Posts tagged catholic church
Posts tagged catholic church
The latest round of circumcision deaths doubles the toll for 2013 due to the procedure on the male penis, making the year as one of the deadliest. In May, 30 more boys from the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga died because of the rite.
I may be wrong but when I hear the word ‘ritual’ in stories like this I automatically assume they are talking about a ‘religious’ ritual since that is where all practices of this nature originate. I know many here will disagree but I see no difference between female or male circumcision, both are barbaric practices.
Now I know some will claim that male circumcision is medically necessary in Africa to help prevent AIDS and some will claim that it is different than female circumcision because it is deliberately designed to deprive the female of any sensation during sex.
To the medical necessity claim, I say if you want to stop AIDS from spreading in Africa, tell the Pope to go fuck himself and encourage the use of condoms and in regards to often mistaken assumption that male circumcision was not deliberately designed to deprive males of pleasure during sex I quote a 12th Century Rabbi name Maimonides:
“Similarly with regard to circumcision, one of the reasons for it is, in my opinion, the wish to bring about a decrease in sexual intercourse and a weakening of the organ in question, so that this activity be diminished and the organ be in as quiet a state as possible. It has been thought that circumcision perfects what is defective congenitally. This gave the possibility to everyone to raise an objection and to say: How can natural things be defective so that they need to be perfected from outside, all the more because we know how useful the foreskin is for that member? In fact this commandment has not been prescribed with a view to perfecting what is defective congenitally, but to perfecting what is defective morally. The bodily pain caused to that member is the real purpose of circumcision. None of the activities necessary for the preservation of the individual is harmed thereby, nor is procreation rendered impossible, but violent concupiscence and lust that goes beyond what is needed are diminished. The fact that circumcision weakens the faculty of sexual excitement and sometimes perhaps diminishes the pleasure is indubitable.”
W. Kamau Bell
An interesting piece by Peter Singer discussing the unnecessary cruelty involved in ritual animal slaughter on the grounds of tradition and religious freedom and the reproachful claims by Catholic bishops that President Barack Obama is violating their religious freedom by requiring all big employers, including Catholic hospitals and universities, to offer their employees health insurance that covers contraception.
In Memoriam : Robert G. Edwards (27 September 1925 – 10 April 2013)
The Nobel Prize-winning scientist Robert G. Edwards has died. He was a physiologist in Britain who helped develop the techniques used for in-vitro fertilization, or IVF. His work led to the birth of the first test tube baby, Louise Brown, in 1978, and millions of babies since.
Remember when this beautiful child was condemned as an abomination by the Catholic Church and millions of believers around the world? Although Edwards was “accused of playing God” and became the focus of a “storm of criticism and controversy,” the pioneering work he and Patrick Steptoe did enabled “millions of infertile couples to bring children into the world and women to have babies even in menopause.”
It’s sad that even today, over 30 years later, many religious leaders and their follows all around the world still condemn this procedure and the children it produces.
Today, a new leader has been chosen to take control of one of the most important institutions in the world. This man will lead this historical organization through its ongoing pursuit and support of the betterment of all humanity. He will look down over the people and make huge contributions to the promotion of understanding, reverence and human cooperation. Yes, there is a new leader. He is Commander Chris Hadfield, and today he takes over command of the International Space Station.
What? You were expecting a Pope?
Via the Southeast Alabama Freethought Association facebook forum.
Pope dismisses child rape as normal back in the day. Is this really a shocker?
Victims of clerical sex abuse have reacted furiously to Pope Benedict’s claim yesterday that paedophilia wasn’t considered an “absolute evil” as recently as the 1970s.
How any parents or government agency can continue to justify entrusting children to the care of this organization is very perplexing.
Vatican Training Classes
I know, I know, this is very tasteless… at least that’s what the priests say.
Lady Liberty Defends America’s Schoolchildren
In this 1875 political cartoon Nast depicts Lady Liberty standing guard over America’s schoolchildren who are threatened by two Catholic priests. One of the priests holds a decree which states: “Surrender your American Godless Infidel Education to the Infallible Roman Guidance…”.
Now, almost a century and a half later, Lady Liberty, battered and beaten, still stands tall, defending Americas public school system from the the religious rights ceaseless assault.
It appears that the Church of England feels that its influence on society is under threat from the current “less tolerant attitude towards religion" so it has vowed to fight the "new atheism" in an attempt to combat the rise of secularism in Britain. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury seems to think the Church is under threat from the arguments laid out by atheists like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens who paint faith as being "a social problem.”
According to a report commissioned by Williams and John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, the Church must be “explicit about the need to counter attempts to marginalize Christianity and to treat religious faith more generally as a social problem.”
The document goes on to complain that intolerance towards religion is becoming more widespread and can be seen in public bodies attitudes of “suspicion or hostility towards churches and other faith groups.”
“Drawing particular attention to the threat posed by a new movement of militant atheists, led by Dawkins and Hitchens,” the report “says the Church must respond if it is not to be pushed from the public square.”
According to The Telegraph, this “rallying call comes amid fears that Christians are suffering from an increasing level of discrimination following a series of cases in which they have been punished for sharing their beliefs.”
Wow, I wish the influence of Dawkins and Hitchens was that strong here in the states. It would be great for America if our society became less tolerant of the intolerance advocated by many churches and religious groups in this country.
I’m not sure what the English think about this news but I find it a bit disingenuous that the Church of England is complaining about intolerance considering its track record. Also, I wonder if Christians in Britain are really being punished for sharing their beliefs or if it is rather their continuing refusal to cease proselytizing in the work place that is being rebuked?
On a side note, I should also mention that the same Archbishop of Canterbury who is alleging a growing secular intolerance towards religion is also on record for advocating the use of Sharia Law in Britain.
As a secular humanist, I believe in tolerance; however, that does not include tolerance of intolerance.
Note: Originally posted at blogspot on 02/16/2011.