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Posted by Tim Ireland at January 5, 2005

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AP – Bush pushing for more faith-based funds: President Bush has succeeded in opening the checkbooks of five federal departments to religious organizations. Now he’s setting his sights on money doled out by the states. The goal is to persuade states to funnel more of the federal money for social service programs that they administer to “faith-based organizations.”

Drug Policy Alliance – Is Bush Expanding Faith-Based Drug Treatment?: Regardless of whether this represents a new program or a continuation or expansion of an existing program, critics have been quick to point out that faith-based drug treatment could be prone to offer an inferior quality of treatment counselor. Jim Towey, the president’s point man for faith-based initiatives, admits that faith-based counselors are not held to the same standards as typical drug treatment counselors, according to the AP. Other critics are wary of using federal money to fund avowedly religious organizations.

I can’t see the problem myself. The President himself is an excellent example of what happens when you overcome addiction through faith transformation.

Posted by Tim Ireland at December 31, 2004

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Teaching the kids about teeny tiny holesThanks to this reworked tract by Jack Chick and this pamphlet from ‘Truth’ For Youth Teh Kids now ‘know’ that the AIDS virus is so small that it can pass through teeny-tiny holes in latex condoms.


– The assertion that AIDS/HIV can pass through latex condoms is a false one; a lie based on cherry-picked/misinterpreted science, pseudo-science and – in some cases – studies that simply don’t exist.

– A life-or-death medical problem is clearly being used to push a moral agenda.

– Studies focusing on science are being suppressed; education based on religious belief is being pushed.

– Granted, abstinence is the only 100% effective way to avoid STDs, but this 100% figure is based on the assumption that abstinence itself is totally reliable. Catholic priests have trouble with abstinence; teenagers are far more prone to a breakdown of willpower.

– Abstinence-only education results in teenagers not being educated in the correct use of condoms, so when a willpower-failure occurs, condoms are used improperly or not at all.

– There is no proof whatsoever that condoms allow passage of HIV/AIDS. Granted, there is the possibly of imperfections, but the risk of not using condoms or using them improperly is far, far greater (see above).

Further Reading:

Pros & Cons – Voices on the Church’s Condoms Policy
Bush on Condoms and AIDS
The Silver Ring Thing – The Lies of Denny Pattyn

Guardian – Vatican: condoms don’t stop Aids: The Catholic Church is telling people in countries stricken by Aids not to use condoms because they have tiny holes in them through which HIV can pass – potentially exposing thousands of people to risk… In Lwak, near Lake Victoria, the director of an Aids testing centre says he cannot distribute condoms because of church opposition. Gordon Wambi told the programme: “Some priests have even been saying that condoms are laced with HIV/Aids.”

BBC – Sex and the Holy City: Panorama has travelled across four continents to talk to those directly affected by the Pope’s conservative teachings on sex. The team has discovered that the Catholic Church – contrary to mainstream scientific opinion – is claiming that condoms have microscopic holes in them which allow the HIV virus through. The World Health Organisation has condemned this view as dangerous.

LA Weekly – Bush’s War on the Condom: But in May (2002), at the U.N.’s Special Session on Children, Bush formed an unholy alliance with Iraq and Iran – you remember, two-thirds of the “axis of evil” – to successfully eliminate from the official declaration any references to the right of the world’s children to “reproductive health services and education,” including condoms for HIV prevention… Bush (also) threatened countries with trade and aid reprisals if they didn’t toe the no-condoms, abstinence-only, anti-abortion line in the vote to weaken the U.N.’s commitment to providing life-saving information to those young women… And, here at home, Bush – under the direction of political commissar Karl Rove – has been systematically placing HIV-prevention efforts into the hands of the Christian right – which is pushing the censorious line that abstinence before heterosexual marriage is the only permissible form of HIV-prevention education – and putting condom opponents i

Posted by Tim Ireland at December 30, 2004

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This'll learn 'em!Oh, you are so going to love this…

From Joel Makower: A neocon climatologist… has condemned “environmental experts busily creating links between the recent tsunami and global warming” (though no such claims are being made). Others are busy blaming a lack of an early-warning system (see also) on a funding drain caused by – you guessed it – those same global warming fantasists.

Louis Hissink: This is due to presumably a lack of funding to earthquake science etc, since most science funds are being directed to “Global Warming”. So in an extremely peverse way, one could blame the death toll on the Global Warming lobby and the IPCC… In Short, the tragic loss of life from this latest natural catastrophe, would have been far less if funding for the geosciences, in preference to climate, had been greater. Putting it bluntly, the Greens and their fellow travellers must accept responsilibility (sic) for the loss of life on December 27, 2004 from the tsunamis of that day.

Louis also suggests that “a meteor impact off Sumatra” may have been the driving force behind the tsunami. Presumably because this ties in cosily with your average Rapture theory concerning big-ass rocks falling from the sky (more here, here, here and here).

Not that big-ass rocks falling from the sky don’t fit into my own world-view. I blogged a small concern about them just yesterday. But I can tell you 100%-of-fact-and-for-true that a meteor did not cause this tsunami. Not because I’m so arrogant that I think I can predict God’s every move, but because I know the difference between a meteor and a meteorite.

I won’t insult these people quite so much as to insist that creationism is a fantasy… but I would like to point out that they’re creating fantasists out of thin air. But why is so much effort going into the painting of environmentalists as fantasy-driven nutbags? Well…

Bill Moyers: Remember James Watt, President Reagan’s first Secretary of the Interior? My favorite online environmental journal, the ever engaging Grist, reminded us recently of how James Watt told the U.S. Congress that protecting natural resources was unimportant in light of the imminent return of Jesus Christ. In public testimony he said, ‘after the last tree is felled, Christ will come back.’ Beltway elites snickered. The press corps didn’t know what he was talking about. But James Watt was serious. So were his compatriots out across the country. They are the people who believe the Bible is literally true – one-third of the American electorate, if a recent Gallup poll is accurate. In this past election several million good and decent citizens went to the polls believing in the rapture index. That’s right – the rapture index.

Grist Magazine – Christian-right views are swaying politicians and threatening the environment: Today’s Christian fundamentalist politicians are more politically savvy than Reagan’s interior secretary was; you’re unlikely to catch them overtly attributing public-policy decisions to private religious views. But their words and actions suggest that many share Watt’s beliefs. Like him, many Christian fundamentalists feel that concern for the future of our planet is irrelevant, because it has no future. They believe we are living in the End Time, when the son of God will return, the righteous will enter heaven, and sinners will be condemned to eternal hellfire. They may also believe, along with millions of other Christian fundamentalists, that environmental destruction is not only to be disregarded but actually welcomed – even hastened – as a sign of the coming Apocalypse.

Remember; it’s the scientists who are fantasists. Quite possibly evil ones, at that. (PS – This recent tragedy is all part of God’s plan as predicted in Revelations. You can track this and other new items that relate to Bible prophecy here.)

Bush cannot survive on fundamentalist support alone. Indeed, he would be royally screwed if people took the time to absorb just how much of a fundamentalist he is and what the possible consequences might be…

Guardian/Observer – Now the Pentagon tells Bush: climate change will destroy us: Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters. A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a ‘Siberian’ climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world… The findings will prove humiliating to the Bush administration, which has repeatedly denied that climate change even exists. Experts said that they will also make unsettling reading for a President who has insisted national defence is a priority.

Please do note that Bush’s version of national defence involves the illegal invasion of a country with no links to terrorism (until the US went charging in thereby creating a terrorist’s playground). And a road-map to peace in the Middle East, of course…

Village Voice – Bush White House checked with rapture Christians before latest Israel move: While the language of apocalyptic Christianity is absent from George W. Bush’s speeches, he has proven eager to work with apocalyptics – a point of pride for Upton. “We’re in constant contact with the White House,” he boasts. “I’m briefed at least once a week via telephone briefings… I was there about two weeks ago… At that time we met with the president.”

Guardian – Their beliefs are bonkers, but they are at the heart of power: What makes the story so appealing to Christian fundamentalists is that before the big battle begins, all “true believers” (ie those who believe what they believe) will be lifted out of their clothes and wafted up to heaven during an event called the Rapture. Not only do the worthy get to sit at the right hand of God, but they will be able to watch, from the best seats, their political and religious opponents being devoured by boils, sores, locusts and frogs, during the seven years of Tribulation which follow. The true believers are now seeking to bring all this about. This means staging confrontations at the old temple site (in 2000, three US Christians were deported for trying to blow up the mosques there), sponsoring Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, demanding ever more US support for Israel, and seeking to provoke a final battle with the Muslim world/Axis of Evil/United Nations/ European Union/France or whoever the legions of the antichrist turn out to be.

Of course, these articles come from evil leftists (see: ‘fantasists’) who support the terrorists, so the information is not to be trusted.

Posted by Tim Ireland at December 23, 2004

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The Ultimate Insult brings us another big fan of Santa, who writes: You ever noticed how easy it is to transform “Satan” from “Santa”? Just move the “n” to the end. And presto! “Satan” appears… Hmmm… An internet Google search on “Satan Claus” [not Santa Claus – but SATAN Claus] found over 1,700 hits! Obviously, there are many that tie the two together. The rearranging of letters (called anagrams) to hide secret names or words has long been practiced in the occult.

Posted by Tim Ireland at December 13, 2004

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These are some Bible-rific images! The images are huge, so they download kind of slow… but do make time to check out this classic. The curly red hair on Mary is the icing on the fruitcake.

Posted by Tim Ireland at January 26, 2004

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I watched yet another documentary on abstinence programmes last night, this one from the biased heathens at the BBC. There’s a further outline of the programme from the producer here.

This one focused on the Silver Ring Thing, which already enjoys $700,000 in funding from the Bush administration. They’re seeking further funding ($2m here, $2m there) “to combat the ‘liberal’ message of sex education” – and to take the show on the road to Uganda.

Current funding rules require them to run a ‘non-faith-based alternative seminar’ where funding is ‘directly’ involved. The Christian version ends with new recruits donning a ring inscribed with ‘1 Thess 4:3-4‘… I can’t help but quietly wonder if the alternative seminar features the same $80,000 sound and light show – and the same jewellery – or if it’s held in a small side room with a buffet of cucumber sandwiches and ‘alternative’ rings inscribed with: ‘I’m an Atheist and I don’t give a fuck’.

The guy running the show – Denny Pattyn – was shown organising a university-based debate with dangerous liberal types. He wanted Meg Meeker there to help sell the medical side and offered the time-strapped author a flight by private plane (no doubt funded ‘directly’ by private donations) to get her to this debate. He also announced the following without shame: “I haven’t told them you’ve written a book, because I don’t want them to go out and read it.”

At the very same debate, Meg Meeker dared to claim that she “was not about withholding information”.

These same people lobby to prevent kids 12-14 year old kids from receiving basic sex education. Yet Denny Pattyn’s own 11-year-old daughter wears a ring and is able to spout the STD-fear dogma almost word for word.

There’s more. And I’m grinding my teeth as I write this, so please excuse me…

The question we have to ask – especially given the funding – is as follows:

Is this about education and health, or is this about religion?

At the climax of the rally shown (I’m sorry, but there’s no way you could describe it as a ‘seminar’), Denny Pattyn got very close to the microphone for the Big Sell: “Maybe tonight’s the night you need to make your peace with God. Maybe tonight’s the night you need to settle it. Why not let tonight be the night that when you put on the ring, it’s the same night you say ‘Lord forgive me, forgive me for what I’ve been up to!'”

Forgive me for being unfair. I’m forgetting the ‘non-faith-based alternative’ seminars. Reid Carpenter, a consultant for Silver Ring Thing, is obviously a big believer in their effectiveness, and says at a later meeting: “Without Jesus, this thing is a failure!”

This programme is a blatant Christian recruitment drive – and just in case you have any doubts…

Silver Ring Thing founder and director Denny Pattyn: “I believe that the end of the world is approaching very quickly and I believe that Christ will come back. I think about that. I think that I might just be living in the Last Days.”

And, when asked if he thinks this is coming if his energy really should be put into an abstinence programme: “We’re not really putting our energy into abstinence as much as we’re putting it into faith. Abstinence is the tool that we’re using to reach children.

He’s not worried about their health. He’s not worried about their future. In fact, he appears to be fairly certain that they don’t have one. Unless it’s with Jesus.

Another fine example of George W. Bush funding the Christian Right, who are neither Christian nor right.

UPDATE – 100 things to do with your boyfriend or girlfriend instead of it.

And, presented for no reason whatsoever, Chapter 3 of George Orwell’s 1984

UPDATE – Hooray. Now the Silver Ring Thing is bringing its lies to Britain.

UPDATE – (Dec 03 2004) Bloggerheads has now been updated so it allows for comments. This is a rather old post, but I used to get email about it every other day (usually from people thinking it to be an anti-Christian message when really it’s about a man who gets funding for a health campaign, but uses for a recruitment drive for his religion of choice). So… I’ve decided to open up the comments here and see if anybody has anything intelligent to say.

Oh, and I really, really want to share this with you:
Beware the deadly trouser snake!

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