The Anglican Church has voted against female bishops: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/20/church-of-england-rejects-female-bishops-by-six-votes/
They can be priests, they can be the HEAD OF THE CHURCH – a position currently held by Elizabeth Windsor – but making them bishops would be an outrage.
In fairness, two of three bodies that voted were in favour. But never mind. One of the groups that needed to approve thinks the creator of the entire universe – the being who supposedly created stars, galaxies, black holes, even the great red spot on Jupiter, etc – wants women to remain subordinate in the church…unless they’re the queen of a political entity called the British Commonwealth…
We’ve come so far as a species.
In more religious news, British Islamists don’t think it’s enough that a Pakistani teenager was shot in the head for promoting the rights of girls to attend school. So they’ve issued a fatwa denouncing her: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/11/20/uk-islamists-issue-fatwa-against-pakistani-schoolgirl-shot-by-the-taliban/
It doesn’t seem clear what the consequences of this fatwa are supposed to entail. My understanding is that a fatwa is simply a ruling, not necessarily a call for death. But really? I’d almost have more respect if these clowns put their cards on the table and revealed their idiocy in all its glory: call for the killing of this girl, so Britain can take action against these hardline Islamists. I’m no fan of extra-judicial killings, but I might support extra-judicial visits from the SAS to “talk” about what will happen if more harm befalls this girl.
While the befuddled and antiquated argue over how much God hates females, some visionaries have a more scientific bent. Zillionaire Elon Musk has decided not to fritter away his fortune on wheelbarrow loads of cocaine and 400-foot yachts. He’s going to Mars: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/11/20/i-dont-want-to-be-so-old-that-i-cant-go-elon-musk-predicts-spacex-rockets-will-send-people-to-mars-in-10-15-years/
It would be easy to dismiss this as bluster from someone else. But from a guy who recently sent a capsule up to the space station and has the cash to act unilaterally, it just might happen. Dollars plus technology plus motivation equals extraordinary developments.
I have no desire to fly to Mars. But a lunar vacation every winter might be just the thing (http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120712-where-is-hiltons-lunar-hotel).
OK, so I’ve tried to cleverly invite readers to comment on this blog in the past. I was so clever I’ve generated at least five comments over the course of posting 50 blog entries. Clearly, you need to be bribed. So here it is: At a Heart and Stroke announcement the other day, I was given this cool CPR kit. It retails for more than $30, and it’s supposed to teach you and your family how to perform CPR (without artificial respiration) in 22 minutes. There’s a book and a DVD, and even an inflatable chest and head that’s simultaneously creepy and fascinating. This is something you want. It might save your life. At a minimum, the blowup will look awesome duct-taped to your beer fridge.
So, if you comment on this blog post, and only this post, you will go in the hat to possibly win this kit. If one person posts, that person wins. If 10 post, you have a one in 10 chance. If 20 people post, you have…oh, for the love of Lucifer, you get the idea. Comments should have something to do with religion or outer space. Zombies and the national debt are also good topics. Basically, any subject I regularly rant about. I reserve the right to totally exclude you from the draw if your comment is just stupid or annoys me. It’s my CPR gift and I can do what I want with it.