Because that would be an outright lie, jerkoff

A bill requiring sex education classes to teach an abstinence-only curriculum moved closer to becoming a law in Utah Wednesday.

The state House passed HB 363 in a 45-28 vote following extensive debate. The bill — which now goes on to the state Senate — would lift the current requirement that all public schools must teach sex ed in grades 8 through 12. If the bill passes, districts would decide whether to offer sex ed classes that teach an abstinence-only curriculum, or not offer the course at all. Republican state Rep. Bill Wright sponsored the proposal.

“We’ve been culturally watered down to think we have to teach about sex, about having sex and how to get away with it, which is intellectually dishonest,” Wright said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. “Why don’t we just be honest with them upfront that sex outside marriage is devastating?”

via Abstinence-Only Sex Education Bill In Utah Prohibits Teaching Contraception.

If you ever wondered why it was necessary to create a whole new country to get away from religious nuts forcing their arbitrary and common-sense killing agenda on everyone else…you have never dealt with religious nuts in politics.

I’m not sure if they are gong with a big red “A” to be tattooed on women who buy birth control and aren’t married, or just publish their names in the newspaper.

After all, without the public shaming and a withchunt, how can we make sure to devastate these women’s lives for having pre-marital sex?

False Prophets Abound

Three quick stories for you, see if you can find the theme…

Reporting from Parowan, Utah — Our trip to the Parowan Prophet began with a letter to the St. George Spectrum. It was set among missives proposing that oil companies bail out Detroit automakers, that county inmates be forced to winter in tents, that lawyers be barred from public office. A rough crowd.

This particular letter to the editor in the St. George, Utah, newspaper carried the headline ” ‘Prophet’ shares grim forecast,” and it was signed by one Leland Freeborn of Parowan, who wrote that he was known to many as the Parowan Prophet.

“I think that you should hear what my opinion about the Obama election is: that he will not be the next president. I said on my home page in August that if he lost to expect to see the ‘riots’ that 2 Peter 2:13 tells us about. He didn’t lose. But the story is not finished yet. I still think they may begin the riots before Christmas 2008, as I said.”

These riots, according to his prophecy, will encourage the “old, hard-line Soviet guard” to seize the moment and rain down nukes on the United States, killing at least 100 million of us.

“Prepare now,” Freeborn’s letter concluded. “We are downwind from Las Vegas. I hope you can survive.”

Good luck with that one buddy. I’ll bet you $100,000 you are wrong.  It should be an easy bet for you to take, I know it is for me.  And I’m not a betting man.

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A Vatican bioethics document Friday condemned artificial fertilization and other techniques used by many couples and also said human cloning, “designer babies” and embryonic stem-cell research were immoral.

The long awaited document from the Vatican‘s doctrinal body marked a big step by the Vatican into the brave new world of biotechnology, an area in which governments around the world are struggling to formulate legislation.

Yea, quite a brave new step there, condemn everything new, rather than give guidelines on how to use these tools God has provided effectively and morally.  “Don’t Use The Hammer,” was not an effective policy when they were first invented.   “Don’t Hit Your Thumb With the Hammer,” would have been better. “Don’t Kill With It,” is already assumed.

The next major battle over evolutionary theory is likely to occur not in the United States but in the Islamic world or in countries with large Muslim populations, because of rising levels of education and Internet access there, as well as the rising importance of biology, a scientist now says.

Like with Christians or Jews, there is no consensus or “official” opinion on evolution among Muslims. However, some of them say that the theory is a cultural threat that acts as a force in favor of atheism, says Hampshire College’s Salman Hameed in an essay in the Dec. 12 issue of the journal Science. This is the same beef that some Christians have with evolution.

No.  Stop. Turn Around. I know y’all are generally about 150 years behind the West in scientific thought, but please don’t follow the path of the nutters and deny what is obvious and where evidence is plentiful.  Learn from the Hebrews and study this shit and make cool stuff.

Really, if you guys figure out this genetic stuff you could finally tell how many living children the Prophet *really* has.  We can finally settle this “syed” business for reals.  Science is your friend, give it your right hand.

Mormons get off on Hating Fags

Yea, sorry about that title, Mom.  And brother.  And sisters.  And nieces.  And nephews.  And grandma.  And grandpa.  And “1st” cousins 1-68 (no, I’m not joking).  My apologies to you all.

Y’all are a bunch of bigots.

This is why I don’t hang with you folks nearly as much as I’d like to.  That hurts me.  A lot.

But the rest of my family is much larger, even if they don’t know it.  Regardless, at times likes like….and by times like this….I mean times like this….

Here are just a few of the attempts to get me to see reason.

“Are you a member or not? Do you want gays to get married in the temple? Please follow the brotheren’s [sic] council [sic] on Proposition 8. This is a important gospel principal [sic].” G., e-mail.

“No unclean thing can enter the house of the Lord. Gays are unclean because of the Scriptures. You have to be hot or cold about it or the Lord will spat you out.” T., e-mail.

“Were you listening in church when the letter was read from the First Presidency about supporting proposition eight?” R.Y., e-mail.

“Get with Prop 8 or your [sic] a homo.” Anonymous.

……ya’ll annoy the ever-living shit out of me.

O.k. those are arguments this guy got, and not me personally, but the point stands rather firm.

In order for me personally to properly address this situation, I need to share an anecdote, some scientific research, and then one of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis, author of The Narnia Chronicles and hardcore Christian.

I. THE ANECDOTE

So I didn’t get the emails or the forwards, but I did hear the argument that gays would “sue” to get access to get married in “The Temple” if they weren’t specifically prohibited from marrying.  I’ve had 2 sisters and 1 brother get married in “The Temple”.   You know how many of those marriages I was at?  0.  Nada.  When a family member, who’s an ordained Elder BTW, can’t even get access, it’s insane to think someone is going to go through all the hoops necessary to gain access only to try and break the rules.

There is no court in the country that is going to order a religion to allow someone to do something against their rules, on their property, in their building, with their sacred rites.  It’s absolutely ridiculous to think it’s even possible, but that’s exactly what a few million people were told, and believed absolutely.

There’s only one reason to look down on another group, and cause them such pain.  And it’s not self-preservation.

II. THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

“Aggressive adolescents showed a specific and very strong activation of the amygdala and ventral striatum (an area that responds to feeling rewarded) when watching pain inflicted on others, which suggested that they enjoyed watching pain,” researcher Jean Decety, a professor in psychology and psychiatry at the University of Chicago, said in a university news release. “Unlike the control group, the youth with conduct disorder did not activate the area of the brain involved in self-regulation (the medial prefrontal cortex and the temporoparietal junction).”

III. THE C.S. LEWIS QUOTE

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”

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In other words….

Y’all need to back to fuck up, and take a moment to check yourself. I don’t recall a lot of sermons from El Christo about hating the fags and making laws against them.  Even in that crazy whacked out part when he appears to the “jewish indians” in the New World for a few days.

UPDATE: Olbermann puts it a bit more eloquently.   Oh, and Keith.  I don’t know if you were just playing at being ignorant, but at the beginning of your rant, you say you don’t know why they were pushing so hard to take these rights away….if you read the paragraphs above, that part should be cleared up.

To put it in simplistic Donny Darko terms, they were motivated by Fear, not Love.

What’s the saying, “inasmuch as ye have done this to the least of these my brethren, it is as if ye have done it unto me.”  Riiight.  Don’t y’all understand how this stuff works yet?

Oh, and Keith, this “not voting to display my impartiality, but I would vote if it *really* mattered” bullshit is just that.  Essentially what you’ve just done is recommend a whole bunch of people do something that you yourself felt beneath you.  C’mon dude, don’t lose that big head in the clouds.  You’ve already started plumping up nicely, don’t make that fat head thing literal.

Obama Affirmitively-Actioned into Presidency (and other stuff Americans decid

I don’t know if you heard, but yea.  It’s a different world today.

And I’m very, very happy about it.

Obama Wins

Obama Wins

As I mentioned previously, this was a pretty big deal for me and a whole lot of folk.

As a quick note on the jocular title of the post….here’s the stats.

It turns out that saying Americans “retired” McCain would probably be one of the more accurate ways to explain the voting.  His age was a major concern for a lot of voters, which I think was accentuated by the Palin problem.

Ultimately, it turns out that people wanted to change the national (and Republican) policy of “concentrate the wealth” that we’ve been following for the past 30 years.  It seems that many think maybe “spreading the wealth” a bit could provide major dividends.  I happen to agree, for a number of reasons, mainly having to do with the idea that spreading some of the wealth will do wonders for many workers in the economic realm of “motivation.”

I thought this was a big deal also because of the world opinion.   It was something that didn’t show up on polls, and maybe was even a net-negative for Obama (in the weird world of U.S. politics), but I think it was Obama’s true stength, and that (r)ace-in-the-hole that will help a great deal in our negotiations with the rest of the world.

The whole world has to take a second look at the U.S.  A long hard second look.  And THIS IS A GREAT THING.   We’ve got a pretty amazing country here, and it’s something that many have forgotten, not the least of whom live here.  And now we’ve proved a great many people wrong.  Again.

We’ve raised the bar on Western democracy.  We’ve slapped racial bullshit in the face.  The United States of America elected a President who’s middle name is HUSSEIN.

You know what’s funny?  The only major demographic group, IN THE WHOLE WORLD, that is bothered rather than elated by this achievement of Martin Luther King’s dream of judgement on character over skin-color, is here in the U.S.  I hope and pray they’ll calm down and get it back together, I met some rather devastated people last night.  Some who genuinely believe we just elected a terrorist.  After all, his middle name is Hussein.

The world had become increasingly wary of this kind of U.S. after seeing some of our actions following 9/11.   World opinion was in a steady decline after Bush’s Choice to invade Iraq.   And Cheney’s Choice to torture some of the people we captured didn’t help either.  The CIA jetting around the world on black ops and weird rumors filled the air.  Any number of shady decisions and actions took place, the extent of which we may not know for years.

The decline in world opintion was precipitous, especially after the world’s sympathy was so quickly and openly offered to us after our own great tragedy.   In 2004, when the U.S. electorate endorsed the lies, and the war, and the torture, the world turned its collective back.

By 2006, we had stepped back a bit domestically, and I think we could see the peak of anti-U.S. opinion was probably in the 2005-2006 window.   By 2007, the world (and the U.S. electorate) was decided on Bush and kinda just ignored him.  Everyone had made their judgment and it was not good.   Once 2008 kicked in the world was watching to see what we would do.  Curious to see if their judgment of the 21st century U.S. was correct.  Looking back over their shoulder a bit, wondering if we’d regained our special-ness.

Our U.S.’ed-ness.

While the world judged Bush harshly, we did get that second (third, actually) chance to amaze the world.

And it would seem they approve.

With a couple of exceptions….

SUDANESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ALI AL-SADIG

“We don’t expect any change through our previous experience with the Democrats. When it comes to foreign policy there is no difference between the Republicans and the Democrats.”

…actually I guess that’s about the only exception.  He’s an exception because he knows the genocide his government is pursuing in Darfur is going to get some real attention now (one would HOPE).

That being said, there were some other big ballot initiatives around the country.

Looks like the Mormons and Catholics got their bigotry endorsed in Cali, Florida and Arizona, the “straight” states.  They are now like Iran, where gays don’t exist…or have less rights…is there a difference?

Women retained some degree of control over their own lives in South Dakota and Colorado, and it’s time to spark it up in Michigan and get that gloucoma under control.

Obama lost Nebraska, and black and women Nebraskans lost the ability to sue for “employment fairness” (on a serious note re: the title of this post…it’s going to be *really* hard to argue for expanded or even continued affirmitive actions programs in a lot of places…expect more of this).

Oregon knocked down the “stay culturally ignorant” rule and Washington is paging Dr. Kevorkian.

North Dakota and Taxachusetts both voted against tax cuts (!)cliche evidence(!), and you can finally lose your shirt on a riverboat in Missouri.  Previously, you could only lose your shoes.

All in all, it was quite a day.