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Big protest coming up on the 25th. The Iowa Faith & 'Freedom' Coalition is having a rally at some church west of here. I'm a bit excited because one of my protest sign mock-ups got made into actual signs by a fellow heathen and will be seen by the masses -
Speaking of protests, this particular story made waves recently -
Christian lawmakers boycott Wiccan Prayer at Iowa State House
It's one thing to step out or refrain from participation when you don't agree with some ritual being performed, but it's another thing entirely to put your bigotry out in front when everyone can smell the stench, particularly when when the issues of fairness and diversity are at the fore of the discussion. No christian in this country has the right to bitch about persecution ever again as far as I'm concerned...
Feature - Assholes in the News!
+The Idiot from Planet X
+Latest creationist museum feels right at home in Idaho
+Fox guest: Keep discrimination legal because Bible tells businesses not to hire atheists
+Alabama Senate Passes the Religious Display Freedom Act; Bill affirms the right to display religious holiday symbols on public property
+Bill would make Bible official state book of Tennessee
+Gov. Ricketts declares Monday religious liberty day
+Marco Rubio Attends Radical Anti-Gay Church with Exorcisms
+AG vows to protect Bible distribution at Oklahoma schools
+Rubio Accepted Endorsement From Dominionist Who Claims Constitution Based on Bible
+Ducey Has Ceremonial Signing of Bill Granting New Tax Break to Religious Groups
+Mich. shop owner allows guns, refuses 'openly gay' people
+Atheist billboard moved amidst complaints
Today's Links -
Science Proves the Healing Power of Prayer
We interrupt your regularly scheduled reality to bring you this special update from the desk of BULLSHIT Central...
Madison City Council adds 'nonreligion' as protected class
Yoga doesn't bend rules on religious freedom
Seriously...? Yoga is a gateway to hindusim...?
Science Denial Is Bipartisan
I don't give a damn about the article, I just find the comic that goes with it very amusing -
Egypt’s Al-Azhar Islamic University Advocates Eating Bodies Of Christians And Jews
I don't know about anyone else, but when I feel peckish I go to McD's for fries or hashbrowns...
Prime Minister David Cameron Declares ‘Britain Is Still a Christian Country’ in Easter Message
The word of the day, Boys and Girls, is 'wanker'...
Hard to take these proclamations seriously when the evidence is so overwhelmingly in favor of the reverse -
Study Suggests UK is Now One of The Least Religious Places on Earth
How Do the Republican Candidates Score on Science?
Everyone ok with another Clinton in the White House...? Good...
Bill Maher terrifies Bill O’Reilly: An atheist has the Fox News host running scared
I like these quotes -
"Examine the intractable problems in our society – and the world as a whole – and you will espy the ghastly gargoyle of religion rearing its misshapen head behind many, if not most, of them. In view of this, speaking out against religion becomes a moral obligation.
Consolations based on a false religious premise pose their own problem: what happens when they are exposed as unfounded? The believer, having never matured, having never really advanced beyond the childhood realm of wishful thinking, is suddenly rendered defenseless before the challenges — the terrors, even — of mortal life.
The one thing both O’Reilly and Coulter do get right is that there is a war going on, but it’s not between hapless Christians and “vicious” atheists. It is between rationalists who seek to live in ways they reason to be best, and the faithful cleaving to fatuous fables and Paleolithic preachments inscribed in ancient books that should be pulped, or at best preserved as exhibits for future students majoring in anthropology, with minors in mental derangement.
Australia To Deny Some Benefits To Parents Who Refuse To Vaccinate Their Kids
As it should be. This is a public health matter and the government has a compelling interest in denying religious objections where it concerns the potential epidemic spread of preventable diseases.
Turkey's Atheists Face Hostilities, Death Threats
Fear - this is the real harm religion poses. When people are too afraid to live then human dignity suffers.
U.S. military ‘hostile’ to Christians under Obama; morale, retention devastated
More persecution nonsense... When are these people going to learn that being forced to treat people fairly is more important than religious freedom.
Atheist mom threatened over complaints about ‘Bible Man’ visits to Tennessee public school
And these are 'good', 'decent' southern christians we're talking about here...
The Angry Athiest: Why Some Believers Perpetuate A False Stereotype Of Skeptics
Disadvantaged people are always unfairly demonized when they speak out - blacks, women, gays... It's inevitable...
Well, we officially get the award for being American Atheist's Affiliate of the Year tomorrow. Should be a momentous occasion.
Extra Link(s) (not part of the SCA Morning Read) -
After an Eighth Grader Stayed Seated During the Pledge of Allegiance, the School Nurse Refused to Treat Her
This is behavior indicative of spoiled children, not adults in positions of authority over children.
Islamic State releases Yazidi sex slaves, including pregnant 9-year-old
Yet another 'gem' from the "So Disgusting You Want to Vomit" file...
Conservative Christian lawmaker seeks to punish the poor
One would think that there are a limited number of instances when conservative christian politicians shoot themselves in the foot before they wise up and learn that saying stupid shit doesn't equal more votes...but the evidence suggests otherwise...
Countries free of religion are the most socially advanced, data show
HA! Told you so...!
The Defection of Jimmy Carter.
I applaud the man for having the balls to do this but why it took until now is a head scratcher... Religion has been this way for decades so it would really be nice to have an explanation of the actual straw that broke the camels back on this one...
Neil deGrasse Tyson: Reporters need to stop promoting phony scientific debates for headlines and ‘clicks’
The media promotes biased sensationalism...? I had no idea...?