Siri’s Evil Twin Sister Iris: Popular Android App Calls Abortion Murder, Cites Exodus
Apple’s electronic personal assistant Siri made headlines back in November for drawing a blank when asked for the location of the nearest abortion clinic. If you thought that was bad, meet Iris, Siri’s evil twin sister (or fundamentalist cousin).
Iris – Siri spelled backwards – is the popular electronic assistant created by Dexetra for Android phones. It’s been downloaded over 1 million times and is powered by ChaCha, the Internet’s “leading answers service with more than a billion questions answered.” In other words, Iris may be a knockoff, but it’s no joke.
That’s why we were surprised when we heard the Family Research Council crowing about the Android being “as pro-life as they come”…
After swimming through a sea of iPhones and Blackberrys, we found an Android and tried it for ourselves – sure enough, Iris did everything but condemn us to eternal suffering in hell.
Here’s a screen cap:
“The Bible looks at the life in the womb as a child.” Yes, the bible has eyes. You just can’t see them, because you’re a godless heathen who is going to burn in hell. FOREVAH!!!!!!!!
It must be said that Iris isn’t all fire and brimstone. Iris failed to quote scripture in response to questions about adultery, birth control, homosexuality, working on the Sabbath, and eating shellfish (which is an “abomination before the Lord”).
The bible contains a lot of crazy shit: it is an abomination to wear clothes made of linen mixed with wool [Lev. 19:19]. But for some reason I never see people all up in arms picketing JC Penny over its evil lightweight suits. Here’s another interesting factoid: the Christian god enthusiastically commands the killing of massive numbers of innocent children, yet doesn’t mention one word about abortion:
One Mosaic law about miscarriage specifically contradicts the claim that the bible is antiabortion, clearly stating that miscarriage does not involve the death of a human being. If a woman has a miscarriage as the result of a fight, the man who caused it should be fined. If the woman dies, however, the culprit must be killed:
“If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
“And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth . . .”
The bible orders the death penalty for murder of a human being, but not for the expulsion of a fetus.
Wingnuts like the asshole who programmed the Iris app love to cite Exodus 20:13 (the commandment not to kill). But they are idiots:
Most scholars and translators agree that the injunction against killing forbade only the murder of (already born) Hebrews. It was open season on everyone else, including children, pregnant women and newborn babies.
The bible is utterly contemptuous of women, of course, so in that sense, Wingnut Iris is just following the long, sad, Christian tradition of misogyny. And the long, sad, Christian tradition of not reading the words of their god, and misunderstanding them when they do.