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Worker's Compensation Disappearing Fast

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 3 Replies

Employers who kill their employees on the job used to at least have to pay into Worker's Comp, which would pay some small compensation to families and for the funeral. Not anymore.…Continue

Tags: corporate depraved indifference, Workman's Compensation

Richard Dawkins - Intelligence Squared debate: "Atheism is the New Fundamentalism."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Alan Perlman on Thursday. 4 Replies

We've all heard the argument: "Atheism is just another religion," "Atheists are strident / angry / whatever," "Atheism is just another form of fundamentalism," and doubtless you are as sick of these vacuous assertions as I am.  Allow me, then, to…Continue

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Violence in Defense of Christian Privilege - Ed Brayton - Reasonfest 2014

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 11. 3 Replies

One of the first things I wrote as a member of Atheist Nexus was a blog entry I called Easy Rider Redux, wherein I mused about the possibility of the…Continue

Tags: Jessica Ahlquist, christians, Reasonfest, violence, Ed Brayton

You Cannot Be A Republican And A Christian (Daily Kos)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 5. 0 Replies

No one in American life today proclaims their allegiance to Christ more conspicuously than those who have rejected most of what Christ actually taught: Republicans. The modern Republican Party’s hell-bent embodiment of nearly everything Christ…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on October 4, 2012 at 2:21am

This is really disgusting - if the justice system won't protect the weak there's nothing left. You might as well overturn your Supreme Court.

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 3, 2012 at 8:17pm

Joan you're right. This isn't a right/left issue. This is a fairness issue. Small excert from the article;

In a 4-3 ruling Tuesday afternoon, the Connecticut State Supreme Court overturned the sexual assault conviction of a man who had sex with a woman who “has severe cerebral palsy, has the intellectual functional equivalent of a 3-year-old and cannot verbally communicate.” The Court held that, because Connecticut statutes define physical incapacity for the purpose of sexual assault as “unconscious or for any other reason. . . physically unable to communicate unwillingness to an act,” the defendant could not be convicted if there was any chance that the victim could have communicated her lack of consent. Since the victim in this case was capable of “biting, kicking, scratching, screeching, groaning or gesturing,” the Court ruled that that victim could have communicated lack of consent despite her serious mental deficiencies:

WTF!! Pardon me, but mental capacity of a 3 y.o. with CP, and further in the article, find out she is confined to a wheelchair! Gimme an effing break.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 3, 2012 at 8:07pm

Furthermore, This is so terribly outrageously ignorant of not one, but four judges who overturned the conviction of a rapist! Absurd! I wonder, if any one of those judges had a daughter with cerebral palsy and mental capacity of three years, would their sense of justice have been different? 
I don't think this is a right or left issue! Justice, fairness, accountability weigh heavy on the minds and hearts of the liberals I know. So, we don't think the state should put citizens to death, we do think the state should hold people accountable and responsible for harming others and indeed, the state should provide protections for those who are unable to protect themselves.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 3, 2012 at 7:49pm

Tony, this is terrible news! If courts don't know the word "NO" then why should a rapist? Besides, many counselors advise women to do what they believe will be safest for them, and if not resisting means less trauma, then that is what a woman should do. It is better to be raped and alive than raped and dead. Just common sense. 
If the judge were walking down a street and some thug held him up for his watch, rings, and wallet, should he resist? Or should he acquiesce and deal with remembering the face and features of the thug? 

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 3, 2012 at 6:02pm

 Think Progress Comments for TPR.

Court Requires Disabled Rape Victim To Prove She Resisted, Calls For Evidence Of ‘Biting, Kicking, Scratching’

 
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 3, 2012 at 5:41pm

Comment by sk8eycat on October 3, 2012 at 12:08pm

Greg.  Oh.  I getcha.

Most of what I know about Roman methods of trials and punishments comes from reading Colleen Mc Cullough's "Masters of Rome" series.  I know that's fiction, but it's very well-researched (13 years before she started the 1st book!), so I believe she's accurate.  The only problem is that the novels only cover the last 100+ years of the Republic (and what ruined it...Cato and other hyper-coonservatives, and growth.), and Romans of that time had a horror of capital punishment.  The most extreme penalty (in Rome itself) was to throw the guilty party off the Tarpeian Rock.  Otherwise they were usually exiled.

A private citizen had the right to crucify one of his/her slaves.  Julius Caesar crucified 50 or 60 pirates who had captured him for ransom when he was in his early 20s.  And then there was the Spartacus-led revolt and its gruesome aftermath.

But during the time of the Republic, capital punishment of any kiind was rare.  I don't really know much about the empire.

Comment by Plinius on October 3, 2012 at 3:08am

I don't find stuff like that when I read about agnostics, anti-theists, atheists, Brights, freethinkers, humanists, secular humanists, skeptics, or spiritual humanists. Have you ever read or heard of violent supporters of these beliefs? A lot of them suffer at the hands of theists ... and non-believers certainly have been called all kinds of vile things.

And can I defend myself without descending to their level? I think that everybody has got a right to his/her own opinion, own body, own way to live or die - and those rights should only be restricted where they violate other's rights. I wouldn't know how to talk to theists, or how to influence them. I tried with my fundie parents, when they lived, but anything beyond "Would you have some more tea?" was spoken in a language they couldn't understand.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 3, 2012 at 1:19am

"Are Christians Delusional?" Richard Carrier Skepticon 3

Richard Carrier author of "Sense and Goodness without God", "Proving History", and "Not the Impossible Faith". A Ph.D. in ancient history from Columbia University, he specializes in the modern philosophy of naturalism, the origins of Christianity, and the intellectual history of Greece and Rome, and ancient philosophy, science and technology.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 3, 2012 at 12:45am

Greg, I have a problem with that reference about Romans and crucifixion.  the author treats Jesus and Peter as actual people, and their crucifictions as historical events.  There is NO evidence for either.

Yes, the Romans crucified rebellious slaves, pirates, and others.  But there's no historical evidence for those two characters, and Saul/Paul who was the first person to write about Jesus never claimed that he lived and died anywhere on this planet.

I still wonder what would have happened if somebody who was ordered to carry his (or her) own crossbar said, "Up yours!  I'm not carrying that thing!" And stuck to it.  They may have flogged him mercilessly or run him through with a sword, but that would have either given him a quicker death, or left him too weak to carry anything.

Long before the Romans took over Judea, they would break a crucified person's legs as an act of "mercy," so they would die faster.

 
 
 

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