Vile, vile, vile
Posted by That Other Mike on 24/01/2008
(HT to PZ Myers)
As you all know, I am all for religious tolerance. The right to hold one’s own private views without state interference is the cornerstone of human rights, whether those views are religious, political or anything else.
That being said, there are times when I think, just for a moment, that maybe just a little repression would be in order:
Heath Ledger was a talented young actor who may have suffered from depression and taken his own life because of it. Is a little sympathy from the so-called “moral majority” too much to ask? Is a little compassion from followers of the religion which claims to value love above everything else just one step too far?
He died, alone, from an overdose, maybe on purpose; we’ll never know. He died alone and these people want to kill him again.
Ledger was just 28, in the prime of his life, successful in his career, a rising star with everything apparently going for him. This is something of a hot button issue for me right now; I suppose mainly because I also suffer from depression, and have for a long time. It sickens me that the terrible consequence of such an awful illness is being used by Phelps as political capital.