– Men continue to just not get feminism. Not exactly news, but worth a regular reminder. Jezebel’s an awesome site, too. Also, I don’t really know what’s going on here, but I rofled. And holy shit their compilation of Tracy Morgan impressions is incredible.
– There’s a very interesting take on Simon Singh’s recent victory in his libel case up at Heresy Corner. “Right result, wrong reasons” sums up the Heresiarch’s opinion on the Court of Appeal ruling, and the way it’s reasoned through is seriously impressive. One I’m going to read again tomorrow and see if I can decide where my own point of view fits in. Also, Simon’s own comments in the Guardian are obviously worth reading, and contain the encouraging fact that, although he’s had to spend £200,000 of his own money just to get this far, the majority of that is likely to be covered by the BCA. Even so, the personal cost to him will be well into five figures, as well as much of the last two years of his life.
– I had wanted to comment on what seemed like a civil liberties fail, courtesy of the American Civil Liberties Union, but it turned out it was all over before I could get there. You remember that school that was sued by the ACLU, after it cancelled the prom in some hysterical panicky fit when a girl wanted to take another girl? Well, there were reports that the ACLU had rejected a $20,000 donation to sponsor an alternate prom, supposedly because it came from the American Humanist Association, and that “the majority of Mississippians tremble in terror at the word ‘atheist'”.
Which is unbelievably lame, given the kind of civil liberties the ACLU exists to stand up for in the first place, and the fact that some Mississippians’ tendencies to tremble in terror at words like “lesbian” is what sparked this all off in the first place. But by the time I’ve gotten around to writing it, it seems to have all been straightened out. The ACLU have apologised to the AHA for the misunderstanding, which seems to have been more to do with one ACLU “staff member” going off message than any intrinsic discrimination in the way the ACLU operates.
The Friendly Atheist’s updated post on this has all the latest, and some choice quotes from those involved. Stand down, angry mob.
Wait, no. Get up again. There’s another thing.
– Criticism of the Catholic Church for numerous charges of child rape and the systematic covering-up of child rape is reminiscent of anti-Semitism, says some utter prick called Raniero Cantalamessa (who some choose to address by the honorific ‘Reverend’).
The Vatican, somewhat uncharacteristically, have shown some sliver of self-awareness regarding their public image, and have been quick to point out that this guy doesn’t speak for them. I really don’t see any further need to go into why these comments are contemptible, and why the Church’s response is a lamentably self-serving and tiny fraction of what would be appropriate.
Gawker has a good list of Stuff Catholics Have So Far Blamed for the Church’s Pedophilia Scandal, though I’m pretty sure it’s a longer list than is covered here. (link via @jiminthemorning by way of @DrPetra.)