Monday, 9 June 2008
Well, sometimes it's a good thing I don't have one a Death Ray, that is. Lead me not into temptation and all of that.
Over at the Times of Malta, quoting International Law (UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights article 16 and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights article 23) to show that the Maltese government is not just acting immorally, but illegally. Contravening treaties they are signatories to, not just customs. Saying that a female birth certificate is issued 'merely to avoid embarrassment' and doesn't actually mean you're female for the purposes of marriage, but then saying that you can't be male for the purposes of marriage due to that self same birth certificate, that's not just insane, but evil. Illegal too, for once.
Then there's Chicken Little at Christian Post. There I advise people to go read the Bible, Matthew 19:12 and Isaiah 56:4-5 on Intersex conditions. Medical papers too, though often such people see the Good Book as being the only source of knowledge. Until they get a toothache, and require anaesthesia for an extraction, then medical knowledge suddenly gets legitimised. For a time.
And over at Reasonable Christian, it's been a month since I gave him the references to the peer-reviewed scientific data he requested. My comment still hasn't appeared, despite e-mails between us on the subject, including corrections to some URLs. His blog, his rules, but doing the equivalent of saying "la la la I can't hear you" is neither Reasonable nor Christian. Still, perhaps he is just "reviewing the data" before allowing such dangerous notions to be posted. It's one thing to say that the evidence is unconvincing, another to assert that it doesn't exist, and to deliberately suppress its publication to conceal the falsity of that proposition. Perhaps it just slipped his mind. Probably, in fact. Most such people are really quite decent. They may disagree, and can even get quite emotional about it, but they're rarely malicious. We'll see what transpires.
It really is a good job I don't have a death ray. Ignorance I can deal with, malice and hypocrisy, not.