Her God-Ordained Identity

A lovely story coming our way from ABC News:

Christian School Bans Tomboy for ‘Direction She’s Heading’

Well, now. Here’s a story that just confirms all of the biases I have about good ol’ down south bible schools.

Sunny wasn’t girly enough for Timberlake Christian School, so they wrote a concerned letter to her guardians and told her that she wouldn’t be allowed back in school in the fall unless she girl-ified her attitude. Wouldn’t want any of that tomboyishness or assertiveness confusing her schoolmates and teachers now, would we?

Of course, Timberlake says NO NO NO there are deeper problems beyond the length of Sunny’s hair. Yup. I’m betting those problems have to do with Sunny carving out her own identify and not conforming to the godilicious cardboard cutout that her administrators would like to see.

It’s gratifying to see that Sunny’s grandparents removed Sunny from Timberlake and enrolled her in public school. May she have better times there.

h/t to Mary B. for providing the link to this story.

 

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Hazrat Ali Shah – Another victim of blasphemy laws

Ugh. Rights activists in Pakistan must have their hands busy. Asia BibiRimsha MasihMalala Yousafzai. Here’s a list compiled by FP.com of ten women who have – for the most part – been high-profile victims of human rights abuses in Pakistan (Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is an exception on the list; she made a movie about victims of human rights abuses in Pakistan). The Human Rights Watch website on Pakistan and the HRW 2012 Report on Pakistan make me want to go back to bed and pull the covers over my head.

These are just the abuses that make it into the news.

And now this: Hazrat Ali Shah is a 25 year-old man who has been convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to imprisonment and death by a judge in Chitral, a city in the northwestern region of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

iOL News is reporting that he was charged in March 2011 after insulting the Prophet Mohammed and the Qur’an during a fight. He was tattled on reported by fellow villagers, who later provided the “evidence” of Hazrat Ali Shah’s blasphemy at his trial. According to TheHindu.com, his family has distanced themselves from him as well.

Imprisoned, sentenced to death, no support from his family.

Has freedom of speech ever looked so good? We have had so much evidence just in the past year for why we need to reject measures such as resolutions to condemn defamation of religion in the UN. Well, not enough for this guy. If he had his way, this self-righteous, delusional prat, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai, would have blasphemy laws enforced:

The Catholic patriarch says Christianity is often a target. He mentioned that Jesus, the Church and the Bible are attacked and insulted in movies and documentaries. To prevent this, he wants the UN to intervene with a resolution.

He argues, the UN needs to take action, since world peace is based on respect for God and all religions.

No disrespect in movies and documentaries!!!??? Well isn’t that swell? I wonder who gets to be on the board that screens movies and documentaries to make sure they measure up to the patriarch’s definition of “respectful”?

Bechara Rai’s idea of world peace is based on all of us having respect for his God and his ideas for how other religions should be. Protip: Not all religions share this ideal of mutual respect for other religions. The COEXIST bumper sticker is a lie.

Blasphemy laws don’t lead to peace. They lead to state-sanctioned murder of hot-headed 25 year-olds like Hazrat Ali Shah who shoot their mouths off in the wrong place and the wrong time.

Hazrat Ali Shah – Another victim of blasphemy laws

Ugandan Kill the Gays Bill

Well…that was a crappy way to start the morning. Thanks, Jessica at Friendly Atheist!

By the end of 2012, Uganda’s internationally contentious “Kill the Gays” bill will become law.

The highly religious, highly Christian country has been trying to get this bill passed since 2009, and it faced a great deal of criticism on an international level along the way: several European countries threatened to reduce aid to the country if the bill was passed.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga described the bill’s passing as a “Christmas gift” for the Ugandan people.

Passing a bill that would kill or imprison for life homosexuals in Uganda – just in time for Christmas! Dead gay Ugandans – the perfect Christmas gift to celebrate Christian love and compassion!

The bill can be seen in it’s entirety at Box Turtle Bulletin. It’s some scary stuff. And boy oh boy have they spent a lot of time thinking about all the ways one can do teh gay.  Aside from all of the usual fun involving penetration or sexual stimulation of the anus, mouth, or sexual organs via penis, sexual contraptions or “objects”, according to the bill one can “commit the offense of homosexuality” if  “he or she touches another person with the intention of committing the act of homosexuality.”

Nope, no way that could go wrong.

Joe.My.God picks out more idiocracy from the bill (bold is mine):

Box Turtle Bulletin notes that according to Clause One of the act, a “serial offender” is defined as a someone who has “previous convictions of the offence of homosexuality or related offences.” In other words, a second conviction brings the death penalty.  And those “related offenses” include renting a room to a gay person or failing to inform the government that someone they know is gay, meaning that a straight person could also suffer the “gay death penalty.”

I hope the international outcry deafens us all. Again, from Joe.My.God:

In 2009 the European Parliament threatened to end aid to Uganda should the bill pass.  Last year (soon to be former) Rep. Barney Frank said that the United States should do the same: “If the bill before the Ugandan parliament becomes law, it must be the policy of the United States government to oppose any aid to Uganda from the World Bank, the African Development Bank, or any other international financial institution of which we are a member.”

Jason Thibeault from Lousy Canuck has an article up with information on how to contact your local MP (if you’re in Canada) to ask for an end to Ugandan aid  from Canada.

Ugandan Kill the Gays Bill

Obama Hung In Effigy

Well, that’s a nice good morning, eh?

Seen on Facebook in the Secular Women group.

On the PoliticusUSA blog Tim from LA writes about a disgusting event in Florida in which a dummy with an Obama mask was hung from a gallows on the front lawn of a church. – Oh, it’s Pastor Terry Jones and the Dove World Outreach Center again. This douchebag is apparently staving for more attention now that his latest Koran burning has blown over in the media. What a dick.

Jones manages to insult the President, black Americans and gay Americans with his latest stunt. There’s a baby hanging from the dummy’s hand (implying that Obama’s a baby killer/prochoice?) and an Uncle Sam doll. A trailer nearby says “Obama is Killing America”(shouldn’t that be spelled ‘Murica?)

One little man with one little congregation that can’t get any attention with their racist, homophobic, anti-American message, so they resort to radical, right-wing shock stunts to garner attention.

Boring. Let’s laugh scornfully at this sad little man and move on, shall we?

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Obama Hung In Effigy

Dinkus of the Day: Pastor Charles Worley

For your viewing displeasure – two minutes of bigotry.

I’m again’ this video.

“Build a great big large fence… put all the lesbians in there… Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out…”

“…And you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out… Do you know why? They can’t reproduce.”

*clears throat, raises hand*

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Dinkus of the Day: Pastor Charles Worley

Quran Burning

So, a Christian extremist in Florida burned a Quran after “passing judgement” on it, and in response we have  the violent murder of 12 people by a mob of Muslim extremists in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif,  nine more dead in Kandahar, and violence and protests across Afghanistan.

My first response was, “Seriously? The lone actions of a backwater hick of a pastor from the United States didn’t respect a different religion’s holy book, and that justifies the storming of a UN-held building and the taking of human life in Afghanistan? And people wonder why I reject organized religion!”

But as was pointed out in Psychology Today and Salon.com, just writing this off as a spat between two different religious groups is simplistic; there are geopolitical, social, cultural and economic issues that, along with religious differences, probably contributed to the loss of life.

In fact, when some of these other factors are removed from the picture, that may be why moderate Muslims in the United States were able to have a more moderate response to this tragedy:

The Muslim community in the United States has declined to respond to such an act by Jones and his small group of followers.

“Terry Jones had his 15 minutes of fame and we’re not going to help him get another few minutes,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

In the US we have the idea that you don’t get to tell me what to do with my Quran (if I owned one). This mass-produced item that I can pick up at any number of different bookstores is NOT holy; it is ink on paper which becomes my personal property when I purchase it. It is a replica of a holy item. I can dog ear it, highlight it, copy pages of it and throw those copies in the garbage when I’m done with them. And if my replica Quran gets water damaged or otherwise becomes unusable, I can throw it out or destroy it, run down to Barnes and Noble and pick up a new copy. Perhaps we –  and Terry Jones – see the burning of this Quran as a small symbolic gesture, that the Quran he burned was just one copy of millions out there. 

The angry Afgahni mobs probably didn’t go out and kill people just because Pastor Jones was a dick who destoryed a copy of the Quran – that would be ridiculous, right? We in the United States know that Terry Jones is a lone dinkus who doesn’t speak for the majority of us in Western World, but perhaps the Afghanis responsible for the rioting believe that enough of us in the Western world are complicit, that we as a whole – including our leaders – allowed this to Quran burning to happen because we are contemptuous of the Afghani people as a whole, and that we see their nation only as a resource to be exploited.

I don’t claim to understand what really drove one group of human beings to violently attack and brutally injure and slaughter other human beings in Afghanistan. I think it is right to be outraged and offended by the incitement to violence by Jones and the violence and loss of life by Afghani mobs. However, I don’t think the correct response is to simply write off the whole situation as a Christianity vs. Islam problem.

Regarding free speech aka “should we burn Jones at the stake for inciting this violence?”: The first amendment lets me be an asshole – I can burn an American flag, a Bible, a Quran or my bra and not be legally persecuted in this country for doing so. Don’t give me that “we’re in a war” crap. Go see Glenn Greenwald’s The most uncounted cost of Endless War and  Brendan O’Neill’s article Pastor Terry Jones is no more to blame for the Afghan violence than Martin Scorsese was for the shooting of Ronald Reagan for their thoughts on free speech in relation to this case.

Quran Burning

This Isn't About Hate.

Two weeks ago a Muslim American organization held a fundraiser in California for women’s shelters, homelessness relief and hunger relief. They were protested by a group of Americans waving flags and yelling through bullhorns. But don’t worry – as one protester clarified, “This is not about hate. We are not hate-mongers.”

Observe the language of…not-hate:

“Mohammad was a child molester. Mohammad was a pervert. Mohammad was a fraud. Mohammad was a false prophet.”

“…I know quite a few [U.S.] Marines who would be very happy to help these terrorists to an early…uh…meeting in paradise.” – Deborah Pauly (Rep.), Villa Park Councilwoman

“You’re a stupid terrorist. Go home! Go home! Go home! No Sharia! Do you beat up your wife, too? Are you a molester? You are, aren’t you? ‘Cuz you just sit there and you’re a coward. You beat your women. Why don’t you go beat up your wife, like you do every night? And then go and have sex with a nine year old and marry her.”

“One nation under God, not Allah! Get out of here! Never forget 9/11!”

“Go home – we don’t want your Sharia law! No Sharia law – US Constitution!”

“Take your Sharia and go home!

“You’re terrorist lovers! Your hands are bloody!

“You’re not welcome here – go home!”

“Terrorists!”

“Traitors!”

“A big part of the problem we face today is that our children have been taught in schools that every idea is right, that no one should criticize others’ positions, no matter how odious, that’s…and, and what do we call that? They call that ‘multiculturalism’, and it has paralyzed too many of our fellow citizens to make the critical judgement we need to prosper as a society.” – Congressman Ed Royce (Rep.)

Protip #1: Muslim does not equal terrorist.

Protip #2: When an elected official says “I don’t even care if you think I’m crazy any more.” as Deborah Pauly did, that’s when it’s time to vote for the other candidate. You know, the one who you don’t think is crazy.

I’m at a loss. How do we address this kind of hatred and ignorance in a productive manner? These are Americans who are screaming and jeering at other Americans based solely on the color of their skin and the clothes they are wearing. These are American who really think that Islam is a religion of hate, that all Muslims are terrorists, that you can’t be Muslim and a “real American”. How do we deal with that?

Wait – I know! Have a Muslim American organization get together to hold a fundraiser to support women’s shelters and alleviate homlessness and hunger in their community!

Nah…that would never work.

Video seen on @michelleinbklyn‘s twitterfeed.

This Isn't About Hate.

This Isn’t About Hate.

Two weeks ago a Muslim American organization held a fundraiser in California for women’s shelters, homelessness relief and hunger relief. They were protested by a group of Americans waving flags and yelling through bullhorns. But don’t worry – as one protester clarified, “This is not about hate. We are not hate-mongers.”

Observe the language of…not-hate:

“Mohammad was a child molester. Mohammad was a pervert. Mohammad was a fraud. Mohammad was a false prophet.”

“…I know quite a few [U.S.] Marines who would be very happy to help these terrorists to an early…uh…meeting in paradise.” – Deborah Pauly (Rep.), Villa Park Councilwoman

“You’re a stupid terrorist. Go home! Go home! Go home! No Sharia! Do you beat up your wife, too? Are you a molester? You are, aren’t you? ‘Cuz you just sit there and you’re a coward. You beat your women. Why don’t you go beat up your wife, like you do every night? And then go and have sex with a nine year old and marry her.”

“One nation under God, not Allah! Get out of here! Never forget 9/11!”

“Go home – we don’t want your Sharia law! No Sharia law – US Constitution!”

“Take your Sharia and go home!

“You’re terrorist lovers! Your hands are bloody!

“You’re not welcome here – go home!”

“Terrorists!”

“Traitors!”

“A big part of the problem we face today is that our children have been taught in schools that every idea is right, that no one should criticize others’ positions, no matter how odious, that’s…and, and what do we call that? They call that ‘multiculturalism’, and it has paralyzed too many of our fellow citizens to make the critical judgement we need to prosper as a society.” – Congressman Ed Royce (Rep.)

Protip #1: Muslim does not equal terrorist.

Protip #2: When an elected official says “I don’t even care if you think I’m crazy any more.” as Deborah Pauly did, that’s when it’s time to vote for the other candidate. You know, the one who you don’t think is crazy.

I’m at a loss. How do we address this kind of hatred and ignorance in a productive manner? These are Americans who are screaming and jeering at other Americans based solely on the color of their skin and the clothes they are wearing. These are American who really think that Islam is a religion of hate, that all Muslims are terrorists, that you can’t be Muslim and a “real American”. How do we deal with that?

Wait – I know! Have a Muslim American organization get together to hold a fundraiser to support women’s shelters and alleviate homlessness and hunger in their community!

Nah…that would never work.

Video seen on @michelleinbklyn‘s twitterfeed.

This Isn’t About Hate.