Stolen, Polished, and Candied
December 16, 2015
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.
At last night's GOP debate, there was a lot of argument about things like banning Muslims, killing the families of terrorists and ISIS members, and carpet bombing. And while a lot of the arguments against such things were grounded in constitutional issues, treaties, and whether or not these things made us "safe," I don't think I heard anyone say anything like, "We shouldn't do those things because they are really wrong and immoral." Just bad tactics. Alas.
Tom Gjelten at NPR reports on the religious right's desire to paint secularism as a "religion" in order to undermine church-state separation. (CFI's firm position is that secularism -- secular humanism in particular -- is absolutely not in any way a religion.)
Saudi Arabia announces the formation of a 34-state coalition, an “Islamic military alliance,” to fight global terrorism.
A UN Human Rights Commission report is shocked by the discrimination against women it found in one of its member states: the U.S.
South Korean-born Canadian pastor Lim Hyeon-soo is sentenced by North Korea's Supreme Court to hard labor for life, for the crime of "subversive plots" against the state.
Authorities in Kansas refused to allow a lesbian couple to adopt a baby, and placed the baby with a family that already had 14 children. The new adoptive parents were later arrested for torture and child abuse. David Mack at BuzzFeed has the whole ugly story.
A court in Lyon, France drops charges of "inciting hatred" against far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, for her comparison of Muslim street protests to a Nazi occupation.
There exist plans in Dallas for a "creationist planetarium." It must be very, very small.
Coming January 5, the posthumously published manifesto of Charlie Hebdo editor Stéphane Charbonnier: Open Letter: On Blasphemy, Islamophobia, and the True Enemies of Free Expression.
Atheist adopt-a-highway signs, once merely vandalized with spray paint, are shot up with bullet holes.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster may now perform marriages in New Zealand.
James Dobson says the Christian right has lost the culture wars, now that same-sex marriage is legal. Wow. So. Um...are we done?
Quote of the Day:
Presidential candidate Cthulhu:
The celebrations of the darkest days have been stolen, polished and candied. And yet every year the current dominant culture delusionally whines that their bastardization of ancient rites is under attack. Ignoring that it is they who used flame and sword to take this time for their own. No more shall they be deluded. ... I hereby officially declare ‘War on Christmas.’ People want someone in the White House who is a fighter, a champion. I will fight this overbearing, presumptuous system to take what is mine. ... So tonight, enjoy the Krampusnacht! Know that It stalks the Earth heralding the Days of Darkness… and the end of ‘Christmas’ as you know it.
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#1 cornell (Guest) on Thursday December 17, 2015 at 10:53am
“, “We shouldn’t do those things because they are really wrong and immoral.”
Put your leftist bias down and read some Rand Paul, as he is the isolationalist who has said at times that doesn’t want to get involved to begin with.
#2 Randy on Thursday December 24, 2015 at 4:16am
I’m pretty sure Cthulhu doesn’t waste time speaking to humanity. I guess the plus side is that Cthulhu probably doesn’t care about your blasphemy.
#3 Randy on Thursday December 24, 2015 at 4:35am
“A UN Human Rights Commission report is shocked”
Well, that’s what such commissions exist for, right?
In the US, like the rest of the West, men are the discriminated-against minority.
Ask yourself: who is it OK to hate, while also fondling them on TV? Women? Or men (especially if cishetwhite)?
Ask yourself: who is it OK to cut? Girls? Or baby boys, who you can also suck with herpes, even if it means some will die horribly?
Ask yourself: who is entitled, by law, to insurance coverage for 18 types of birth control, and who is entitled to zero?
Ask yourself: who can be declared a parent against their will, and this can happen even if they were raped?
Ask yourself: who benefits from segregated sport, and all the funding it receives? Who celebrates segregation?
Ask yourself: who is over-represented in prison (via being over-arrested, over-charged, over-prosecuted, over-convicted, and over-sentenced in comparison)? Whose being a victim of rape is celebrated? And who is over-represented in suicide?
Ask yourself: Now, who gets their own UN entity working to empower them?
This is just the top of the iceberg.
#4 Randy on Thursday December 24, 2015 at 4:48am
I agree with cornell, to some extent.
What is a free and democratic country? It’s a group of people who are trying to figure out a way to live together. We have a common interest.
Just as I oppose globalization and the undermining of the people’s sovereignty for the profit of a few, I equally support the idea that it is insane to bring adherents of a particular moral code to the West, when that code is fundamentally at odds with what we have spent bloody centuries trying to build.
The regressive left doesn’t get this, because it doesn’t actually believe in defending liberal values, and it refuses to believe what the enemies of liberalism will plainly tell you about their religious purpose, if you only ask them. Just ask them!
At a time when (especially outside the US) we’ve reduced the negative impact of the Christian mythos, it is recklessly dangerous to actively court another world-dominant religion who hasn’t yet even had its moderating event (if it ever will).
What secularists fail to understand is that, yes, they really believe their religion. And when they get the power to remake our laws to align with it, they will do so. Now, maybe I don’t have a personal stake in it, because I’ll be dead. But don’t we care even a LITTLE about the children of the future?