mickeym: (misc_stabbitystabstab)
Activist: Iranian mother of two to be stoned to death

She was coerced into admitting to adultery -- given 99 lashes until she plead guilty -- and now she's going to be stoned to death, even though she's asked the court for forgiveness. Her children have written to the court asking for their mother to be forgiven.

I am beyond horrified.
mickeym: (misc_stabbitystabstab)
Well, no, that's not true. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE comes to mind.

Okay. This is a link to an article about the Cornell surgeon and his horrific practices on little girls.

TRIGGERS up the wazoo, people, so think before you click on the link.

[livejournal.com profile] cereta has some thoughts on it.

Me, I'll be over here just seething, because OHMYGOD. This is happening HERE. RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.

Stop the world, I wanna get off.

ETA: A link to contact Cornell: http://weill.cornell.edu/visitors/contact-us.html
mickeym: (pop_chris what the fuck?)
Original link via [livejournal.com profile] giogio, and then I went looking for more. Sadly, I found it.



Menifee School Officials Remove Dictionary Over Term 'Oral Sex'
By JULISSA McKINNON
The Press-Enterprise

After a parent complained about an elementary school student stumbling across "oral sex" in a classroom dictionary, Menifee Union School District officials decided to pull Merriam Webster's 10th edition from all school shelves earlier this week.


Read the rest of the article here.
mickeym: (misc_proud parent of an aspie)
By way of [livejournal.com profile] hanncoll:

Like [livejournal.com profile] hanncoll says in her post, in general I'm in favor of every person believing (or not believing) what seems right to/for them, and I try not to get judgmental about ANY religious beliefs. However.

If what I've just read today about Scientology's position on autism is true, they can officially kiss my ass.

Apparently, Jett Travolta, the 16-year-old son of John Travolta and Kelly Preston who recently passed away, had autism, but his parents, who are Scientologists, refused to acknowledge it. (John's own brother, an autism activist, believes Jett had autism.) Scientology is pretty well known as eschewing psychology (think Tom Cruise here.)

That's bad enough. But. Here's worse:

According to the Church of Scientology, people with mental illnesses are "degraded" and capable of curing themselves by working harder on the church's teachings.

Source.

Degraded.
mickeym: (spn_gender issues genderswap)
Kids Pulled From Transgendered Teacher's Classroom

The comment/quotes I like the best (plz to be noting the sarcasm in that) are:

A teacher's gender reassignment surgery has caught the attention of some parents who want to know why the school district didn't notify them ahead of time about the change.

and

Some parents told Travis Unified School District that they feel like their rights to know were violated.

And...why do they feel like it's any of their business one way or the other? What the hell difference does it make? Seriously. If the teacher is a good teacher, their gender is irrelevant, and it's their own private business if they were unhappy as one gender and felt they needed to be another gender.

Ugh. People really annoy me at times. How would those parents feel if someone was demanding to know the whys and wherefores of something intensely private and personal going on in THEIR lives?
mickeym: (misc_passionate kisses)
By way of [livejournal.com profile] cereta:

Michigan Ruling Bars Domestic Partner Benefits

And because Lucy's always better at wording things than I am, I'm just c/ping her comment from her post:

Go on, tell me again those amendments were just about "defining marriage," and not about making life as unwelcoming as possible to gays and lesbians. Tell me again this stuff isn't just flat-out fucking malicious. Tell me what kind of "morality" it takes to actively sue to deny someone health benefits for no reason other than because you apparently don't think they deserve them.

That said, good on the University of Michigan for doing everything to protect its employees, and for seeing the solution as expanding coverage, not limiting it.





And now I think I'll try to stop spamming LJ.
mickeym: (spn_dean pissed off and grieving (2x02))
By way of [livejournal.com profile] mecurtin:

Over on InsaneJournal, there is apparently a Harry Potter RPG comm who have set up their game to parallel the WWII-era and events that took place leading up to and around WWII and the Holocaust. This RPG has named itself Kristallnacht. (That link goes to the Wiki entry on Kristallnacht, because I am deeply ashamed to say I didn't know what it was. Now that I've read some about it, I am beyond appalled at the responses the comm members and mods have been giving to the folks trying to make them understand why so many are offended.)

The RPG Promo post.


ETA: One of the mods is asking for suggestions for a different name for the comm.

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