Thursday, December 18

English vs Eskimo-Aleut

English has more words for snow than the Inuits. Who knew?

I scored as good with Islam+Paganism (6/7) as JudeoChristianity (6/7).

Thursday, December 11

Demonstration of evolution

This is fascinating.

And a good demonstration of how a system can input random data and output ordered data.

Wednesday, December 3

Vatican Supports Capital Punishment for Gays

From Box Turtle,

— as part of a what it sees as a consistent “pro-life” ethic — opposes the death penalty. But the Vatican’s representative in the United Nations is opposing a measure calling on governments around the world to decriminalize homosexuality — including countries which impose the death penalty on gays:

Archbishop Celestino Migliore said the Vatican opposed the resolution because it would “add new categories of those protected from discrimination” and could lead to reverse discrimination against traditional heterosexual marriage.

“If adopted, they would create new and implacable discriminations,” Migliore said. “For example, states which do not recognize same-sex unions as ‘matrimony’ will be pilloried and made an object of pressure,” Migliore said.

The proposed measure does nothing to extend rights to anyone — unless you consider the elimination of the death penalty, imprisonment or fines for homosexuality a special right. Because that’s all the proposed resolution does: it only calls for decriminalization.

Actions like this make me realize how atrocities like the Holocaust and Inquisition came about. When you let the ends justify the means and your ethics contradict logic and simple human compassion there's no telling where you'll turn up. You would think a group with so much emphasis on the suffering of Jesus would realize that if faced with receiving pain or inflicting pain, (which in this case is a straw argument anyway) the Christian response is to receive it with open arms. I have long wondered why Jesus was not angered by greed or adultery or non-believers but whenever Jesus encountered a hypocrite, hellish fury arose. I might be beginning to understand.

Most countries that criminalize homosexuality with death lump transexuality together with it so I view this as an attack against my transexual brothers and sisters as well. I can't be angry though. I'm too shocked for anger. Instead I'm devastated that in the 21st century the world's most powerful religious leader would rather kill queer people rather than "be pressured" to let us marry.