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Judge Judy: Creationism Shouldn’t Be Taught in Schools

Judge Judy is the shit, man. I apologize for the profanity but it’s required in a situation such as this, in which Judge Judy (prominent disapproving TV judge) goes on The View (prominent daytime TV-for-women) to bash creationism, defend a woman’s right to abortion, promote stem cell research, and hate on “fundie” politicians.

Starts at 2:30:

Only thing I disagree with is that having babies out of wedlock isn’t necessarily a big deal if you’re a Hollywood billionaire.

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13 Comments

  1. Haha, I love her show and love her even more now!

    My mom wonders why such intelligent people (like myself and my brother) like to watch such trashy tv… we love Judge Judy and the Maury show and grew up watching The Three Stooges.

    I don’t know, maybe our brains just need a break sometimes ;)

  2. Initially when she started talking about Sarah Palin, I started to get a little bit worried since it sounded like she was going to be very positive and reinforcing towards her. When she said that Palin was a dynamic person, and that she had been governor of Alaska, I took from that the idea that that is still a not so ordinary event for women, even in this day and age. Palin may hold beliefs and policies that I strongly dislike, but that doesn’t change the fact that she is a woman who, almost invariably, had to put up with a lot more to get where she is than any man would have.

    That’s not to say I think Palin would have been a good VP or a good anything, but she is still a woman in politics, and for that I suppose a measure of respect is due.

  3. I really hate the comment that women who get 3rd trimester abortions are not being responsible. Women who have abortions late in pregnancy don’t do it because they’re lazy assholes who had better things to do than to quit being pregnant… as if terminating a pregnancy is like cashing in on a Groupon you just realized was about to expire.

  4. @BamDizz:
    Reminds me of the conversations when Michael Jackson was found to be (allegedly) molesting children. “But he’s such a talented artist and has shared that with the world!” *blink blink* Yeah, but that doesn’t excuse his abhorrent criminal behavior! He doesn’t get small children to diddle as a reward!

    So Palin was a Governor, so what. How many Governors have been brought up on charges or even gone to prison? Being elected within a small clique of people doesn’t necessarily endow you with super powers of perfection.

  5. I wasn’t saying that it did. I was pointing out that she is a woman that held a Governor’s office. She may be incompetent to be considered as a VP, she may hold crazy, creationist views, but she is still a woman in politics, what is largely still a man’s world. She likely had to put up with a lot of extra pressure for no other reason than that she was a woman. As much as I dislike her (and believe me, I dislike her a LOT) I am not petty enough to ignore that. So for that, I grudgingly give her a small nod.

  6. I’m afraid I had to disagree with almost as much as I agreed with. Like Elyse, I thought here comments on late term abortions were ignorant. I also took issue with the idea that looking at porn on the internet is wrong (although I’m sure that anybody who spends “6 or 7 hours a day” looking at porn like she said is well aware that they have a problem), or that it’s not right to have children when you’re not married. And while I agree that the biological basis for cheating is no more than the instinctual need for men to spread their seed as far and wide as possible, I didn’t like the suggestion that “men have been finding excuses for their bad behavior for thousands of years”, as if those of us with a y chromosome have an exclusive claim to bad behavior and infidelity.

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