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Archive for May, 2012

This one's a repost of one I did ages ago, in light of a few readers subscribing after my recent attempts at poetry, as well as a recent very unsatisfactory debate with an apparent creationist elsewhere.

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The article I posted on government subsidies the other day seemed to produce some interest. Well, an enterprising chap, Joé McKen, over at Preliator pro Causa has produced a lovely version in pictorial form. It really does show how simple the idea is.
Daz

Discrimination-for-dummies

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God’s Checklist

My thanks to reader, Sherryl, who mailed me the link for this. No words from me, as the video speaks eloquently for itself.
Daz

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Disgust

You open your mouth, spew misogynist crap.
Your gay-bashing keyboard's a constant tap-tap.
Your hate-spitting lips are non-stop a-flap
And you seem to see nothing wrong with that.
But if I say 'fuck' when I answer you back,
I'm disgusting?

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Doc Watson

Just found out via Jerry Coyne's blog web-site, that Doc Watson's died.

I'm not much good at obituaries, so I'll just say that the world will be a tad less beautiful without him in it. We still have his music, though; and if you haven't heard any, I urge you to check him out on YouTube. You won't regret it.

Here's Black Mountain Rag
Daz

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In One Very Easy Lesson

If you provide a service and wish to take advantage of government grant-schemes or other tax-payer funding, most governments will require you to follow certain government-mandated policies, which they apply to all, whether religious or not, who receive those grants. For instance, an adoption service which takes government funding in the UK cannot refuse to consider gay people's applications to adopt, merely because their religious belief informs them that homosexuality is a sin. In the US, employers must include contraception in health-insurance plans, if they want to take advantage of governmental subsidies regarding health-insurance.

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Neighbourly Love

Another scrap of doggerel today. Yesterday's looked at the way many Christians get all fired up about same-sex marriage, even though Jesus—surely the Biblical figure whose words are most important?—never mentioned homosexuality at all. So now let's turn it around. How do they fare on a subject raised several times by Jesus: the instruction to love thy neighbour as thyself? (I've dealt with this in a little more depth before, though with a slight tongue-in-cheek attitude.)

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