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The RCC. Always open, always deluded and always anti-woman.

The Catholic Church is mired in yet another anti-woman scandal.

via NBC – “PHOENIX – A nun and administrator at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix has been reassigned and rebuked by the local bishop for agreeing that a severely ill woman needed an abortion to survive.

Sister Margaret McBride was on an ethics committee that included doctors that consulted with a young woman who was 11 weeks pregnant late last year, The Arizona Republic newspaper reported on its website Saturday. The woman was suffering from a life-threatening condition that likely would have caused her death if she hadn’t had the abortion at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.”

Wow, do we need another reason to shit-can the mystical bullshit that pervades our society?   Yet another case of backward, unhinged, delusional thinking attempting to corrupt and trump reality in the 21st century.  The Nun in question, followed her own personal ethics, as opposed to the rancid 2000 year old wisdom of burning bushes and talking snakes. She made the correct evidence based decision.  Her commitment to reason is to be commended, and of course free thinking in the musty halls of religion gets you punished:

“Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, head of the Phoenix Diocese, indicated in a statement that the Roman Catholic involved was “automatically excommunicated” because of the action. The Catholic Church allows the termination of a pregnancy only as a secondary effect of other treatments, such as radiation of a cancerous uterus.”

“I am gravely concerned by the fact that an abortion was performed several months ago in a Catholic hospital in this diocese,” Olmsted said in a statement sent to The Arizona Republic. “I am further concerned by the hospital’s statement that the termination of a human life was necessary to treat the mother’s underlying medical condition.”

Ah yes, because of your funny hat and the rotten sepulchre of a religion that supports your fantasy based point of view enables you to punish people for saving lives.  The Bishop of Bullshit continues:

“An unborn child is not a disease. While medical professionals should certainly try to save a pregnant mother’s life, the means by which they do it can never be by directly killing her unborn child. The end does not justify the means.”

Huh, well if then this is not a pillar for Catholic women to frakking rally around then let us distill it down a bit further to ‘clarify the message’.

“If a woman grows weary and at last dies from childbearing, it matters not. Let her die from bearing, she is there to do it.” –Martin Luther.

Now this is a quote that women can get behind.  All aboard the train straight back into the shitz and giggles known as the Dark Ages!  We need to get back to a time where Bishop Frothing in the Mouth Crazy has some real power.  The malodorous drivel oozing from this rectal polyp of human being is matched only by the unctuous waves of support for his position wafting through the spinelessly uncritical anti-choice wankosphere .   Okay okay, I digress.  Back to the real world where evidence does matter…

“The patient, who hasn’t been identified, was seriously ill with pulmonary hypertension. The condition limits the ability of the heart and lungs to function and is made worse, possibly even fatal, by pregnancy.

“This decision was made after consultation with the patient, her family, her physicians, and in consultation with the Ethics Committee, of which Sr. Margaret McBride is a member,” the hospital said in a statement issued Friday.”

Thank you medical science, thank you rationality,  for showing us the correct solution in this case.  We need to banish the fucking voodoo magical  crap that masquerades in our society as religion.  This case finely illustrates how morally bankrupt the RCC  is and how out to lunch religion is in general.

H/T to Pharyngula.

Aerial Death for you Evil Doers!

It is really crappy when the people you are killing decide to return the favour, Hillary Clinton is outraged at the audacity of people who are being bombed a couple of times a week that they might want to strike back, how dare they:

“We’ve made it very clear that, if, heaven forbid, an attack like this, if we can trace back to Pakistan, were to have been successful, there would be very serious consequences,” Clinton said on CBS News’ 60 Minutes programme last week.

Yeppers, watch out.  It is the US who wields the stick, at all times.  Or the US Proxy forces that must be eager to toss their people into the gapping bloody maw of the neo-imperialist war machine.  Observe the pressure placed on Pakistan to get their people out there to die for US policy.

“And behind the scenes, the US is also reportedly pressuring Pakistan to launch a fresh military offensive in North Waziristan.”

Evil Doers are out there, and you need to go git’em!

“Many analysts say that recent history is not encouraging: Drone strikes and several major Pakistani army offensives have succeeded in inflaming public opinion, but they have failed to dislodge the Taliban or al-Qaeda.

Huh, accidentally killing innocent people inflames public opinion?  Who would have guessed? Of course it just the opinion of the people who are being bombed, if they have not read the US Foreign Policy handout telling them that this murderous war is officially a “good thing” then they simply need to get with the pogrom program.   Thankfully, the casualties are all foreigners, otherwise we would have a real problem stateside.

It is okay though, the US is consolidating the military gains made in Afghanistan securing large portions of the country as safe from harm.  Or not.

“The Swat Valley offensive last year displaced more than two million people from their homes. Most have returned, according to the Pakistani government – but many of the returnees say the government is not providing basic services, notably security and housing.

“Widespread insecurity has also allowed the Taliban to return to previously-cleared areas in the Swat Valley.

Even if Pakistan launches an offensive there is no guarantee it will be able to hold and consolidate its gains – particularly if eastern Afghanistan, just across the border from North Waziristan, remains insecure.

“The Pakistanis acknowledge that they haven’t been able to do [counterinsurgency]. But the Nato failure on the other side of the border is just as obvious,” said Hassan Abbas, a professor at Columbia University and a former Pakistani government official.”

Whoops!  Perhaps the US should begin establishing strategic hamlets so we can sort out who is good and who is evil.  It has worked effectively in the past, so why not now?

Of course, intensifiying the conflict will only make things better:

“The US, meanwhile, has already accelerated its aerial bombing campaign in the tribal regions: Suspected drone strikes have already occurred 35 times this year, compared with 53 attacks in all of 2009, according to the Washington-based New America Foundation, which maintains a comprehensive database of the strikes.

“That seems to be the alternative plan: In case the Pakistani army refuses to go into North Waziristan, the US will intensify its drone strikes,” said Abdul Basit, a researcher at the Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies in Islamabad.

But the drone strikes have not decapitated the TTP; the group continues to terrorise Pakistan, and some US officials

Your home and relatives destroyed, love the War on Terror

acknowledge that the drone strikes have made the Taliban more determined to strike targets in the US.”

The blowback is festering and growing in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“It is too early to tell what caused his radicalisation, but there are reports that he was motivated – at least in part – by anger over US drone strikes.

A larger US military presence in Pakistan could have a similarly negative effect on public opinion.

“I don’t see what more boots on the ground will do … in terms of bolstering the military’s capacity to fight the TTP,” said Sameer Lalwani, a research fellow at the New America Foundation.”

Afghanistan will be yet another untimely end to an imperialist power.  The rails are greased and the US is already on the downward trajectory.

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