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Monthly Archive: June 2012

Jun 30 2012

Secular Women Form New Organization

Secular Woman is a new organization formed to “amplify the voice, presence, and influence of non-religious women.” Sounds like a great idea to me. They’re just getting off the ground, but I an optimistic that they will be a powerful voice in the secular movement very quickly. Here’s an introductory video:

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Jun 30 2012

Finally, Gay Cannibals Are Exposed

This video, which features a crazy, bigoted street preacher telling at a gay pride event in Cleveland that being gay leads to cannibalism, is made all the more ridiculous by the fact that it was put on Youtube by someone with the nickname OnKneesForJesus. Mr. Freud, call your office.

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Jun 30 2012

Liberty Counsel: ‘True Science’ Always Supports the Bible

Steve Crampton and Harry Mihet of Liberty Counsel sing the praises of that abysmal Mark Regnerus study on gay parenting and claim that “true science” will always “reinforce and strengthen what the Scripture tells us from the start.”

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Jun 30 2012

The Evil Little Thing and the Evil Big Thing

Ed and Jessica

At the CFI conference last weekend, I finally got to meet Jessica Ahlquist in person. And since I was wearing my t-shirt that pays tribute to her, in a sense, Brian Engler had to get a picture of the evil little thing and the evil big thing together.

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Jun 30 2012

Jamie Kilstein at the Reason Rally

At the CFI Leadership Conference, Jamie Kilstein did the whole routine that he did at the Reason Rally and it was as brilliant the second time as it was the first time. Someone told me they were standing backstage next to Richard Dawkins and he was just dumbfounded by the whole thing, that he had …

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Jun 29 2012

NC Police Department to Use ‘Non-Sectarian’ Prayers

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says it is changing the prayers it uses during police ceremonies to make them “non-sectarian.” What does that mean? It means no more “in Jesus’ name” at the end, apparently. That has the wingnuts up in arms, of course, but it’s still a bad idea.

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Jun 29 2012

Boykin: Dearborn Just Like Beirut and Damascus

Unhinged crazy person and former Gen. Jerry Boykin says that Dearborn, Michigan, which has the largest Arab (not necessarily Muslim) population outside the Middle East, is ruled by Sharia law and indistinguishable from Beirut or Damascus (as though those two cities were the same, for crying out loud).

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Jun 29 2012

Will Wilkinson Nails It

Wow. Will Wilkinson wrote this before the Supreme Court’s ruling on the health care insurance mandate was released and it pretty much nails exactly what happened. I said at the outset that I wouldn’t be shocked if they upheld it under the taxing power, but I certainly didn’t come this close:

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Jun 29 2012

The Seven Worst Bigots in U.S. House

ThinkProgress has a list of the seven most virulently anti-gay members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The one amazing thing about it is that neither Michele Bachmann nor Steve King are on the list. Imagine how bad you have to be to outrank those two!

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Jun 29 2012

Did Roberts Change Sides in Mandate Case?

Paul Campos, a law professor at UC-Boulder, notes that the dissenting opinion in the health care reform ruling strongly suggests that Chief Justice John Roberts may have switched sides, originally voting to overturn the mandate and then switched and decided to uphold it.

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Jun 29 2012

The Vexing Problem of Foreign Aid

Foreign Policy magazine looks at a new study from a pair of Harvard scholars that concludes that the more food aid we send to troubled countries, the more violence in those countries increases — largely as a result of trying, successfully, to steal the food.

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Jun 29 2012

Social Scientists Try to Defend Bad Parenting Study

A group of social scientists have released a defense of Mark Regnerus’ terrible study on gay parents, but that response only shows how bad the arguments in favor of the study are. Some of them, in fact, are astonishingly hypocritical. To wit:

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Jun 29 2012

Won’t Someone Think of the Defense Contractors?

This website reports on a recent speech by the CEO of one of the world’s biggest defense contractors whining about the entirely mythical “sudden and serious cuts” that the sequestration deal, which almost certainly isn’t going to happen anyway, would make in defense spending.

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Jun 29 2012

WND Gets New Columnist

The owners of the Worldnutdaily apparently don’t think they look dumb enough for giving weekly columns to Pat Boone, Chuck Norris and Victoria Jackson. Now they’ve added John Rocker to the list (for at least as long as they think it will sell some of his books that they get a cut of). And he …

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Jun 29 2012

Radio Host Wants to Pistol Whip Nuns

The cesspool that is right wing talk radio continues to get worse and more toxic. Wingnut radio host Jan Mickelson noted that a group of nuns were going to Washington, DC to protest against the Ryan budget and he asked a sitting congressman whether he could arrange to have them pistol whipped.

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