The death of a million is just a statistic

Or so thinks the International Criminal Court, it would seem.

If you kill one person in Texas, your death at the hands of a county executioner is almost a certainty. While I am steadfast in my opposition to the death penalty, this line of thinking — however barbaric and useless it may be — seems, at least superficially, more in keeping with justice than what the ICC just doled out for Congolese war criminal Germain Katanga. Continue reading

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That about sums it up, Francis

 

Predictably, the Francophiles are fawning over this kitschy dime-store philosophizing. They don’t seem to realize this one sentence sums up succinctly everything that is wrong with the Roman Catholic Catholic Church, and Christianity more generally.

“If you put your trust in God, you’ll never lose your way.”

“Oh, yeah? What about the Inquisition? What about the Crusades?”

“Well, that’s easy: they didn’t put their trust in God.”

“How do you even know that?”

“Because they lost their way.”

Francophilia

And today’s Unmitigated Asshole Award goes to Jean-Marie Le Pen

I don’t know much about French politics, but at first glance, Jean-Marie Le Pen looks little different than your average European nationalist. He’s old, he’s white, he’s fat and ugly; and if you stand him in front of a microphone he’ll blather on endlessly about how much he loves his culture and how it is but one pubic hair’s length away from dying off completely because of TEH IMMIGRANTS.

It’s the same, sad, pathetic story everywhere you go in Europe. In England, the English culture is dying. In Norway, the Norwegian culture is dying. In France, the French culture is dying. And in every case they blame immigrants.

But they’re not racists.

Oh, no. Of course, not. They just love their culture so fucking much they don’t want to share it with the horrible brown people who don’t look, sound, or think like they do. Continue reading

Barbacoa with extra bullets, please

Personally, I’ve got nothing against open carry in theory. If I had to choose between two scenarios, one in which crazies carried guns openly and one in which crazies carried concealed weapons, I’d begrudgingly choose the first. At least that way, there would be no guesswork involved; the crazies would be readily identifiable.

In practice, however, open carry is less about carrying out some sick, twisted vigilantist fantasy and more about trolling the shit out of people. Continue reading

Look before you leap

See a clever picture on Facebook? Think sharing it will make your friends and family think you clever as well? If so, you may want give that photo a good once over before tossing it out to everyone you know.

Case in point:

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Coming down hard on the pedos may win you a few likes, but endorsing Britain First — a far right British political party advocating racist and theocratic policies — might land you in hot water.

Pay attention, people.

 

King of Mount Stupid

One year, when I was kid, my Boy Scout troop was selected to host our council’s annual Klondike Derby.

For those not in the know, the Klondike is essentially a race, wherein the scouts are broken down into teams. Each team has a dogsled, and the boys pull their sled across a course dotted with a dozen or so stations. The boys stop at each station, where they are required to perform a task meant to test the skills they have learned as scouts before progressing to the next station. Whoever gets the most points wins. Or something to that effect. Continue reading

Marriage equality does not require a “Biblical Case”

Much ado has been made of Christian author Matthew Vines and the book that got his publisher, WaterBrook Multnomah, booted from National Religious Broadcasters.

The fiasco was sadly predictable, and there’s really no need to go into it in detail. Vines wrote a book promoting marriage equality, and was promptly thrown under the bus by his fellow Christians — you know, the ones constantly bitching and moaning that they aren’t “allowed” to spew their bigoted filth in polite company these days.

Honestly, I’m caught halfway between feeling sorry for the guy and really not giving a shit.

See, I don’t care if there is a “Biblical case” for marriage equality, because we don’t need a “Biblical case” to pass laws in this country. What matters is there is a secular case for marriage equality, and that it trumps whatever you find in your precious collection of Iron Age scrivenings.

Ultimately, Vines is on the right side of this issue, and I’m thankful for that. If his book wins people over to the cause (honestly, I have my doubts, but good on him for at least trying) then we are probably the better for it. But the purity troll in me still feels uneasy about the whole thing. If you live in a secular society, you do so with the implicit understanding that you don’t get to legislate your personal religious beliefs, whatever they may be. Whether or not the God of the Bible would support same-sex marriage should be a non-starter for anyone, no matter what they believe. We simply shouldn’t care.

I certainly don’t.