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It's obvious, but it's nice to finally see news media point it out.  Religions are at least as much the source of persecution as they are the subject.
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The thought occurred to me quite a while ago that the best way to participate in the American version of democracy might be to vote in the primary of the party that scares you most. The effect would be something like a political version of this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winsorising
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Here in Indiana, the TEA party is staging an effort to replace a decent, moderate (R) senator with yet another one of Norquist's puppets. I'm hoping (D) voters here realize how bad that would be and stand up to these people. We can't let our country be run by the extremest of extremists.
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This sounds like a brilliant idea to me. Increase the number of seats in the House of Representatives to make each individual less powerful and more, well, representative. And keep them living in their home district by conducting congressional business electronically.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/24/opinion/24conley.html?_r=1
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As much as I hate the bigotry that often festers within religious institutions, I can still appreciate the beautiful things that come out of religions when they're done right. I'm looking for examples of atheistic or agnostic organizations doing it right. My best example is some Unitarian-Universalist churches which offer "sermons" about community and personal enlightenment without the message of hate toward others.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/26/opinion/de-botton-religion-atheists/index.html?hpt=hp_bn8
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I think you actually typed it, but for all I know you could've said it aloud too. I wholeheartedly agree that there are people in most groups who make the world better and people who make the world not as good. Atheism has its O'Hares and christianity has its Phelpses, and both have a less vocal majority of predominantly good people. My point was that religious people seem to have a much stronger sense of community within their institutions. They come together as a group for meals, help their peers in need, and generally form stronger personal bonds with other members of their group. I have yet to find a non-religious group that does these things very well, which is troublesome to me.
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