Catholic board bans ‘Golden Compass’ indefinitely

Are they also going to ban the bible? That’d be swell.

Catholic board bans ‘Golden Compass’ indefinitely

“The Golden Compass” and two other books in the “His Dark Materials” trilogy have been banned indefinitely by the Halton Catholic District School Board despite a committee’s recommendation that the titles remain on library shelves.

Board chair Alice Anne LeMay told CTV.ca that the committee found the books suitable for students in Grades 7 and up, but the majority of board members voted against the committee’s report Tuesday night.

The book, written by popular British author and avowed atheist Philip Pullman, has won numerous awards, including the Maine Student Book Award and the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults award.

“Philip Pullman’s trilogy of atheistic ideology, carefully couched within the realm of fantasy for young readers, is in direct opposition to the mission statement and governing values of our board,” the board’s decision reads.

The trio of books was removed from library shelves last November after receiving a request for review from a member of the community. All three titles were available to students upon request.

The board set up a committee, made up of teacher, principals, trustees and consultants, to review the book and recommend whether it should be available to students.

LeMay said this is the first time a book has been banned from school libraries within the board. The three titles will not be made available to students upon request and will be “stored at the central board office for the time being.”

Four School Board members would teach intelligent design alongside evolution.

Nice, now the kids in Florida will finally be able to catch up and learn what God obviously wants kids taught but is incapable of teaching himself. Good work Florida!

Four School Board members would teach intelligent design alongside evolution

A majority of Pinellas County School Board members think that if Florida children are taught evolution, they also should learn other theories on the origin of life.

Board members Jane Gallucci, Carol Cook, Peggy O’Shea and Nancy Bostock stopped short of saying that faith-based theories should be included in the state’s proposed new science standards, which the Board of Education likely will vote on in February. They would include Darwin’s theory of evolution but not faith-based theories such as intelligent design or creationism.

But in interviews, all four said such theories should be taught in public school classrooms.

“I think that students should be given the opportunity to view all theories on how man evolved and let their science background and their religious background take over as to which one they believe in,” said Gallucci, also the immediate past president of the National School Boards Association.

“To teach one as if nothing else existed, I think we’re doing our students a disservice,” Cook said.

O’Shea worries that children who are taught creationism at home might be confused by evolution. And Bostock wonders if creationism could be taught without saying it’s science.

Board members Janet Clark and Linda Lerner, however, said intelligent design has no place in a public school classroom. Board member Mary Brown declined to offer an opinion.

Huckabee Fun Forum!

If you’re looking to kill some time and have some fun, you should totally sign up at this Huckabee grassroots webforum.

Tons of fundie nutjobs on there making hilarious comments like this:

 If someone votes for someone other than Mr. Huckabee, are they going to hell?

I believe so.  Huckabee is God’s candidate, and his miraculous rise in the polls over the past month show that there is divine intervention at work.  So that goes to show that going against God’s divine will is a sin, as exampled by the disobedience of Eve, is blasphemy against Our Lord and Savious Jesus Christ and His Father above, then they will commit a sin greater than any other.

Do you think they will burn in the fiery pits of hell For Ever and Ever for not casting their vote for Mr. Huckabee?  If not, why?

Huckabee questions tenet of Romney’s Mormon faith

All this time I though Mitt Romney and Mike Huackabee were running for president of the United States; how mistake I’ve been all this time, the two are clearly running for pope. Seriosuly, who gives a flying fuck how much they believe in zombie jesus? How will this in ANY WAY make them a better president? These two are bickering over mythology instead of actual issues that have even the slightest bit of consequence in the world today. The US economy is slumping, housing market is bust, the country is swimming in debt, two ongoing wars and the prospects for another one on the horizon and they’re taking shots at each other over faith. BRA-FUCKING-VO.

Huckabee questions tenet of Romney’s Mormon faith

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said he considers his rival Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith a religion, not a cult, but questioned whether Mormons believe “Jesus and the devil are brothers.”

Huckabee raised the question on his own in an interview to appear in The New York Times magazine on Sunday, and ignited a new flap in the up-for-grabs race to be the Republican Party’s nominee in the November 2008 presidential election.

Huckabee was asked if he considered Mormonism a cult or a religion. “I think it’s a religion,” he said in the interview, published on the newspaper’s Web site on Wednesday. “I really don’t know much about it.”

Then he asked: “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?”

Romney, who has tried to dispel conservative Christians’ worries about the Mormon faith, responded on NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday.

“I think attacking someone’s religion is really going too far. It’s just not the American way. and I think people will reject that,” the former Massachusetts governor said.

Christian evangelicals are plotting to remake America in their own image

 It gets better every day. Sigh.

The Crusaders

Meet the Dominionists — biblical literalists who believe God has called them to take over the U.S. government. As the far-right wing of the evangelical movement, Dominionists are pressing an agenda that makes Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America look like the Communist Manifesto. They want to rewrite schoolbooks to reflect a Christian version of American history, pack the nation’s courts with judges who follow Old Testament law, post the Ten Commandments in every courthouse and make it a felony for gay men to have sex and women to have abortions. In Florida, when the courts ordered Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube removed, it was the Dominionists who organized round-the-clock protests and issued a fiery call for Gov. Jeb Bush to defy the law and take Schiavo into state custody. Their ultimate goal is to plant the seeds of a “faith-based” government that will endure far longer than Bush’s presidency — all the way until Jesus comes back.

“Most people hear them talk about a ‘Christian nation’ and think, ‘Well, that sounds like a good, moral thing,’ says the Rev. Mel White, who ghostwrote Jerry Falwell’s autobiography before breaking with the evangelical movement. “What they don’t know — what even most conservative Christians who voted for Bush don’t know — is that ‘Christian nation’ means something else entirely to these Dominionist leaders. This movement is no more about following the example of Christ than Bush’s Clean Water Act is about clean water.”

Pastor: Cop told fourth wife he killed third wife

Isn’t it great how a priest can feel somehow right by hearing a confession that a man killed his ex-wife, and instead of reporting it to the police as he should, he tells no one. FYI, priests are not doctors or lawyers and do not have some special rite where they cannot tell others what they hear, that’s strictly left to their own discretion and should be held accountable when they don’t report murders; a doctor would report a murder or even abuse, even if it breaches patient confidentiality.

Pastor: Cop told fourth wife he killed third wife

BOLINGBROOK, Illinois (AP) — A former police officer’s missing wife once confided in a pastor that her husband admitted killing his third wife, the pastor said.

Former Westbrook Christian Church pastor Neil Schori told Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren in an interview broadcast Monday that Stacy Peterson told him in August that her husband, Drew Peterson, admitted killing his previous wife, Kathleen Savio.

Schori said he asked Stacy Peterson, Drew Peterson’s fourth wife, to clarify what she had said and she responded, “‘He killed Kathleen.”‘ Schori said the conversation occurred when he and Stacy Peterson met at a coffee shop.

Savio’s body was found in her bathtub in 2004 and her death initially was ruled an accidental drowning. After Stacy Peterson disappeared in October, prosecutors opened another investigation into the Savio case, and said it appears her death was a homicide staged to look like an accident. Drew Peterson has not been named a suspect in her death.

But more importantly

Last month, the Westbrook Christian Church’s pastor of spiritual formation told The Associated Press that Stacy Peterson requested an August meeting with a member of their pastoral staff when the church made a routine call to see why she and Drew Peterson had not attended services in recent months.

The church official made a “judgment call” not to alert authorities and did not consult with other church staff, Rob Daniels said.

Teen girl in critical condition after alleged dispute over hijab

Question to religious people: would this girl have been strangled had it not been for this puerile religious practice of forcing women to cover themselves completely? Women are not slaves and there’s no fucking reason why they should be forced to do this, especially in a free country like Canada. I hope he gets life in prison.

Teen girl in critical condition after alleged dispute over hijab

Peel Regional Police arrested a 57-year-old man yesterday morning after receiving a 911 call from a suburban home in Mississauga from a man saying he had killed his daughter. When police and paramedics arrived at the house they found a 16-year-old lying on the floor without any vital signs, police said.

Constable J.P. Valade, a spokesman for Peel police, would not release the names of either the victim or the man arrested and would not give any details about what transpired inside the large, two-storey home in a well-to-do subdivision.

“We are not getting into the details of her injuries at this time,” he said. “We aren’t getting into any details about this case. This investigation is really in its infancy: officers are still canvassing the neighbourhood and talking to family members.”

However, early police reports indicated the teenager had been choked and that the attacker was her father.

The girl was rushed to Credit Valley Hospital and later transferred to the Hospital for Sick Children, where she was listed in critical condition last night with life-threatening injuries.

Her condition is so grave that police have not yet charged the man arrested at the scene until they know whether he will be charged with murder or attempted murder. He was scheduled to appear in Brampton court on Tuesday.