Daily Archives: Sunday, 24 February, 2008

Religious Nutters Who Aren’t Muslims or Christians

From the Haaretz online newspaper. This is the entire text of the article:

Shas MK Shlomo Benizri blamed gays Wednesday for the earthquakes that have shaken the region in recent months, telling a Knesset plenum debate on local authorities’ earthquake preparedness that government action on homosexuality would do much to prevent the tremors.

Benizri said the government should not make do with reinforcing buildings, but should instead pass less legislation that encourages homosexuality and other “perversions like adoptions by lesbian couples.”

The ultra-Orthodox party MK invoked passages from the Talmud and the Gemarrah to support his claims.
“Why do earthquakes happen?” said Benizri. “One of the reasons is the things to which the Knesset gives legitimacy, to sodomy.”

A cost-effective way of averting earthquake damage,” he added, “would be to stop passing legislation on how to encourage homosexual activity in the State of Israel, which anyways causes earthquakes.”

Mike Hammel, who chairs Israel’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Association said in response that “religious MKs are apparently competing to see who can disparage [the gay] community more.”

“This is a sad competition that shows how dark Shas MKs are,” he said.

“On one had, it is said that a religious MK doesn’t believe that earthquakes are caused by God,” he added. “On the other hand, it is flattering that he attributes supernatural powers to us.”

I had to look up what Shas and MK meant.

Shas (Hebrew: ש”ס‎) is a political party in Israel, primarily representing Ultra-orthodox Sephardi and Mizrahi Judaism. Following the 2006 elections in which Shas won 12 seats, it joined Ehud Olmert’s coalition government and holds four cabinet posts. Its current leader, Eli Yishai, is one of four deputy prime ministers.

And then MK must mean Member of the Knesset.

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Most of Us Still Figuring Out what Blogs Are

I’ve been blogging for a little over a year, and I still have a lot to learn. Some of my earlier posts embarrass me, such as when I got really overly excited about a Saudi woman spraying a muttawa with mace and then the story went nowhere.

But I keep being surprised by people who seem to think that blogs are supposed to replace the existing media outlets and that a blogger is unsuccessful if he can’t buy a couple of mansions with the money he makes blogging.

Hey, I’m not in this for the money. I have a tiny little area of quasi-expertise, and I want to share it with people, that’s all.

According to a book by Sarah Boxer, Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks from the Wild Web, we bloggers

include ‘About Me’ pages on their blogs, which are often empty or filled with astrological information and lies.”

I beg your pardon. I would never lie in my ‘about me’ section. The very idea!

She also said

Most bloggers don’t care if they leave you in the dust. They assume that if you’re reading them, you’re either one of their friends of at least in on their gossip, their jokes, or the names they drop. They’re not responsible for your education.

That’s true of many, but I am a hopeless pedant and probably explain a lot of stuff that my audience already knows.

Thanks for reading.

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