Despite Recent Claims by the Right, Noting Racism Exists is Not Racist

July 20th, 2013

There is a belief among many on the right that equates bringing up a charge of racism, or most recently, simply recognizing the existence of it, to an act of racism. They believe it’s a racially motivated division pitting whites against blacks. This belief is predicated on a definition of racism that holds any recognition of race identity in an interaction subverts the concept of colour blindness. Buried not so deep within this idea is an exceedingly poor understanding of racism, its effects on people and even how to recognize it.

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Creeping Creationism

May 12th, 2013

Even in a system where minimum standards have to be met before students can graduate like in Saskatchewan CA, as in the famous words of Jurassic park’s Dr. Ian Malcolm “[creationism], uh… finds a way.”

In Regina, SK. a Christian school found a way to circumvent the requirement evolution be taught as part of high school biology by not teaching that specific class.

From their web site: (bolding is mine)

Regina Christian School’s high school program offers quality education in all pre-requisite courses for University, Bible College and trade school entrance requirements. At the core of our program, we ensure Saskatchewan curriculum outcomes are met within a Biblical worldview. Teachers are licensed through the Ministry of Learning and are accredited within all high school subject areas except Biology 30. RCS students have been successful in the Biology 30 departmental exam.

Here’s the pertinent standards from the government:

biology30

 

Nothing like killing the chances their kids will move beyond the fast food service industry.

 

 

UK Atheists Go All Anti-Sharia

April 27th, 2013

I walked into a beehive of UK atheists looking for support of an anti-Sharia petition. I have no problem signing a petition if it is realistic and focused on a real problem, so I took a look at it. What I found was that much of the petition makes sense when it speaks to limiting the influence of external laws in the UK law system, but the focus of the petition is based on a paranoid fear of conditions simply not likely to happen.

To:
David Cameron
I demand that you take action to stop the ingress of Sharia Law into the UK. If Sharia Law and Sharia courts are allowed to spread throughout our country, the whole system will become undermined. The United Kingdom is an amazing, multicultural society and we must all strive to keep it this way. We should welcome people from all cultures. However in order to maintain a fair and equal society we MUST have one set of laws applied to every single resident of the country, regardless of race, religion or anything else.
I demand action, steps must be taken to ensure a level and fair legal system. Religious beliefs have no place in a country’s legal system, except for providing protection to innocent people from being abused or attacked because of those beliefs. If you really are a “man of the people”, you will ensure that all people have the same rights and protection from ONE system of Justice. This must be stopped now before it is too late. Legislation must be put in place NOW to prevent contradictory systems of law from being implemented within the UK. Put an end to Sharia Law in the UK now.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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The Canadian Right Believes Combating Terrorism is Sport Hunting

April 27th, 2013

In a recent interview, Justin Trudeau spoke about looking for the root causes of home grown terrorism when asked what he would do if an event like the Boston Marathon bombing happened in Canada. Apparently that was a mistake. So the Canadian right tells us.

They went ballistic after his comments and are now using his response as validation of their previous claim that Trudeau isn’t mature enough to lead the country. What they really mean is Trudeau isn’t violently right wing enough to lead the country. In their eyes, to be right wing enough means to shoot without asking questions because asking questions about root causes precludes the ability to shoot. The PM of Canada, Stephen Harper, went so far as to condemn the act of  ‘committing sociology’ when it comes to terrorist attacks.

A blog comment by a Canadian conservative that equated terrorists with rabid wolves to be shot without worrying about what made them rabid gives us insight into how they would have us deal with home grown terrorism.

Let’s take a trip to ConservaLand and join our friend the conservative inside his well protected, thickly walled compound. Watch while he walks the ramparts with his brand new AR-15 pretending to be officer John McClane  joyously picking off every rabid wolf that wanders into his line of sight. Unfortunately, unknown to him, there are rabid wolves out of his range that are busy spreading their disease to not only other wolves but to skunks, raccoons and even squirrels. The forest around his compound is rapidly filling up with rabid animals, some he would never recognize as dangerous.

Meanwhile, in the next valley over, his liberal neighbour is having a similar problem, except that while he too is protected by walls preventing the rabid wolves from entering his compound he’s busy capturing and quarantining any that come close, so he can determine the root cause of their illness. He’s using that knowledge to develop a vaccine that can be used to inoculate healthy wolves against becoming rabid.

If we skip a few months ahead, we see our friend the conservative still walking the ramparts blasting everything  that moves while yelling “yippee ki-yay mother fucker” and his exhausted family working hard to prevent rabid wolves, skunks, raccoons and squirrels from entering the compound through holes in its deteriorating walls.

Our friend the liberal on the other hand has inoculated all of the local wolves and destroyed what remained of the rabid animals so now has only to deal with the occasional rabid animal that wanders over from ConservaLand. In between those times, he enjoys venturing out of his compound to study the wildlife around him, and sitting in his study reading books.

Which method do you think is the most effective and efficient in dealing with rabid wolves?