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Alleging blasphemy, fanatics hack lecturer’s hand

Posted in News by Skepdude on July 6, 2010

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In a horrific instance of Talibanism, Muslim fanatics in Kerala on Sunday chopped off the right hand of a college lecturer, accusing him of setting a question paper with a derogatory reference to the Prophet.

Lecturer T J Joseph was returning home from church with his mother and sister around 8.30 am in Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district when he was accosted by the attackers. “We had just got into our car when a van pulled up in front. Around eight people armed with swords and knives emerged and pulled out Joseph after smashing the windscreen.
They then chopped off his right hand and stabbed him in the left thigh,” said Joseph’s sister, Mary Stella, a nun.

“When we tried to prevent them, they attacked me and and our mother before exploding bombs and fleeing.”

A police team recovered the severed hand from the compound of a house about 200m away. The 52-year-old lecturer was rushed to a private hospital where his condition is serious.

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News Recap: Fundamentalist Edition

Posted in Skepchick by Skepdude on October 6, 2008

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The Followers of Christ church is a fundamentalist Christian cult renowned for killing children, and sadly they’ve added another to the death toll: 16-year old Neil Beagley died in June of a urinary tract blockage that can be fixed with a simple procedure. Neil’s parents murdered him by knowingly withholding the life-saving medical treatment because they believed that prayer would convince a god to save him. Often in cases of faith healing not working, the death is attributed to the god teaching the family a lesson, or punishing the deceased for not having strong enough convictions.

To summarize: a boy died because of his parents’ uncritical acceptance of religious doctrine.

The parents have just pled not guilty and will face trial in January 2009. Read more about the FoC on Rick Ross’ comprehensive site.

In other news, gangs of ultra-orthodox Jews in Israel are beating, kidnapping, and hospitalizing people who do not meet their standards of modesty. Though not all the fundamentalists say they approve of the violence, few have the temerity to speak up.

Also, last month fundamentalist Muslims fire-bombed the house of a publisherbecause he plans to print The Jewel of Medina, a book about the prophet Mohammud that no one has read yet.

Finally, somewhere, some time in the past week or so, a fundamentalist atheist was told that without religion we’d have no moral compunction to be good. The fundamentalist then shrugged and went back to his book.

Happy Sunday everyone!

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The fundies are going to love this

Posted in Evolved and Rational by Skepdude on August 30, 2008

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How to deliver a huge load of butthurt to idiotic fundies:

  1. Get them BAWWWWWing about how homosexuals are going to burn in hell.
  2. Laugh at them.
  3. Show them that science turns their idiotic dogma into FAIL.
  4. ???
  5. PROFIT!!

I wonder what the fundies say about this one:

Sperm cells have been created from a female human embryo in a remarkable breakthrough that suggests it may be possible for lesbian couples to have their own biological children.

British scientists who had already coaxed male bone marrow cells to develop into primitive sperm cells have now repeated the feat with female embryonic stem cells.

It raises the possibility of lesbian couples one day having children who share both their genes as sperm created from the bone marrow of one woman could be used to fertilise an egg from her partner.

This is ‘playing god’ and ‘unnatural’, you say? Using that line of reasoning, agriculture should also be banned because it is also ‘playing god’ and ‘unnatural’. For all the frothing, ranting, and general BAWWWWing that fundies do when confronted with science, I don’t think that they actually want to ban agriculture. If that is what they want to do, I suggest a simple strategy that has been nicely termed ‘An Hero‘.

Unethical, you say? How exactly is this any more ‘unethical ‘ when compared to artificial insemination? Are you aware of how many theistards conveniently use IVF technology when prayers simply don’t seem to work or when their god has better things to do than give his ass-licking brainwashed sheep a child? Who decides what is unethical, and why should religious nuts be given a free pass in dictating what is ethical and what is not? The Catholic Church, in an act of supreme fucktardery, has declared birth control unethical sinful. Therefore, which particular brand of theistardery holds the key to determining what is unethical or what is not?

PROTIP: ‘Sinful’ in your particular brand of dogma =/= Unethical

If you want to use the Holy Babble as a guide, why should it be so? Why the Bible? Why not the Koran? Why not Dianetics?

Why not the Book of Anon?

First Anon made the internet. The internet was without any form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of Anon was moving over the series of tubes. And Anon said “Let it be light through the tubes”, and there was light. And Anon saw that fiber cables were good.

Stop groaning, folks. Serious business resumes now.

We don’t ask gardeners about economics or interior decorators about carpentry, so why should we ask religious leaders to about science whenever a new scientific breakthrough/issue is brought up? Why should we even care what the religious nuts think? Why does the media even bother? There is no logical reason for science to constantly tip-toe around religious toes although science is expected to do so by the appeasers and their precious theistard bedfellows.

If we were to have a serious discussion about science on how it relates to ethics and how it would change human life, religious dogma needs to be left at the door where it belongs. Humanity’s very future and the importance and urgency of this quest demands it.

tl;dr version: It is time to stop kneeling at the altar of theistarded dumbfuckery.

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Killing in the name of Islam is acceptable!

Posted in Muslims Against Sharia by Skepdude on July 28, 2008

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It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon here in the land of the free and the home of the brave. No, not the States bunky, Canada! (OK, the States too!)

However, things are not so peachy keen in all parts of the world as this report from the Amsterdam bureau of the Religious News Blog suggests!

Are you ready for this kids?

Killing in the name of Islam is acceptable…. that’s the view of one third of British Muslim students!

I kid you not!

What makes it even more hilarious, (if you can call it that) was that just the other day Britain was told “by a United Nations committee” (and reported first here on Perspective) to take firm action to combat ‘negative public attitudes’ towards Muslims.

(Gee, why are there “negative public attitudes” towards Muslims?)

The nine-member human rights committee also criticised some of the UK’s anti terror measures.”

But while it is a worthwhile to combat discrimination of any kind, one also has to be realistic. In this case that means recognizing and actively combating the very real threat formed by radical Muslims bent on spreading their hateful, violent version of Islam among those who want no part of it.

News from around the around the world shows that the so-called ‘purest’ forms of Islam — various extremist groups do not quite agree on which form that is — is incompatible with democracy, human rights — and indeed, modern life.

When angry Muslims engage in hateful and often violent protests throughout the world against cartoons, teddy bears, and whatever else they feel is an insult to Islam, no one — no person, no committee, and no government — will be able to change ‘negative public attitudes’ toward Muslims. -Ed.

The following news article illustrates the very real dangers the Western world faces from the rise in Islamic fundamentalism:

Almost one third of British Muslim students think it is acceptable to kill in the name of Islam, results of a poll show.

The findings shed light on the extent of campus radicalism and will raise concerns about extremism across British Universities.

The YouGov poll for the Centre for Social Cohesion also found that two in five Muslims at university support the idea of Islamic sharia codes being enshrined in British law, the Sunday Times has reported.

One of the report authors Hannah Stuart said the study’s findings came as an embarrassing blow to those who play down the threat of extremism within Britain’s campuses.

She said: ‘Significant numbers appear to hold beliefs which contravene democratic values.

‘These results are deeply embarrassing for those who have said there is no extremism in British universities.’

Fosis, the country’s largest Muslim student body criticised the report.

But Anthony Glees, professor of security and intelligence studies at Buckingham University, said: ‘The finding that a large number of students think it is okay to kill in the name of religion is alarming.

‘There is a wide cultural divide between Muslim and non-Muslim students.’

‘The solution is to stop talking about celebrating diversity and focus on integration and assimilation.’

The research saw 1,400 Muslim and non-Muslim students questioned and more than 20 universities were visited. It was discovered that extremist preachers regularly gave speeches that were inflammatory, homophobic or bordering on antisemitic.

The research found that 55 per cent of Muslim students thought Islam was incompatible with democracy!

The report also found that 40 per cent of recipients said it was unacceptable for Muslim men and women to associate freely; 25 per cent said they had little or no respect for gays.This figure was higher (32%) for male Muslim students.

Among non Muslims, the figure was only 4%.

A third of Muslim students interviewed supported the creation of a world-wide caliphate or Islamic state.

On top of this, a number of terrorists have been radicalised at British universities. Kafeel Ahmed, who drove a flaming jeep into a building at Glasgow airport last year and died of his burns, is believed to have been radicalised while studying at Anglia Ruskin university, Cambridge.

If Britain is an indicator of what we will eventually have in store for us here in North America then things are not looking good! Almost a quarter of British Muslims say the London bombing attacks can be justified because of the Government’s support for the ‘war on terror’.

The shocking 23 per cent figure is the equivalent of 370,000 of the 1.6m Muslims living in the UK.

And it is almost double previous opinion polls suggesting 13 per cent believe the atrocity, which claimed 52 innocent lives, could be justified.

It will re-ignite the debate over whether the Government and Muslim leaders are doing enough to tackle extremism.

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don’t want you to know!) and is available as an E-Book H E R E ! and as a paperback H E R E !

Visit the blog “Perspective” at http://allans-perspective.blogspot.com

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