As I scroll through my RSS reader, a couple of stories jumped out at me…
Pope to deliver Thought For The Day on Christmas Eve
Pope Benedict has recorded a Christmas message especially for the UK, to be broadcast by the BBC on Christmas Eve.
Ariz. Hospital May Lose Catholic Status Over 2009 Abortion Case
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., will be stripped of its Catholic status on Friday unless Catholic Healthcare West meets several demands outlined in a Nov. 22 letter from Bishop Thomas Olmsted.
The issue stems from the 2009 decision by the hospital to authorize an abortion to save the life of a pregnant woman. The woman, who already had four children, was 11 weeks pregnant and had pulmonary hypertension, a rare condition in which continuing the pregnancy often jeopardizes the life of the woman. Physicians concluded that the placenta had to be removed to prevent the patient from dying.
Yes, you read that right. The Catholic Church believes that to be a good Catholic, a doctor must stand back and allow a mother of four to die. And the priests are going to throw a tantrum until they get their way.
Why the BBC is giving a platform to the leader of this vile death cult is beyond me.
(Credit: The Arizona Hospital Story came via Butterflies and Wheels. Ophelia Benson’s take on it is worth a read)
Update: Yahoo! Buzz sums up the news of the Pope’s message perfectly.
Via The Freethinker comes the news that Stephen “Birdshit” Green is demanding Tesco withdraw a Twilight advent calendar.
According to the one-man movement:
It’s sickening to see the message of Jesus Christ being hijacked to peddle a brand like Twilight, which to all intents and purposes proclaims an anti-religious cult. […]Twilight may be fiction, but it is dangerous to mix-up such a story in the minds of impressionable children with that of the Nativity.
I do have some sympathy for Green here because, as everyone knows, Jesus is a zombie, not a vampire.
In a transparent attempt to convince the rest of the world that their delusions are not as paranoid as they look, a bunch of Christian campaigners have declared that today is “Not Ashamed Day” and staged a comical media circus outside the House of Lords.
Inevitably, the best coverage of this event comes from News Thump: Why do people treat us with the same contempt we show homosexuals, ask Christians.
I think mockery of religion is one of the most essential things. One of the beginnings of human emancipation is the ability to laugh at things.
– Christopher Hitchens, via Butterflies and Wheels.
It’s a little late for Halloween, but still worth a repost:
Via The Friendly Atheist
Last week Italian Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini called on his homophobic, misogynistic friends at the Vatican to join with his homophobic, misogynistic former enemies to construct a “New Humanism”. Given the Catholic Church’s recent record, I think it’s safe to assume that any religious inspired “humanism” would be identifiable by its complete lack of humanity.
But how do you respond when the leaders of various religions realise that their imagined doctrinal differences, the imagined doctrinal differences that have done so much to divide humanity and cause untold harm, just don’t matter now that they can all agree to hate someone else?
Humour is usually the best response. With that in mind, allow me to point you in the direction of the ever reliable Jesus and Mo.
… comes from The One-Thousand
Dear Some People On The Internet,
You get upset at stupid things.
Many people die horrible and unjust deaths in this world. Many starve. Babies are beaten to death.
And you throw shitfits when someone offends you with their words.
Go read the rest.