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To hell with you Bishop Tobin

There is a case currently before the Rhode Island Supreme Court regarding whether the family court can dissolve a gay marriage.

The state AG, Patrick Lynch has already said there’s nothing in the law the precludes it from happening. Since his sister Margaret (Peg) is a lesbian this doesn’t surprise me but I still applaud the AG’s willingness to come forward on this issue.

Governor Don Carcieri says that marriage is defined as one man, one woman. I expect that from Carcieri since he’s a horses ass and really isn’t qualified to be governor, a more suitable office would be dog catcher. Typical behavior for a Republican (Hereby referred to as Repug.)

But the one who really raises my hackles is Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of the Diocese of Providence. In classic fashion he says that there will be profound and radical consequences. The thing that really bugs me is that the Bishop never says what those consequences might turn out to be. Father John Codega gave a foreshadowing of the Bishop’s sentiments during testimony for the Marraige Equality bill in the house. I’ve written about Codega before and suffice to say the man shouldn’t be a priest but an attack dog. But Codega’s argument was that straight institutions needed to be ‘protected’ from gay people.

Anyhow I’m left to imagine the consequences. If I use my biblical studies as a rough guide any one of the following will occur should RI allow a gay person to marry the person that he/she loves.

  • Man marries animal – the slippery slope argument at its finest.
  • Cat and dog mate and have offspring, do we call it a Cog or a Dat?
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will certainly make an appearance if Bishop Tobin is to be believed
  • Maybe the rivers will boil. Then again with global warming pretty much confirmed on all accounts this isn’t hard to believe
  • Maybe the rivers will run red with blood of slain Christians. If only that were the case, maybe then the rest of us could get on with our lives in peace without interference from the church.
  • The reality of it is that none of the above will happen if gay people are allowed to cement their relationships by getting married. This has been proven time and again in Massachusetts.

    And to the Bishop I say fuck you, and to hell with you. I’d like to take that big crucifix you wear and shove it up where the sun doesn’t shine. Maybe then you’ll see the light. Except there is no hell so my fondest wish won’t come true. I can wish that he live in interesting times, and it looks like we might make that a reality for the man.

    Shutting down the creationists

    Good video here. I’ve watched each of these folks in videos, Eugenie C. Scott, Ken Miller, David Dreamer, et al. and they all make extremely good points in defense of science. I’ve even had some very nice email exchanges with Prof. Miller.

    But as is always the case, the sum is greater than the parts. And this nine minute video proves it.

    Prof. Barbara Forrest, PhD is a professor of philosophy, and she accurately sums up the creationists. They are people who cannot accommodate modern science and as she says “Even most aspects of the modern world.”

    These are people who are too afraid to move forward. To afraid to think for themselves and decide that creationist dogma is just what I call it, dogma being pushed for many decades upon we people.

    The other part that concerned me is the NSF man on the street studies. According to James L. Powell, PhD half the people think we lived with dinosaurs, while the other half question evolution. I wonder though, where does that leave me? I don’t believe we lived with dinosaurs and I sure as hell don’t question evolution as evidenced by my many posts on the subject.

    I wonder what it is about religion that so captivates and imprisons the human mind. It saddens me to think of all the wasted cognitive effort involved in believing the unbelievable.

    Today’s Religious Fuckwit

    I know that fuckwit isn’t a term everyone is familiar with so click the word to see the definition.

    Anyhow I have to post the idiots letter verbatim since the Providence Journal requires registration and I’m loathe to subject my readers to that. The letter was of course titled “Lust is not love!” which geeks like me would write as lust != love.

    Mr. Paul Kokoski of Hamilton, Ontario is a darling of the NY Times, Washington Post, and now the Providence Journal. For variations of his letters supporting Benny the Rat (Otherwise known as Pope Benedict the XVI) click here, and here is the google search.

    Apparently this guy doesn’t stop. And it doesn’t matter where you live, he’s coming to get you. If you’d like to contact Mr. Kokoski send him an email.

    I present his latest screed:

    Lust is not love!

    01:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, June 6, 2007

    Concerning the April 24 letter “Love one another” by Linda S. Chandler: Many who support homosexual acts tend to recklessly characterize those in society who disagree with them as homophobic — the term “homophobia” itself intended to denote a disorder. Contrary to what Ms. Chandler writes, however, it is possible to condemn sin without condemning the person who engages in immoral activity.

    All parents are aware of this when they, for good reason, discipline their children. The parent still loves the child despite the child’s failings.

    The same sentiments are found in the Bible and the teachings of Jesus.

    Jesus, who came to fulfill the law of the Old Testament, did not condemn the woman caught in adultery. However, he made it clear to her that she was to “go and sin no more.” This latter part of Christ’s teaching is often neglected by those, such as Chandler, who wish to offer a selective interpretation of Scripture in order to justify their own desires and whims.

    The Bible, however, clearly and unequivocally condemns homosexual acts (Gen 1:27-28; Gen 2:24; Matt 19: 4-6; Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10 etc.). Sin is not about “inclusion, love and tolerance.” Ultimately, Chandler has misinterpreted Christianity by confusing love with lust.


    Hamilton, Ontario

    Indeed, once again he trots out tired religious arguments. And he makes a very big stretch with some of them, including the Genesis citations.

    He violates his own beliefs because what he is preaching is not about inclusion, love and tolerance. It is about exclusion and hatred. Mr. Kokoski wants to be your bedroom police. I was rather surprised he didn’t bring out the old familiar citation from Leviticus.

    You can’t choose which sections of the bible you wish to believe. It’s an all or nothing thing if you have faith. That’s why I find citation of bible verses to be so offensive, it misses the OTHER message of the book.

    Such other messages can be found in Luke 10:27, Luke 6:37, or dare I suggest it, 6:41. Perhaps John 13:34, John 15:12,17, Romans 12:9-10, 15-21 and so on. It appears that the messages of love far outnumber the messages of hate proposed by Kokoski.

    While he has to write letter after letter to newspapers I just take the shotgun approach and post it here. Mr. Kokoski needs his own blog so we can all blacklist it.

    Americans don’t know their religion

    This article in the Washington Post isn’t much of a surprise to me. By way of background let me explain that I am the product of twelve years of education in Catholic schools first at St. Ann School then at LaSalle Academy. During at least one of those twelve years we read and studied the Bible from cover to cover. College was a secular deal at Johnson & Wales University but by then I needed no more of religion.

    The issue for me was that in addition to the Catholic schools trying to push dogma on me, they also taught me how to think critically. That’s a dangerous thing for religion for once you can think, you are then able to see the inconsistencies and outright falsehoods of the Bible.

    Anyhow what struck me was that those who proclaim they’re religious couldn’t tell who Noah’s wife was (It wasn’t mentioned in the Bible, but the Jews name her Naamah for Beautiful One.). Nor could they tell who gave the Sermon on the Mount (Doh!, Christ himself!), or better yet any one of the authors of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, John and Luke and the jury is still out on Mary). These are the same folks who think “In God We Trust” has always been on U.S. Currency and the Pledge of Allegiance. It hasn’t, it’s only been there since 1954 and it’s original purpose was to show the godless communists who was top dog.

    It astounds me that people don’t know the basic facts about religion, let alone civic government. But then I had the benefit of what I consider a good education. Unfortunately that is falling further out of reach for everyone. A co-worker has her daughter enrolled in a Catholic school and it’s almost $4K a year. Yikes!

    But if you have a child, I urge you to educate that child as best you can. And while you’re at it, educate yourself.

    So it wasn’t so bad

    Today I had the first physical I’ve had in 25 years. I figured over the past few months I’ve seen a number of doctors for things like this ear problem, dentist, oral surgeon, and allergist. I’m a little frosted by the ENT, but the dentist, oral surgeon and allergist are all great. So with that in mind I thought this would be a good time to lay down a baseline for future reference.

    The doctor is also Italian and that broke the ice rather nicely. It also turns out we’re connected in other ways, he knows a co-worker of mine, and we’re both studying Italian. I like the guy, he’s direct, doesn’t pull punches and doesn’t proclaim to know everything. In other words, a good M.D. I think I’ll continue seeing this guy.

    Otherwise I found out I’m mildly hypertensive, a bit of scoliosis, and flat feet. We’re doing the whole baseline series, EKG, blood work, etc. But so far, so good.

    There was one question during the subjective portion of the exam that struck me as odd though. He asked if I had guns in the house. I told him that yes I did and then asked why he’d ask such a question. Apparently the AMA is pretty big on gun control and this is pretty much a standard question that doctors now ask in order to be certain there isn’t any danger to kids in the house. I explained that there were no kids in our house. I think the doctor was a little surprised that I put up any resistance to the question.

    The thing that I was apprehensive about was the digital rectal exam. My friend likes to call it Dr. Jellyfinger. But it was interesting since now they do a smear and check for colon cancer at the same time they’re probing the old prostate. Here’s my mark of a good doctor – they listen to their patient. Not only do they listen, they show. I’m appreciative of that. He showed me the test used to see if there’s colon cancer – it’s pretty amazing. A couple drops of liquid on a litmus type paper that’s been smeared will tell you whats going on.

    So a physical isn’t so bad. Things have changed since the old days. Next visit I’ll probably get my tetanus updates, and who knows what else.

    Oh yes, he was showing me the database they use. It’s in Microsoft Access and it’s starting to hit the wall with regard to the number of records and the space it takes. I told him it would be fairly trivial to migrate the data to a real database engine and so I think I just scored a consulting gig.

    Got to love it.

    Creation Science 101 Song

    This is fantastic! A tongue-in-cheek song about ‘creation science’. Look, you can put lipstick and a dress on a pig, and it’s still a pig. Same is true of applying the science label to creationism, it’s still religious mumbo-jumbo all dressed up.

    Why I prefer an old doctor

    Over the past ten months we’ve been trying to figure out why the hearing in my left ear is about 60dB below normal, along with attendant ringing and at one point serious vertigo. The vertigo is gone now, my old noggin finally figured out that it was getting bunk information from the left side and so now I can ignore it. The human brain is a very cool system.

    Anyhow during those ten months we’ve tried all sorts of things, antibiotics, diuretics, CNS depresants (for the veritgo), and high dosages of prednisone, we’re talking 60mg of the stuff. That seems to help me so now they think it might be auto-immune. I’ll know my next visit

    So today I made my annual visit to my allergist. I’ve been seeing the same allergist since I was ten years old, so that would mean I’ve seen this guy every year for thirty-two years. In short, he’s a fossil but one I can comfortably talk with. His name is Dr. Jorge Sturam and he got his training at the National University of Cordoba in Argentina finishing in 1961. That would probably make him, oh, close to 75 years old.

    So I mentioned the left ear problem to him and he responded that he remembered I had serious ear infections and strep infections as a kid. He then told me that you don’t recover without some effects from the infections, and that later in life they manifest themselves in hard to explain problems. Surprised the hell out of me that he’d remember all that, after all those years. And he actually gave his blessing to my killing my ENT. :)

    So he looks in my left ear and tells me that the left eardrum is retracting. This would explain that the losses in the 60dB range are high frequency losses.

    The guy is definitely a good doctor. I just hope he lives for at least another thirty or so years but I know that’s unrealistic. I estimate that by the time I’m fifty, I’ll have to find a new allergist. Oh well.

    The Insanity Continues

    Now there’s the chairman of the Texas House Appropriations Committee, Warren Chisum who doesn’t quite believe that the earth goes around the sun.

    But it gets so much better – the Kos article has a link to the Fixed Earth people. I found their little diatribe against Hubble’s explanation and ruminations on red-shift to be downright amusing.

    What I’ve noticed is that the fundamentalists love to take things out of context. Take evolution for example. There are those who are incredulous that we’re related to the apes. This is because they see evolution in a linear context, vs. the fact that evolution is all about branching. Yes, humans, chimps and bonobos have a common ancestor. We’re just branches off that ancestor so technically speaking, humans are third branch of the chimp family. Instead of changing the taxonomic description of chimps, perhaps we should be moving humans from homo to pan.

    Next thing you know, the fixed earthers will be flat earthers. The world most definitely is NOT flat. And it most definitely is not magnetically suspended in space while the sun revolves around us. Matter of fact there’s plenty of evidence now amassed that the earth most definitely is spinning around on its axis, which also has precess (Which means right now that the northern hemisphere is in winter, while the southern is in summer). We also know the approximate orbit we make around our home star, the sun.

    We know this because people have been observing the sky for quite some time now. Not content to just observe from the earth, we’ve put orbiting satellites up that get past atmospheric distortion, light pollution, etc. to give us a clearer view of the cosmos. And those views are phenomenal.

    For instance, slip the slider to 2:45 on the video below. Galaxies – 3,000 of them. In one small part of the 78 billion light year sized universe. And at night we can only see a few thousand stars. Might also want to look at an updated version of the deep field image at 5:25

    Do you still believe that the fixed earthers are correct? That Christian and Islamic fundamentalists are correct? If you do, I feel sorry for you because there is so much evidence out there that contradicts religious teachings. You might want to check out the Rational Response Squad.

    Our so called holy books regularly feature things in which it is clear that the authors had not one clue. The whole ‘spilling of seed’ thing is just a chauvinistic view that the sperm was the key component, that the egg brought nothing to the party, hence nary a mention of lesbianism in those books.

    Then of course there are the prohibitions against pork and shellfish contained in Leviticus. Of course if you don’t cook your food, you’re going to suffer the consequences. They just didn’t know about the pathogens and parasites living in the tissue of pigs, and in the case of shellfish they didn’t like the way they looked so assumed they were bad for you. Ha!

    Then of course we have the agenda of folks like St. Thomas Aquinas, or Saul of Tarsus, et al. These were men who were shall we say, interested in keeping the power to themselves. Share the power with the downtrodden or women? Never! These were the original male chauvinist pigs. And don’t even get me started about Mohamed and his sidekick Allah. I still boggle when women freely join such a misogynistic religion.

    My rant ends here. But it could flare up again at any time in any place. Beware!

    Evangelism really is scary shit

    Ok – watch this video. If it doesn’t scare the shit out of you then you’re either an evangelical yourself, or you’re a fucking idiot.

    Here’s some things to watch out for:

    Towards the beginning you’ve got the Answers in Genesis asshole doing the ape comparison. I mean come on, he says he doesn’t believe we came from ape like creatures. We most definitely do share a common ancestor with chimpanzees and the great apes and even monkeys. He’s trying to look at evolution from a linear perspective instead of the branching tree that evolution really is.

    At 1:46 you’ve got Mrs. Super Mom stating “Most Christians are viewed as ignorant because we believe whats in the Bible.” No cupcake, the problem we have is that you’re not using multiple sources to bolster your beliefs. One book does not a science make.

    But it gets better, at 2:05 said cupcake mentions that the bible is easier to explain to children, and then goes on to say that the bible makes more sense to her. She clearly falls in the fucking idiot category.

    Then at 2:15 you’ve got the charming Buddy Davis. Some of Mr. Davis choice sayings include:
    1) The bible is the history book of the Universe. No, cosmology is the history book of the universe. Thank you for playing Mr. Davis.
    2) He asks the kids if they believe that man and dinosaurs did live together like it says in Genesis.
    3) Most bothersome is when he says that he’s teaching the kids about the authority of scripture. Authority? Whose? A non-existent deity?
    4) He goes on about the preconceived idea that dinosaurs died out millions of years ago before people. It’s not preconceived, there’s plenty of proof that MOST dinosaurs died out before proto humans came on the scene.

    3:13 the song – Job 40:15 a mighty creature the Job must have known…Behemoth is a dinosaur. Davis ought to be beat into a pulp for that one.

    Then there is the one that irks me most, at 4:20 it’s asked “Who should you always trust first, god or the scientist?” and the answe of course is “God – and I want you to remember that. Nothing like indoctrinating kids who don’t have the mental faculties to understand that its bullshit.

    At 4:37 we hear that the bible contains powerful weapons in this spiritual war. A more powerful weapon is the truth. God does not exist.

    At 4:47 one of the kids is asked about belief in evolution and answer that he believes in creation because it says so in the bible.

    At 5:09: One child is asked if he believes in evolution or creationism and answers that God created the world. When asked who told him that he paused and said it was his parents. Those parents ought to be brought up on child abuse charges.

    Then at 5:34 there’s Mr. Airhead who wants to be a biochemist and work at the Institute for Creation Science in Arizona, and get this, the little bastard thinks he’ll do Nobel prize worthy work. Deluded doesn’t even begin to explain the insanity of that little statement.

    And feast your eyes on 5:53 where a girl tells the interviewer that she isn’t sure if the interviewer maybe studied all the facts. Oh crazy, crazy, crazy. She goes on to say that school systems are biased toward evolution – only showing one side of the story. As if the bible isn’t only ONE side of a story?

    These kids are all in for a rude awakening. But then so are we if we don’t start paying attention to the this crap.

    This is the video that prompted me to leave Google/YouTube/Blogger

    I left not because I found the video offensive. I was rather delighted that someone pointed out that Islam is not the peaceful religion they purport it to be.

    Yep, this is the video that caused YouTube(Google) management to remove all of Nick Gisburne’s videos and then delete his YouTube account.

    I encourage everyone to at the very least move away from Blogger anyhow. WordPress is quite nice. I’m still getting used to it.