Things that don’t legitimately exist in conservatives’ eyes:
- Presidents who are not white that are born in the United States
- Poor people
- Uninsured or underinsured people
- Women’s reproductive rights
- Donald Trump’s nutbaggishness
- Corporations that are not people
- Sensible gun control laws to help stop people from getting murdered over stupid shit
- Tax breaks for anyone but the uber-rich
- Genuine compassion
You know, if you make everything forbidden, then everything becomes tantalizing. Back when women were covered from neck to toes, ankles were erotic. Men wrote entire epic poems about the turn of a shapely ankle for a reason.
You want to solve teens having sex? Stop forbidding things. In fact, I suggest mandating that every teen go to school naked. No clothes, no makeup, nothing. The girls will spiral into such low self esteem cutting apart their own and other people’s looks that they’ll stop flirting (and possibly eating). Meanwhile the boys will get so worried about having erections that they’ll do anything to keep their minds off sex. In fact, expose them long enough and they might develop permanent erectile dysfunction because they’ll have such a complex about being around naked girls.
There, problem solved.
“In a new family life instructions bill, holding hands and kissing could be considered gateways to sex…Also out: winking, wearing short sleeves, any shoes not issued by the U.S. Army, and giving other children those horrible, chalky Valentine’s Day candies with vapid little sayings on them.”
What would Jesus do? Not what the Republicans are doing.
This is the nicest, most tactful tearing a new one I have ever seen.Too bad no one will ever listen to her because she’s a woman pastor from godless California. /snark/
R. WARREN: Well certainly the Bible says we are to care about the poor. There’s over 2,000 verses in the Bible about the poor. And God says that those who care about the poor, God will care about them and God will bless them. But there’s a fundamental question on the meaning of “fairness.” Does fairness mean everybody makes the same amount of money? Or does fairness mean everybody gets the opportunity to make the same amount of money? I do not believe in wealth redistribution, I believe in wealth creation.
In response, here’s my Open Letter to Rick Warren:
Seriously? Do the Bibles at Saddleback Church not have the 20th chapter of Matthew in them? And if so, then what do you do with the parable of the workers — the one where those who worked for only an hour were paid the same as those who worked all day… and when the all-day-workers grumbled that it “wasn’t fair” (stay with me now) … Jesus’ response ” are you envious because I am generous?” … and then (famously said) “for the first shall be last and the last shall be first.”
It seems that the WWJD answer to your “Does fairness mean everybody makes the same amount of money?” would be “Yes.” (See also: Isaiah 55:8 “My ways are not your ways, saith the Lord.”)
And what about Matthew 25 — the chapter with what my seminary professor called “The Final Final Exam?” You must know that one — when Jesus comes to judge on the last day and the answer that gets you into the sheep fold rather than the goat line is not “inasmuch as you were fundamentally fair” — it was “inasmuch as you fed the hungry, clothed the naked and gave water to the thirsty.” And it was most certainly not “inasmuch as you “created wealth” — it was “inasmuch as you did it unto the least of these.”
Finally, Rick — while I’ve got you — can we talk contraception… just for a minute? When you told Jake Tanner “the issue here is not about women’s health” you were well — in a word — wrong.
It is about women’s health. It is totally about women’s health and a woman’s access to healthcare not being held hostage by the theology of her employer. There is a greater principle at stake here - but it is not the one you named: “the right to decide what your faith practices.” That one is already protected by the First Amendment. Rather the principle at stake is the freedom of women to make health choices independent of their employer’s faith practice that is on the line here.
And that brings me back to a couple of purpose driven things. First there’s the purpose of God’s preferential option for the poor made manifest in the work and witness of Jesus of Nazareth. And then there’s the purpose of liberty and justice for all meant to protect not just freedom of religion for those who choose to practice it but freedom from religion for those who just want equal access to health care. The former would be in the Bible and the latter in the Bill of Rights.
If you need to brush up on either we’ve got them both here at All Saints Church in Pasadena. Drop on by — the door is always open!
The Reverend Canon Susan Russell
All Saints Church, Pasadena CA
“According to Foreign Policy, Obscure Technologies, a company with a background in computer forensics, has been awarded a contract to develop “hardware and software tools that can be used for extracting data from video game systems,” all in the name of catching paedophiles, who are apparently using consoles to seek out victims.”
I’d love to see a show of hands who think this is SUCH a big deal that we need our privacy yet further invaded.
Yeah, me neither, especially since most pedophilia happens among family members or close friends, NOT by strangers. NO statistics back this assertion up. Nor is there any proof whatsoever that terrorists use it—and even if they did, currently we have more of a chance of being struck by lightning than dying in a terroist attack , so…bit of overkill, don’t you think?
“All fair and reasonable, if you’re of the political persuasion that the ends justify the means, but here’s the interesting part — as a result of US Privacy issues, Obscure Technologies will be purchasing used consoles from overseas as guinea pigs, extracting personal information from consoles being used around the world.
Best be wary if you intend to eBay any of your consoles in the recent future…”
Land of the free, eh?
“Every time you go shopping, you share intimate details about your consumption patterns with retailers. And many of those retailers are studying those details to figure out what you like, what you need, and which coupons are most likely to make you happy. Target, for example, has figured out how to data-mine its way into your womb, to figure out whether you have a baby on the way long before you need to start buying diapers.
Target started sending coupons for baby items to customers according to their pregnancy scores…What Target discovered fairly quickly is that it creeped people out that the company knew about their pregnancies in advance…
So Target got sneakier about sending the coupons. The company can create personalized booklets; instead of sending people with high pregnancy scores books o’ coupons solely for diapers, rattles, strollers, and the “Go the F*** to Sleep” book, they more subtly spread them about:
“Then we started mixing in all these ads for things we knew pregnant women would never buy, so the baby ads looked random. We’d put an ad for a lawn mower next to diapers. We’d put a coupon for wineglasses next to infant clothes. That way, it looked like all the products were chosen by chance.
“And we found out that as long as a pregnant woman thinks she hasn’t been spied on, she’ll use the coupons. She just assumes that everyone else on her block got the same mailer for diapers and cribs. As long as we don’t spook her, it works.”
Freedom of speech, my tuchas. Free press my hairy ass.
“Reporters Without Borders has released its annual World Press Freedom Index and the United States fell 27 points to No. 47 on the list. Why? “more than 25 [reporters] were subjected to arrests and beatings at the hands of police” during Occupy movement protests.
…In the space of two months in the United States, more than 25 were subjected to arrests and beatings at the hands of police who were quick to issue indictments for inappropriate behavior, public nuisance or even lack of accreditation.”
And these Occupy arrests are not isolated incidents. According to organizations like the Society for Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association and the Committee to Protect Journalists, the arrests at Occupy events are part of a growing trend in the U.S. and worldwide.”
I’d pay more to make sure people weren’t crippled, maimed, killed, or jumped off a building in utter despair, wouldn’t you? One person added up how much more that would mean the consumer paid if Apple didn’t do something like, oh, reduce it’s already embarrassing amount of profit only slightly, and you know how much more it would cost per consumer? About $43.
“Here’s why Apple can do better without the need for us to pay more for our iPhones: While it pressures suppliers and manufacturers to keep costs to a minimum, Apple has more money than it knows what to do with. The company disclosed in late October that it is sitting on more than $80 billion in cash. And because consumers are willing to pay a premium to own its products, Apple makes huge profit margins on its devices. One firm looked at the materials cost of the iPhone 4s (the latest model), excluding shipping and marketing, and estimated a profit margin somewhere in the 70 percent range, or $546 for every 32GB iPhone 4s sold.”
With an estimated age of 12.8 billion years, the host star—and thus the planets—most likely formed at the dawn of the universe, less than a billion years after the big bang.
Based on the team’s calculations, one world is almost as massive as Jupiter and completes an orbit in roughly seven days. The other planet is nearly three times Jupiter’s mass and has an orbital period of nine and a half months.
The discovery indicates that planet formation in the early universe was possible despite the fact that stars in existence back then were metal-poor—the astronomy term for stars lacking in elements heavier than hydrogen and helium.
The idea of planets springing from such a stellar makeup runs counter to a widely accepted theory called the accretion model, which says that heavy elements are needed to form planets.
Is anyone shocked that this happened? Heck, the supposition that it would is as old as a 1994 TV show. Maybe older.
“The trust argues, as have other bodies in previous years, that the growing dissociation of children from the natural world and internment in the “cotton wool culture” of indoor parental guidance impairs their capacity to learn through experience.
It cites evidence showing that:
- children learn more and behave better when lessons are conducted outdoors
- symptoms of children diagnosed with ADHD improve when they are exposed to nature
- children say their happiness depends more on having things to do outdoors more than owning technology.
The phrase nature deficit disorder was coined in 2005 by author Richard Louv, who argued that the human cost of “alienation from nature” was measured in “diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses”.”