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August ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

August ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking | Problems with Sitemeter The problems with SiteMeter are still bad  this month. I gave some of the background to these…

Australian census religion question – progress

Australian census religion question – progress | Looks like Australians have won another small victory in the way that their religiosity is officially assessed. In particular how…

In the end, it came down to the science in Denver

In the end, it came down to the science in Denver | In my update to the post Subverting democratic consultation on the fluoride issue I reported that Denver Water has voted unanimously to continue community…

Right Wing Watch

  • Right Wing Round-Up - 8/31/15
    Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Walker eyes border wall … for the other border. Emily Atkin @ Think Progress: No Congressman, Anti-Discrimination Laws Were Not ‘Designed’ To Take Down The Boy Scouts. Jesse Walker @ Reason: Oath Keeper Who Called for #BlackOpenCarry March in Ferguson Leaves the Group, Plans His Own March; Oath Keepers Say the Original March Wi
  • Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/31/15
    CBN's David Brody bravely comes to Donald Trump's defense against some random Huffington Post blog post. Larry Kudlow is vowing to run for the Senate if Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal votes for the Iran nuclear deal. Some exciting astronomy news! "A historical researcher claims to have discovered what appears to be a representation of the
  • Perkins: Obama Shook His 'Fist In The Face Of God' With White House Rainbow Light Display
    Last week, the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins convened an emergency meeting of his “Watchmen on the Wall” pastors’ group to address “the aftermath of the seismic Supreme Court ruling on marriage.” Perkins told the group gathered at a Dallas Baptist church that thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision, “we are at a moment of urgency unprecedented in the
  • Fischer: Obama Changing The Name Of Mt. McKinley Because He Hates White Republican Americans
    For generations, Alaskans have referred to the nation's highest peak as "Denali," even after the federal government renamed it after President William McKinley back in 1917, and so the White House announced today that the National Parks Service will be restoring the mountain's original name, a move that was championed by the state's
  • Janet Porter's Prayers Delivered Florida To George W. Bush In 2000
    Faith 2 Action's Janet Porter was the keynote speaker at the American Decency Association's summer conference last month, where she repeated her claim that her prayers delivered the state of Florida to George W. Bush in the 2000 election. "In the year 2000, I lived in a county named Broward," Porter said. "Remember election night? Ev

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.…