Pornography and Terrorism

Jennifer S Bryson notes the high proportion of captured terrorists who have had large amounts of pornography in their possession. Pornography makes women and men masturbation aids. The actors cease to be human. Their only purpose is to provide physical stimulation. If they don’t do their job, they disappear – the page is turned, the next …

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Don’t Mention the War

Or in this case, don’t say anything about who Muhammed really was and the things he did. The radio presenter Michael Smith is being investigated by the media watchdog over his assertion that the prophet Muhammad ”married a nine-year-old and consummated it when she was 11”. Actually Michael was wrong. Muhammed married a six year …

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The Good Samaritan Did Not Use a Government Credit Card

Those dastardly right-wing Christians are at it again. This time they are claiming that we serve the poor best by being financially responsibile: … we do not need to “protect programs for the poor.” We need to protect the poor themselves. Indeed, sometimes we need to protect them from the very programs that ostensibly serve the poor, …

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AIDS Success in Zimbabwe – Another Unsurprising Surprise

Given the demonisation of the Catholic Church’s position on the use of condoms, you might be excused for thinking that the science was settled: promotion of condom use is the most effective method of reducing HIV infection. In fact, as the UN’s own study showed, condom promotion has never been effective in preventing AIDS. See Broken …

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81% of US Mosques Promote Jihad

And no, that’s not jihad in the sense of the inner struggle against sin and weakness. It means the use of violence to achieve the impostion of sharia law and the establishment of a caliphate. “The Soldier’s Prayer,” written in 1912 by Turkish nationalist poet Ziya Gokalp: The minarets are our bayonets, the domes our …

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Catholic Hospital Berated For Being Catholic

The ABC reports a ‘catholic’ doctor working at Newcastle’s Calvary Mater Hospital has had his Catholic faith shaken by the hospital’s refusal to provide written advice on artificial contraception to patients participating in a cancer drug trial. Really? A Catholic doctor’s faith is shaken because the Catholic hospital he works at acts in accordance with …

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Thoughts on Bin Laden’s Death

I wrote a few weeks ago that the death penalty should be kept as an option, but used very rarely – when it seemed to be the only way to protect society from a vicious and dangerous criminal. Osama bin Laden fitted that category. The operation that lead to his death was carefully planned and carried out.  …

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Bishops and Betrayal

Bishop William Morris, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Toowoomba, has taken early retirement. That’s the way he describes it. catholic-hierarchy.org puts it more bluntly. He was removed. I have met Bishop Morris. I have vague memories of being present with a group of Anglican clergy at his ordination as a bishop in Toowoomba in 1993 …

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Terry Pratchett Wants To Meet Julia Gillard

So that he can ask her in person, ‘Why is assisted suicide banned in Australia?’ To save you the trouble of talking to Julia, I’ll tell you Terry. Assisted suicide is banned in Australia because it is wrong, and Australia is a civilised nation, where doing wrong is discouraged. Terry says this is about seriously …

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The Religion of Peace

Comment from Bill Maher on Real Clear Politics (language warning): “All this talk of people who burn the Koran and nothing about the people who reacted in such a stupid way. We are always blaming the victim and not holding them — not most Muslims, but at least a large part of Muslim culture that …

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On Burning Korans, etc

Quite frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn if someone wants to burn a book, any book. If a person’s paid for a book, he can do what he likes with it. I am not going to join the chorus proclaiming Pastor Terry Jones a try-hard loser. I don’t know anything about the man. …

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Where Would You Like To Live?

Given odd exceptions (I wouldn’t want to live in Venezuela at the moment, for example) where would you choose to live? Where are women treated as equals, and gays and lesbians accepted and safe? Where would you feel safer? Where would your children be safer? Where can people of any race and religion participate in business and …

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Michael Mann’s Last Gasp

After the name calling, the next step of desperate malingerers is to take people who disagree with them to court. So it should come as no surprise that having been caught fiddling with the facts yet again, Michael Mann is taking legal action against those who have pointed out that his deliberate manipulation of data to …

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Newspeak Rules

Muslim extremist Yahya Ibrahim has made many useful suggestions about effective methods of killing Jews and Americans, including the use of chemical weapons, the conversion of SUVs by adding blades to their wheels so they can mow down pedestrians, and random shootings in crowded cafes. Mr Ibrahim objects to being called an extremist. He is, he …

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