Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Religion, I guess?

I've been discussing religion a lot lately, for some reason. My thoughts keep coming back to one thing. 
(This may be a poor example, being as I wasn't alive in this era, but I think it works; let me know if it doesn't.)
I would imagine that some of the worst racism of the time happened during the Civil Rights era, because white men were afraid that black people would acquire human rights. It serves to reason that some of the most ridiculous generalizations were occurring at that time; one black criminal commits a crime, so all black people are criminals. The best way that black people fought this was to stand up and prove these generalizations wrong; Martin Luther King, Jr., with his brilliance, compassion and gravitas comes to mind. 
There are a lot of generalizations being made about Christianity right now; one  wingnut murders a doctor, so all Christians are murderous crazies. Inevitably, at this point in the conversation, someone declares that this is a gross generalization and that not all Christians are insane terrorists. 
So why the hell haven't the sane Christians stood up and said that this is not an accurate representation of themselves? Take, for example, Catholicism (which, to be fair, serves my point the best). Most, or at least a huge amount, of American Catholics are pro-choice, pro-gay rights, and anti-child molesters; why aren't these Catholics standing up and presenting themselves as a better representation of Catholicism? Force people to acknowledge that not all Catholics are bigots. 

Monday, June 1, 2009

Rest in Peace, Dr Tiller

There's a new article over at Huffington Post by Frank Schaeffer, a by all accounts decent guy who helped create the religious right wing movement. He defected 25 years ago and has since campaigned for intelligent and rational government policies. He used to write incendiary books,  obliquely stating that abortionists should be 'dealt with the same way people would deal with Hitler.'

Mr Schaeffer is the only person I've seen step up and apologize for whatever role he may have played in Dr Tiller's death. 

Unfortunately, in his post, he also stated that late term abortion should be illegal. Because I often find myself elated at seeing his name atop a new article, I was disappointed to read this statement of his because it shows a misunderstanding of late term abortion.

There are a few things wrong with the late term abortion argument. 

1) Late-term abortion does not occur because the mother doesn't want the baby.  If the mother didn't want the baby, she would've chosen to have an abortion much, much earlier on. It's not like the mother just forgot that there was something growing in her and didn't remember to get an abortion until the third trimester.

2) No, and I mean no, doctor would perform an abortion on a viable late term pregnancy. Late term abortions are performed because the fetus' brain didn't form correctly or because the heart only has one chamber or any number of horrifying problems that can come up during pregnancy. These are completely non viable, and in most cases would die the second they leave the mother. In many other cases, the child will live for a few days, maybe a week, and die painfully. Even without all that, the life of the mother is often at risk.

3) Late term abortions are not entered into lightly. As I've said, the mothers and fathers were happily expecting a child, only to discover far too late that there is a debilitating and dreadful problem with the fetus. I doubt anyone can comprehend the pain and horror of that situation. Not to mention the lasting effects for those poor near-parents, who after the operation will be told by 'pro-life' activists that they are murderers. 

Late term abortions have been focused on by the religious right because it makes a good story, a story that makes it near impossible to support late term abortions.

And while this isn't on the topic of late term abortions, I have yet to see an anti choice activist step up and fight for low-income housing, universal health care and comprehensive sex ed, all things which would almost certainly reduce the amount of abortions. Could it be that the goal isn't truly to reduce abortions but simply to control women?'s a brief listing of the diseases that would cause a late term abortion. Keep in mind that these are just a few of many. 

Spina bifida
Hydrocephalus (this one's particularly nice; there's barely any brains, just water, and the head is massively oversized.)
Potter's syndrome
Lethal dwarfism

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

If I could drive...

I would be in San Francisco getting arrested right now.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


working on: more homework than I knew could be physically done in one week, ballet routine en adagio, art/business finance hmwk, fashion designs, cleaning my room/house, giving a female character of mine a chance to get really scary 

interested in: Alexander Wang, Vivienne Westwood, and Stella McCartney. Minimalism. Ways to keep my hair off my face. Cooking Asian food (Malaysian mostly). War photography. Deadpool. Japanese culture. The massive amount of sudden wildflowers we get every spring. Pomegranates.

reading: The Martian Chronicles, a collection of Bradbury shorts. I've read it a few hundred times and I keep coming back. 

listening: Chopin - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp Minor, Shirley Manson - Samson and Delilah, Kronos Quartet - Dark Was The Night (Cold Was The Ground), Rise Against - Swing Life Away, Sigur Ros - Saeglopur

watching: Coffee and Cigarettes. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The Crow. The Machinist (even though seeing Christian Bale that skinny makes me want to cry). Batman Begins (yay, he's healthy again!). The Office, US. 30 Rock.

wearing: old-school Joker t-shirt from (I think) the 90s. stupidly skinny jeans and gladiator sandals. 

plans: more homework (aiming for at least forty credits this semester, which is way high). wool-blend Vivienne Westwood knockoff coat, which is completely daft for 85+ heat. use the word daft more often. crepe plaid shirt. write something good again. become friends with someone who knows how to draw comics or learn myself. 

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Next Supreme Court Justice

Warning: quixotism ahead.

Dear Mr President: 
There's a lot of people talking about the next US Supreme Court Justice, and well they should. You could nominate another black man, or the first Hispanic, or the third woman. Or you can nominate the first openly gay man or woman to a national, tenured seat on the bench. Kathleen Sullivan, a First Amendment scholar and former Dean of Stanford Law School, or Pam Karlan, a Stanford law professor and founding director of Stanford's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. Both women are gay.
There's not much to stop you, Sir. The Republican opposition have admitted that they don't have much chance of preventing your nominee from being confirmed. On top of that, the vast majority of people in this country support gay rights, even if many of them do not support the right to marry. According to a Quinnipiac University Poll, 57-38 percent support civil unions and marriage-like rights for gays and lesbians. That's a huge majority, Mr President. 
Gays are the only true minority left. In this day and age, if a radio host talks about "wetbacks", "niggers", "kikes,"  or "cunts" there is an instant uproar on the internet, and the person is either fired or given a severe warning. The same cannot be held true for the LGBT community; they are the only minority that it is socially acceptable to discriminate against.
During your campaign, Sir, while talking about repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, you said, "All that is required is leadership." Gays and lesbians helped elect you. Please, Sir, lead. 

Monday, May 4, 2009

Ah, evangelists, are you ever right?

Why don't crazy people believe that god created gay people, perhaps to curb rampant overpopulation? Why don't crazy people believe that god created condoms for the same purpose? If they're right, and god created and controls everything (god has a plan, y'know) than why does that not apply to anything sexual? 
Oh, right, because sex is dirty and god couldn't have had anything to do with it. 
Sex=death. Welcome to the monkeyhouse. 

Thursday, April 30, 2009