestral connections,” Schafersman said. “The only alternative to common descent is creationism in their minds.”

Face it.  The only arguments against common descent are non-scientific in nature, and come from the creationist camp.

People of Texas, write in to your state school board and make a stink before they meet to vote on this policy in March.