Thursday, December 4, 2008

7 Kislew 5769: Wear Brown Shoes Day/Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day


Worthy causes of the day: “Tell Barack Obama, Put Children's Health First!” and “Don't Let Another Bear Cub Die in Russia's Hibernating Bear Hunt”.

Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
  1. “Nigeria "witchdoctor" held over child killing claim”: Thus is it written:
    Police have arrested a man in southeastern Nigeria who said in a television documentary he had killed 110 children he believed to be possessed by evil spirits, officials said on Wednesday.
    This person ought to be very disturbing. Possession by evil spirits has never been demonstrated to occur, so he has probably killed in vain. Furthermore, his rationalization for killing is flimsy:
    "I am not denying that I am a witchdoctor, but what I killed are witches in my patients with herbs, not children," Ulup-Aya said while in detention.
    Even if the children really were possessed, he killed innocent children in order to kill the witches. Unless those possessed children were highly dangerous, this witchdoctor has to have a rather unusual moral system in order to justify killing the children along with the possessing spirits/witches. Assuming the witchdoctor is merely lying to cover up human trafficking only makes him slightly less odious.
  2. “Anti-Semitism is not the same as Islamophobia”: This article is correct: not all prejudices are equivalent.
Today’s news and commentary:Today’s weird thing, submitted by Barry, is “Top 11 Lamest Blogs”. This blog is not on that list, thank YHWH, even though at times it feels like only three people actually bother to read it. Enjoy, share the weirdness, and please consider leaving a comment occasionally.

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