“Let’s face it; god has a big ego problem. Why do we always have to worship him?” — Bill Maher
PAY ‘EM: DAY 3
Bill Lichtenberg of Forest Park, Illinois feels I took too strong a position yesterday on the venial nature of the Chicago Teachers Union strike.
In case you missed it, I said the strike is not about children, it’s about pay and workplace conditions.
He’s a strong supporter of teachers unions, as am I. But we come to our stances via different paths.
Striking Chicago Teachers, September 11th, 2012
His path, I suppose, wound through the neighborhood of the angels. Me? I’ve always taken shortcuts through the alley.
Bill sent me a link to the CTU’s dissertation on what the Chicago Public Schools system needs to do to ensure that every student gets, in the union’s words, “the same quality education as the children of the wealthy.”
Make no mistake, I’m with the teachers on that issue as well. I just know that unions usually don’t go on strike for high-minded ideals.
BLINDED BY SCIENCE
It’s the season’s first gathering of the latest incarnation of the Bloomington Science Cafe.
I’d post an image illustrating antimatter but, well, I can’t. And if I have to explain this gag, you ought to come to Rachael’s tonight at 6:30pm to find out why.
THE WRATH OF GOD
Religious fundamentalists in Egypt and Libya are having apoplexy over some amateur video that purportedly insults Muslims or their god or whatever.
Word just came in that the US ambassador to Libya was killed in an attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. It was one of several such attacks in the two countries.
Demonstrating His Holiness
The film reportedly was made by an Israeli-American but certain people in Cairo believe it was actually made by Egyptians Copts living in the US. The Copts are a favorite minority for Muslim fundamentalists upon whom to vent whatever rage they happen to feel on a given day.
So now the Copts of Cairo are coming out into the streets to shake their fists at anyone who insults anybody’s religion.
I suppose I understand why the Copts are joining in on all the fun. It’s better than getting the bejesus beaten out of them for something they didn’t even do.
In any case, it apparently doesn’t matter who made the film, only that wild-eyed fundamentalists get to whack the crap out of somebody to show how much they love god.
You know, we’ve got out own religious lunatics in this holy land. The Rev. Fred Phelps jumps to mind. Gasbags like Pastor John Hagee and TV plaster saint Pat Robertson have done their share to foment hate as well.
Phelps Is Deranged But He’s Not A Murderer (As Of This Morning)
But it has to be said we don’t have mobs running around snuffing out lives to demonstrate how spiritual they are.
Today’s events remind me of a controversial riff delivered by Bill Maher a couple of years ago, comparing Muslim extremists to other god fans. “When I make a joke about the Pope,” Maher quipped, “he doesn’t send one of his Swiss Guards in their striped pantaloons to stick a pike in my ass.”
Much as I loathe defending the Pope on any topic, I have to agree with Maher on this one.
No Big Mike’s Playtime: Fun on the Interwebs today. I’m in too much of a hurry.