Item The UK continues its slide into bat-guano crazy: “Human Rights Committee Draft General Comment No. 36 on article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, on the right to life” (pdf; emphasis mind).
The UK is generally supportive of paragraph 9, but considers that the third sentence should end after “substantial pain or suffering”; at present the following phrase is both too detailed and also risks restricting the more general text of “substantial pain or suffering”. We further note that in using the term “pregnant woman” the Committee may be inadvertently restricting the application of this paragraph to exclude transgender people who have given birth; this has happened in two recent cases in the UK.
We can note from this that sanity reigned in two recent cases, but that the politicians want insanity to hold in all cases.
Denmark is anxious to join the Insanity & Doom (Word doc; my emphasis).
However, we note that in using the term “pregnant woman” the Committee may inadvertently be restricting the application of this paragraph to exclude transgender people who have given birth. Furthermore, we support the Committee’s view that state parties should provide access to safe abortion and not criminalise girls and women who have undergone an abortion, nor the service provider.
For those who have, or are, growing up in the Insanity & Doom, only women, actual female creatures, can become pregnant and give birth. And it’s fine to criminalize killing people. We do it all the time. These unbreakable facts will come as a shock to some of you, for which I apologize.
Item Oxford college bans ‘harmful’ Christian Union from freshers’ fair
An Oxford College has banned the Christian Union from its freshers’ fair on the grounds that it would be “alienating” for students of other religions, and constitute a “micro-aggression”.
The organiser of Balliol’s fair argued Christianity’s historic use as “an excuse for homophobia and certain forms of neo-colonialism” meant that students might feel “unwelcome” in their new college if the Christian Union had a stall.
Freddy Potts, vice-president of Balliol’s Junior Common Room (JCR) committee, said that if a representative from the Christian Union (CU) attended the fair, it could cause “potential harm” to freshers…
“Historically, Christianity’s influence on many marginalised communities has been damaging in its methods of conversion and rules of practice, and is still used in many places as an excuse for homophobia and certain forms of neo-colonialism.”
Readers will forgive the obvious pun that Potts is potty, in the Brit sense, and that Potts’s mind has gone to pot, in the Yank sense.
What I would like, though, is a concrete, agreed-upon definition of “homophobia” from the left. One they will stick to, in all of its logical implications. Does any reader know of one? Or is this just another idiotic slur, like “racist”, meant to shush the nervous?
Item Satanist wins transfer of her abortion rights case to the Missouri Supreme Court
A Missouri woman who is an adherent of the Satanic Temple won a victory in court last week in her quest to show that state abortion law violates her religious beliefs.
The Western District Court of Appeals ruled in her favor Tuesday, writing that her constitutional challenge — rare for its basis in religion — presented “a contested matter of right that involves fair doubt and reasonable room for disagreement.”
The woman, identified as Mary Doe in court documents, argued that her religion does not adhere to the idea that life begins at conception, and, because of that, the prerequisites for an abortion in Missouri are unconstitutionally violating her freedom of religion protected by the First Amendment…
Doe underwent an abortion in May 2015 in St. Louis. But before she was able to have the procedure, she had to comply with the state’s informed consent law…
She declined to hear her fetus’ heartbeat and felt “guilt and shame,” according to court documents.
Imagine being made to feel “guilt and shame” for killing your own child. What cruel, Christian torment! Anyway, “Doe’s” small victory is the result of freedom of religion. As is sacrificing live children to the hidden gods. Freedom for everybody!
Item Papal adviser: We can no longer ‘judge people’ based on moral norms
Jesuit priest and papal confidant Father Anthony Spadaro said that Pope Francis holds that the Catholic Church can no longer set down general norms that apply to entire groups of people.
Spadaro, of 2 + 2 = 5 fame, thus joins the Satanists who also believe they get to write their own moral laws. For if certain absolute norms don’t apply to all, but are variable by group, then there is nothing to stop groups of one from forming. Smoke of Satan indeed.
“Historically, Christianity’s influence on many marginalised communities has been damaging in its methods of conversion and rules of practice
Unlike, say, the methods of conversion used by Islam or the homophobia practiced therein. I’m sure Balliol has also banned a muslim booth.
When I think what Benjamin Jowett, or Lord Curzon – both Balliol men – would have made of this – !
Our Woke overlords will not be content until we are forced to genuflect at the sight of a man wearing a dress.