May 032015

Two shot dead after they open fire at Mohammad cartoon event in Texas

Two as-yet unidentified “gunmen” opened fire outside of the Culwell Event Center in North Garland, Texas. The event center was hosting the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, with several hundred cartoons of Mohammad tryign to win the $10,000 first prize.The two shooters managed to hit a security guard in the leg before they found out first-hand that Texas security guards tend to be both armed and at least modestly trained.

As of this writing it’s not confirmed whether or not the shooting had anything to do with the event. And even if so, it’s not yet confirmed whether or not this was a political/religious attack, or if maybe they were just trying to rob the joint. However, it seems that some speculations about motive can be considered reasonable.

The car used by the shooters is being examined by a robot in case it has a bomb in it.


 Posted by at 9:13 pm
Apr 272015

Labour would outlaw Islamophobia, says Miliband in an exclusive interview

“We are going to make it an aggravated crime. We are going to make sure it is marked on people’s records with the police to make sure they root out Islamophobia as a hate crime,” Miliband told the Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi…

Wouldn’t it make more sense to ban agoraphobia? That, at least, is a fear that’s not particularly rational.

 Posted by at 12:34 am
Apr 252015

Atheists Outnumber Southern Baptists in US Military

US military: 1.3 million members on active duty as of December 2014.

12,360 Southern Baptists

12,764 atheists

Sadly, the article doesn’t link to the source of this data. But it includes this:

Non-denominational Christians (26%), Nones (20.4%), and Roman Catholics (20.4%) are the largest groups in the military, followed by Baptists (9.3%), which is a separate category than Southern Baptists.

Among other religious groups, there are more Jews (4,728) than United Methodists (4,111); more Seventh-day Adventists (3,999) than Muslims (3,709); and a few more members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (1,458) than Wiccans (1,432).

Note that “None” isn’t the same as “atheist” (it would also include “agnostic” and “apatheist”) but it’s still a whole lot of military folk who don’t follow any religion.

 Posted by at 12:46 pm
Apr 232015

Songs by Star Trek enthusiast played in court in bid to clear loyalist flute band members of playing sectarian tune outside Catholic church

Best as I can tell, some Brits played a tune that offended other Brits, and were arrested for it. I gather that the tune was entirely instrumental (flutes or some such), but the lyrics – which seem to involve Scottish people annoyed by Irish people – have been declared “racist” by a Scottish court. If the Irish and the Scots are different races… then what are the Irish and, say, Nigerians? Different phylum?

Getting arrested for playing a tune on a flute. Yeesh. Bad and goofy and politically correct as the US is… we didn’t part ways with the UK a minute too soon.

 Posted by at 3:31 pm
Apr 222015

Paris extremist’s misfire thwarts imminent attack on church

In short: a Surt worshipper had his car all loaded up with guns and even had notes on churches he was planning to shoot up… when he shot himself in the leg and called for an ambulance. He has been arrested and is linked with the murder of an apparently random woman.

Note: the title of the AP story seems to be badly written. The guy wasn’t an extremist about Paris, but about his death cult.

 Posted by at 8:31 am
Apr 192015

Wow.  Some people just really, really suck at the “parenting” thing.

When Catholic Homeschooled Kids Get Lonely

The author is the parent of a pair of homeschooled children. Why are the children lonely? Because the parents are driving home the message that the child’s sole purpose in life is to, in essence, be Jesus’ slave, and that any other interest – music, TV, friendship – is not only secondary, it takes time and energy away from the attention that the child is supposed to be devoting to Christ.

The worst of it is the “letter from Jesus” that one or other of the parents left for the daughters to find. This supposed missive from the almighty is a whiny complaint that the child is a disappointment.

Ye gods.

Maybe if you stop and think about this, this will give you an idea as to how I feel watching you give to others all that you were created to give to Me. You were created by my Father for Me. He brought you into this world for one reason, and one reason only: to be My friend.

And yet, Me you have ignored while longing for human friendships instead. You were brought into this world by My Father to love Me. And yet, you have given that love to your toys, your DVDs, your music, the pleasures of this world, and most of all to yourself. But to Me, you have given no love. You were brought into this world by My Father for Me, not for yourself or for man. Why, then, do you cry for man, long for man, and search for man night and day?

Yikes. I gather that “guilt” is a big feature of the Catholic culture, but dayum. This seems like a prescription for a horror show.

 Posted by at 7:53 pm