And now . . . this – Mar. 30/06

March 30, 2006

It’s official: everything offends Muslims

Posters with the phrase “America’s latest hero is a Muslim straight out of jail” has been banned from the Tube by London Underground (LU).

LU said it will not show the posters from a £1m advertising campaign for new TV series Sleeper Cell until creators remove the word Muslim from the text. . . .

An LU spokeswoman said: “Following consultation with Viacom, who manage advertising on the Tube, it was decided to ask for the words ‘is a Muslim’ to be removed.

“This decision was taken in line with our standard policies, which seek to avoid gratuitously insulting large groups of Londoners.”

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Six months from now, we won’t even be calling them “Muslims.” They will be “Those We Do Not Speak Of,” and we will only be allowed to approach them wearing the “safe colour.”

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March 29, 2006

My landlord has purchased a new router and, after much hardship, allowed us to rejoin civilization.

Non-productive use of time will commence shortly.

Pro-life apologetics 102

March 28, 2006

As though to underscore what I had said yesterday about pro-life apologists capturing and holding the intellectual high ground in the abortion debate, today ProudToBeCanadian notes two recent stories on describing recent outbreaks of pro-abortion neanderthalism in southwestern Ontario.

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Pro-life apologetics 101

March 27, 2006

A few days ago on Triablogue, Paul Manata took a few abortion-rights advocates to school. Starting with the post “The Illogic of ‘Pro-Choice'” (and continuing here, here, here, here, and finally here), he debunks the pretentious sophism of the pro-murder crowd with reason, logic, and proper definitions.

This is the style of pro-life defense I prefer and which I have personally observed to be the most effective: short on emotionalism and religious argument, and long on logic. While the anti-God, pro-abortion crowd rejects the authority of Scripture, Aristotle dismantles their intellectual pretensions and lays their prejudices against the unborn bare for all to see. This is the methodology of Christian philosopher Francis J. Beckwith, whose book Politically Correct Death is a must-read for anyone wanting to debate the issue of abortion. Stand to Reason takes the same approach in its Pro-Life 101 seminar, as does former STR staffer Scott Klusendorf, who continues to teach the seminar via his newly formed Life Training Institute.

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Case against Abdul Rahman dropped

March 26, 2006

Now this is a turn of events I was honestly not anticipating:

An Afghan man threatened with execution because he converted from Islam to Christianity is expected to be released from custody at the end of the day, a Western diplomat and Afghan officials close to President Hamid Karzai told CNN Sunday.

But other sources in the Afghan judiciary said the case against Abdul Rahman had been thrown out on technical grounds and sent back to prosecutors to gather more evidence. Those same sources said Rahman may not be released.

On Sunday, The Associated Press quoted an official as saying an Afghan court had dismissed the case against Rahman because of a lack of evidence.

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A lack of evidence?!

If you were charged with converting to Christianity, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Rahman has affirmed his belief in Jesus Christ, the Christian Gospels, and the Trinity. What more evidence do his accusers need – a signed declaration that there is no god Allah and Mohammed is a camel-humping drunkard?

Not that I’m complaining (and in any case Rahman is not out of the woods yet). But in the past Christ has made blind eyes see; could he now be making seeing eyes blind?

Another scientific Internet quiz gets accurate results

March 21, 2006

No, really, one homemade Internet quiz is worth a thousand credentialed psychologists.

Your results:
You are Derrial Book (Shepherd)

Derrial Book (Shepherd)
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
Wash (Ship Pilot)
Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
River (Stowaway)
Inara Serra (Companion)
A Reaver (Cannibal)
Even though you are holy
you have a mysterious past.
You aren’t married.
Have you taken a vow of celibacy?

Click here to take the Serenity Firefly Personality Test

Begun this Scientology™ war has

March 20, 2006

The opening shot was, of course, the infamous South Park episode last November that mocked the “secret teachings” of the Church of Scientology.

Last week, Isaac hayes, who voices the character Chef, announced that he was quitting the show, citing religious intolerance.

“There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins,” the 63-year-old soul singer and outspoken Scientologist said.

“Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honoured,” he continued. “As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices.”

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When Scientologists start whining about “intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs,” you can pretty much take for granted that they mean intolerance and bigotry toward Scientology religious beliefs. L. Ron Hubbard himself was known to take snarky jabs at Christianity, and Operation Clambake has a selection of audio files of the dead crook making some of his most infamous nonsensical statements, including his claim that “the man on the cross: There was no Christ.” As long as South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, equal opportunity offenders, were taking shots at Roman Catholicism, evangelical Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Mormonism, and native spirituality being mocked, Hayes’ conscience wasn’t bothered by accepting his paycheque. But laugh at his laughable joke of a self-help science-fiction UFO cult? Ron forbid!

The next salvo was fired by Comedy Central, the cable network that owns South Park. Last Wednesday, they pulled the scheduled rerun of “Trapped in a Closet.” Rumours circulated that Tom Cruise, another high-profile Scientologist, threatened not to promote the upcoming Mission: Impossible III if the episode wasn’t deep-sixed (Comedy Central and Paramount are both owned by the Viacom conglomerate). On the other hand, Cruise’s “people” deny it, and Comedy Central claims they merely wanted to rerun some vintage episodes featuring Chef as a tribute to Hays. (It wouldn’t be the first time the cult attempted to interfere with Viacom’s programming, however.)

Parker and Stone, meanwhile, are taking the controversy in stride, saying, in a recent statement:

“So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle but the million-year war for Earth has just begun!” the South Park creators said in a statement, apparently referencing details of Scientologists’ beliefs, in Friday’s Daily Variety.

“Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies . . . You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail!”

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I should start a pool. How many days until Scientology lawyers like Helena “Handbasket” Kobrin put in an appearance?