Sick

I’m feeling awful. No posts for a while.

Here’s an amusing censored video

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Evils of Religion: 22 December 2011

Oops, looks like I missed a day yesterday. Oh well, on with today’s evil.

The Cloyne Report shows how the Catholic Church in Ireland used its influence to cover up child abuse as late as 1996. They did all this while claiming that the Catholic church had some sort of moral authority and that they knew right from wrong better than non-clergy and non-catholics. Well done.

I think Tim Minchin is appropriate here

Evils of Religion: 20 December 2011

Genital cutting on children of both sexes, despite the scientific advances that have been made showing how the potential benefits do not outweigh the risks.

The distress caused to the children is abominable, and religious thinking lets parents somehow abdicate their responsibility for that suffering and refuse to protect their infants in the “hope there is more to this than I can see or understand.” Wonderful. You have no evidence that there was any point to the suffering, and absolutely no reason to think that there was any point. You just give up, let someone chop off a sensitive bit of anatomy and listen to the crying you could have stopped and hope. Well done.

NOTE: The points made here about a ban not really stopping it seem important. How do you stop it without putting kids at more risk than they already are?

The question doesn’t detract from it being one of the evils of religion, but makes me wonder what is the best way to stop it.

ALSO NOTE: I schedule these for the days I’m at work well in advance and, in the meantime, Ophelia Benson did a much better job than I could with this piece. Go read it.

Evils of Religion: 19 December 2011

And since I mentioned the quiverfull movement yesterday, I’ll discuss it today.

The idea that the sole purpose of a woman is to have children and serve her husband is vile. It’s still alive in fundamentalist religious circles, but the quiverfull movement is particularly bad. It teaches female children that they are worth less than their brothers. It gives the husband complete control over his wife and children, and allows him to enforce that with brutal violence, starvation, hard physical labor and emotional abuse, all backed up with quotes from the bible.

NOTE: I was hoping to link to several articles showing examples of these behaviors on the No Longer Quivering site, but it is having database troubles as I’m writing this, so I can’t find the articles I was looking for. I may come back and edit this if I remember to. If anyone who is reading this is interested in the specific examples, just leave a comment and I’ll try to dig them up if the database is working again.