Ministry: from dance to industrial metal

A co-worker and friend of mine who is in his 40’s (and I’m guessing here) and who likes music from the 70’s and 80’s told me today that he likes Ministry. I was shocked since I know Ministry is a very hard core/industrial/metal band and there was no way for this guy to like it. I know it is not his style.
But then he showed me something that I would never have guessed: back in the 80’s Ministry was a dance/pop band! Similar to Duran Duran or Depeche Mode. Talk about changing your style!!!

Sample some of their early work from the album With Sympathy (1988) and compare it with one of their newer albums Rio Grande Blood (2006).

Depenalize abortion

Yesterday the Colombian senate decided to de-penalize abortion in one of the following three situations:

  1. The pregnancy occurred because the mother was rapped.
  2. The fetus is malformed
  3. There is risk for the mother to die during the pregnancy.

The Catholic Church in Colombia announced to be against the de-penalization and threat to excommunicate the senators. I think the Catholic Church is pathetic.

I think abortion should be completely de-penalized. A woman is free to decide what to do with her own body. Neither the state nor the church, should tell her what to do.

However the fact that I support de-penalizing abortion doesn’t mean that I support abortion. If I’m ever asked to decide whether a woman should have an abortion or not, I would say no unless there is #3-situation (There is risk for the mother to die during the pregnancy).

This is similar to my position with respect to drugs: I’m pro legalizing drugs but I don’t use drugs and I never will. But everyone should be free to decide whether to have or not an abortion, to consume or not drugs, and that’s a personal decision that nobody should make for you.

Spanish version – Despenalización del aborto
Ayer el senado de la república de Colombia, decidió despenalizar el aborto si sucede una de las siguientes tres situaciones:

  1. La madre quedó embarazada víctima de una violación
  2. El feto sufre malformaciones
  3. La madre corre el riesgo de morir por culpa del embarazo.

La iglesia en Colombia se pronunció en contra de la medida y amenazó con excomulgar a los magistrados. Creo que la iglesia es cada vez más patética.

Mi opinión es que el aborto debería estar despenalizado completamente. Una mujer es dueña de su propio cuerpo y unicamente ella debe poder decidir si se practica o no un aborto. Ni el estado, ni la iglesia tienen porque opinar al respecto.

Sin embargo que yo esté de acuerdo con la despenalización, no implica que esté de acuerdo con el aborto. Si en alguna situación yo estuviera enfrentado a tomar la decisión de abortar o no, por una mujer que se encuentra inhabilitada para tomar la decisión, a menos que fuera el caso 3 (La madre corre el riesgo de morir por culpa del embarazo), no pediría el aborto.

Es un caso parecido a la legalización de las drogas: estoy de acuerdo con la legalización (despenalizar la producción y el consumo) de estas, pero nunca las consumiré. Creo que cada quien tiene derecho a decidir si aborta o no, si consume drogas o no, y es una decisión personal que a nadie debería incumbir.