NEW YORK (AP) — The Empire State Building’s owner says he won’t light the landmark skyscraper for Mother Teresa because of a policy against honoring individual religious figures.
Anthony Malkin’s statement Wednesday comes amid an uproar over the decision not to illuminate the building in blue and white lights in August on what would have been the late Nobel Prize winner’s 100th birthday.
A lay group, the Catholic League, made the request in February and was denied. The league says individual religious figures have, in fact, received the honor. It says the building’s lights were illuminated after Cardinal John O’Connor died in 2000 and extinguished after Pope John Paul II died in 2005.
On Wednesday afternoon, City Council members planned to discuss what they called a snub of the revered nun who worked for the poor and the sick.
Good! Fuck this evil cunt who helped no one and good for Malkin for not caving to Christian pressure.
NEW YORK — Last fall, a fossil skeleton named “Ardi” shook up the field of human evolution. Now, some scientists are raising doubts about what exactly the creature from Ethiopia was and what kind of landscape it inhabited.
New critiques question whether Ardi really belongs on the human branch of the evolutionary tree, and whether it really lived in woodlands. That second question has implications for theories about what kind of environment spurred early human evolution.
The new work is being published by the journal Science, which last year declared the original presentation of the 4.4 million-year-old fossil to be the magazine’s breakthrough of the year.
Ardi, short for Ardipithecus ramidus, is a million years older than the famous “Lucy” fossil. Last October, it was hailed as a window on early human evolution.
Researchers concluded that “Ardi” walked upright rather than on its knuckles like chimps, for example, and that it lived in woodlands rather than open grasslands. It didn’t look much like today’s chimps, our closest living relatives, even though it was closer than Lucy to the common ancestor of humans and chimps.
Such questioning isn’t unusual; big scientific discoveries are typically greeted that way. Until more scientists can study the fossil and other work can be done, broad consensus may be elusive. The 2003 discovery of diminutive fossil “hobbits” in Indonesia, for example, has spurred a long-running debate about whether the hobbits were a separate species or not.
Tim White of the University of California, Berkeley, one of the scientists who described Ardi last year in Science, said he isn’t surprised by this week’s debate.
"It was completely expected," he said. "Any time you have something that is as different as Ardi, you’re probably going to have it."
Esteban Sarmiento of the Human Evolution Foundation in East Brunswick, N.J., wrote in the new analysis that he’s not convinced Ardi belongs on the evolutionary tree branch leading to modern humans.
CONCORD, N.H. — Tina Anderson was a scared 15-year-old when she was summoned by church leaders to stand before her congregation and apologize for getting pregnant out of wedlock.
Just minutes earlier in that evening service in 1997, a longtime church member admitted publicly that he had been unfaithful to his wife.
Now, 13 years later, Ernie Willis is charged with raping Anderson, and police are investigating what church leaders knew about the assault and whether they shipped Anderson out of state to keep the matter quiet.
When the pastor heard Anderson’s allegations, he told her that if she had “lived in the Old Testament,” she would have been stoned to death for not reporting the attack sooner.
"He also said I had ‘allowed myself to be put in a compromising situation,’ Anderson said. The pastor decided she needed to be "church-disciplined."
Two-thirds of Japanese claims no religious belief and only about 2% of Japanese are Christian. Their constitution reads: “Freedom of religion is guaranteed to all. No religious organization shall receive any privileges from the State, nor exercise any political authority”.
Their steadfast belief in seperation of church and state is so strong that even in Hiroshima, a city devasted (like no other city in the world has been) by a majority Christian nation, there stands several Christian churches.
There are certain elements in America who loathe not only seperation of chruch and state, but the very freedom of religion so much that they’re willing to let Japan stand as a more free nation than ours, just so they can hate Muslims. Now, I’m the last guy to defend Islam. I think it’s a religion that teaches cruelty and submission and hatred, but I’m also a pragmatist and I know ‘wrong’ when I see it.
NEW YORK - An influential Manhattan politician stood in front of a ragged building where a proposed mosque and cultural center would be built near the site of the destroyed World Trade Center on Tuesday and underscored his endorsement of the project, which has angered some conservative activists and victims’ families.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who has been the target of disparaging remarks by Tea Party Express chairman Mark Williams for supporting the plans, defended his position and denounced offensive speech directed at him or at Muslims.
What the fuck does this Tea Party bullshit have to do with any of this anyway. I thought it was an anti-tax movement and not at all a thinly veiled KKK offshoot. If we’re going to have freedom of religion in this country, we have to do what Japan has done and stop being little bitches about our fucking god wars.
No one, not even I, would dispute a church being built near ‘ground zero’ whether or not it is in honor of the victims of 9/11. So why dispute a mosque? Does it matter that not all the victims were Christian? That, in fact, many of the 9/11 victims were Muslim-Americans?
The anti-mosque in downtown Manhattan sentiment can only come from someone who A) Has never spent anytime in New York City; B) Thinks that 9/11 was a plot by all Muslims to attack all Christians (somehow represented by the most multicultural city perhaps on Earth) C) Is a racist, racist, racist piece of shit.
P.S. Did you click all 3 of those ‘racist’ links? All the same guy, folks.