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Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 30 2012

Seriously, Stop This Dumb Petition

That White House petition to have the Westboro Baptist Church declared a hate group, a designation that does not exist in the law, has now gathered about a quarter million signatures, making it the most popular petition ever done on the We the People website. And now there are two new ones:

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Dec 29 2012

Another Atheist Display Destroyed

In what is surely the least surprising news you’ll hear this week, yet another atheist sign has been destroyed. In West Milford, New Jersey, they decided to create a public forum for holiday displays on city property this year and some local atheists put up a sign that said “You KNOW it’s a myth. This …

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Dec 29 2012

Elderly Atheists Have It Worse

Atheism is growing in this country, but the growth is mostly among younger people. Surveys show that older people are far more likely to believe in God than younger people, which, I’m sorry to say had never occurred to me, almost certainly means that older atheists are more likely to face hostility among their social …

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Dec 29 2012

GOP Rep. Supports DOMA Repeal

Rep. Richard Hanna, a Republican congressman from New York who was voted into office in the 2010 Tea Party election, has come out in favor of repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and guaranteeing federal recognition of all legal marriages performed in the states.

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Dec 29 2012

Violently Removing God From Schools

Operation Save America is one of the most extreme of all the far-right Christian groups in the United States, so it’s not at all surprising to hear them react to the recent school shootings with some of the most outlandish and ridiculous rhetoric:

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Dec 29 2012

Badass Quote of the Day

Glenn Greenwald, perhaps the single most indispensable voice for civil liberties in today’s media, has moved from Salon.com to the Guardian. In a recent column at his new home, he offers up this eloquently worded statement in defense of a government limited by real constitutional safeguards:

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Dec 28 2012

Liberal Hypocrisy on Filibusters

I’ve written many times about how Republicans and Democrats often exchange scripts when it comes to the filibuster. When one party is in power in the Senate, the filibuster is a terribly evil idea that must be done away with; when that same party is in the minority, the filibuster is an absolutely essential tool …

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Dec 28 2012

Those Poor, Persecuted Christian Clerks

OneNewsNow, the “news” wing of the American Family Association, has an article about those terribly persecuted Christian clerks in Maine, where same-sex marriage is now legal. And it turns out they can’t discriminate against gay couples if they choose to perform weddings:

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Dec 28 2012

Farah vs NRA

This could make another good wingnut on wingnut crime report, but there’s more to it than that. Worldnutdaily founder Joseph Farah disagrees with his good friends at the NRA. He thinks putting an armed guard in every school leads to a “police state,” so better to arm union thugs, I mean, teachers and administrators.

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Dec 28 2012

Help Stop the Assholes

Someone in the slymepit community has decided that it would be absolutely hilarious to start up fake Twitter accounts that look like they belong to Ophelia Benson. She is working to get a verified account with Twitter and have them shut down, but we all can help by going to these accounts and blocking them …

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Dec 28 2012

O’Reilly vs Santa Claus

The Daily Currant, an Onion-style parody site, has an amusing article about Bill O’Reilly allegedly losing it with an in-store Santa Claus at Macy’s after the fake Christmas icon wished him a “happy holidays” instead of a “merry Christmas.” This doesn’t seem too farfetched:

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Dec 28 2012

How Schools Should Handle Contraception

A couple dozen high schools in the city of Philadelphia are finally getting around to doing what every single secondary school in the country ought to have done decades ago, providing free and anonymous access to condoms. It’s all part of a pilot project to address high rates of HIV infection:

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Dec 28 2012

God’s Gift of Discernment

I don’t even know how I came across a link to this blog post by someone named Susan Shannon, who describes herself as a Christian conservative with a gift. A gift, you see, that allows her to cleverly see through the haze of media reports about the Newtown shootings and discern what’s really going on:

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Dec 28 2012

Swaziland Cures Rape by Banning Mini-Skirts

The nation of Swaziland will be protecting women against rape by arresting them for wearing mini-skirts or baring their midriffs, because that’s far more effective than, you know, arresting the fucking rapist, who was obviously just too overcome by lust to help themselves.

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Dec 28 2012

Pope Argues For Marriage Equality

Okay, not really. But as Alex Ross points out, the pope’s Christmas homily about the importance of the family unwittingly makes a powerful argument in favor of marriage equality — which is what always happens when people begin waxing eloquent about how wonderful marriage is for the people involved. The pope said:

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