Archive for May 6th, 2005

Cast Out Those Devil Democrats

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The minister of a Haywood County Baptist church is
telling members of his congregation that if they’re Democrats, they either
need to find another place of worship or support President Bush.

Already, the Reverend Chan Chandler has ex-communicated nine members of
East Waynesville Baptist Church. Another 40 members have left in protest.

During last Sunday’s sermon, he acknowledged that church members were upset
because he named people, and he says he’ll do it again because he has to
according to the word of God.

Chandler could not be reached for comment today, but says his actions weren’t
politically motivated.

One former church member says Chandler told some of the members that if
they didn’t support George Bush, they needed to resign their positions
and get out of the church, or go to the altar, repent and agree to vote
for Bush.

A former church treasurer says she’s at church to worship God and not the
preacher.

Can they do that? Can a religion excommunicate people for voting for
a particular candidate, and still claim the tax-free status afforded organized
religion? Doesn’t the separation of Church and State work both ways? The
Baptist Braintrust is going to have to boil this Chandler guy in oil if
they want to survive the PR fallout from this one….

from AP via the Lexington Dispatch

video from WLOS
in North Carolina
(Windows Media)

Bring Back Nazi Science, pt. II

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TOKYO — To many Japanese, the key to their personality lies not in their stars
but in their blood type. Type A’s, they believe, are perfectionists and make
good accountants; Type B’s are sociable but selfish.

Now one of Japan’s favorite pop beliefs is running into accusations of abuse
and discrimination, with critics saying it is being used to assign jobs, match
couples, even pigeonhole schoolchildren.

Irate scientists are attacking the theory in books and Web pages. Magazines
are examining the debate in articles with titles like, "Don’t bully Type
B."

The debunkers point out that blood type is determined by the proteins in the
blood — hardly a determinant of character. "It’s mere superstition," says
Tatsuya Sato, associate professor of psychology at Ritsumeikan University. "Linking
blood type and personality is not only unscientific, it’s wrong."

But the theory, imported from
its Nazi supporters and adopted by Tokyo’s militarist government in the
1930s, is wildly popular nonetheless. It is also widespread in South
Korea.

Hmmm, according to this blood-type breakdown (from Delia’s
Sailor Moon Homepage
), the Dowbrigade (blood type AB Positive)
is Rational, Calculating, Honest, Diplomatic, Organized and Strong.
Right on, so far. Suitable Careers for us include Bartender, Attorney,
Teacher (hey, that’s 3 for 3 so far) Sales Representative, Social Worker
and Witch! This is uncanny! We have been all of the above at one time
or another during our long and storied career. Obviously, there must
be something to this blood-typing which merits closer investigation.

from Newsday

Delia’s
Sailor Moon Homepage

Mother’s Day Entertainment Around Boston

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More
Boston area free events for Mother’s Day include a Holocaust memorial
at Faneuil Hall, a counter memorial by
White Supremicists,
and
a counter-counter-demonstration from Anarchist and Antifascist groups.  Sounds
like fun. Take Mom, but don’t forget the gas masks….

An
Arkansas-based white supremacist group plans to protest a Holocaust
remembrance event
Sunday
at Faneuil
Hall
and appear
in nearby communities, prompting security preparations by officials
in Lexington and Somerville, as well as in Boston, authorities confirmed
yesterday.

The group, White Revolution, has not applied for a permit in Boston or
the other locations where they plan to appear, officials said, but police
and the Holocaust event’s organizers said they are ready for potential
trouble. White Revolution’s chairman, Billy Roper, said in
a telephone interview last night that he and another group member from
Arkansas plan to connect with supporters from New England this weekend.
He said he hopes to draw about 100 people to protest near the Holocaust
memorial for two to three hours Sunday afternoon despite not having a
permit as the city requires for protests.

”One doesn’t need a permit to practice the First Amendment," Roper
said.

He said his group plans to remain peaceful and abide by police orders.
”I really feel like it’s an opportunity to present a counterpoint to
the establishment position on not only the Holocaust, but . . . the overall
affect of Jewish influence on American foreign and domestic policy."

Based on Internet postings, Roper said, he expects counterdemonstrations
from anarchist and antifascist groups.

from the Boston
Globe

White Revolution web page (with
lots of info on this weekend’s action)