Whatever: September 2003 Archives

September 23, 2003

No singing in the back

United States: 46 people were injured when their bus rolled over as a result of their over-enthusiastic hymn-singing.

According to police, the passengers on the bus from Hyles-Anderson College -- a baptist school in Hammond, Ind. -- were singing and swaying on board the bus. Their swaying caused the bus to sway and tip over.

Bus Rollover Closes Part Of I-94 - NBC5 (via Gullibility isn't in the dictionary), 20th September 2003.

September 3, 2003

Back again

Sorry about the erratic updates. I am now back from Toronto, where one of the major news stories concerned what many Canadians consider to be an excessive mixing of religion and politics: Ontario premier Ernie Eves mentioned that he considered same-sex marriage to be wrong, because of his religion, though he emphasised that that was his personal opinion, adding:

I don't think that I have the right to impose my values on other individuals. That's just a personal belief of mine.

A year ago he told reporters Everybody has their own personal point of view on this issue. My point of view on this issue is that if two people decide they want to be in a union, why would I interfere with that? and mentioning religion as the reason for his shift in opinion seems to have reflected negatively on the Progressive Conservative politician.

Around Toronto, I was surprised by the sheer number of evangelists about town, though most people just smiled sweetly at them and went on their way. I'm not sure how Jews For Jesus thought they would attract any of their target audience on a Saturday afternoon though. Murray Campbell - The Globe and Mail, 27th August 2003; Premier now against same-sex marriage - Toronto Star, 26th August 2003.

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