Amongst renewed calls to close the climb of Uluru (Ayer's Rock), citing, primarily, cultural sensitivies and safety concerns, I think it's worthwhile to just take a look at what we all seem to think are valid beliefs worthy of public respect and debate.
H.L. Mencken once said, "We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart." With this in mind, let's look at the beliefs of the Anangu people, the present "owners" of that big-arse rock.
Today is a sad day.
Granted, it's not as sad as those who have lost a relative or a pet or even a job, but I'm sad, nevertheless. Tonight, after a productive day on the Interwebs, after relaxing drinks with great people, after a fun, social event at a newly opened bar, after a great day all-round, I walked out to the street to discover that my guilt-free-electric, fabulously convenient, hardy, trusty, dependable scooter had been stolen by, I have little doubt, some fucking dick-faced prick.
On 15 June 2011, Dilbert-writer Scott Adams wrote a blog titled Pegs and Holes that said certain impulses, including but not limited to rape, are natural. Several sites have interpreted this to mean Scott Adams condones rape. A petition has even been created at Change.org, condemning Adams' post.
Adams' blog was brought to my attention on my Facebook page, the poster stating that Scott Adams is "detestable," so I decided to address it -- lengthily. Along with his dear-departed brother Douglas, Scott Adams' casual writing style, in-your-face bluntness and penchant for the tangential narrative were my style-guides when writing Being Gay is Disgusting. It would be remiss of me to let this go unaddressed.
So Leah from New Zealand didn't like my first response to the philosophical complaint she made on my Contact Me form. I even offered her a free book and she turned me down! I'll just add her to the ever-growing list of women who have rejected me.
I'm constantly amazed and, frankly, puzzled at the oh-so-common Christian position that the Old Testament is somehow rendered irrelevant or inaccurate if not read through the "lens" of the New Testament.
Well, it's official. The USA has become so religious that civil stoning has been reintroduced, just like in the Middle-East. According to a story yesterday in the Philadelphia Inquirer, a 28-year-old man stoned his 70-year-old church-buddy for having made sexual advances towards him.
He told the police that he stoned the old man because that's what the Bible says the punishment should be. The most disturbing thing about this is that the bible is unequivocally on the side of the killer.
How much credence should we really give to religious bodies who claim to be the foundation of morality, who claim that Jesus (or Allah, or Yahweh) loves everyone, while zealously insisting on being exempted from the most moral, most tolerant, most inclusive legislation in the country?
The Sydney Morning Herald reported on 12 February 2011 that New South Wales Attorney-General John Hatzistergos expressed approval for a law that permits private schools to expel a student for being gay. As in other Western countries, the vast majority of Australian private schools are owned and run by religious groups.