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The brain is the weakest organ in this silly Christian’s body

THE human body must have undergone some radical changes since I had my last biology class in secondary school, where I was shown that the largest internal organ is the liver, weighing between three and five pounds.

Not so, according to an Alabama lawmaker Republican state state Mary Sue McClurkin from Alabama. According to her, the FOETUS is the largest organ in the body, and this barmy belief was at the core of her sponsoring  House Bill 57 — The Women’s Health and Safety Act — which would:

Make it a felony — punishable by up to 10 years in prison — for a nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to dispense abortion-inducing medications.

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Mary Sue McClurkin

In a recent interview, McClurkin, a member of the Briarwood Presbyterian Church who serves on the board of directors of the Young Men’s Christian Association, explained:

When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body. That’s a big thing. That’s a big surgery. You don’t have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that.

In fact, a foetus weights about 0.6 lbw at 20 weeks.

McClurkin is also President of the Alabama Propane Gas Association. Just sayin’

Rep Jezebel’s Katie J M Baker responded:

My liver, heart, and skin are all very excited that we are now giving organs personhood rights, although the latter is slightly upset about losing out on its largest organ in the human body.

Critics have claimed that House Bill 57 is so restrictive that it would force many abortion clinics to close. Ambulatory clinic building codes that it requires mean that some clinics would have to spend millions on renovations. And banning out-of-state doctors would making staffing a challenge.

Pro-choice activist Sharon McClendon-Price said:

Instead of outlawing abortions, they’re just going to make it to the point where a clinic cannot operate in the state. That’s their goal.

Earlier this month, McClurkin’s bill was approved by the state House Health Committee, which made it eligible for a floor vote. A similar bill died last year after protests from from women’s rights activists.

Opponents of the bill complained that they were only given 60 seconds each to speak against a bill during the Health Committee hearing earlier this month, while supporters were given up to four minutes each.

46 Responses to “The brain is the weakest organ in this silly Christian’s body”

  1. John A says:

    Amazing, parading her ignorance as if it were a virtue!

  2. Ivan says:

    According to this fruitloop, the Obama administration is “rubbing aborted babies in the faces of every single American”:

    http://goo.gl/5WfhD

    (You Tube 1m2s)

  3. RobL says:

    I don’t see the logic. Surely she can’t have it both ways.. If a foetus is just another organ, then what’s the big deal? Removing it would just be like removing any other organ.

    Maybe I should start a “Rights for Placentas” – they are organs too! campaign. Some would argue that this amazing organ is not an organ as such, and who does it “belong” to anyway? So.. babies are an organ but the placenta isn’t? Seems harsh.

    Your skin is your largest organ. It covers your entire body and has a surface area of around 2 square metres.

    Save our skin!

    Oh, and …. Propane. huhuhuhu.

  4. barrejohn says:

    From Christian Concern (yeah – I’m concerned abourt some Christians as well!):

    http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/abortion/victory-for-edinburgh-universitys-pro-life-student-movement

  5. IikagenBoB says:

    You know, whenever I feel depressed about the criminals in our government (South Africa), for some reason I always feel a little better after reading about the raving lunatics in yours…

  6. David Anderson says:

    likagenBob:

    Freethinker is based in the UK. Mary Sue McDumbfuck is from the USA.

    Having said that, the UK has its share of gilipollas as does Spain, where I now live.

  7. The Woggler says:

    “When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body.”

    So shouldn’t childbirth be renamed childectomy?

  8. Daz says:

    Proof that evolution is driven by mutations: Mary Sue obviously has a freak mutation which combined her mouth with her arse. This dual-purpose organ is most definitely the largest in her body, as it appears to pump shit at rates normally seen only in sewage-farms.

  9. IikagenBoB says:

    Ah – apologies.

  10. Georgina says:

    The only valid question here is:
    Should a women who knows sod-all about biology and/or medicine be permitted to make medical decisions for all the rest of us.
    And the only possible answer is NO WAY.

  11. charlie says:

    Well, she is from/in Alabama, deep in the bibble belt. Even so, the stupid………..it hurts.
    The country I was born in and still live in, the US of A, has fallen to lows that would have been unimaginable just a short while ago.
    I apologize to all for the moronic, no, that insults true morons, the stupid does hurt and unfortunately, it does and will continue to do real, serious harm to other living creatures, including humans.

  12. barriejohn says:

    Charlie: You now have equal marriage in some parts of your country, and a president who included equal rights for gays in his election campaign, trumping the “christian” candidate (Billy Graham said that he was a Christian, and he should know), so how can you be so despondent? Younger Americans have different ideas – as that link that I posted above shows – so maybe the things that upset us are merely the very noisy death throes of a dinosaur heading for inevitable extinction. I certainly hope so!

  13. Matt Westwood says:

    Don’t worry, 99%+ of the population of the earth is destined to die in the next few years anyway in a war, compounded by the plagues and famine that will accompany it. I’m looking forward to it.

  14. charlie says:

    barriejohn,
    Obama, or as I refer to him;the drone king, has so far only spoken about gay marriage and rights. Words are nice, but actions are what count. Yes, I am very skeptical of him and all other supposed “liberal” or “progressive” politicians in the US and elsewhere. Actually, there are no “liberal” or “progressive” people in the federal government here.
    Remember, in 2008 he campaigned on closing Gitmo. Still in operation. And I am not the most cautious of drone king watchers.

  15. barriejohn says:

    Charlie: Whether Obama delivers or not (and I agree that his record is not good), my point is that he included gay rights in his manifesto. Not very long ago that would have spelt death to any American politician, so the election result is an indication of how much attitudes in your country have changed in recent years. When I was a young man I could have gone to prison in England for engaging in “homosexual acts”!

  16. Stephen Mynett says:

    It is always hard to tell when you rely on information from others and do not live in a country but it does seem that America is very slowly moving in a better direction, although there is a massively long way to go and the GOP plus fundies will not give up easily.

    Conversely, we are going the other way. A government riddled with religious nutters and apologists, far too many faith schools, including some that teach creationism and an evangelical archbishop of Canterbury who clearly relishes the prospect of intruding in all of our lives.

    Not sure if this piece from the NSS has been posted on here before, sorry if it has but it is quite good: http://www.secularism.org.uk/blog/2013/02/will-the-new-archbishops-evangelical-fervour-aid-destruction-of-the-welfare-state

  17. Matt Westwood says:

    “Are we going to take the opportunities that are there for the grasping to bring people to know and love Jesus Christ?”

    I dunno about that, but I fucking love Bilbo Baggins – he guides my every thought …

  18. Buffy says:

    It’s no wonder we’re the laughingstock of the world. We’re being run by complete idiots.

  19. Matt Westwood says:

    Again, I’m wary of calling such people “idiots”. They are *not* idiots. They are highly politically astute, and know *exactly* when to tell a whopping great big fucking lie in order to maximise populist support. By conflating a foetus with a bodily organ, and stating blatant untruths about it, you can instantly alarm all sorts of people who *are* genuinely stupid and get them voting in support of your own personal poisonous, divisive, barbaric, disgraceful agenda.

    Bear in mind that a badly-educated, poor, religious population is a far richer ground for fascism to take root. That is *precisely* what we are up against. Not idiocy, not stupidity, not madness – but PURE EVIL.

  20. David Anderson says:

    Matt; Oh come on, surely you mean Gandalf.

    Only a few years now until the next Republican POTUS. I think your war, plague, and famine aren’t too far away.

  21. AgentCormac says:

    How do people who clearly aren’t intelligent enough to grasp even the most rudimentary facts regarding human existence get to make laws on human existence? As for ‘personhood’, don’t get me started….!

  22. Stonyground says:

    If you want some industrial strength idiocy, how about this:

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/singham/2013/02/21/you-mean-deer-cant-read/

  23. charlie says:

    barriejohn,
    Thank you for the links.
    The sad/frightening part is, many of those same “believers” here in the US of A vote. Now that is something to worry about.

  24. Stonyground says:

    I thought that it was interesting that there are some who don’t know that Judeism pre-dates Christianity. It seems that the more religious someone is, the less they seem to know about religion. They seem to know next to nothing about everyone else’s and even less about their own.

    As for those who think that North America was once part of the Chinese empire, I’m almost speechless.

  25. john c says:

    I was under the impression that you couldnt do without your organs, maybe one of your lungs or kidneys perhaps, but survival without one of everything would be seriously compromised.How many women manage to eject their foetus without dying is truly amazing .

  26. john c says:

    As a subnote, evidently , many christians have survived for years without a brain,its obviously not that important for them.

  27. AgentCormac says:

    john c

    Correct. No brain. Just a highly developed fear of the unknown which is entirely missing in every other species on the planet.

  28. AgentCormac says:

    Completely OT – ‘New Pope should allow priests to marry’, says Cardinal O’Brien

    WTF!?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9889115/New-Pope-should-allow-priests-to-marry-says-Cardinal-OBrien.html

  29. Broga says:

    @AgentCormac: Imagine you are a priest, middle aged or elderly, and have spent your life struggling and suffering to be celibate. The denial has been great and daily. Your sexual fantasies overwhelming. You have viewed from the outside what must seem all the sweeter because it is forbidden fruit. But you stick with it because the Pope, and what is called the teaching of the church, tells you that this is what you must do.

    Then, one day, you are told, “Forget it. Jesus never said you shouldn’t marry nor does the church teaching. You can marry if you wish.” However, your best years long past, your options narrow and your chances slim you have no hope of reclaiming what you through away.

    The bitterness of regret must rot their very being. So much thrown away, the best of relationships forever lost and all for nothing.

    I suspect this, and the possibility of a black Pope, is a continuing and desperate effort to deflect attention from the time bomb waiting to explode in the Vatican. Vatileaks continues to leak.

  30. Stephen Mynett says:

    Interesting article AC, this line caught my eye, the rev Philip Egan talking about celibacy: “It is such a beautiful gift to the Lord and when it works it is a wonderful thing.”

    These people really do love suffering and misery, denying someone something that is both natural and very enjoyable is hardly beautiful.

    Perhaps if the rcc really want to keep up the idea of suffering they should only allow priests to marry someone who is into an S&M relationship.

  31. AgentCormac says:

    Well, well, well! And now O’Brien is accused of ‘inappropriate acts’. Smoke. Fire. Burn, you bastard!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21563345

  32. Broga says:

    There is something just so inevitable about this. O’Brien has been stomping around, shouting the odds, dressing up in his finery and nodding and smirking to his gullible flock and, richest of ironies, getting ready to vote on the choice for the next Pope. But also, in his past comments, there has definitely been ambivalence mixed with the violence of his comments about homosexuality.

    Under the smooth facade this is, as usual, an uncertain and hypocritical priest being ripped apart internally by his raging, repressed natural urges. He gives the impression of being a deeply unpleasant man. I am trying to resist a satisfying feeling of schadenfruede but I am failing.

    I wonder if the Vatican will try to ignore this. He says he is taking legal advice. He will need it. I suppose prayer and the help of his God just doesn’t do the trick in these situations.

  33. the Woggler says:

    Innocent until proven guilty. But that’s four allegations, and as we know from past experience, where there’s four there’ll be forty more to follow. Is this the shitheap that Ratzinger knew was heading his way?

  34. Angela_K says:

    Reading about bigot O’Brien has made my day; how many more.

  35. AgentCormac says:

    The fact that the allegations are being made by priests (well, three priests and an ex-priest) make this story all the more compelling.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/23/cardinal-keith-o-brien-accused-inappropriate

  36. barriejohn says:

    Cardinal Comic Murphy O’Conman (no less) was interviewed by Jeremy Vines on The Andrew Marr Show this morning, and talked about the church’s transparency and willingness to deal with issues like abuse. Not available to watch yet, but here is the link anyway:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r1vzc

    Pass the sick-bag, please!

  37. Broga says:

    I don’t suppose O’Brien is a happy bunny this morning. It is going to take a lot of prayer to sort this one out. Next move will be O’Brien asking Christians to remember him in their prayers. Homosexual priests in the Vatican (pause for shock and horror); Vatican priests being blackmailed (isn’t their God protecting them?);little hideaways around Rome where they can satisfy their sexual needs while condemning others for satisfying the same sexual needs and massive theft and money laundering activities. And people still take this lot seriously!

  38. barriejohn says:

    Here’s the great man in action. “I think that the Church has faced up to [the scandals] very well indeed.” Wow!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21564654?ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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