I’m up to my mustache in a deadline, but I’m taking a quick break for a few rants on . . .
Connecticut connects same-sex couples
On October 10, the Supreme Court of Connecticut ruled same-sex unions legal. This week, a lower court finalized the decision and gay couples began marrying. After California voters banned same-sex unions, Massachusetts remains the only other state in the U.S. to allow such unions. (Forty-one states have statutes defining marriage as “between one man and one woman.”) So, some thoughts . . .
Saudi Arabia convenes ‘religious tolerance’ conference
A country that punishes both atheism and apostasyconverting to any religion other than Islamwith death, convened a meeting for world leaders at the United Nation on fostering religious tolerance. Huh?!
The United States State Department has declared in its Human Rights Report, “Freedom of religion does not exist” in Saudi Arabia. “Islam is the official religion, and all citizens must be Muslims. The government prohibits the public practice of other religions.” The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has also reported on the Saudi government’s use of textbooks to indoctrinate children to hate “infidels,” or non-Muslims. Possession of non-Islamic religious objects, including Bibles, rosary beads and crosses, is strictly prohibited.
Ali Al-Ahmed, a Saudi national who serves as director of the Washington-based Institute for Gulf Affairs, told The Washington Post, “Saudi Arabia is not qualified to be a leader in this dialogue at the United Nations. It is the world headquarters of religious oppression and xenophobia.”
Sarah Leah Whitson, the Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, added, “There is no religious freedom in Saudi Arabia, yet the kingdom asks the world to listen to its message of religious intolerance.”
It appearsat least to this infidelthe Saudi government simply wants the world to tolerate its intolerance.
Mallard Filmore on the recent election
State of the ‘Blogosphere’
Technorati released it’s 2008 report on blogging. Fascinating!
Total internet audience: 188.9 million
There were 94.1 million US blog readers in 2007 (50% of Internet users)
77% of active Internet users read blogs
Facebook: 41.0 million | MySpace 75.1 million
Monthly average of unique visitors
Personal blog: 12,000
Corporate blog: 39,000
Professional blog: 44,000
State of my health
Thanks for your prayers for my fatique, nausea and diarrhea from radiation treatments for prostate cancer. I’m feeling 100 percent better!
One lingering side effect, however, is causing me to wonder the full extent of damage from the nuclear attack on Man Land: I’ve developed an insatiable craving for dill pickles! Hmmm?
Okay, back to work! Have a great weekend!