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Jordanian man gets 10 years for “honor” killing

A 23 year old Jordanian man, had his death sentence reduced to 10 years in prison, for the killing of his sister.

The court heard that he stabbed his sister 14 times and shot her repeatedly after her former husband accused her of having affairs.

Jordanians convicted of so called “honour killings” have previously been jailed for as little as six months.

Amnesty International says that last year 17 women were officially recorded as having been killed in “honour crimes” in Jordan.

I am glad to hear this positive advance in Jordan. We as a society cannot tolerate such behaviors. No one’s honor is to held at a higher regards than another’s life, period. I am glad he did not get the death sentence either as I am morally opposed to such measure. Kudos to Jordan, but you may want to increase the penalty a bit.


May 14, 2008 Posted by | Crimes against Humanity, Morality | , | 2 Comments

Malaysia to teach sex ed!

Malaysia, the conservative muslim country, is considering teaching sex education to its high school graduates.

Authorities in the conservative, Muslim-majority nation are considering teaching sex education to teenagers when they undergo national service after leaving school, Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil, director general of the National Service Department, said Wednesday.

Ng Yen Yen, the minister who announced the proposal, was quoted by the national news agency, Bernama, as saying that sex education, including lectures about preventing AIDS, could shield youngsters from unhealthy activities. Ng’s aide confirmed the minister made the comments Tuesday.

Adeeba Kamarulzaman, president of the Malaysian AIDS Council, said Wednesday that students receive inadequate information about sex in public schools, which generally only teach basic facts about reproduction during science courses.

Well done Malaysia. It is fascinating to draw the comparison between a conservative muslim country which is doing, or at least contemplating doing, the right thing and America, with it’s current government’s insistence on ignorance and abstinence only programs. It makes people reconsider their pre-concived notions about Islam. It really is not worse than christianity or judaism. At the end of the day, people do evil things. An evil philosophy can be harmless if people were not inclined to do evil things.

May 14, 2008 Posted by | Thinking Out Loud | | Leave a comment

Vatican greenlights aliens!

It is ok to believe in alien life, the Vatican says through the Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes it’s chief astronomer.

“How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?” Funes said. “Just as we consider earthly creatures as ‘a brother,’ and ‘sister,’ why should we not talk about an ‘extraterrestrial brother’? It would still be part of creation.”

I think this guy may be a closet atheist. How else can he in the same breath accept that live has developed and is part of creation? The two notions are incompatible, as used in this context.

The Bible “is not a science book,” Funes said, adding that he believes the Big Bang theory is the most “reasonable” explanation for the creation of the universe. The theory says the universe began billions of years ago in the explosion of a single, super-dense point that contained all matter.

But he said he continues to believe that “God is the creator of the universe and that we are not the result of chance.”

Amen to the Bible not being a science book and the Big Bang being the most reasonable explanation for the creation of the universe. But he continues to baffle me. In one sentence he embraces the Big Bang. In the next he says that of course God is the creator of the universe and us, thus we couldn’t have developed which of course is what he accepted just a few paragraphs above, albeit for alien life.

Despite his obvious confusion, I like this guy much better than most christians I have come across. It is unfortunate to see a scientifically minded person caught in the religious net. He can’t escape it and he can’t completely resign to it, so he tries to make it work somehow, make science and religion co-exist. But of course they can’t, not without lots of effort. Well, he’s willing to put the effort in, and I must applaud him for it. We need more modern religious people like him. The world would really become a much better place.

May 14, 2008 Posted by | Evolution, Religion | , , | 2 Comments