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What started out as story about a soccer team invoking religious privilege, that was posted on an atheist blog, took a left turn as the author and many commenters didn't seem to be concerned with an Islamic school soccer team forcing two Catholic girls to sit out half a match because the Muslim player's religion wouldn't allow them to mix with strange females. Could the fear of Islamophobia lead some atheists to overlook obvious religious bigotry? Looks like it can.

#atheism #religiousapologetics #religiousbigotry #sports  
 
What started out as story about a soccer team invoking religious privilege, that was posted on an atheist blog, took a left turn as the author and many commenters didn't seem to be concerned with an Islamic school soccer team forcing two Catholic girls to sit out half a match because the Muslim player's religion wouldn't allow them to mix with strange females. Could the fear of Islamophobia lead some atheists to overlook obvious religious bigotry? Looks like it can.

#atheism #religiousapologetics #religiousbigotry #sports  
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Former Evangelical pastor Bruce Gerencser writes about people who reject his story and say he never was a Christian.
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"State Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, is using the typical Ohio GOP trick of adding terrible legislation to the state budget so the nasty part can’t be repealed through a referendum. The terrible law he doesn’t want to expose to the ballot box? Placement of community drug addiction recovery homes. Which is ironic because addressing drug abuse is one of Sprague’s causes he trumpets in his press releases and through normally introduced legislation."

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State Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, is using the typical Ohio GOP trick of adding terrible legislation to the state budget so the nasty part can’t be repealed through a referendum. The terrible law he doesn’t want to expose to the ballot box? Placement of community drug addiction recovery homes. Which is ironic because addressing drug abuse is one of Sprague’s causes he trumpets in his press releases and through normally introduced legislation.

#RobertSprague #Ohio #HancockCountyOhio #drugaddiction #recoveryhouse  
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"A Christian ministry that wanted to open a school in an office complex they owned, had their appeal heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit last week. They are suing the city of Upper Arlington, Ohio, under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act – which is a cousin to the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The RLUIPA is used by religious groups to force cities to change zoning laws that conflict with the group’s religious agenda."

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A Christian ministry that wanted to open a school in an office complex they owned, had their appeal heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit last week. They are suing the city of Upper Arlington, Ohio, under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act – which is a cousin to the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The RLUIPA is used by religious groups to force cities to change zoning laws that conflict with the group’s religious agenda.

#RFRA #RLUIPA #religiousfreedom #zoninglaws #Ohio  
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Our current crappy political system might be due because the south really won the civil war:

"This is not a universal, both-sides-do-it phenomenon. Compare, for example, the responses to the elections of our last two presidents. Like many liberals, I will go to my grave believing that if every person who went to the polls in 2000 had succeeded in casting the vote s/he intended, George W. Bush would never have been president. I supported Gore in taking his case to the Supreme Court. And, like Gore, once the Court ruled in Bush’s favor — incorrectly, in my opinion — I dropped the issue.

For liberals, the Supreme Court was the end of the line. Any further effort to replace Bush would have been even less legitimate than his victory. Subsequently, Democrats rallied around President Bush after 9/11, and I don’t recall anyone suggesting that military officers refuse his orders on the grounds that he was not a legitimate president.

Barack Obama, by contrast, won a huge landslide in 2008, getting more votes than any president in history. And yet, his legitimacy has been questioned ever since. The Birther movement was created out of whole cloth, there never having been any reason to doubt the circumstances of Obama’s birth. Outrageous conspiracy theories of voter fraud — millions and millions of votes worth — have been entertained on no basis whatsoever. Immediately after Obama took office, the Oath Keeper movement prepared itself to refuse his orders.

A black president calling for change, who owes most of his margin to black voters — he himself is a violation of the established order. His legitimacy cannot be conceded"

#gopfail #republicans #politics #civilrights  
Tea Partiers say you don't understand them because you don't understand American history. That's probably true, but not in the way they want you to think.Late in 2012, I came out of the Lincoln mov...
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"Today is the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day. It’s a time to draw attention to climate change and other environmental threats to the planet. That is a good thing to do but the planet doesn’t need all the help, we do. Instead of using economic arguments to explain the harm of climate change, we need to lead with the very real human costs of climate change."

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Today is the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day. It’s a time to draw attention to climate change and other environmental threats to the planet. That is a good thing to do but the planet doesn’t need all the help, we do. Instead of using economic arguments to explain the harm of climate change, we need to lead with the very real human costs of climate change.

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Love Moleskine notebooks:

"In recent years, Moleskine has opened its own chain of stores and has struck licensing agreements with brands like Hello Kitty, Batman and “The Simpsons.” It offers special journals for beer drinkers, dog lovers and chocoholics, and its color palette has expanded to include Persian lilac and frangipane yellow, among others.

The company has also signed partnership deals with digital companies like Adobe, FiftyThree, Evernote and Livescribe to allow customers to upload their writing and artwork from Moleskine notebooks to smartphones and tablets in order to digitally alter them, share them online and search them. They can also print digital artwork into notebooks."
Moleskine, a maker of notebooks lauded for their simplicity, is embracing digital partnerships and scoring licensing agreements to expand its business.
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"You won’t necessarily get meaningful results from asking Americans whether they’re satisfied with the country’s current abortion policies, or whether there should be more or fewer abortion restrictions in place, because people have no sense of the current landscape. There’s a big information gap. Undem says that when she asks people in focus groups to tell her what laws currently govern abortion, most people don’t know or are simply guessing. Most people say that abortion is easily accessible and covered by most insurance plans (it’s not), and they have no idea what it actually costs (a lot). If you want to measure people’s opinions about reality, Undem pointed out, you have to first inform them about what that reality is."

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We're asking Americans the wrong questions -- and the right ones make even pro-life people angry about the current state of restrictions.
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“You’re leaving? Are you effing kidding?” An anti-gay bigot gets humiliated
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Peter LaBarbera came to my college to "expose" the "gay agenda." He wasn't expecting what would happen instead

The Mom Files: Single Parenting Edition
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It's been close to one full year since I last published a post here, and a lot has happened in that year. I have a lot more Facebook friends

Douglas Berger
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Author of Dancing In The Banana Factory

What Are Atheists Doing for the Victims of the Oklahoma Tornado?
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FreeOK, the organization hosting the Oklahoma Freethought Convention, put together a volunteer drive on Facebook, uniting individuals primar

An Open Letter to the Center for Inquiry | The Raw Story
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All that said, I would like to bring up my concerns about the behavior of Ronald Lindsay, the president and CEO of CFI. As head of the organ

The scarlet crayon of atheism
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I've been trying to understand how people — not just people, but self-declared "leaders of the atheist movement" — can claim that atheism is

Death Comes Before Rebirth In TV World
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Next week the networks will be presenting their new schedules for the 2013-2014 TV season. In order to make room for new shows, the networks

How to make the Google+ profile cover smaller again - gHacks Technology ...
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So Google introduced these really big header images on Google+ the other day that take up much of the screen estate when you open a profile

We Lost Mark Pogue
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I am sad to report that Mark Pogue, author of the excellent No Godz blog, died this week. He was a frequent source of inspiration, and he wi

The Blog : How to Lose Readers (Without Even Trying) : Sam Harris
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Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Lands

Why the American Secular Census didn't sign 'An Open Letter to the Secul...
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While the above statement has a laudable intent, I regret saying that it just didn't seem like much of a "pledge" to me. It appeared to be m

Calm, nuanced, proportionate : Pharyngula
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Today, Greta Christina has weighed in. Comments closed here, because I've put up with enough of the hysterical delusions of people offended

Secular Left | Supporting strict government secularism in the United States
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Court blocks land gift for Indiana religious school. September 7, 2011 by Doug. In the case Wirtz v. City of South Bend, a US District court

President Obama Rejects Citizen Petition To Remove 'Under God' From The ...
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President Obama Rejects Citizen Petition To Remove 'Under God' From The Pledge. October 30, 2011 by Doug. Joshua DuBois, Executive D

Rise of the Nones to Continue in 2013
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The number of religiously unaffiliated individuals is increasing in the U.S. We need to be ready to work with the media to tell our story.