Have you noticed lately that the there has been this weird marrying of science and religion? There has been this Brundlefly created, where the definition of science has morphed into some kind of belief system and the true definition of science which comprises of theories that can be tested and verified has been thrown out the window.
At first the creationist movement seemed kind of quaint to me. I seriously ached to go to the Creationist Park and Museum in Kentucky. This idea that dinosaurs roamed the earth just a few thousand years ago has that Jurrasic Park kind of excitement attached to it, a fantasy just like any of the hundreds of weird sci-fi movies one can enjoy.
I was astounded when Todd Akin Innocently volunteered to a news reporter a few weeks ago his theories on ‘legitimate rape’. How a woman’s eggs clench up when the rape is legitimate, somehow rationalizing that any woman’s pregnancy is from legitimate sex. He said he heard it ‘somewhere’, without divulging his source. This was obviously the beginning of a difficult go at defending his anti-abortion stance. He never named who he had heard this ‘legitimate rape’ theory from, most likely from some brochure from an anti-abortion group.
The most dangerous melding of science and the bible has to do with the whole Anti Global Warming movement. Anybody can point to some kind of research or study that debunks climate change but in my opinion it all stems from the belief that god created the Earth in a perfect form. Everything on Earth is for us, created by god, and therefore we can’t fuck it up.
Every time there is a killing or assassination with a concealed weapon, the gun people start with their rationalizations about ‘people killing people’, plus a smattering of quotes from Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Nathan Hale, Hitler, etc.
Q. And why would anyone need an extended magazine* for their Glock? A. Well, what if they didn’t hit their target the first twenty times they fired. You know not everyone who owns a gun is killing people.
No, I guess not, but what I can say with certainty is that everyone who owns a handgun – barring the military and the police – has masturbatory fantasies of killing someone with his/her gun. Not killing everyone or anyone, just ‘bad’ people.
Every gun owner that I know has the fantasy of the ‘bad’ person breaking into their home in the middle of the night. We know what happens next: they grab their Glock; confront the perpetrator in the hallway and blow their head clean off. The hero saves his family from yet another terrible fate of rape and whatnot.
In this latest gun tragedy in Arizona, the shooter Jared Lee Loughner is obviously mentally ill. Any gun advocate would have the upper hand in an argument about how dangerous this guy was. But my concern is, this idea of the acceptability of killing ‘bad’ people inherent with gun owners. The definition of ‘bad’ people can be wildly stretched out of proportion, especially to the fringe, the extremist and the unstable. This on top of politicians and opinion reporters who spread fear of apocalyptic outcomes to minor legislative battles. So to this Jared Lee Loughner, through his clouded haze of instability, Congresswoman Giffords, was one of these ‘bad’ people worthy of execution.
So yes, guns don’t kill people, people kill people.
I can’t believe how much I’ve been hearing about this Community Center in the news. I just can’t figure out what’s all of the hub-bub.
First of all FNN is calling it a Mosque over and over as if it’s going to be a sixteen floor, tile encrusted, religious Icon, with minarets and 20 Adhans on huge speakers calling all Muslims to prayer every day at 5 AM and having the size and power that rivals the Hagia Sophia.
The developers of this project want it to be a Community Center with a swimming pool and classrooms, meeting rooms, (and a Mosque), but open to the public, modeled after the Jewish Community Center on the upper west side.
Secondly, I want to address everyone who has hijacked this building as a ‘symbol’ for their own purposes: It’s a symbol for good Muslims, it’s a symbol for bad Muslims, it’s a symbol for a tolerant, democratic United States, it’s a symbol for the United States being big pussies in the eyes of the world…
One object can’t be a symbol for 17 different opposing things. If this is the case, it ceases to be a symbol for anything.
If you ever needed a reason for why the world is so fucked-up, this certainly could be one.