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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Of religion and morality (or lack thereof)

Bonsoir, mes chês lecteurs! Comment ça va. I read an inspiring piece of news and decided to comment on it (link is further down), enjoy.

I've read time and again of christians labeling us atheists as immoral, citing the supposed need for religion in order to be a good citizen (which is utter bollocks, mind you). Funny how they abstain from commenting on one of their own endorsing acts which are widely seen not only as immoral, but also as atrocious. In case you are expecting an example, I have one right here:

Bush vetoed a law that would prohibit waterboarding interrogation in the CIA.

Now, you may be asking yourselves, what the bloody hell is waterboarding?

Wikipedia defines waterboarding as follows:

Waterboarding is a form of torture that consists of immobilizing a person on their back with the head inclined downward (the Trendelenburg position), and pouring water over the face and into the breathing passages. Through forced suffocation and inhalation of water, the subject experiences the process of drowning and is made to believe that death is imminent. In contrast to merely submerging the head face-forward, waterboarding almost immediately elicits the gag reflex. Although waterboarding does not always cause lasting physical damage, it carries the risks of extreme pain, damage to the lungs, brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation, injuries (including broken bones) due to struggling against restraints, and even death. The psychological effects on victims of waterboarding can last for years after the procedure.

You can read the complete Wikipedia entry here.

Just so you know, waterboarding was a technique used by the Spanish inquisition.

So, Bush wants the CIA to keep on performing "Autos de Fe" on suspected terrorists, how lovingly benevolent and humane of him...

Now, president Bush is a devout christian, he himself has stated that. Furthermore, he even stated that he, as a christian, did not believe atheists could be good citizens. Yet he wants to keep the CIA torturing people as they see fit. That says quite a bit about christian morality, don't you think, mes chers lecteurs?

Rêves doux.


Dr Deimos said...

How weird to see a clinical reference on something about torture... though really ilustrative to most who know the position the patient in trendelenburg is placed lying on his back (decubito dorsal) with strached arms without bending any joint in the body, the whole body is inclined about 45 degree lifting the subject from the inferior part while the head and thorax go down.

This favors the blood contcentration towards the head, and though it might sound logical to use in such siituations as an hemorragical shock (hypovolemic) it is not recomended for such procedures (insted the shock position maintains the thorax and the head on a straight line). such position is perfect to perform diagnostic procedures such as radiology of superior digestive tract on a lot of diseases that obstruct the tract. In this case it is more than perfect to concentrate water on the superior respiratory system making creating an increasing panic towards choking, while at the same time making it something difficult to happen.

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