17
Mar
09

Sleazy organizations

Well, today I’m going to list a few organizations I’m keeping an eye on due to the absurd level of superstition, paranoia, homophobia, creationism, misinformation, and ignorance which they spew constantly.

Louisiana Family Forum

Louisiana Catholic Conference

Louisiana Baptist Convention
For a few laughs, I’m going to copy some of the lulz to be found…

We must, however, address the current debate about the so-called “right to die” for those who are
terminally ill. Those who suggest that such persons have a “right to die” by causing or seeking their own
deaths or aiding or permitting another individual to end his or her life, are in grave error and are acting contrary to the law of God. This is directly forbidden by the fifth commandment: “Thou shalt not kill.”

From here.

In the same way, philosophers of science have difficulty explaining how consciousness can arise from unconscious matter or rationality from unguided, mindless evolutionary processes. A Christian can answer that we are created in the image of a supremely aware being and therefore consciousness and rationality are not surprising phenomenona. So, science actually offers us much reinforcement for our faith.

From here.

He writes that voters’ choice of Barack Obama as president of the U.S. will cause negative consequences, “decreasing the already virtually non-existent protections of pre-born children.” Krotoski predicts Executive Order funding for “totally non-productive research into hypothetical clinical use of embryonic stem cells (ESCs), as opposed to the demonstrably clinically, useful adult, umbilical and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).”

From here.

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6 Responses to “Sleazy organizations”


  1. March 18, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    “In the same way, philosophers of science have difficulty explaining how consciousness can arise from unconscious matter or rationality from unguided, mindless evolutionary processes.”

    Therefore Jesus. Arguments from ignorance are so damn popular. All the cool kids are making ’em, so there must be something to it!

    As for the first quote: a clear demonstration of why we can’t let religious ideology dictate law. We really shouldn’t be trying so hard to stop people from killing themselves, especially when they have good reason to want to do so, just because somebody thinks that their holy text forbids it. I am really getting sick of the idea that saying “But the Bible says…” counts as an argument at all…

  2. 2 jaredcormier
    March 18, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    To that note, it doesn’t count as an argument…

  3. 3 Pliny-the-in-Between
    March 19, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    As an Oregonian and a clinician I have some experience with the Death with Dignity statutes that have twice been confirmed by referendum in our state (first voted in by a reasonable majority and secondly by around 76% of Oregonians when outsiders spent millions to try and overturn the law.) and which were a basis for Washington State’s new law. The slippery slope has yet to tilt too far. Each year about the same number of people ask for and receive the lethal prescriptions and each year about 1/3 of them end up using them. The numbers have been extremely consistent. For those who get the prescription without using it the reasons are also pretty consistent: autonomy. They get comfort from the fact that if things get really bad, they at least can control the timing and circumstances of their own death. Many find that extremely comforting.

    Some critics (few who have actually endured extreme pain) counter that adequate pain control is available to anyone who needs it. That is just not true. I know because I have attended to cancer patients since the 1980’s. For some, the treatment is inadequate. For others the treatment leaves them mentally incapacitated. Still others do not want to waste away. Some may see suffering cancer patients as inspirations from God whose misery is an example to all. Many of those have not worked in a cancer ward I suspect. I for one am happy to live in a State which values an individuals right to choose for themselves.

  4. 4 jaredcormier
    March 19, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Not me, I want to live in a state that wants to treat its populace as children incapable of thinking for themselves! (note the sarcasm dripping from every word)

  5. March 31, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Personally, I’m pretty certain that there is close to no circumstance in which I’d ever want euthanasia if I had even minimal consciousness. However, that’s not in any way a reason to stop other people from doing so. I’m also a bit puzzled by extreme evangelicals who insist on this sort of thing. If someone isn’t saved and dies they go to hell right? It doesn’t matter how they died, their loving, merciful God will still torture the person for eternity. So why does it matter how the person died?


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