Friday, March 19, 2010

Two Mass-ive Scandals for the Vatican

The following Daily Show clip illustrates quite clearly (yet again), the utter hypocrisy, foolishness, and danger posed by this titan of religious organizations. How is it that followers so willingly accept that their spiritual leader is infallible when practices that he  condones (or at the very least does not act upon) violate not only the same religious dogma he represents and to which he demands adherence, but also violate nearly universal standards for moral/ethical behavior?

For my part, I could care less about what consenting adults do behind closed doors--with or without pay--but I have a major problem with adults behaving in the same way with children.

Quote of the Day:

"Of all possible sexual perversions, religion is the only one to have been scientifically systematized."

--Louis Aragon

Thursday, March 18, 2010

U.S. History, Texas-style

Recently, the Huffington Post ran an article about the latest round of public school textbook standards adoption controversy occurring in the state of Texas. Apparently, the ultra right-wing Christian conservatives on the board overseeing the standards for that state have made it their personal mission to rewrite American history, government, and even economics to suit their own factually distorted, religious worldviews.

The reason I bother to pass this information on, despite the fact that I do not live in Texas or have children who will attend the public schools there, is that as the largest consumer of public school textbooks in the country, what happens to textbooks and/or curricular standards in Texas influences textbooks/curricula for the rest of the country. To see what changes have been initially approved by the Board, follow the link below. It's enough to knock the powder right out of your wig.

Quote of the Day:

"Strongly guarded as is the separation between Religion and Government in the Constitution of the United States...practical distinction between Religion and Civil Government is essential to the purity of both, and as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States."

--James Madison