This, boys and girls, is how those with no class or couth whatsoever offer “congratulations” to the new NDP leader:
How those with class do it:
Congratulations to the new leader of the NDP, Mr. Thomas Mulcaire.
It’s instructive to me that nobody among the Republicans is telling Palin to shut the hell up and talk like a decent, rational, civilized person instead of a crazed Nazi propaganda minister.
This is what right-wingnuttery has brought society to. And people wonder how the Germans could have accepted the idea that they were a Master Race and the death camps were perfectly acceptable ways to deal with people they didn’t like, and Jews and gays and lesbians and gypsies and all sorts of others were not just expendable, but ought to be killed.
The Monster is always there, just under the surface. And if there’s anything a fundamentalist is good at — whether it’s a Christian fundamentalist, Muslim fundamentalist, Sikh fundamentalist, or Judaistic fundamentalist — it’s awakening the monster in their sheep-like followers, and teaching them to think with extreme emotions and NOT WITH THEIR BRAINS.
Could people have spoken like this – said the horrible things Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter and their ilk now say with blithe unconcern – thirty years ago, without getting shouted down or shunned in horror for being so rabid? NO. But three decades of whittling away at rationality, justice, and civil behaviour have now made this rabidity commonplace, and acceptable to unthinking right-wingnuts.
Thank you for illustrating that horrifyingly wicked tactic so clearly, Sarah Palin.
And John McCain…? There’s a special place in hell reserved for you, for setting this particular Monster loose in the world.
A controversial Alberta bill will enshrine into law the rights of parents to pull their children out of classes discussing the topics of evolution and homosexuality.
The new rules, which would require schools to notify parents in advance of “subject-matter that deals explicitly with religion, sexuality or sexual orientation,” is buried in a bill that extends human rights to homosexuals. Parents can ask for their child to be excluded from the discussion.
“This government supports a very, very fundamental right and that is parental rights with respect to education,” said Premier Ed Stelmach.
The public secular school system allowing religious people to pick and choose which parts of human rights and rational thought are going to be exercised in the public square??
They don’t like scientific facts, and they hate homosexuals, so instead of having to notice any of them, they can just walk around with their hands over their ears going “Lalalalala, I can’t hear or see you!”
Christian Shari’a law! Enshrined right into a secular state!
I am beyond disgusted. Today I hate my home province more than I can possibly express.
I wish all those bigoted, anti-democratic, narrow-minded wingnut Christian Taliban neo-Cons would move to Iran where they belong and where they can impose all their anti-human beliefs on each other to their hearts’ content.
And what makes this even more surreal — entirely apart from the fact that McCain actually believes this stupidity which has been utterly disproven (except, of course, to the equally senile or else outright evil Faux News crew) — is that the truth is being defended by U.S. Ambassador Michael Wilson. Who I intensely dislike on the basis of all sorts of other wingnut beliefs he holds.
Proof that I have gone through the navel of the world, and come out in an alternate universe. Though one thing remains comfortingly steady — rightwingnuts are insane.
He did everything but say it explicitly. But it was screaming out as his premise in everything he said.
So I’m spamming this story here as well as at my ExFundie blog, because this is a religious story that has deadly influence on Canada’s politics.
Canada’s Minister of State for Science and Technology gets asked a question about science (“do you believe in evolution?”), and he answers religiously (“I don’t think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate”).
Read the full story in this Globe and Mail article: Minister won’t confirm belief in evolution.
He might have had slight — just slight — justification in mentioning religion, since the basic question was whether he believed in evolution as our government Science guy, people being worried about that because he is a creationist.
Do you get what he’s admitting?? Two things:
- creationism is religious, not scientific; and therefore its sneaky relative, “Intelligent Design” (which uses the same creationist textbooks but just changes the word “creationism” to “Intelligent Design” to try to sneak it past the regulations about not teaching religion in school), is also religious
- he believes evolution with all its evidence is merely a religious belief; this is a common fallacy taught by creationists, since they don’t base anything on actual evidence, but on their religious beliefs
And this is the guy in charge of Canada’s science and technology?? Damn, is this country in trouble.
Many scientists fear 10 years of gains will be wiped out by a government that doesn’t understand the importance of basic, curiosity-driven research, which history shows leads to the big discoveries. They worry Canada’s best will decamp for the United States, where President Barack Obama has put $10-billion (U.S) into medical research as part of his plan to stimulate economic growth.
Indeed. Be afraid, scientists. Be very afraid. We already know the government fires people from Health Canada if their evidence doesn’t support the neo-Con ideology. It’s going to get worse as long as these bastards hold any power whatsoever in this country.
Just when North America gets rid of faith-based “science” south of the 49th parallel, we’ve got a guy in charge of our own science who judges scientific ideas not by whether they are supported by sound evidence, but by whether Moses or the apostle Paul like the evidence or not.
Jim Turk, executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, said he was flabbergasted that the minister would invoke his religion when asked about evolution.
“The traditions of science and the reliance on testable and provable knowledge has served us well for several hundred years and have been the basis for most of our advancement. It is inconceivable that a government would have a minister of science that rejects the basis of scientific discovery and traditions,” he said.
But at least we’ve got it on record now, and the moron can’t escape it. Creationism is not science, but religion.
Otherwise, he’d have had no problem whatsoever discussing it in the context of a conversation about science. Right?? Right.
And so do all the other right-wing public hate-talkers. They wanted people to take their hatred to heart, to take action?
Well, they got their wish.
As reported on the Orcinus blog, the man** who shot up a Universalist Unitarian Church in Knoxville, TN last July did it because he was inflamed by a right-wing anti-progressive writer. (**who I refuse to name and give him the publicity; he deserves to have his name utterly forgotten)
The Orcinus blog tells us:
Many of us intuited at the time that [name extracted]’s rampage was exactly the kind of rancid fruit that would inevitably take root in an American countryside thickly composted with two decades of hate radio bullshit, freshly turned and watered with growing middle-class frustration over the failing economy. That suspicion that [sic] was verified in the days that followed, when police searched [name extracted]’s apartment and found it filled with books and newsletters penned by Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and other right-wing hate talkers.
And then the man’s “manifesto,” released as he was justly sentenced to life in prison for murder, was released. And we read this:
Know this if nothing else: This was a hate crime. I hate the damn left-wing liberals. There is a vast left-wing conspiracy in this country & these liberals are working together to attack every decent & honorable institution in the nation, trying to turn this country into a communist state. Shame on them…
This was a symbolic killing. Who I wanted to kill was every Democrat in the Senate & House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg’s book. I’d like to kill everyone in the mainstream media. But I know those people were inaccessible to me. I couldn’t get to the generals & high ranking officers of the Marxist movement so I went after the foot soldiers, the chickenshit liberals that vote in these traitorous people. Someone had to get the ball rolling. I volunteered. I hope others do the same. It’s the only way we can rid America of this cancerous pestilence.
I thought I’d do something good for this Country Kill [sic] Democrats til the cops kill me…Liberals are a pest like termites. Millions of them Each [sic] little bite contributes to the downfall of this great nation. The only way we can rid ourselves of this evil is to kill them on the streets. Kill them where they gather. I’d like to encourage other like minded people to do what I’ve done. If life aint worth living anymore don’t just kill yourself. do [sic] something for your Country before you go. Go Kill Liberals.
God damn you, Bill O’Reilly. God damn you, Rush Limbaugh. God damn you, Sean Hannity. God damn you, Bernard Goldberg. God damn you for creating the first of what could be many mass murderers.
And God especially damn you, Ann Coulter, you who proclaimed loudly to your stupid, gullible, hate-filled sheeplike followers, that all progressive liberals should be regarded as traitors, rounded up, and executed.
No European fascist could have done better.
Behold the fruit of your labours, you evil vultures with slavering, cannibalistic jaws and blood dripping from your hands.
The new extreme right-wing rising star of Israeli politics, Avigdor Lieberman, has some interesting proposals for Israeli citizens.
Check out this article in the Guardian:
He would insist that every Israeli swear an oath of loyalty to Israel as a Jewish state: anyone who loses will lose his citizenship.
Israel Beytenu denies this is racist, insisting that every Israeli will have to swear the oath, Jewish or Arab. It is true that plenty of ultra-orthodox Jews who don’t accept the authority of a godless secular state may also refuse. But the target is clearly Israel’s 1.45 million Arabs. If they will not swear their allegiance, explains Lieberman deputy Uzi Landau, “They will have residency rights but no right to vote or be in the Knesset.”
It is a truly shocking idea. I asked several Israel Beytenu luminaries if they could name a single democracy anywhere that had removed citizenship from those who already had it. I asked what they would make of demanding that, say, British Jews, swear an oath of loyalty to Britain as a Christian country on pain of losing their right to vote. I got no good answers.***[Emphasis mine]
So now I’m wondering. Since even people who were born and raised in Israel and were born citizens can have their citizenship stripped from them if, like the ultra-orthodox, they are not allowed to swear allegience to an earthly power or if — like any balanced, rational, democratic individual on the planet, they believe that this is an atrocity and refuse to swear — what happens then?
Will they have to wear a yellow star, to show everyone they’re suddenly non-citizens? Or will Lieberman let them pick the colour?
(*** Perhaps there was no answer because these people were following the American Republican line: it’s horrible when it’s done TO US. But jolly fine when we do it to EVERYONE ELSE. ‘Cause we’re, you know, the good guys and stuff. Just ask us. To hell with human rights and equality.)