Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The pope says the nativity story is all lies!

I’m impressed.  I didn’t think I’d live to see the day.  The pope’s new book says that the biblical story of the birth of Jesus isn’t true! 

Well, bits of it. 

Well, specifically the bits about various animals being present at the happy event.

According to the pope’s research, there is also no evidence in the Gospels that the cattle and other animals traditionally pictured gathered around the manger were actually present.

So all Christmas cards are wrong. But, there was a robin, right?

However, the bits about the virgin birth, Jesus being god etc?  All totes true.

I hardly know where to begin unravelling the irony and wrong.

Still, this is obviously an important work. We don’t want people saying there was a donkey ana cow ana camel ana lamb ana transformer ana…. wait a cotton-picking minute, how come there are never any horses in the stable? Anyway, the point is that we don’t want people just making stuff up, do we? Thank god the pope wrote this book.

Here’s the front cover:

pope

Friday, November 02, 2012

Mob burns down school for rumoured blasphemy

A rumour broke out that a girls’ school in Lahore had put a blasphemous question in a test so naturally a huge mob assembled, ransacked the school, burnt it to the ground and fought with police. Here’s where it says that.

A sizeable number of activists of the Islami Jamiat Talba and JuD were part of the crowd and they demanded that the police should hand over the blasphemers to them.

Not difficult to guess what they’d have done with them.  They weren’t handed over to they baying mob, but they were arrested.

"I assure you the government will thoroughly investigate the matter and will not spare those involved in blasphemy," promised Nazir, who is the political secretary to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

Alarming in so many ways. It shouldn’t be the government investigating, it should be the police. And they shouldn’t be enforcing fucking blasphemy laws.

As you do. Murder your daughter with acid for talking to a boy, that is

A couple in Kashmir killed their 15-year-old daughter by fucking pouring acid on because they saw her talking to a boy. It says so here.

They beat her, poured acid on her, then waited until the next day before taking her to hospital with hardly any skin on.  I expect they felt they were sentimental fools for taking her to hospital at all.

Somehow they thought first that their ‘honour’ was worth more than the life of their daughter and second that pouring acid on a human is more honourable than not doing that.

And by ‘somehow’ I mean by means of cultural and especially religious indoctrination which promotes and enforces the treatment of women as virtually worthless property.

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m never quite sure where these people get the acid from. Wherever they get it, it suggests pre-meditation. They find out where to buy it, go and get some, empty a car battery or whatever and then pour it on people in cold blood.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Nostalgia

Chris French is being mean to psychics again by, you know, asking them to demonstrate the things they say they can do. It’s…… kind of nostalgic.  It’s nice to see people still doing this kind of thing, it’s important. These people are conning and hurting people.

It’s a perfectly standard tale. The psychics agreed to the tests. They felt that they were a good test of their abilities and that they’d easily pass.  When they failed, they criticised the tests. Those ones they were perfectly happy with before the test and confident about passing throughout.

This is the standard response or psychics, of course.  If the test proves them wrong, then the test was wrong. And they were having a bad day. Their powers come and go, you see. Oh, and the proximity of skeptics somehow blocks psychic ability.  So they didn’t stand a chance, really, despite agreeing to all the conditions beforehand.

There’s a Daily Mail article about it here.  And as a bonus, the comments section already has people saying that only women believe in psychics!  Oh, and a pseudoscience overload in the sidebar.  Besides those things, the article isn’t too bad by DM standards.