No stealth candidate here, this Alito


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The part that really scares me

is this:

to dispel in part the mystical faith in the attending physician

The MYSTICAL FAITH?!?! WTF is this religious nut, this friend (if not member) of Opus Dei and the Catholic Right, doing talking about the doctor - patient relationship as "mystical"? This apparent adherent of the idea that gametes becomes "ensouled" at conception is calling the information provided by a trained professional "mystical"?!?!

What ... the ... fuck.

Worse, he seems to feel that the MIS-information provided BY religious nuts and their pet politicians trumps the knowledge provided by several years of professional training AND the ability of a woman to get a second opinion if she doesn't like what she's told. He also plainly assumes that women are STUPID (though with the increased dumbing down of our schools THANKS to zealots like Alito and his running buddies it's entirely possible she had little-or-no sex ed) and wouldn't think to ask any questions she might have.

Mystical my ass. SO fucking sick of these people.

Madman in the Marketplace's picture
Posted by Madman in the M... on 23 December 2005 - 12:48pm
Good catch

"mystical faith" is indeed very revealing, and clearly marks him, in my view, as a dominionist.

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Posted by media girl on 23 December 2005 - 12:52pm
It took me some time

to understand that these people are SO subsumed in their religious worldview that they see ALL other ways of "being" in the world as just competing (and heretical) religions. There is little or no understanding that science is a "no-man's-metaphysical-land" where everybody agrees to JUST work with what can be mutually understood in the NATURAL world using verifiable PHYSICAL methods of examination. WHY the natural world is, or does, what it does is not part of the game. A doctor may have some philosophical or religious beliefs that inform how he looks at himself and his patients, but if he's a professional, a SCIENTIST, that should have no bearing on the nuts-and-bolts of doing his job if he wants to maintain his professional standing (this is all, of course, not how it really works, but it's the IDEAL that science aims for). An atheist doctor should be able to discuss a case with a moslem doctor, a taoist doctor, a christian doctor and a hindu doctor. That's why the whole mess works (more or less) because it stays out of those ugly metaphysical trenches.

To a superstitious nut like Scalia, such a "middle ground" is impossible, so he projects "mystical" onto an enterprise that has been trying to be exactly the opposite of that.

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Posted by Madman in the M... on 23 December 2005 - 2:38pm
Their tradition is threatened by the Enlightenment

The Age of Reason is anathema to them. Never mind that God (if their is a God, and as a human I can't say I'm any authority on the existence of supernatural omnipotent beings or their predelictions) "gave us brains to use them." Their tradition has been one of fighting reason -- by force, often enough. Because reason is what might be called "open source belief." When the support of one's conclusions is up for review, that makes it hard for a Patriarchal Authority to impose its will upon the people.

I am thinking that perhaps that's why certain religious enthusiasts invented "The Rapture" in the 19th century. Science and reason can offer Enlightenment, but religion offers Rapture!

Okay, I'm being cynical. But when it comes to the Christianoid radical right, they force it upon me. When I look at the Bible, I find it very very hard to imagine Jesus doing what they do. To me, their words and deeds seem to indicate that they're more Caesarean than Christian.

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Posted by media girl on 23 December 2005 - 2:46pm