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Go to: Despite these riots, I stand by what I wrote

jenlaferriere's Avatar Jump to comment 22 by jenlaferriere

I was so enraged when I read the last article by Mr. Hari about the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights...

Now I'm just plain pissed. this is not right. Richard you were so spot on with your comment. I'm so glad that we're protecting peoples feelings!

Fri, 13 Feb 2009 13:25:00 UTC | #324334

Go to: In a Novel Theory of Mental Disorders, Parents' Genes Are in Competition

jenlaferriere's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by jenlaferriere

Like the article says, it's a needed shot of imagination that will bring on new research and further innovation. This is speculative and as the author points out, most assumptions they make will prove to be wrong.

Where would we be without ideas, and without those who are willing to test hings out?

Wed, 12 Nov 2008 15:07:00 UTC | #268944

Go to: Recommended Reading: Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment

jenlaferriere's Avatar Jump to comment 8 by jenlaferriere

Sounds like a great read.

I'm just not sure that it will be read by those that need the message. I can imagine the fleas now: Society with God, Society Possible Without God?... etc.

Those will get read by the christian right.

I live in what is commonly referred to as the Canadian Bible Belt (Alberta) and coming from a city like Ottawa, the seat of Canadian governemnt and one of the most secular and progressive cities in Canada I often get into conversation with evangelical christians, who are not interested in learning that their views are so wrong... I doubt this or any other book will get to them. Unfortunately.

Wed, 22 Oct 2008 11:19:00 UTC | #255313

Go to: Religion out of medicine, a new message for Ontario doctors

jenlaferriere's Avatar Jump to comment 80 by jenlaferriere

I belive that I was refused medical service in Ontario, based on religious consciousness...

When I was 17, mymother and I went to the doctor together to get me onto birth control. The doctor refused to do it. In ontario you need to be 14 in order to make your own medical decisions, yet he would not prescribe, even with my mother conscenting.

I am therefore, very much in favor of this new legislation...

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 07:31:00 UTC | #220079

Go to: The rebellion of the child-brides

jenlaferriere's Avatar Jump to comment 3 by jenlaferriere

It is appaling this this is happening enywhere in the world; Yemen, Britain, or in the US under some Mormom polygamist sects. This is just another silent epidemic... "le0ts keep it in the family, in the community" using religion as a "reasonable" explanation for the exploitation, rape and abuse of children and women is unfortunetely still accepted in so many situations. And the whole concept of calling someone Islamophobic... If you mean opposed, appalled, critical, repulsed... then maybe yes; maybe we need a little more religion-phobic individuals.

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 11:23:00 UTC | #217899

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