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  • Jill 9:42 AM on 03/16/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “Infected” by Christian values? 

    At the Corner, Paul Diamond, counsel in the case of UK parents deemed unfit to foster children by virtue of their mainstream Christian beliefs (my post here) provides the rest of the story.

    Are Children ‘Infected’ by Judeo-Christian Values?

    The state-sponsored Equality and Human Rights Commission intervened and argued that it was the duty of the state to protect vulnerable children from becoming “infected” with Judeo-Christian values of sexual morality.

    The rest is history, and in a startling judgment, the High Court held last Monday that the United Kingdom is a secular state and that Christianity as part of the law is “mere rhetoric.” For Americans to note, the United Kingdom is formally a Christian state with the Queen as the head of the Church of England.

    The court made a series of statements to the effect that rights of sexual orientation trump religious freedom, that a local authority can require positive attitudes to be demonstrated towards homosexuality, that the Johns’ traditional Christian views could conflict with the “duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of looked after children,” and finally that Article 9 (Europe’s pale reflection of the First Amendment) does not protect beliefs contrary to the interests of the child.

    Mr. Diamond discusses the speed with which the UK has reached this point and hopes the US will learn from his country’s experience. Read the whole thing.

    • just a conservative girl 10:44 AM on 03/16/2011 Permalink | Reply

      This is how screwed up England has become. They recently cancelled a gay pride parade because they thought that it would upset Muslims and cause tension. Don’t they realize that under Sharia being gay is punishable by death? They are bending over backwards to be show sensitivity to a group of people who think they should be dead. Makes perfect sense to me.

    • Mariano 8:48 AM on 03/27/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Must be a good infection.
      Also, regardless of what you teach your children you are “infecting” them with your ideas.
      This is true even if you think that you are being neutral as then you are purposefully raising them according to your standards of neutrality.

      Here is more such claims and condemnation of Christian parents:

  • Jill 1:39 PM on 05/20/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Wenlock & Mandeville open thread, because someone needs to explain this 

    If they’re supposed to be androgynous, I get that. Male and female are such outdated concepts. But why only one eye?  How does this appeal to kids? Commentary here.

    A cartoon explaining their origins:

    Then there’s that awesome logo:


    • rubyslipperblog 3:13 PM on 05/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have think I have to say the logo is worse than the mascots. It’s a tough call though since both are beyond explanation. The video shows the characters as metallic which gives them a sleekness and sense of movement. I think the live costumes are just bizarre.

    • fuzislippers 3:17 PM on 05/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Repulsive and frightening. Can you imagine the little kids running, screaming, from these monsters? Geez, they freak out at Disney when they see Mickey Mouse. That logo is just plain horrible.

    • Obi's Sister 5:15 PM on 05/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Somebody ate mushrooms and then watched Monsters, Inc. They are almost as bad as that weird thing designed for the ATL Olympics, that mysteriously disappeared after it was unveiled.

      The logo looks like it was illustrated by the guys that did the old B.C. comic strip.

    • Yukio Ngaby 5:43 PM on 05/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know what you people are complaining about. “Cute,” cyclopean, robot-monsters are totally the best Olympic mascots ever! And look out because they’re coming for you on a rainbow too!

      And can someone explain to me why a retiring construction worker (awesome retirement party by the way– a banner after 40+ years of hard work… they shouldn’t have…) and his similarly aged wife have two hyperactive, cart-wheeling, eight year old children?

      BTW, does anyone remember the Athens mascots? They both looked like a badly drawn schmoo.

    • Jill 6:11 PM on 05/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The couple looks more like grandparents. I didn’t get that either.

      #1 son says the eye looks like a security camera. Again, I don’t get it.

      • Yukio Ngaby 11:49 PM on 05/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

        My wife pointed out that it said “Happy Retirement Grandpa” on the cake. My bad. You’re right Jill. They’re grandparents.

        Now that you mention it, they do kinda look like security cameras. Heh.

    • Yukio Ngaby 6:40 PM on 05/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      You know, I wonder if that awful logo is supposed to be a highly stylized map of the UK. I mean Scotland with the rings in it, then England below, Whales to the left of England, and then Northern and southern Ireland on the far left. Kinda weird they’d include southern Ireland though.

      • fuzislippers 8:10 PM on 05/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Ooh, that’s a thought. I wonder if you’re right or if it’s some sort of subliminal accident? I’ve always (since it was “unveiled” a couple years ago, anyway) thought it looked downright violent, despite the disgusting fuchsia. The way the top of the 2 in 12 is lopped off just seems so awful, and the points so jagged, angry, and aggressive. I really think it’s the worst logo I’ve ever seen.

        • Yukio Ngaby 8:22 PM on 05/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

          It could also be districts of London. I don’t know nearly enough about London to know how many districts there are or recognize them, but it’s a thought.

  • Carol 7:29 AM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The British are confused 

    They thought Barack Obama was their friend.

    • backyardconservative 9:34 AM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The Brits should remind themselves our President Barack Obama threw the bust of Churchill back in their faces. It had been a gift to the White House.

      Supposedly Obama’s forbears were treated badly by the British. But how mature is this? Who could object to a bust of Winston Churchill? Should we not have fought against the Nazis?

      You are right Carol, he is a knee-jerk leftist ideologue.

    • richard mcenroe 11:26 AM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The British are so confused their new Tea Party movement has been throwing the tea back onto the ship….

    • fuzislippers 1:35 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Why on earth would the British think that BO is their friend? One of his first “diplomatic” acts as president was to return the bust of Winston Churchill that had been in the Oval Office, he was rude to Prime Minister Brown (and defended that by saying that the UK is just like all the other nations in the world and should expect to be treated as such–Hillary Clinton smoothed that over, thank God), and he’s not in the close contact with British officials that President Bush was.

      BO is doing everything he can to destroy the special relationship the U. S. has with the UK. Here’s a good post on it from the Telegraph blog section: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/4884219/Barack-Obama-must-preserve-the-special-relationship.html And here’s a quote from someone in the administration: “The facts are, Obama hates the Brits,” said one person close to the administration. “Something to do with his grandfather in Kenya. A colonial hangover. And there is nothing you can do about it” (source: http://bit.ly/brevbd)

      This is one of the main reasons that he has to be sent packing in 2012. The British are our greatest allies, and he treats them like the enemy while cozying up with Chavez and trying to be bestest buds with Ahmadinejad.

      • pjMom 1:42 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m speechless after the last link, Fuzislippers.

        • fuzislippers 1:43 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

          For some reason the link isn’t working on my end, but I wrote a post about it all a while back: BO Myths Busted and America Rising: http://bit.ly/c0mDMP

        • fuzislippers 1:44 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

          And yes, he’s a real threat to our relationship with the British, and that offends me as an American.

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