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Here's one for Bill Donohue, history-revisionist extraordinaire, complete muppet, and professional liar.
Daz

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Pugnacious Papal Pontification

"If my good friend Doctor Gasparri [who organises the Pope's trips] speaks badly of my mother, he can expect to get punched," he said, throwing a pretend punch at the doctor, who was standing beside him.

"You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others. There is a limit."
Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Dear Pontiffy Popey Person,

If you want me to stop attacking and ridiculing silly and dangerous ideas, stop promoting silly and dangerous ideas. It really is that simple.

Yours, Daz

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Okay, so here's the 'pro-life' premise:

A foetus is a person, and abortion is therefore murder.

Which doesn't really get us very far, as it doesn't address the pro-choice premise, which is:

Even if we were to consider the foetus to be a person, no person has the right to the use of another person's body, even in cases where they need it in order to survive.

So in order to balance this, we need to add the unspoken but implied clause into the 'pro-life' argument:

A foetus is a person whose right to life trumps the right to bodily autonomy of its host. Killing this person is murder, therefore, even if the host cites her own right to bodily autonomy.

Now both statements are addressing the same problem. But here's where we hit a snag… (more…)

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With apologies to Pink Floyd…

We don't need no contraception.
We don't want no birth control.
Don't want children? Don't have sex, then.
Dontcha know your body's not your own?

Hey! Women! Your body's not your own!

All in all you're a dirty slut and a whore.
Yeah.
All in all you're just a- nother slut and a whore.

We don't want to hear opinions.
We don't want you having a voice.
A walking womb, you've got no rights, you're
Pregnant or celibate, that's your choice.

Hey! Women! You got no rights or choice!

All in all you're a dirty slut and a whore.
Yeah.
All in all you're just a- nother slut and a whore.
Just an incubator, you're not a person anymore.
Yeah, just another filthy slut and a whore.
Another filthy slut and a whore.
Just another filthy slut and a whore.
Repeat to fade.

Daz

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It's something of a truism, Gentle Reader, that conservative types, and especially religious conservative types, tend to think that society should be returned to the state it was in during some supposed golden age. In Britain it's most often Victorian Values™ which get touted. That's the Victorian world of great engineers and inventors and the focus on loving families and espousal of sexual virtue, you understand. The Victorian era of slums, rampant prostitution, opium dens, sweat-shop labour and so on is conveniently forgotten.

In the U.S., on the other hand, it tends to be the nineteen-fifties which gets harkened back to. An era when prosperity was high, the only enemy (commie-nism) was external and almost laughably un-nuanced, authority was respected and "God-fearing Christian" was an unchallenged term of respect. Swept under the rug are the open and systemic racism, the organised crime, the blatant sexism, the almost completely unfounded McCarthy-driven paranoia and anything else which might sully the impression of a prosperous, white, Pat Boone paradise.

So you'd think, wouldn't you, that when seventeen-year-old Tiana Ramos opened her own business (entrepreneurialism, yay!), a nineteen-fifties, rockabilly themed doughnut shop, in Front Royal, Virginia, conservative Christians would have been cheering her on, right? (more…)

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Father Don called, yesterday, and said "It's been too long!
"You really should attend, sometime; confess to me, your wrongs.
"It's fine you come to Mass, and all, but that won't fix your soul;
"You need to tell me of your sins, so they might be absolved."

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A Letter To The Editor

Uncle Joe woke up today and cast a bleary eye
Upon the awful, godless world, and gave a little sigh;
And, feeling rather grumpy, took up a pen to scribe
A letter to the editor. Twas published, by and by.
"I didn't do it gov'nor. It wasn't me!" he lied,
"And by the way that Dawkins bloke can only write sci-fi!"

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