The “Good Country Index” recently released a list of 125 countries, all ranked in order of how much “good” they contribute to the world, based on factors such as international peace, prosperity/equality, culture, science/technology, etc. Business Insider then created a nice visual representation of the top 30 countries on that list.
In 2012, WIN-Gallup International released a global survey on religiosity, in which 57 countries were ranked according to what percentage of citizens called themselves “religious,” “not religious,” and “convinced atheist.”
So I put the two together. Just to see if there was any correlation.
Seven years ago, Jenefer Igarashi‘s son was molested. The crime was committed by the son of the publishers of a Christian homeschooling magazine that employed Igarashi. (The boys happened to be cousins as well.) And after several years of silence, both she and her son are finally talking about what happened.
Folks, Pandora’s box of evils is open. These five misguided males have completely lost their way in a manner obviously less invasive than the Moslem leaders who find many reasons to kill women for seeking the basic human rights to which we are all entitled. But their action on June 30th was clearly in that tradition of female repression.
Yesterday, Pope Francis met with six victims of Catholic-priest-initiated sexual abuse and assured them that bishops would be “held accountable” for not doing enough. But unless he starts pushing pedophile priests out of the Church and into the hands of the criminal justice system, those words really mean nothing. [..] he would be moving in the right direction by removing all priests accused of sexual abuse from their parishes immediately, kicking them out of the Church altogether if they’re found guilty of abuse (or covering it up), and supporting harsh criminal sentences against anyone involved. Let’s see him support criminal charges against bishops who transferred pedophile priests to new locations. Let’s see him open up all the Vatican’s books to secular authorities instead of impeding their investigations by limiting access.
In stark contrast to Pope Francis' public professions of sorrow and wheedling apologies for the Catholic Church's role in facilitating institutionalised sexual abuse of vulnerable children by it clergy, and his assurances that the Vatican will do everything to bring them to justice, the Vatican has declined to cooperate with an Australian Royal Commission set up to investigate abuses by Catholic priests in Australia.
At last weekend's National Right to Life Committee's convention, Mary Spaulding Balch criticized the legislative strategy used by other anti-choice groups to pass 20-week abortion bans by claiming the procedure is dangerous to women. The proper approach, she said, is to base the argument around the unborn.
This week, a ban on women in France wearing the veil was upheld in court. Shelina Janmohamed says it shows a worrying shift towards marginal discrimination - and a Europe that's throwing away our hard won human rights
I had a very interesting discussion this week with Leah Libresco, who in 2012 converted from being an atheist blogger at Unequally Yoked to being a Roman Catholic. We discussed her atheism, her conversion and her Catholicism. Here’s the video, […]
In a stunning case of religious privileging, the Supreme Court decided a for-profit corporation not only has religious rights, but can flex those rights to deny employees contraception coverage. This ruling represents the latest in a pattern of court decisions privileging certain religious viewpoints.