Another Study Proves Racist Policing

We already have comprehensive studies from New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, Illinois and several other states that show police use racial profiling in traffic stops. Add a new study in Connecticut with findings that are exactly like all the others: The majority of people whose cars get searched during traffic stops are black, but white people are more likely to actually be breaking the law.
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Lindsay Graham Sells Absurd Fear Over ISIS

The iron law of politics: Every war is justified either as a moral crusade or a response to an imminent threat, no matter how implausible that may be. Lindsay Graham, who never saw a potential war that didn’t give him an erection, is doing the latter over ISIS, claiming that if we don’t send the troops back to Iraq and to Syria too, they’re going to kill us all.
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Fighting Over a Dead Archbishop

I find this story quite amusing. The Catholic dioceses of New York and Peoria are locked in mortal combat over the body of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, a very popular radio and TV evangelist starting in the 1930s. Peoria, where he was originally ordained, wants his body to be moved from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. New York says no. Food fight!
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Satanists Want in on School Book Distribution

The last couple years have seen legal battles between atheists and the Orange County, Florida school system over the distribution of Gideon Bibles in schools there. The school system decided to allow atheist groups to distribute books in the same manner as the Gideons, but now the Satanic Temple wants to give out a children’s book there as well.
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Leo Igwe on Making Humanism Work for Everyone

My favorite part of the Humanism at Work conference in July was getting to know two amazing activists, Leo Igwe and Hemley Gonzales. I drove Leo from Chicago to Grand Rapids and had several hours to talk to him about his work and his passion. In a recent article on the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies website, he advocates that humanists begin to look more outward than inward.
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Ken Ham Headlines IOTC Conference

Warren Throckmorton reports that Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis is going to headline an event for the Institute on the Constitution, founded by Christian Reconstructionist and white supremacist Michael Peroutka. Peroutka was the one who donated a dinosaur skeleton to Ham’s Creation Museum, which they absurdly claim proves creationism.
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Perkins: Constitution Doesn’t Protect Muslims

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council offers a ridiculously hypocritical argument for why the religious freedom of Muslims is not protected by the Constitution. It’s the same old argument about Islam being more than just a religion, as if that did not apply to Christianity as well. Oh, and the murderous Muslims are the real ones.
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D’Souza’s Astonishingly Incoherent Defense

In debating the details of the Dinesh D’Souza case with those who claim, with no evidence whatsoever, that he is a victim of selective prosecution, I went through and read the transcript of the pretrial hearing on several motions by his attorney. What those transcripts showed was an incredibly incoherent defense strategy that can be summed up thusly:
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LaBarbera Demands Apology From Ex-Ex-Gay Activists

With a staggering number of “ex-gay” activists over the last year or two coming out and saying that it was all a lie, that they’re really still gay and that you can’t change who you are, the Christian right bigotry industry is in a bit of an uproar. Peter LaBarbera says those people owe the remaining bigots an apology:
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Fischer Blames Ray Rice Beating on ‘Premarital Cohabitation’

Apparently jealous of so many of his fellow wingnuts who have said staggeringly stupid and offensive things about Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiance, Bryan Fischer on Friday pulled himself up by his bootstraps and got himself back in the game by declaring that the reason it happened was because they were living together before marriage, as the Bible forbids.
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How Images Can Completely Flip Public Opinion

It’s been pointed out by many wise people that terrorists don’t actually have to take over the country (they can’t anyway, of course) to damage it immensely. If they “hate us for our freedom,” as George W. Bush so absurdly claimed, all they have to do is scare us into giving at least some of it up. And the beheadings of two American journalists appear to have done exactly that.
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Limbaugh and the ‘Chickification’ of the NFL

As if the Ray Rice situation wasn’t bad enough, now we have Rush Limbaugh complaining that all this concern over NFL players beating up women is leading to the “chickification” of the NFL. Because apparently it’s terribly emasculating to men not to be allowed to beat the hell out of their wives and girlfriends.
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Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Bryan Fischer vs AFA Attorney

The American Family Association seems to be having a bit of trouble deciding which side it’s on in the battle over forcing members of the military to swear an oath “so help me God.” Bryan Fischer, the “director of issues analysis” says that atheists should be banned from the military and all soldiers should be forced to swear such an oath. The group’s chief counsel, Patrick Vaughn, rightly points out that this is unconstitutional:
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