Carnival of the Liberals #76

Carnival of the Liberals

PZ is hosting the latest installment of Carnival of the Liberals. It’s an especially good one this time around. You’re going to want to go over there and read every article.

What I love/hate about the CotL is that it only takes the ten best articles submitted. This makes it easier to read, and it’s much more likely that any article you click on is going to be worth your time. What I dislike is that my submissions are sometimes rejected. Those other carnivals will take any old crap I give them. Go read the crap-free Carnival of the Liberals.

Here are a few that I thought were especially noteworthy:

Dee Dee, the sexy kitten, has a story about Poverty and Choice that will remove any misconceptions you might have. She relates that way back when she was on welfare, her case worker told her:

No, I don’t think you want to return to school; your baby is getting near to a year and it’s time to pop out another one.

Go read the rest of her article.

Ames, at Submitted to a Candid World, tells us of “McCain’s Legal Errors at the Debate, and Why They Matter”:

While conservative disrespect for, and fear of, medical judgment is nothing new, to impute to doctors and women a desire to end fetal lives “just because” crosses the border into tin foil hat land.

Greg Laden has an article about a museum exhibit on “race”:

[E]ven efforts to use race in a “positive” way such as in medicine or forensics are doomed to failure because of the lack of biological validity of the concept….

Although that’s a good article (this whole concept of “race” has always galled me), I read a few other articles on his site and found an even better one. Back in June, he wrote about “Gay Marriage Across the Border”:

Allowing and even encouraging gay marriage is not the first step towards the decline of civilization. It is one of the last steps in the formulation of civilization.

Read that quote again. Then memorize it. Never forget it. If the rights of any of our citizens are infringed, then the rights of all of us are infringed.

If you live in California, be sure to vote No on Proposition Hate.

Finally, I want to direct your attention to a video that was mentioned in the comments to that last article. The video was made a couple of years ago, and it discusses gay marriage in Massachusetts. It does an excellent job of showing how gay marriage isn’t the big scary deal that fundies make it out to be. I couldn’t figure out how to embed it here, so you’ll have to go to Outtake Online, then click on View Trailer.

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