Reading my regular bookmarks, I came across five news stories that are each disturbing in their own special way…
A fundy came to the conclusion that administration-endorsed conspicuous displays of religion in school-related activities (e.g. prayer before a football game) was maybe not the best idea after he went to Hawaii and got to see what its like to be a religious minority.
Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, had a chat with the Pope and thinks that Europe’s ‘heritage of Christinsanity’ needs to be mentioned in the European constitution. Perhaps they’re just nostalgic for the crusades, the inquisition, conflicts between catholics and protestants and the holocaust.
GWB, our fearles leader, knows that only those who “accept Jesus Christ” can get into heaven; as for Jews, they’re “all going to hell”.
A Vatican official has said the Catholic church will excommunicate a medical team who performed Colombia’s first legal abortion on an 11-year-old girl, who was eight weeks pregnant after being raped by her stepfather. Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, the president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, said in addition to the doctors and nurses, the measure could apply to “relatives, politicians and lawmakers” whom he called “protagonists in this abominable crime”. The girl, whose identity has not been released, had “fallen in the hands of evildoers”, the cardinal said in an interview with local television on Tuesday. In May Colombia’s constitutional court partially lifted the ban on abortion in this deeply Catholic country, allowing pregnancies to be terminated in cases of severe deformity of the foetus, when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger. The first test of the ruling came when the girl sought to terminate her pregnancy, which followed her being raped by her stepfather. The man admitted to the abuse, which began when the child was seven. When the case became public, doctors were wary of performing the abortion as the text of the court’s ruling has yet to be published and they feared prosecution. But the high court issued a new ruling, compelling doctors to abide by its decision if the woman’s case fell within the criteria. Once the ruling was handed down, the girl’s pregnancy was terminated at a public hospital in Bogotá. Carlos Lemus, the director of Simon Bolivar hospital where the abortion was performed, said he respected the church’s decision but did not share its view. “We acted within the constitutional framework,” Dr Lemus said. “We were faced with the petition of a girl who wanted to go back to playing with her toys.” He said Cardinal Trujillo “calls the doctors and nurses ‘evildoers’. I think the person who raped her is the evildoer”. A senator, Gina Parody, said: “The Vatican has the right to excommunicate whomever they choose. But I would hope that they also excommunicate priests when they rape boys or girls.“ The president of Colombia’s ecclesiastic tribunal, Monsignor Libardo Ramírez, said according to canonical law excommunication was applied to anyone who participated in the “murder of a child in the womb”.
If you think that the religious leaders in Columbia are extremists and that it couldn’t happen here, think again. The religious right will not rest until ALL abortion is illegal.