Quips: human evolution, free speech and the Messiah

Judge: a woman can’t have the name “Messiah” as one of her boy’s names. Note: this was part of a dispute between the mother and the family over the child’s LAST name:

The mother, Jaleesa Martin of Newport, Tenn., is appealing the decision handed down by Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew, who renamed the 7-month-old child “Martin DeShawn McCullough,” after the parents came to her in a dispute over the child’s last name, according to the Tennesseean. The new name includes both parent’s last names but leaves out Messiah, “which is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ,” Ballew said.

“It could put him at odds with a lot of people and at this point he has had no choice in what his name is,” Judge Ballew said, according to WBIR in Newport.

This reminded me a bit of this:

But seriously, it is dumbfounding that superstition has such a strong hold in our country.

But the US does some things right. Consider our freedom of speech rights: in Canada, you can be forced to pay restitution so someone if you say something mean about them in a letter to someone else:

A Montreal man has been ordered to pay $8,000 to a panhandler after an email he wrote complaining about her presence outside a liquor store was deemed discriminatory by the province’s human rights commission.

The incident dates back to 2010 and started at an SAQ liquor store in Montreal’s Ahuntsic neighbourhood.

The woman involved is in her 60s and suffers from a degenerative bone disease, which prevents her from working. She receives social assistance, but makes ends meet by panhandling outside of the liquor store for a few hours on Friday and Saturday evenings.

According to evidence presented to Quebec’s human rights commission, the woman said she was always polite and never bothered anyone. She took adaptive transport to the Henri-Bourassa Boulevard store and made between $15 and $30 a day.
But one customer found her presence a nuisance and complained to the store manager in an email.

In that letter, the customer described the woman as overweight and a “drunk” with “no apparent IQ.”

Note: the e-mail wasn’t even written to the panhandler…

Human evolution

What value is monogamy to humans and higher apes? Believe it or not, it may have helped us get…smarter? Note: brains are expensive, in terms of evolutionary currency and offspring who have fathers who are with the family tend to be better fed.

Evolution Remember the moth story; the idea is that when an area became more polluted by soot, moths that blended in were eaten at a lower rate and produced offspring that had a better chance of surviving.

However, this idea was called into question by the scientific community, restudied, and ….found to be correct.

But, the creationists are using this to…uh…”prove” that there is some pro-evolution conspiracy in science? These clowns are a laugh a minute.


August 12, 2013 - Posted by | biology, evolution, religion, science, social/political | , ,

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