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Pretend meeting mocked for pretend calls to pretend entity by pretend journalists

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, invoked the ancient jaguar goddessIxchel in her opening statement to delegates gathered in Cancun, Mexico, noting that Ixchel was not only goddess of the moon, but also “the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving. May she inspire you — because today, you are gathered in Cancun to weave together the elements of a solid response to climate change, using both reason and creativity as your tools.”

So of course, the wrong-wing media picked up on this.  They find it silly to call upon the help of a fictional deity whose existence cannot be demonstrated.  It is a bit silly, to be honest.

So whatcha doin’ Sunday morning?

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Epic win for justice!

Today the GAYS (insert horror-movie scream) won a great victory against injustice.  The judge took apart the flimsy rationales behind California’s Prop 8 piece by piece (I started reading at page 133).  Including the hokum that schoolchildren would be taught homosexuality.  It’s wonderful to see some small bit of evidence supporting the idea that the system actually works.  I bet the people at Fox News are apoplectic. Tee hee.

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

Comedy should provoke! It should blast through prejudices, challenge preconceptions! Comedy should always leave you different than when it found you. Sure, humor can hurt, even alienate, but the risk is better than the alternative: a steady diet of innocuous, child-proof, flavorless mush! DEMAND to be challenged, to be offended, to be treated like thinking, reasoning adults! And raise your children to be the same. Don’t let a comedian, a network, a Congressional committee, or an evil genius take away your freedom to laugh at whatever you want.

—Duckman (Peace Be Upon Him)

Please, consider using your freedom of speech and join us for Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.

New blasphemous art exhibition opens in Dublin

Good on you, Maine!

Lewiston, Maine Woman Facing Jail Over Book

Years ago, I used to work at a public library. I loved it. I love books and libraries. I bought massive quantities of stuff at every library sale and check out 10 or 15 books a week.

While I worked at the library, we had a group of religious nuts complain about one of these very same books, “It’s Perfectly Normal”. I looked the book over one time when I got a chance, and I can see why an uptight religious twit would hate it and everything it stands for. The book is educational in the extreme, valuing the passing along of knowledge above any bullshit pseudo-morality. The only kids that could get off on reading that book are the kids that had already been thoroughly warped by a religious upbringing. No healthy child is going to do anything with that book other than learn the things he or she needs to know to be a sexually responsible adult. Things that his or her church, school, and, sadly, probably even parents, are too uptight and afraid to pass along.

So now, this hateful crone has decided that she is to be the judge of what other people’s children read. Shame on you, JoAn Karkos. You have no moral authority over other people’s children. Back when I worked at the library, we had a lot of different kinds of people come through our doors. We had a lot of people who wouldn’t have objected to their children learning a healthy view of sexuality before reaching adulthood. All the better to plant a healthy view in their psyches than to let shame and guilt and fear spread their usual decay through such territory.

One thing that I remember clearly is that we had a very religious family who came to our library. They homeschooled their many children, as well as those of other like-minded people. I disagree with their religious views, as I did then. But this family was always polite, respectful, and treated our facility the way they would have treated their own home. Even the smallest of their children had been instilled with manners that would shame most adults in comparison. I often witnessed the mother (who usually brought the family in, but not always) going through the childrens’ book selections before they checked out. That is the only justifable place (if any exists at all) for moral policing. JoAn Karkos has no right to decide what those kids can and cannot read.

It’s up to the parents of all children to take the responsiblity to watch what goes into their children’s minds. These days, all too few parents take that responsibility seriously, if they take up the burden at all. To do less is reckless, irresponsible, and invites churchstate interference with the most basic right of all citizens, child and adult alike, to choose for themselves. Without that right, who can call themselves free?

And Fuck You Very Much, Louisianna

Do you fuckers want to know why the civilized world makes fun of the South? Well here ya’ll go!

The text of the LSEA suggests that it’s intended to foster critical thinking, calling on the state Board of Education to “assist teachers, principals, and other school administrators to create and foster an environment within public elementary and secondary schools that promotes critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories.” Unfortunately, it’s remarkably selective in its suggestion of topics that need critical thinking, as it cites scientific subjects “including, but not limited to, evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”

There is no debate within the scientific community, nor any other realm in which relatives refrain from procreation with one another, on any of these topics.

We should have let the South secede back in 1860.*

*Slavery would have eventually crumbled under the weight of economic concerns.

Born Secular, Baby!

The most encouraging part of this is that young people are showing strong numbers of atheists and agnostics. Hopefully this trend will hold and even increase. It would be nice to one day look back on these days with future generations who are blissfully ignorant of the pain inflicted on our species by the memes of religion and superstition. Watching religion wither on the vine would be pretty sweet.