That really does sound a little queer

Celine Ryan writes for Campus Reform. Quote.

This school year, students across the country will attend courses on ?Queering the Bible,? ?Queering Childhood,? ?Queering Theology,? and similar topics.

Students at Pomona College in Claremont, California, for instance, will have the opportunity to enroll in a brand new course titled ?Queering Childhood,? which will examine ?the figure of the Child and how this figuration is used by politics, law, and medicine to justify continued cultural investment in reproductive heteronormativity and productive ablebodiedness.?

The course description explains that students will examine the childhoods of ?queer and crip children,? as well as ?childhoods against which the figure of the Child is articulated,? with reference to work related to ?gender studies, childhood studies, disability studies, and queer theory.? End of quote.

Can someone please explain why cultural investment in productive, able-bodied, heterosexual relationships producing children should be questioned?? Does this not describe the vast majority of the population? Quote. Read more »


Let’s cut through the BS and get to the heart of the matter

It is time to do a thought experiment.

If I told you that I was clearing out the garage and I came across some old things that I owned and no longer wanted, and I threw them into an incinerator because they were flammable, rather than give them away, would you think that I had done something immoral or dangerous?


Now, what if I told you that they were two old books?


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I want the Bible and Quran banned. Or at least age restricted

Bob McCoskrie is dumber than a sack of hammers and clearly still hasn’t heard about the Streisand Effect.

Conservative lobby group Family First is considering its legal options after a ban on controversial teen novel Into the River was lifted.

An interim restriction order was applied last month on Ted Dawe’s award-winning coming-of-age novel making it illegal to sell or supply the book anywhere in New Zealand.

Film and Literature Board of Review took the step after Family First sought to have an age restriction placed on the book because of its subject matter.

The book contains offensive language and addresses several controversial issues, including having sex under the legal age, illegal drug use, child sex exploitation and violent assault.

In a 4-1 majority decision the board lifted the ban saying it did not believe an age restriction was justified. ? Read more »

Muhammad up close and personal

We learn about the life of Jesus from the Bible and we learn about the life of Muhammad from the Qu’ran, the Hadith and the Sira.

Muslims believe the Qur’an was verbally revealed by God to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel (Jibril),[3][4] gradually over a period of approximately 23 years, beginning on 22 December 609 CE,[5] when Muhammad was 40, and concluding in 632, the year of his death.


So what does the Qu’ran tell us about Muhammad?

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Is the Quran a more violent book than the Bible?

There are passages in the Koran which ?invite people to violence?, one of the Queen?s chaplains said last night.

Reverend Canon Gavin Ashenden, the former chaplain of Sussex University and one of 35 who serve Her Majesty, expressed concern about more than 100 passages in the Muslim holy book.

But the Church of England priest declined to say whether parts of the Koran are ?evil?, instead advising people to make up their own minds.

He was responding to comments by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who warned this week about being too quick to brand people with strong religious views ?extremists?.

Yesterday, more than 60 imams and leaders of Muslim groups signed an open letter to the Government accusing it of criminalising Islam.

They claimed the ?terror threat? was being exploited for political capital ahead of the election, as ?the big parties inevitably try to outdo each other in their nastiness?.


Graph – Bill Warner.


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Mystery face of the day


Today’s mystery face of the day is Rachael from Hamilton.

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She is my mystery face of the day because of her ad on Trademe for something crazy awesome that she built.

As I type this post bidding has reached $200. The auction finishes Sunday 8th Feb 9pm.

Disclaimer: I do not know the creator of Noah’s Ark and am not receiving any form of reimbursement in the form of cold hard cash in brown paper bags or chocolate treats. I just spotted it on Trademe and thought it deserved a wider audience.

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God votes National. Ok, fine, centre-right

From our point of view, it’s a matter of hanging on to a win, any kind of win. ?For the left team, it’s a matter of “what do we have to do to get a break?”. ?After everything that’s gone wrong, from Dirty Politics not sticking to Key and Kim Dotcom’s big reveal becoming a big implode, what else can go wrong?

The weather.

Wild weather predicted for the weekend could discourage voters on election day, taking a toll on the centre-left vote, an expert says.

The MetService has warned of gale-force winds and driving rain for the North Island and snow for the South Island on Saturday.

If the forecast is correct, it would be the first election-day snow since 1984.

AUT social sciences lecturer Dr Kate Nicholls said the conventional wisdom, internationally and locally, was that bad weather dampened voter turnout.

And lower rates of voter participation would damage support for centre-left parties in particular.

“This could be especially damaging for Labour, given that voter turnout was at an all-time low in the 2011 election, continuing a long-term trend and Labour’s base of support is already substantially eroded,” Dr Nicholls said.

Even if the effect isn’t huge, if things are on a knife edge, as David Cunliffe claims and clings to, bad weather may just be enough to keep ten or twenty thousand lefty voters at home. ? Read more »

What do Kim Dotcom and Colin Craig have in common?


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King David wasn’t a camel jockey

Helen Clark might have been a camel jockey but Kind David probably wasn't

Helen Clark might have been a camel jockey but Kind David probably wasn’t

New evidence suggests that domesticated camels haven;t been around for as long as previously thought and certainly not in the time of the kings from the bible.

There are too many camels in the Bible, out of time and out of place.

Camels probably had little or no role in the lives of such early Jewish patriarchs as Abraham, Jacob and Joseph, who lived in the first half of the second millennium B.C., and yet stories about them mention these domesticated pack animals more than 20 times. Genesis 24, for example, tells of Abraham?s servant going by camel on a mission to find a wife for Isaac.

These anachronisms are telling evidence that the Bible was written or edited long after the events it narrates and is not always reliable as verifiable history. These camel stories ?do not encapsulate memories from the second millennium,? said Noam Mizrahi, an Israeli biblical scholar, ?but should be viewed as back-projections from a much later period.?? Read more »

What The Bible Says About Homosexuality

Another of John Corvino’s videos….this time taking aim at literalists and fundamentalists:

John Corvino discusses some Bible verses from both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, explores analogies to slavery and divorce, and points out the inconsistencies of those who cherry-pick the apparently anti-gay parts of the Bible while glossing over other problematic passages.

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