A bit of a disturbing story coming out of the Northern Territory today; a long serving Teacher, possessing an excellent record, has been placed on a good behaviour bond (and can never teach again) because a student sustained the grievous injury of … a swollen thumb. There are many things wrong with this story and fault lays all over the place – but to think a teacher’s career can be ended instantly (as you’ll see below) over such an incredibly minor instance is mind-boggling to say the least.
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Tags: Northern Territory, Teachers, Teaching
Tags: Catholic, Catholicism, Pope, Sex, Vatican
Some think of the current Pope, despite his remarkable resemblance to the Emperor from Star Wars, is infallible due to his direct line of communication and hand chosen nature with his particular deity. Others just happen to think he’s an incredibly ignorant throwback to a time when theocracy’s were common and life, in general, was pretty horrid. This particular pieces of news really does seem to back the latter opinion to a fair degree, since ol’ Darth Pope is calling sex education an attack on religion. Undoubtedly your jaw is hanging open right now, your brain going into a state of mild shock at the sheer … I can not even think of the proper term for such an ignorant notion. Education, all factual and true, as an attack on religion. What?
Tags: Christianity, Racism, stupidity
During my casual browsing through the ol’ interwebs, I came across a remarkable level of exceptionally daft blog entries here on WordPress. Now blog entries that are not exactly intellectual achievements are not exactly uncommon but the frequency of them on this particular day seemed quite odd. So this entry of mine is to merely showcase a handful of these rather silly entries and briefly explain why they are a clear waste of space. It may seem petty to do so but there is far too much idiocy in this world of ours, those who perpetuate it’s spread need to be pointed out and ridiculed.
Tags: Andrew Wakefield, Autism, Britain, Vaccination
I have touched on this subject before (here and here) but this does bare pointing out. It is being reported that the always highly dubious 1998 study that linked vaccinations with autism has had the final nail hammered into it’s coffin; The British Medical Journal has stated the study is “an elaborate fraud”. This is far from surprising though I dare say it shall be ignored by those who claim vaccinations are dangerous, despite the incredible lack of evidence to back such a claim.
Tags: Blasphemy, Pakistan
Pakistan currently has a set of laws dealing with the area known as blasphemy. To put it bluntly, you can be executed for saying negative things about religious beliefs. Such laws really are an affront to rational thinking and open debate; to protect such notions with what amounts to state sponsored death threats is truly barbaric. It would be akin to having someone executed for saying they think whale hunting is a good thing; it does not matter if they are right or wrong, they have every right in the world to voice their opinion.
In good news, Pakistan is looking to relax the blasphemy laws a little though the Government denies any plans to remove the death penalty component. That has still angered a few people and it resulted in everyone’s favourite peaceful activity; riots (because everyone knows the best way to get your point across is to go destroy stuff in the street. Great thinking).
Tags: Censorship, Floods, Queensland
From the story about the current floods in Queensland:
You know you’re in Australia when even road signs have to be censored:
Tags: Britain, Christianity, discrimination, stupidity
Oddly relating to the last entry, the Telegraph (that’s a British newspaper, so American readers will have to cope with the -our suffixes. Oh, suck it up!) is reporting on Christians who feel like they are being discriminated against … mostly when they are trying to discriminate against other people. Irony sense … tingling!