If Contemporary American Conservatives Had Written The New Testament

It’d sound more like this: [Read more...]

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Jon McNaughton’s “Obamanation”

Do you remember the painting below from three years ago, in which, as I put it at the time, tackiness and theocratic tendencies reached self-parodic proportions? That painting was called “One Nation Under God” and is not to be confused with “One Nation Under Cthulhu”: Now Jon McNaughton, the painter of “One Nation Under God”, [Read More...]

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The New York Times Called Those Who Brought What Were Essentially Blasphemy Charges Against Pussy Riot “Victims”

A few months ago, I signed up to give automated monthly donations to Amnesty International when I was told about how appallingly small their donations from America were. It is because of their advocacy on issues like this one that they need the support of all people committed to the principle of secularism worldwide: [Read more...]

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“How a Bill(ionaire) Becomes a Law(maker)

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How Will The 2012 U.S. Presidential, Congressional, and Local Elections Affect You Tangibly?

What are the most tangible, specific effects that the upcoming U.S. elections this November might have for your life. Which of your rights do you hope or worry will be affected and how specifically will this alter the course of your specific life–not just potentially, but actually, if they are? And will your career be [Read More...]

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Arrested For A Mean Tweet?

If this is all the relevant information, this English arrest seems unjust to me: After coming fourth in the men’s synchronised 10m platform diving event on Monday, the 18-year-old from Plymouth received a message telling him he had let down his father, Rob. Rob Daley died in May 2011 from brain cancer. A 17-year-old boy [Read More...]

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Is Religious Circumcision of Male Infants Morally Defensible?

Last month a court in Cologne, Germany ruled against allowing the circumcision of children too young to give consent. CBS News summarized the facts: a German court ruled that circumcision infringes on a child’s right to be protected from bodily harm. The regional court in Cologne said that circumcision went against the “fundamental right of [Read More...]

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Why The Needs of Gay Kids Deserve Special Attention in Anti-Bullying Legislation

There is a major piece of anti-bullying legislation which will soon be up for a vote in Ontario, Canada. In the legislation, kids in Ontario Catholic schools will be protected from repeated aggressive behavior that occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the pupil and the individual based [Read More...]

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Colbert on Obama, North Carolina, & Gay Marriage

Two nights in a row last month Colbert had fantastic coverage of the news of Barack Obama’s “evolved” support for gay marriage and the unevolved decision of the people of North Carolina to even further restrict gay rights than they already had. In case you missed either or both of his segments on these subjects, [Read More...]

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