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  • Islamic State sees red over new name
    A French decision to refer to the Muslim terror group as ‘Daesh’ in official communications has unleashed fury – and threats to cut out the tongues of anyone who uses that ‘derogatory’ term. The Washington Post pointed out last week that, from the start, exactly what to call the group that has taken over much […]
  • Iran, Bibles and censorship
    At the top of a Wiki list of banned books in Iran are The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, and Dawkins’ The God Delusion. Hardly surprising, really, but Lessons to Avoid AIDS … ? Anyway, what started my brief investigation into Iranian censorship was a cutting from today’s Times emailed to me by a Freethinker […]
  • Muslim scholar shot dead for ‘blasphemy’
    Muhammad Shakil Auj, accused by zealots in Pakistan of blasphemy for a speech he gave during a visit to the US, was shot and killed in Karachi. Auj, according to this report, was the dean of Islamic studies at the state-run University of Karachi. Unidentified gunmen on a motorbike last Thursday attacked the vehicle he […]
  • Holland: bleak future for Catholic Church
    Dutch bishops visiting Rome this week have given Pope Francis grim tidings about the Church’s future in the Netherlands. The bishops, according to this report, told the Pope in Rome that about two-thirds of all Roman Catholic churches in Holland would have to be shut or sold by 2025, and many parishes merged, because congregations […]
  • Christians’ shocking acceptance of abuse
    When is it acceptable for a muscular man who weighs 100 kilos and stands 1.85 meters tall to grab a stick and repeatedly hit a skinny, scared toddler half his size? According to many conservative Christians, such behavior is acceptable when the small, skinny person is a four-year-old child and the big one is his […]

Opinion

Don’t you get tired of this?

Don’t you get tired of this? | I have seen so much of this lately: And this: And in so many cases when we challenge this cherry-picking and confirmation…

It’s time we did something about sugar

It’s time we did something about sugar | I saw this image in the paper: Sheiham, A., & James, W. P. T. (2014). A reappraisal of the quantitative…

Crude dredging of the scientific literature

Crude dredging of the scientific literature | I am always amazed at how some people will crudely misrepresent the scientific literature in their efforts to pretend their particular…

Right Wing Watch

  • Right Wing Round-Up - 9/22/14
    Jeremy Hooper @ GLAAD: Questions we'd like reporters to ask at the Values Voter Summit. Warren Throckmorton: Mars Hill Church Staff Worried That Real Marriage Campaign Would Benefit Mark Driscoll More Than Church. Tara Culp-Ressler @ Think Progress: Rick Perry Claims Texas’ New Abortion Restrictions Could Have Saved Joan Rivers’ Life. Steve Benen @ The
  • Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/22/14
    Glenn Beck writes another long and rambling note to his viewers. Sheriff Joe Arpaio declares, "Our country is under attack. And Barack Obama is the aggressor." Janet Porter gets in on the "Justice Ginsburg must recuse herself" nonsense. Todd Starnes and Kirk Cameron together at the same Creationism conference! Finally, Stacy Swimp says th
  • Bryan Fischer Wants To Require All Immigrants To Convert To Christianity
    On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer recommended that the United States adopt an immigration policy based upon the Bible, meaning that all immigrants must convert to Christianity and completely leave behind their native practices, beliefs, culture, and language. If we "did immigration God's way," Fischer said, that would mean that "t
  • Tom DeLay: Obama Is A Code Pink Member
    In the midst of a U.S.-led bombing campaign against ISIS, former House GOP leader Tom DeLay told Andy Parks of the Washington Times last week that President Obama is refusing to take action to stop the militant group. DeLay offered his own strategy: “We have to do something.” “The president ought to wear a pink t-shirt because he is an anti-war president,” h
  • Klingenschmitt: ISIS Is 'A Sign Of The End Times'
    Gordon Klingenschmitt uploaded a new episode of his "Pray In Jesus Name" program today in which he declared that the attacks by the radical militants in ISIS on Christians in the Middle East is a fulfillment of a prophecy from the Book of Revelation and is therefore a sign that we are now in the End Times. Klingenschmitt proclaimed that John, the a

Action Alert: Don’t Exclude Humanists from Community Memorials

| Send a letter expressing your concern about humanists being excluded from Boston memorial service.…

Take Action: Support imprisoned atheist bloggers in Bangladesh

| Help three imprisoned atheist bloggers achieve their freedom.…

Action Alert: Support the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act!

Action Alert: Support the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act!

| Support a bill that would give grants to programs that offer a comprehensive approach to sex education.…

House vote on FEMA bill disappointing; tell your Representative what you think

House vote on FEMA bill disappointing; tell your Representative what you think

| Yesterday afternoon the House passed H.R. 592, a bill allowing taxpayer money to go towards rebuilding of houses of worship by a vote of 354-72. Such funding would entangle religion and government by forcing taxpayers to fund religion with which they may not agree, violating…

Action Alert:  Tell Congress not to give tax dollars to rebuild churches

Action Alert: Tell Congress not to give tax dollars to rebuild churches

| Tomorrow Congress is quietly attempting to sneak through a bill that would allow federal grant money to go directly to the brick and mortar rebuilding of churches and other houses of worship.…

DC Residents, Take Action: Support secular weddings in D.C.

| If you are a DC resident, tell the city council to support secular wedding celebrants.…

One week left: Support the Darwin Day Resolution!

One week left: Support the Darwin Day Resolution!

| Ask your Representative in Congress to support the Darwin Day resolution!…

Action Alert:  Urge President Obama to speak up for nonbelievers and gays in BSA

Action Alert: Urge President Obama to speak up for nonbelievers and gays in BSA

| Email or phone the President today urging him as honorary president of Boy Scouts of America to support inclusion of gay and nonreligious members, volunteers and leaders.…

Take Action: Sign the Equal Rights Amendment White House petition!

Take Action: Sign the Equal Rights Amendment White House petition!

| Tell President Obama that you would like him to join you in supporting the ERA.…

Support the Darwin Day resolution: Contact your Representative now!

Support the Darwin Day resolution: Contact your Representative now!

| Use AHA's Action Alert system to ask your Representative to get behind Congressional recognition of Darwin Day!…

Does a fly landing on Obama prove he’s demonic?

| TruNews host Rick Wiles thinks so.…

A United States for nonbelievers?

| Pres. Obama's inaugural attempt to reach "We the People" missed the mark, says Herb Silverman.…

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

| President Obama's  proclamation for Religious Freedom Day includes recognition of "non-believers."…

Secular Coalition touts church-state separation, praises Obama on Religious Freedom Day

Secular Coalition touts church-state separation, praises Obama on Religious Freedom Day

| Today the Secular Coalition for America celebrated Religious Freedom Day. The Coalition also praised President Obama for mentioning non-believers in the proclamation issued by the White House, marking the annual day.…

Inaugural Imbroglio: Controversial pastor pulls out of presidential swearing-in

Inaugural Imbroglio: Controversial pastor pulls out of presidential swearing-in

| The president’s team asked the Rev. Louie Giglio, a popular Atlanta minister, to deliver the benediction (closing prayer) during the Jan. 21 inauguration. So?…

Obama Thanksgiving address: Doesn’t thank God

| The Associated Press reports that in President Obama's Thanksgiving address, he once again did not give thanks to any deities.…

Religious leaders pledge to work with Obama administration ‘for liberty and justice for all’

| A diverse group of religious leaders has sent President Barack Obama a letter congratulating him on his re-election and pledging to work with the administration "during the next four years to help our nation live up to the promise of liberty and justice for all.”…

FFRF asks Obama to drop religion in presidential oath; so can you

FFRF asks Obama to drop religion in presidential oath; so can you

| The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to President Obama asking him to reject the way this country politicizes religion. The Constitution, which prescribes the oath in Art. 2, Sect. 1, does not contain the “so help me God” language.…

It’s (un)Official: Rep. Allen West finally loses reelection, refuses to concede

| Tea Partiers will unite today bemoaning their fate, as Allen West's bid for re-election is declared a failure. Much like the Tea Party.…

The ‘nones’ say 2012 election proves they are a political force

| Non-religious groups are making sure we won't be ignored in Washington and elsewhere.…

Does a fly landing on Obama prove he’s demonic?

| TruNews host Rick Wiles thinks so.…

A United States for nonbelievers?

| Pres. Obama's inaugural attempt to reach "We the People" missed the mark, says Herb Silverman.…

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

| President Obama's  proclamation for Religious Freedom Day includes recognition of "non-believers."…

Secular Coalition touts church-state separation, praises Obama on Religious Freedom Day

Secular Coalition touts church-state separation, praises Obama on Religious Freedom Day

| Today the Secular Coalition for America celebrated Religious Freedom Day. The Coalition also praised President Obama for mentioning non-believers in the proclamation issued by the White House, marking the annual day.…

Inaugural Imbroglio: Controversial pastor pulls out of presidential swearing-in

Inaugural Imbroglio: Controversial pastor pulls out of presidential swearing-in

| The president’s team asked the Rev. Louie Giglio, a popular Atlanta minister, to deliver the benediction (closing prayer) during the Jan. 21 inauguration. So?…

Obama Thanksgiving address: Doesn’t thank God

| The Associated Press reports that in President Obama's Thanksgiving address, he once again did not give thanks to any deities.…

Religious leaders pledge to work with Obama administration ‘for liberty and justice for all’

| A diverse group of religious leaders has sent President Barack Obama a letter congratulating him on his re-election and pledging to work with the administration "during the next four years to help our nation live up to the promise of liberty and justice for all.”…

FFRF asks Obama to drop religion in presidential oath; so can you

FFRF asks Obama to drop religion in presidential oath; so can you

| The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to President Obama asking him to reject the way this country politicizes religion. The Constitution, which prescribes the oath in Art. 2, Sect. 1, does not contain the “so help me God” language.…

It’s (un)Official: Rep. Allen West finally loses reelection, refuses to concede

| Tea Partiers will unite today bemoaning their fate, as Allen West's bid for re-election is declared a failure. Much like the Tea Party.…

The ‘nones’ say 2012 election proves they are a political force

| Non-religious groups are making sure we won't be ignored in Washington and elsewhere.…

Does a fly landing on Obama prove he’s demonic?

| TruNews host Rick Wiles thinks so.…

A United States for nonbelievers?

| Pres. Obama's inaugural attempt to reach "We the People" missed the mark, says Herb Silverman.…

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

| President Obama's  proclamation for Religious Freedom Day includes recognition of "non-believers."…

Secular Coalition touts church-state separation, praises Obama on Religious Freedom Day

Secular Coalition touts church-state separation, praises Obama on Religious Freedom Day

| Today the Secular Coalition for America celebrated Religious Freedom Day. The Coalition also praised President Obama for mentioning non-believers in the proclamation issued by the White House, marking the annual day.…

Inaugural Imbroglio: Controversial pastor pulls out of presidential swearing-in

Inaugural Imbroglio: Controversial pastor pulls out of presidential swearing-in

| The president’s team asked the Rev. Louie Giglio, a popular Atlanta minister, to deliver the benediction (closing prayer) during the Jan. 21 inauguration. So?…

Obama Thanksgiving address: Doesn’t thank God

| The Associated Press reports that in President Obama's Thanksgiving address, he once again did not give thanks to any deities.…

Religious leaders pledge to work with Obama administration ‘for liberty and justice for all’

| A diverse group of religious leaders has sent President Barack Obama a letter congratulating him on his re-election and pledging to work with the administration "during the next four years to help our nation live up to the promise of liberty and justice for all.”…

FFRF asks Obama to drop religion in presidential oath; so can you

FFRF asks Obama to drop religion in presidential oath; so can you

| The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to President Obama asking him to reject the way this country politicizes religion. The Constitution, which prescribes the oath in Art. 2, Sect. 1, does not contain the “so help me God” language.…

It’s (un)Official: Rep. Allen West finally loses reelection, refuses to concede

| Tea Partiers will unite today bemoaning their fate, as Allen West's bid for re-election is declared a failure. Much like the Tea Party.…

The ‘nones’ say 2012 election proves they are a political force

| Non-religious groups are making sure we won't be ignored in Washington and elsewhere.…

Does a fly landing on Obama prove he’s demonic?

| TruNews host Rick Wiles thinks so.…

A United States for nonbelievers?

| Pres. Obama's inaugural attempt to reach "We the People" missed the mark, says Herb Silverman.…

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

| President Obama's  proclamation for Religious Freedom Day includes recognition of "non-believers."…

Secular Coalition touts church-state separation, praises Obama on Religious Freedom Day

Secular Coalition touts church-state separation, praises Obama on Religious Freedom Day

| Today the Secular Coalition for America celebrated Religious Freedom Day. The Coalition also praised President Obama for mentioning non-believers in the proclamation issued by the White House, marking the annual day.…

Inaugural Imbroglio: Controversial pastor pulls out of presidential swearing-in

Inaugural Imbroglio: Controversial pastor pulls out of presidential swearing-in

| The president’s team asked the Rev. Louie Giglio, a popular Atlanta minister, to deliver the benediction (closing prayer) during the Jan. 21 inauguration. So?…

Obama Thanksgiving address: Doesn’t thank God

| The Associated Press reports that in President Obama's Thanksgiving address, he once again did not give thanks to any deities.…

Religious leaders pledge to work with Obama administration ‘for liberty and justice for all’

| A diverse group of religious leaders has sent President Barack Obama a letter congratulating him on his re-election and pledging to work with the administration "during the next four years to help our nation live up to the promise of liberty and justice for all.”…

FFRF asks Obama to drop religion in presidential oath; so can you

FFRF asks Obama to drop religion in presidential oath; so can you

| The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to President Obama asking him to reject the way this country politicizes religion. The Constitution, which prescribes the oath in Art. 2, Sect. 1, does not contain the “so help me God” language.…

It’s (un)Official: Rep. Allen West finally loses reelection, refuses to concede

| Tea Partiers will unite today bemoaning their fate, as Allen West's bid for re-election is declared a failure. Much like the Tea Party.…

The ‘nones’ say 2012 election proves they are a political force

| Non-religious groups are making sure we won't be ignored in Washington and elsewhere.…