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”If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.”
“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.”
”If God did not intend for us to eat animals, then why did he make them out of meat?”
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE…
Pernell Elvin Roberts (May 18, 1928 – January 24, 2010)
was an American stage, movie and television actor as well as singer. He was widely known for his roles as Ben Cartwright’s eldest son, Adam Cartwright, on the western series Bonanza (a role he played from 1959 to 1965), and as chief surgeon, Dr. John MacIntyre, the title character on Trapper John, M.D. (1979-1986).
He was also widely known for his life-long activism, which included participation in the Selma to Montgomery marches in 196 and pressuring NBC to refrain from hiring whites to portray minority characters.
The main cast of Bonanza is gone. Dan Blocker (left) died in 1972, Lorne Greene (middle front) in 1987, and Michael Landon (far middle) in 1991.
”Success is a great deodorant. It takes away all your past smells.”
BURKAS IN THE NEWS
Should a society that prides itself on openness and tolerance allow this?
Denmark calls for Burka ban proposals
Posted on27 January 2010.
Proposals into how best to prevent the use of the niqab and burka have been called for by the Danish government. The majority of Danes support the government’s stance against the wearing of the veils by Muslim women in the streets while Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen has said the dress code is not welcomed inside Danish educational institutions.
Speaking at his weekly news conference, Rasmussen said that he is waiting on new reports with suggestions on how to prevent teachers, students and public servants from wearing the burka or niqab, reports Politiken.
“Then there can be a discussion about how to rip the burka or niqab off women. Do we do it through legislation or by signalling our attitudes? Or do we do it by backing the leaders out in our institutions so that they take up the battle,” Rasmussen claimed, arguing that neither the niqab nor burka have any place in Danish Society.
However, a Copenhagen University report suggested that just three women wear a burka in Denmark while around two hundred, mainly Danish converts, use the niqab, although several politicians have queried these statistics. Rasmussen says that the number of women involved is irrelevant to the government’s stance.
“To spell it out: If there was a situation in which my son was being taught in the public schooling system by a teacher in niqab, I couldn’t care less whether this was a fate he shared with three, or three hundred classes in Denmark. It would be one niqab too many,” the Prime Minister emphasised.
Sarkozy U-turn on French burka ban over fears
of ‘terrorist reprisals’
By Peter Allen
France is set to perform a U-turn on its pledge to ban the burqa because of threats including ‘terrorist reprisals’ and legal challenges from the EU.
Despite President Nicolas Sarkozy’s assertion that Islamic veils were ‘not welcome’, MPs are to recommend today that they are barred only from public transport and civic buildings such as schools and hospitals.
They would be permitted in private buildings or on the street.
MPs already indicated that there are a range of dangers associated with a full ban – including terrorism or a challenge by the European Court of Human Rights.
There was also fear that it could lead to international condemnation, after the outcry given to Switzerland after a referendum there last year backed a ban on any more minarets being built in the country.
Communist MP Andre Gerin, head of a parliamentary panel which has spent six months examining the controversial issue, said a full ban could inflame tensions within France’s five million-strong Islamic community, the largest in western Europe.
Last year Al Qaeda vowed revenge on France if it banned the burqa on its streets. Islamic leaders have warned that a law banning veils in the streets could stigmatise Muslims and drive some to extremism.
Left-wing politicians also fear a total ban could face a challenge in the European Court of Human Rights. President Sarkozy has called Islamic face veils ‘a sign of debasement that imprison women’.
According to the Interior Ministry, about 2,000 women in France wear full Muslim dress in public.
Despite the apparent softening of France’s policy towards the burka, Mr Gerin stressed the need to move ‘hand in hand’ with Muslim leaders so as to work ‘progressively’ towards a total ban.
Earlier this month Xavier Bertrand, the head of Mr Sarkozy’s governing UMP Party, said women who wear burkas or niqabs should not be allowed French citizenship.
He said: ‘The full veil is simply a prison for women who wear it and will make no one believe a woman wearing it wants to integrate.’
The burka is a full-body covering worn largely in Afghanistan with a mesh screen over the face, and the niqab is a full-body veil with slits for the eyes.
In 2004 France passed a law forbidding students and staff from wearing veils and other religious symbols in schools as part of a drive to defend the secular Fifth Republic.
In Britain, the UK Independence Party has called for a ban on burkas as a way of curbing Islamic fundamentalism.
WHEW! HEAVY STUFF!
AREN’T WE GLAD THAT WE CAN JUST PLAY OUR LITTLE GAME AND NOT OFFEND ANYONE?
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