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Here we go: McCain’s temper

Posted in Politics with tags , on October 9, 2008 by St. Bastard

Yes, we want this guy and his idiot super-Christian moron in office. If there is nyone out there who thinks this is acceptable, then please post below and provide specifice detail on why we need a short fuse attached to an atom bomb in office.

(h/t to Pharyngula for the video)

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Debate 2

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on October 8, 2008 by St. Bastard

Being an atheist, I don’t have a god or gods to turn to for comfort or to understand the world. What I do have to those ends are the things that occupy my mind for most of my conscious life: ethics, morals, and people. Of course there are other things, pets, good beer, good coffee, etc., but those are the biggies, the ones that define my life and how I interact with others lives.

So, you might accurately say that I make a study of the ethics and morals in other people’s interactions. I have no idea what Sen. Obama thinks of Sen. McCain outside of policy points. That’s a good thing, because it means that Obama treats McCain with respect and has the restraint to keep his emotions from becoming a problem in public. Sen. McCain, on the other hand, constantly gives off little indicators of the rage ins disdain that he keeps bottled inside him. From closing his eyes to contain himself while Obama is talking, to the two examples below, McCain gives the impression of an angry and disrespectful man.

The first is an example of McCain dehumanizing Obama by calling him “that one”. Even his grin to the crowd seems like he’s baring his teeth, not to mention his unhidden sarcasm:

Next, we have an example of McCain refusing to shake Obama’s hand after the debate.

The little back pat that he gives Obama is demeaning and not the show of respect an equal deserves. Is this the kind of man that we can trust to meet with leaders of other countries, especially ones he doesn’t agree with? I think not.

I don’t think conservatives are bad people. Certain conservatives, like certain liberals, frighten me with the prospect of them having any hand in running our nation. John McCain, with his sarcasm, anger, and lack of respect, is one of them.

(h/t to TPM, which is good when they’re not giving their opinion, for the videos)

Elitism

Posted in Politics with tags on October 2, 2008 by St. Bastard

I just got done watching the VP debate, and as expected, Palin played up the folksy, down-home angle. I think this will play well with the Republicans who have been nervous about McCain’s running mate pick. This is idiotic! I don’t want my next-door neighbor running this country. My next-door neighbors are morons, just like me.

I don’t want my President to be a guy I can imagine having a beer with. I want my President to have such a command of home and foreign policy that he would be talking over my head on almost every issue. I want the President to understand running a country in ways that are far beyond my ken. I want a professor, not a drinking buddy.

I want an elitist.

Why religion matters in politics

Posted in Politics, Religion with tags , , , , on September 25, 2008 by St. Bastard

We know that there isn’t supposed to be a religious test for political office, and the vast majority of the secular community suports that. Including me. However, there is another level to this that is more obvious this year than it has been in the past.

Our current president, may he fade from the public eye soon, started a war based on what he thought was god’s decree. This year, we have the democrats falling all over themselves to gain the christian vote, but the real shock to the non-theists came with McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Palin is a Pentecostal christian. When someone jokingly refers to people speaking in tongues and praying for the end of the world, it’s the Pentecostals that actually belive that shit. This is when I started thinking about the religious test for office in a different way.

Could you imagine Palin getting all riled up, for instance, in front of the UN?

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Vice President Palin, you have requested to speak to the Assembly about peace in Israel. The Secretary General yields the floor.

VP Palin: BLAARGHARGH hummina hummina woop! woop! falrgindle gret marnia digglet paferndum! Pref! PREF! Charligndle freep vardenbingle wibble wobble!

Yerp.

General Assembly (as one): HOLY SHIT!

No, let me say that this is never going to happen. I just wanted to lighten the mood before I talk about what really bothers me about Palin, or any people who share her weird religious beliefs, potentially running this country. This is the belief that we are in the end-times and the second coming of jesus is “nigh”. Worse, they believe this is a good thing and want it to happen in their lifetime.

This belief infects all of their thinking. Why bother dealing with global warming. We’ll be in heaven soon! Why try to end war in the middle east when it’s a sign of the end times? Why bother improving anything at all when the world’s time is so short? Jesus will sort it all out when he gets here again!

Having this kind of thinking in our highest office frightens the shit out of me. I wouldn’t want to see President Jim Jones and I don’t want to see Vice President Palin. Religion, when it affects secular values and how you will affect the world, must be a consideration when voting for a candidate. Until religion is something that is not a factor in politics, I’m afraid it very much is a test for office.

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Atheism in politics

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , on September 24, 2008 by St. Bastard

Thanks the excellent Google news alerts service, I get emails containing links to news articles that hold a special interest to me. One of those is articles reating to atheism and secularism. Before I get to the point of this article, let me give a word of advice to other bloggers: this service is a great way to target articles of interest without having to actively search or poach from other blogs or Fark.

One of the articles sent to me today is on secularism, atheism, and politics: On Secularism and Politics, by Rob Breakenridge. In this article, Rob wites on theism, atheism, and secularisms place in politics and makes a few good point, but reaches a faulty conclusion. Some key excerpts:

Secularism is the principle that there be no religious test for public office. Beliefs about first and last things, and religious worship, are private choices in which the state has absolutely no legitimate role.

Atheism is a private belief, and one I hold; it is not a position that should occupy civic space, any more than should the monotheistic religions.

The cause of secularism is politically vital. But there is no political case for atheism.

All of this is absolutely true. I wouldn’t appreciate an atheist congressman using his office to promote atheism any more than I appreciate people like Bush or (if things go terribly wrong in November) Palin legislating their religion. It is simply not the place for it, and it wastes my time and my tax dollars. We pay these people to run our country, no to use their office as a soapbox for their religious or irreligious beliefs. However, I think Breakenridge is overlooking the strong ties between atheists and secularism when he says:

I do not wish to see, and will not sign up to, an organised interest group of atheists, because atheism is a private belief, of no civic significance.

Yes, atheism is a private belief, but who is out there with the strongest voice supporting secularism? Focus on the Family? The Discovery Institute? No, it’s groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation and Americans United for Separation of Church and State; two groups founded by, run by, and supported by primely atheists. These are atheist groups, make no mistake about it, and that makes them atheist lobbyists. I’m glad they are out there, and I’m completely unsurprised that these atheist groups are able to promote secularism without allowing their beliefs on religion to get in the way.

So, opposite of Rob Breakenridge’s views, I say “Bring ’em on!” We need more atheists fighting for secularism. So few theists are.

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Finally, a payoff

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on September 22, 2008 by St. Bastard

I joined a ultra right-wing Christian news service. Have I gone mad? Possibly, but not for the reasons that you think. I joined OneNewsNow to keep tabs on these nuts as an afterthought while I was using their automatic email service, intended to send Christian hatemail to Hallmark for showing love to the GLBT community, to send Hallmark a thumbs-up for starting to carry gay marriage/civil union cards.

Since then, my mailbox has been assailed with all manner of trivial garbage, but today, this headline cought my eye:

Biden ‘honored’ to speak at pro-homosexual gala

From this article are two hilarious quotes, and one not-quite-infuriating one. Let’s do funny first, shall we? Peter LaBarbera, founder of Republicans for Family Values (probably not Larry Craig or Ted Haggard fans) has this to say:

“I think the Democratic Party has sold its soul to the radical homosexual lobby,”

Radical? Why am I picturing a bunch of gay Ninja Turtles eating pizza and making closed-door deals with the Democrats? Now we know why Donatello wore purple!

Another idiot… no, wait, LaBarbera again says the Democrats:

“are now fully in bed with the homosexual activist lobby.”

So, now the gay Ninja Turtle lobbyists are having (assumingly) premarital or extramarital relations with the Democrats! Tortopedobestiolobbying is the new fad. Sounds like it would be a kinky, repressed Republican thing!

If you read the article, you may have by now divined which quote is angering, if not entirely infuriating.

The pro-family activist points out that Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) is the most pro-abortion and pro-homosexual candidate ever to receive a major party’s presidential nomination.

LaBarbera again… sigh. I have never heard of anyone who is pro-abortion. Pro-choice? Yes. Pro-abortion? No. I have had two children and no one, when I told them the news said, “Hey, congrats! Have you considered an abortion? They’re neat!”

There’s a world of difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion. In one, you value the life of a thinking, feeling woman over the life of a bundle of cells, in the other you walk around with a glitter-decorated coat hanger, just in case. This is an example of one of the things I hate most in politics, which is spin in order to demonize your opponent. You see it every time someone talks of kool-aid, rethuglicans, wingnuts, moonbats, or any of that shit. It’s a way to avoid debate by denigrating who would be your opponent. Don’t have a good argument? Compare your opponent to Hitler and you don’t need one!

But, I digress. I hope to see more stupidity from this mailing list in the future. I somehow doubt I’ll be disappointed.

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