Sunday, February 14, 2016

Is The Church of England Trolling Prof. Richard Dawkins?

Even though the Anglican Church says that its concerns over Prof. Dawkins’ stroke was genuine, does a prayer tweet by the Church proof of a thinly veiled trolling attempt? 

By; Ringo Bones 

The issue reached a critical mass to become newsworthy enough after thousands of Twitter users accuse the Anglican Church of trolling the famous atheist via a prayer tweet, but the Church insists it was wholly genuine in its concern for Prof. Dawkins’ health. The Church of England has said in a tweet it posted sending prayers for secularist Prof. Richard Dawkins after he had a stroke was genuine. On Friday – February 12, 2016 – the Anglican Church Tweeted: “prayers for Prof Dawkins and his family” in response to a post by The Independent newspaper reporting on his health. 

The Anglican Church’s Dawkins prayer tweet post was eventually retweeted more than 1,000 times that led to many people speculating that the concern was less than sincere. Some commenters on Twitter accused the Anglican Church of “trolling” Prof. Dawkins and suggested that praying for someone who was not religious was disrespectful. The Church of England’s communications director issued a statement following what it called the “Twitterstorm” surrounding the post. “Many recognized the tweet for what it was, a genuine tweet offering prayer for a public person who was unwell” Rev. Arun Arora wrote. But why did the prayer tweet by the Anglican Church with regards to Prof. Dawkins’ health become so controversial in the first place? 

The Kulturkampf between religion and science had widened over time given the advances in science has since provided a better explanation on how the natural world works – while the world’s various religious organizations seems to have trouble “praying the world’s troubles away”. I mean when was the last time that a religious cleric has stopped a high-speed projectile aimed at him or her or their charitable organization working in a conflict zone through sheer prayer alone? The Anglican Church’s “prayer tweet” for evolutionary biologist Prof. Richard Dawkins probably make about the same sense as the top brass of the Church of Satan tweeting Pope Francis praising his climate change advocacy or registered paedophiles tweeting that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg be chosen as this year’s People magazine’s sexiest. 

Should U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s Vacancy Be Filled As Soon As Possible?

With the U.S. Republican Party’s camp already criticizing Pres. Obama’s plan to fill the vacancy left by Justice Scalia as soon as possible – will Pres. Obama’s decision truly constitutional? 

By: Ringo Bones 

For all intents and purposes, it is indeed constitutionally valid for U.S. President Barrack Obama to find a replacement and fill in the vacancy left by the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at the age of 79. Despite the howls of derision from the talking heads of the U.S. Republican Party that Obama should wait after the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election to replace Scalia and the replacement should harbor the same conservative politics as the late Supreme Court Judge’s. Despite President Obama referring Scalia as “a towering legal figure”, most people on the liberal side of America’s political aisle blame Justice Scalia as the reason why America is currently the mess it is in geopolitically. 

Antonin Gregory Scalia became the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States after being appointed into that position by the then U.S. President Ronald Reagan back in September 26, 1986. Since then, Americans of the liberal persuasion had blamed Scalia for virtually all of the problems America is currently in. From repressing women’s reproductive rights to choose, to his “scary” support of the death penalty / capital punishment, Scalia is indeed a thorn in the side of liberal America’s quest for social justice. One of the “scariest Scalia quotes” pertaining to the death penalty / capital punishment goes: “Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.” Many blame Scalia as on of the reasons why the September 11, 2001 Terror Attacks was a relative success because the Federal Bureau of Investigation was too busy wasting their resources and manpower chasing “Christian Terrorists” - i.e. domestic terrorists – mollycoddled by the Evangelical right wing in power which the then Supreme Court Justice Scalia and his ilk has a close kinship. 

Scalia died in his sleep during a visit to Texas. A government official said Scalia went to bed Friday night - February 12, 2016 – and told friends he wasn’t feeling well. He didn’t get up for breakfast on Saturday morning – February 13, 2016 – and the group he was with for a hunting trip left without him. Scalia’s death during a presidential election year sets up a titanic confirmation tussle over his successor on the U.S. Supreme Court bench. The already challenging task of getting a Democratic president’s nominee through a Republican-controlled Senate will be made more difficult as the fight over Scalia’s replacement will likely to emerge as a dominant theme of the already contentious 2016 U.S. Presidential Race. 

Did Some Joker Just Nominated Donald J. Trump For The Nobel Peace Prize?

As if his bid for the U.S. Republican Party wasn’t yet enough of a joke, did you know that some joker just nominated Donald J. Trump for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize?

By: Ringo Bones 

When the new year began, the roster for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize included residents of the Greek island of Lesbos - as in the Lesbians - who aided the Syrian refugees washed up on their shores, an escaped sex slave of the so-called Islamic State turned women’s rights activist, the negotiators who ended five decades of civil war in Colombia, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and them some joker just nominated the U.S. Republican Party’s presidential joke candidate Donald J. Trump. The social media is indeed alight of comments of “W.T.F.?!!!” indeed. But is Donald J. Trump a valid nominee for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize? 

A respected Nobel watcher and director of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo named Kristian Berg Harpviken told CNN back in February 3, 2016 that a “mystery patron” nominated Donald J. Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. Even though Harpviken made a promise / deal not to reveal the nominator’s name, Harpviken did reveal the reasons on why the mystery patron nominated Donald J. Trump for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize as the mystery patron cited Donald J. Trump’s Ronald Reagan influenced “Peace Through Strength” ideology and using the U.S. Armed Forces as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, the so-called Islamic State, Iran’s iffy nuclear deal and Mainland China’s undermining of the United States’ economic well-being. More famous as a brash reality show host and as a billionaire with a somewhat cavalier attitude towards women’s issues back in the 1980s and the 1990s, Donald J. Trump is indeed an odd nominee for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize given the current political outlook of the new generation of so-called millennials.  

The Nobel Committee, which does not reveal the details of its decision-making process, typically offers thousands of people opportunity to nominate notable organizations and individuals for the award, which counts among its notable recipients Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Red Cross and in 2009, U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama. Donald J. Trump, however, is not on Harpviken’s shortlist, which is currently topped by Edward Snowden and two U.S. and Iranian nuclear negotiators. Others that were nominated in the past but did not receive their Nobel Peace Prize include Mahatma Gandhi, Pope Francis, Adolf Hitler and Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. Given his disparaging comments on Mexicans and Muslims on U.S. soil – many cite Donald J. Trump is more akin to the reasons why Adolf Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.