Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Its a bit late now and the designs of the 2008 winners don't really do it for me, I like this one from 2006 and ordered a pack (which will arrive in Januari) so that I can spread some love after the obligatory period ;-)
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
We've chosen a school for Alina, she can start kindergarten in January but we're planning to only send her in March because we want her to be a bit more comfortable with the 2 languages we're speaking to her. At daycare it does frustrate her a little when people don't understand what she says in one language and we hope she'll make the distinction better when she's a bit older.
The choice of school will provide a bit more meat for this blog when it starts because it's a catholic school. The primary reason for the selection is that the school is the closest one but my wife finds the catholic bit an extra bonus (I find it a mild negative).
Being a Belgian school it is not too heavy on the religion, it didn't come up during her registration and I only spotted one promotional poster that was just a soft message that I would agree with too and at the bottom in very small print it had the bible chapter/verse reference.
So I'm pretty sure it'll be ok but I'm gonna keep my eyes open :-)
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The sad truth is that it is not a single case and even sadder that millions, nay, billions of books, websites and other media which contain, condone and even promote such practices are being used as guides and reference material for current events and sit on the bookshelf of decent people who keep advancing it as a source of guidance (and I admit there is even one in home though I do not advocate using that book for guidance).
I don't advocate book burning but some material is not suitable for some situations (like pornography for children or in this case books which contain and advocate gruesome punishments for non-crimes for moral guidance), the original texts should not be removed from existence but please fellow humans, update the books you say you use for moral guidance and help in removing such practices from this earth let them be just a memory we read about in history books in the proper context of rejection of those ideas not in books that are being promoted as "good".
Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
"As far as I know, Pinkney's the first preacher in the history of America to get locked up for quoting the Bible," Davis says. "Deuteronomy is a great chapter—especially that part about killing all the men, women and children from every city."
(via The Stubborn Curmudgeon: Wrong Verse)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
A valid point is raised in the comments, a definite christian message should not be allowed as well so as not to offend muslims or other religious sects (and vice verso)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
|Further ease of abortion||Euthanasia|
|Adoption for gays and lesbians|
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
A target of £5,500 reached and then some (it's at £35,000!!! at the moment) in just one day (correction, a few hours).
And Richard Dawkins is chipping in too, matching that first £5,500
The times they are a changing:
update: I even saw Sarah Palin chiping in ... ;)
And if you want there's a Facebook group for this action:
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
This is such a great cause, it is sad that the world needs it but it is very beautiful that there are people who are willing to devote their lives to helping women in oppressing societies!
Donations can be made here:
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Maar er zit hier toch ook een beetje ironie in, de man was aan het werken om een kerk te renoveren, en Pools zijnde was waarschijnlijk diepgelovig Katholiek, en dan gebeurt dit?
Zijn god hypothese heeft toch duidelijk niet gewerkt volgens mij ...
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
CALLING ALL NON-BELIEVERS: Express yourself in a HumanLight Design Contest
HumanLight is a holiday celebrated around December 23rd specifically to acknowledge reason, family, friendship, and other shared, secular values of humankind. To learn more, visit the website: http://www.humanlight.org
The HumanLight Committee is hosting a HumanLight Holiday card and ornament design contest for secularists of all ages. Contestants should design an artistic expression to positively address these questions or some aspect of the HumanLight holiday.
What do we have to celebrate during the winter holiday season? What do you hope for in the future? What's the Humanist view/perspective?
ELIGIBILITY: All are welcome to enter!
Category 1: Ages 11 and under.
Category 2: Ages 12-17.
Category 3: Ages 18 and up.
One entry per artist. All media, (painting, printmaking, collage, digital art, photography, or perhaps something even more creative?) is accepted.
TO APPLY: Email the image as a high resolution (at least 300 dpi) JPEG
to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of the email, include the artist's name, age, what country and state (if it applies) he or she is from, and what method he or she used to create the image.
DEADLINE for entries is November 1, 2008.
Judge: Martha Knox is a fine artist, Humanist celebrant, art teacher, and Director of the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia.
Prizes: Three images will be selected, 1 from each age category. Cards and ornaments displaying all three winners will be available for purchase at the HumanLight merchandise webpage. Each prize winner will receive an ornament and set of cards with their image, as well as some HumanLight candy! The winners and their designs will also be featured on the main HumanLight website www.humanlight.org.
All images in this contest are owned by the artist. By submitting images to this contest, the artist agrees to grant the HumanLight Committee the right to print or otherwise re-publish the submitted images in marketing or web materials for the purpose of promoting HumanLight so long as credit is given to the artist as the original creator of the image(s). All proceeds from HumanLight merchandise sales will go toward further promotion of HumanLight.
Spread the word!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Famed physicist Stephen Hawking said Thursday that Pope John Paul II tried to discourage him and other scientists attending a cosmology conference at the Vatican from trying to figure out how the universe began.
The British scientist joked he was lucky the pope didn't realize he had already presented a paper at the gathering suggesting how the universe was created.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
I think Hitchens once said something like:
It is not the abuse itself that shows the failing of religion but that a life devoted to religion does not stop the abuse.
Also this article, it boggles the mind that even with the apparent need for such measures people still think their churches are morally superior.
Definitely have a look at the second comment by Sister Maureen Paul Turlish:
Should priests give kids piggyback rides?
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Looks really clean but I have so many useful add-ons in Firefox that I use all the time I do not think I'll be switching. The one thing I'd really like to see in Firefox is the tearing away of tabs into their own window, that is just so awesome and useful.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
What Will the LHC Find?
Lottery players would probably go for one of the following though in the first case there's nothing to collect, in the second case, well I hope it's not the one everyone thinks of:
Stable Black Holes That Eat Up the Earth, Destroying All Living Organisms in the Process: 10-25%. So you're saying there's a chance?
God: 10-20%. More likely than stable black holes, but still a long shot.
For normal people those 2 are obvious jokes, I hope this one will not occur:
Absolutely Nothing: 3%. It's always possible that we won't find anything really new, not even the Higgs. If that turns out to be the case — well, suffice it to say that there will be great wailing and gnashing of teeth. It's not a prospect I am especially worried about, but reality is what it is, and I'm sure we will find a way to move forward if that's the case.
For the others you'll have to visit the site.
Katholieke vandalen vernielen condoomautomaten
"Radical catholic" vandals destroy 4 condom dispensers in protest of contraception and abortion. 4 youths have been arrested on charges of vandalism for destroying the condom vending machines. The youths come from strict catholic families.
We all know that catholics can verbally show outrage (warning, thousands of comments make that link dangerous to click!) but they alway hide behind their (current) non physical nature, well these catholics acted and destroyed property, the step to harming people is not unthinkeable
Not that I thought that catholic belief was/is immume to violence (heck look at priest abuse) but it is a common reply that catholics are "enlightened" and that they have no radicals in their mids.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
That was still enough though to get an opinion of how horrible those places were and the support the catholic church had to operate them. It peaked out interest, well it seems only mine as I went to look for some more in-depth information (ah, Wikipedia, how did we do without you, I do read the discussion pages and check the history to see how controversial an article is or what opposing views are left out, this one seems fairly accurate).
Truth again appears more brutal than fiction, I find it really striking that the catholic church took over something that was good and and turned it into something evil.
What more do people need to see that such philosophies are not beneficial? Those nuns, those priests, those parents, those caretakers all thought they were doing good in sending those girls to those places and treating them the way they did, it was all in the name of their dogma perhaps with exception of the priest's sexual abuse (in the movie the abused girl screams the he is not a man of god, I would offer than none of the people in charge of those asylums fit the god belief that that girl had), but that part was not the central theme of the movie nor the main reason why those things were evil and had to be shut down, it added to the case of-course but it does not exonerate the catholic religious mindset nor the hierarchy's responsibility.
I said that it only peaked my interest, I sent the links to Wikipedia and what I said here to my wife and got no reaction. In a discussion after the movie her immediate reaction was one of protection of the catholic faith, she basically gave this answer:
The catholic institutions that I know are good and they do not force labor and let people leave voluntarily and I know people that became a nun and left without problems.
And that was enough for her to dismiss this issue as something that does not involve her church.
It is sometimes difficult to keep cool, someone not willing to separate personal experience from the real world will never change their minds, peaceful Palastines (they must exist ;-) ) growing up in Hamas controlled regions will also see them providing education and health care, they could (and do) use the same logic to keep supporting the organisation and probably dismiss the violence Hamas does in the same way ....
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
And when I had my licence and the financial means I bought one and LOVED it, my next bike which I bought for practical and sensible reasons was a BMW R1100RT it was much too sensible and consequently not that much fun.
Then when my daughter was born I slowly stopped riding until I bought a really good new car when I stopped riding altogether and now I am about a year without bike.
Due to a conversation last weekend I went to have a look what Yamaha was offering now and I landed on the NEW
W! O! W!
1679CC! 1679CC? One thousand six hundred seventy nine!? on a bike, a vehicle with only 2 wheels and still only about 300kg, suuuhweeeeetttttt no mention of the HP of that thing but it will probably beat the already awesome 140HP of the original V-Max
And a lot of the add-ons that tuners added seem to be there already, the exhausts are beautiful as are the scoops, there's a shiftlight, a sort of boardcomputer, ABS breaks, ...
And it is still a real V-Max, only a 4 gallon tank (about 15liters) I could get about 160km (100mi) out of one tank if, IF I managed to take it easy (the VMax is not meant to take it easy!)
And the tank is still under the seat, I wonder what the release mechanism will be like on the new one, it is good that it was such a fun system on the old one because with only 160km I had to stop at the gas station a lot ;-)
It will not be in the near future but someday I will own and ride that bike! Someday...
Ik heb in een mail weer zo'n hoax gekregen, ik moet zeggen dat ik soms mensen zie die blikjes eerst afkuisen alvorens ze ervan drinken, waarschijnlijk slachtoffers van de mail op het einde van deze post. Nu uiteindelijk is het niet zo'n erge hoax, het stoort niet dat mensen hun blikjes eerst even afwrijven alvorens ervan te drinken, het is niet veel tijdverlies en de mail zelf brengt ook niet veel extra internet verkeer, er zitten geen beeldjes in of zo, een goed filmpje blokkeert veel meer bandwith dan duizenden van deze mails dus waarom voel ik de noodzaak om 'm toch te ontkrachten?
Wel omdat het niet waar is, en de waarheid licht mij nauw aan het hart.
Dus hier in het Nederlands enkele punten die de hoax ontkrachten:
1. Er bestaan verschillende versies van dit verhaal, in verschillende talen, allen even vaag over de details.
2. De Spaanse studie is onbestaand (of onvindbaar)
3. Blikjes in opslagplaatsen zijn meestal wel beschermd door folie.
4. De gevallen waarvan sprake zijn onbestaand (of onvindbaar)
Dat zou genoeg moeten zijn. Nu, ik zeg het nogmaals, ik ga niet zeggen dat je je blikje niet mag afwrijven maar ik maak mij geen zorgen als ik mijn Cola drink uit een niet gewassen blikje ;-)
De volledige mail:
NIET VERWIJDEREN ZONDER TE LEZEN - Het is in het belang van iedereen!
Artikel verschenen op 'Caducée', professionele informatiebron in de medische sector.
Onlangs is een persoon in absurde omstandigheden gestorven. Hij was op een zondag per boot met vrienden vertrokken en had blikjes drank in de frigo
van de boot gezet. De volgende dag werd hij opgenomen in het ziekenhuis, waar hij 's anderendaags overleed.
Een autopsie heeft uitgewezen dat het ging om een snel intredende infectie met leptospiren, veroorzaakt door een blikje waaruit hij op de boot gedronken
had, zonder de inhoud in een glas te gieten.
Het onderzoek van de blikjes heeft bevestigd dat zij besmet waren door urine van een rat, die leptospiren bevatte. De persoon in kwestie heeft vermoedelijk
het bovenste deel van het blikje niet gereinigd vooraleer er van te drinken.
Het blikje was besmet door urine van een rat, die giftige en dodelijke stoffen bevat, waaronder leptospiren, die leptospirose veroorzaken.
Drank in blikjes, en andere voedingswaren in gelijkaardige verpakking, worden gestockeerd in magazijnen die dikwijls wemelen van knaagdieren. Zij
worden vervoerd naar de verkooppunten, zonder eerst gereinigd te worden.
Telkens wanneer u een blikje koopt, reinig zorgvuldig het bovenste deel met water en een detergent, alvorens ze in de ijskast te zetten.
Beter nog, koop geen blikjes.
Volgens een studie van INMETRO (Spanje) zijn de deksels van drankblikjes méér besmet dan openbare toiletten. De studie wijst uit dat de hoeveelheid
kiemen en bacteriën op de deksels van drankblikjes zo erg is, dat ze absoluut met water en een detergent moeten gereinigd worden.
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Monday, August 18, 2008
I must say that I haven't been looking at the Atheist Spot much (I subscribed to the RSS feed).
The atheist community seems to be in a real state of flux, all these forums and social sites are vying for members and attention the Atheist Nexus, forums on RichardDawkins.net, atheist blogs with comments and forums.
I give them all my membership and those that are easy, interesting and useful will have return visits ...
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The priest from Lublin keeps calling her. She also keeps receiving text messages. A psychologist recommended by the priest from Lublin comes to see her at the center.
-I'm tired with the pressure all these people are exerting on me. I'm not strong enough to take this – Agata tells us.
Yesterday Agata submitted written consent for the procedure at the hospital office for the second time. She tells us that she is sure of her decision. – I could go through with the abortion even today. I don't want this child. I'll become a mom when I'm grown up – she doesn't conceal her decision.
and many more
It is strange how those kind of religious anti abortionists think, my proposition for them would be this:
Monday, August 11, 2008
Instead fear of terrorism and a reticence about any kind of open discourse about Islam and its founder has caused the publisher Random House to postpone the publication of The Jewel of Medina indefinitely. Sherry Jones and her literary agent are shopping the book to other publishers.
Freedom comes with a price people, fear of violence should not be a reason to censor opinion, it should not be a reason to censor books!
And indeed the house was full of angels, crystals and self-help books.
Like the BBC review says, gullible indeed but I put it down with a smile, bit my lip a little, didn't bring it up and continued to have a good time ... is that what a "friendly atheist" does.
I must say that I never acted any other way, being an atheist doesn't have to ruin a good evening and I'm not out to pounce on every bit of fantasy that people choose to believe in, I did state my disagreement when she proclaimed that children born via caesarean section were supposed to be less assertive but only after she started it and dropped it pretty quick, I'm not entirely read up on that subject so must claim a "I don't know" but the way she stated it as a matter of fact I could not agree with.
It does feel good to have a lot more knowledge about such things, makes me more confident for when my child(ren?) will come with "The Questions" :-)
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
There must be some cover up happening already because the countdown site is down ...
This is all a sign off course, prophecies are being fulfilled catastrophes are coming, you can run but you can't hide ....
I'm not sure if the tests are done already, this BBC report says the first particles will be piped through for the first time tomorrow so the earth may still be engulfed in a big black hole ... ;-)
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Look at this post:
So this is what a witchunt looks like…as a target
I began reading it, and things move around in my brain, at some point for myself I concede to thinking that the poor sap PZ is talking about has some little teeny weeny point that the physical destruction of something is a teeny tiny step further than merely discussing things:
It is one thing to say that belief in God is foolish and wicked and that Catholicism and Islam deserve scorn. It is quite another to physically desecrate the artifacts believers hold sacred.
(ooh I wish I could put the crazy Monty Python background like PZ, it really is soo appropriate)
Anyway, like I said, in my opinion there is a tiny bit of truth in that, PZ accurately and correctly dismisses it in saying that it is an enormous hyperbole to bring up that defense against what he has done.
But then comes the clincher, the point at which I'm really happy that my morning coffee is safely in my stomach and not my mouth.
You see the poor sap, Dreher, had already commented on Wafergate and his message was quite different:
If P.Z. Myers had any guts, he would put out a call for someone to send him a Koran so he could blow his nose and wrap fish in it. After all, it's nothing but frackin' ink on paper, right? So what's stopping you, Big Man? It's easy to shit on what Catholics regard as sacred. But just try doing the same thing to what Muslims regard as sacred. Let's see what you're made of.
That is just so brilliant, so eloquent, do those people not have memories?
Most likely they do not think about what they say.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The Usborne Book of World History you can get a glimps inside here note the "new testament" chapter.
Now that book may actually not be so bad as the one I saw, it was most certainly not that book, the illustrations were different and it actually started with the beginning of the universe.
From what I understand of Polish and of the matter at hand all those parts were accurate enough for children, talking about billions of years, evolution, dinosaurs (without humans!), cavemen, Egyptians, Greeks etc.
But about in the middle of the book there was a chapter called "The Bible" and I kid you not it started straight from the beginning again with Genesis, Adam & Eve, the flood, Jesus... with illustrations similar to the ones in the "real" part and with from what I could see just as much authority as any other chapter, no hint that this was the fantasy part of the book.
After those 5 or 6 pages the book continues with the middle ages, renaissance, French revolution, America ... again accurate as far as I can see.
How can someone hold such views together, it really is a mystery to me, compartmentalization like that should be studied, it is what keeps religion in its place, both the creator of the book and it's readers seem to be living in for them 2 very distinct but very real realities.
As an added bonus, have a look at the comments on Amazon for the book I mention in the beginning, for example:
The drawings and illustrations are fantastic except for a few pages with women without tops (shirts). We don't feel that is appropriate for our grade school boys so we returned the book.
Some even say that it's a pornography book, amazing, so little Billy, you're not gonna learn about those cavemen unless they start putting on some clothes !!! ;-) I guess they skipped over the good parts of the bible ....
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Well here's a poll, I'm posting the poll at several locations but it is all the same poll.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Het eerste fragmentje is HILARISCH !!!
For the non-dutch a rough translation (sketch done by a Dutch comic 30 years ago):
Lets change the eucharist ritual, instead of some bread product they should use the flesh of aborted children, Catholics say aborted fetuses are God's children anyway this would solve the abortion question because abortion would be allowed without any guilt and the wafer would be replaced by a delicious sweetbread. But by all means lets keep the wine, catholisism owes too much to drinking anyway.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Suppose I have 2 communion wafers, one is an ordinary communion wafer straight out of the box (it was raining when it was taken out of the box so some water may have fallen on that wafer), the other has undergone transubstantiation in a church by a priest.
If any catholic can tell me how I will be able to distinguish one from the other I will publicly convert to catholicism and send a letter to the pope stating that I was wrong and that atheism is bunk.
(also I will do all the work for that catholic to enter and win the JREF $1million)
update: this is off course in response to Wafergate
Monday, July 14, 2008
Let me tell you what happened, a pole dancer from Knesselare, Belgium had a retired priest as a client (surprise, surprise, NOT ;-) ) and this priest let her use his car for "services rendered" (wink wink).
Now that's all well but this girl needed some oil for her act and used what she found in the car, now this was no ordinary oil, it was holy oil and the priest didn't like that so took her to court.
Thankfully our court system does not stand for such silliness and said that since it was proven that the use of the car was granted by the priest and that oil is oil (I don't know why her lawyer gave a statement in her defense that she "used the oil for other than holy reasons in her profession") the girl is fully acquitted for the infractions against the priest, YAY for reason ;-)
(to be complete: the article mentions that she does have to do some community work and pay a fine for other small infractions)
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Father Damien en route to be a saint
It's on the news here 'cause he was a Belgian, and I'm not saying that he didn't do good, even if his wiki page has a positive bias the man still did good.
However the good he did while alive was real and deserves respect and remembrance but why do some humans feel the need to supplement that with imaginary good and a fantasy of continued life?
What also strikes me as odd is that the "miracle cures" are the usual (easy?) cancer and a seemingly banal tummy ache.
You'd think a man who devoted his life to the sufferers of Hansen's disease (leprosy) and having contracted and died of the same disease would at least cure somebody afflicted with that, but I guess in the afterlife he must have gained some knowledge that it's not a problem anymore or perhaps there's a learning curve and everyone has to start with the easy stuff before they can move up to more difficult diseases, who knows, a tummy ache in 1895, a cancer in 2000, such a step in 100 years suggests that in about 100 years he may be able to grow someone's limb back.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Just listened to this (it was posted on RichardDawkins.net by Nick6742 and he's actually the one defending atheism
It's quite interesting, I can't believe that the girl at 33:10 is actually studying to be a doctor.
I hope I never get her!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I taped (is that still valid when it's a HDD recorder?) Sunday's start of the new series and watched it yesterday.
I was on the floor, literally laughing out loud!
It is even better because I used to have a Suzuki Vitara and a friend of mine has a Fiat Coupé. (that comment by Hammond, "until it breaks" is priceless!)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
And yet California is one of the most prosperous states ... I guess god loves the godless ;-)
Also added Back to the Barrens and True North by George Erickson (yup, listening to Atheist Talk) to my future reading list, I took a ride in a floater plane once (this one from Seattle to Victoria), I recommend it to anyone, it's so different from a regular plane even other small planes, the pilot we had was quite skilled, he had a coffee cup on the dash and didn't spill it during the landing, soo smooth, we could only feel the waves when we stopped.
Monday, June 23, 2008
A generation of comedic masters is passing away before our eyes, let's hope the future still has great minds like these in store for humanity and lets them express their views unsuppressed.
He'll be missed!
Forgot to mention:
Fucking shit this piss cunt motherfucking cocksucking titless twat farted a turd!
His gripe is with the JREF Challenge, in his comment d.m. claims to have personally stopped the challenge, what's really puzzling is that the JREF Challenge IS STILL ON until April 2010 (so still almost 2 years to go!)
Plus James Randi has not hinted at what will be done after 2010, the challenge may continue in another form, it may become more public (I hope) ...
From the comment it is obvious that d.m. is probably a teenager who is not very well off and is nearing the end of high school and he does not like the prospect of having to work for a living so he probably thought that he'd be able to win some money without doing anything and now is throwing a hissy fit, I suggest he gets a real job.
What's strange is that on a forum he links to he has posted this excellent video, just goes to show that the deluded only see what they want to see:
(oh, and I'm not going to allow his comment, I'm very liberal with comments and they do not even have to be really relevant but I'm not gonna allow rants!)
Friday, June 20, 2008
Resolution 1464 (2005)
Women and religion in Europe
1. In the lives of many European women, religion continues to play an important role. Whether they are believers or not, most women are affected in one way or another by the attitude of different faiths towards women, directly or through their traditional influence on society or the State.
2. This influence is seldom benign: women's rights are often curtailed or violated in the name of religion. While most religions teach equality of women and men before God, they attribute different roles to women and men on earth. Religiously motivated gender stereotypes have conferred upon men a sense of superiority which has led to discriminatory treatment of women by men and even violence at their hands.
3. At one end of the spectrum lie the extreme violations of women's human rights such as so-called "honour" crimes, forced marriages and female genital mutilation, which - although still rare in Europe - are on the rise in some communities.
4. At the other end are more subtle and less spectacular forms of intolerance and discrimination which are much more widespread in Europe â€" and which can be just as effective in achieving the subjection of women, such as the refusal to put into question a patriarchal culture which holds up the role of wife, mother and housewife as the ideal, and the refusal to adopt positive measures in favour of women (for example, in parliamentary elections).
5. All women living in Council of Europe member states have a right to equality and dignity in all areas of life. Freedom of religion cannot be accepted as a pretext to justify violations of women's rights, be they open or subtle, legal or illegal, practised with or without the nominal consent of the victims - women.
6. It is the duty of the member states of the Council of Europe to protect women against violations of their rights in the name of religion and to promote and fully implement gender equality. States must not accept any religious or cultural relativism of women's human rights. They must not agree to justify discrimination and inequality affecting women on grounds such as physical or biological differentiation based on or attributed to religion. They must fight against religiously motivated stereotypes of female and male roles from an early age, including in schools.
7. The Parliamentary Assembly thus calls on the member states of the Council of Europe to:
7.1. fully protect all women living in their country against all violations of their rights based on or attributed to religion by:
7.1.1. putting into place and enforcing specific and effective policies to fight all violations of women's right to life, to bodily integrity, freedom of movement and free choice of partner, including so-called "honour" crimes, forced marriage and female genital mutilation, wherever and by whomever they are committed, however they are justified, and regardless of the nominal consent of the victim; this means that freedom of religion is limited by human rights;
7.1.2. refusing to recognise foreign family codes and personal status laws based on religious principles which violate women's rights, and ceasing to apply them on their own soil, renegotiating bilateral treaties if necessary;
7.2. take a stand against violations of women's human rights justified by religious or cultural relativism everywhere in the world, including in international fora such as the United Nations or the Inter-Parliamentary Union;
7.3. guarantee the separation between the Church and the State which is necessary to ensure that women are not subjected to religiously inspired policies and laws (for example, in the area of family, divorce, and abortion law);
7.4. ensure that freedom of religion and respect for culture and tradition are not accepted as pretexts to justify violations of women's rights, including when underage girls are forced to submit to religious codes (including dress codes), their freedom of movement is curtailed or their access to contraception is barred by their family or community;
7.5. where religious education is permitted in schools, ensure that this teaching is in conformity with gender equality principles;
7.6. take a stand against any religious doctrine which is antidemocratic or disrespectful of human rights, especially women's rights, and refuse to allow such doctrines to influence political decision making;
7.7. actively promote respect of women's rights, equality and dignity in all areas of life when engaging in dialogue with representatives of different religions, and work on achieving full gender equality in society.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
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Never heard of these Radiolarians but they're absolutely gorgeous:
Saturday, June 14, 2008
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It gives us all a great inside look at the deployment of a US soldier (who btw is an atheist, with a sense of humor!)
Monday, June 2, 2008
No matter how godless someone is, tragedy is never deserved
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I know it doesn't work on an individual entity but it is clear that this fella's genes have an advantage that will be passed to the next generation ...
Scorpio October 24 - November 21Remember: Just because you read it in a book doesn't mean it's true. There's no such thing as a "John Updike."
Apparently a crucified frog is being exposed for the opening of a museum in Bolzano, Italy and off course certain people are offended.
The piece is by German artist Martin Kippenberger and it offends so much that the curator of the museum must hand out leaflets explaining the art.
Behold, "Fred the Frog Rings the Bell"
I think he's a lot cuter than the original version, with that pint it looks like he's plastered and just chillin' ;)
Some news sites:
Ik vind het een beetje vreemd want gaan ze dan niet ook eerst echt moeten bewijzen dat hun ding werkt ...
Het laatste van de volgende pagina op de Skepp site (de brief van een osteopaat aan Skepp) vond ik wel interessant:
Veelvuldig manipuleren of kraken zorgt ervoor dat de ligamenten uitgerokken worden of beschadigd waardoor de gewrichten onstabiel worden.
Dit is natuurlijk ook een teken aan de wand ...
Wim Betz: "De niet bestaande obstructie van de stroom van het hersenvocht moet dan ook nog geregeld worden langs het andere uiteinde van de wervelkolom, door het staartbeen of heiligbeen te manipuleren. Dat doen ze dan met een vinger in de aars of de vagina. Voor alle zekerheid heb ik gezocht op welke datum dit nummer van de "Mutualistische Weergalm" geschreven werd, en het was niet op 1 april."