Judge This: Sex Offenders In Illinois Banned From Social Networking Sites

  Today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a law making it illegal for sex offenders to use social networking sites. Is this a necessary ban to protect the state’s children? Or a misguided move guaranteed to keep criminals who’ve paid their debt living on the margins of society? Read the story here (and its comments [Read More...]

Religious Extremists Appeased Again

Disgraceful: Yale University and Yale University Press consulted two dozen authorities, including diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism, and the recommendation was unanimous: The book, “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” should not include the 12 Danish drawings that originally appeared in September 2005. What’s more, they suggested that the Yale press also refrain [Read More...]

Gay Marriage Responsible For Drought

This is why we need faith-based arguments in the public square.  How would any rational 21st Century person be able to divine such important truths as Mike Heath figured out for us if it weren’t for the input of faith? in recent days, we are all taking more notice of the sky for the simple [Read More...]

Don’t Tase Them, Bro

Pam’s House Blend makes the case that tasers are being used excessively.  Her most disturbing (but, sadly least surprising) revelation is that blacks are getting disproportionately tased: The abuse of this device is disproportionately deployed against minorities (surprised, no?). In Houston, an audit found incredible statistics: Black officers are less likely to use Tasers, but [Read More...]

Is The Unhinged Fringe A New Phenomenon In America?

One Andrew Sullivan reader argues no: They have always been with us, the people who believed in manifest destiny, who delighted in the slaughter of this land’s original inhabitants, who cheered a nation into a civil war to support an economic system of slavery that didn’t even benefit them. They are the people who bashed [Read More...]

Des Moines Pulls Bus Ads

Via Friendly Atheist, this is perhaps the most inoffensive atheist bus ad one could possibly come up with, and yet it’s been pulled: Members of Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers are being asked to help out: We would like our members to please contact DART either via telephone or email. They can be reached at 515-283-8111 [Read More...]

Why Do Torture And Increased Police Authority Increasingly Appeal To Americans?

The Economist has a chart on views on torture which reports a disquietingly high amount of tolerance among Americans for the practice: OPINIONS on whether the use of torture should be prohibited appear to vary widely around the world. According to opinion polls conducted early in 2008 respondents in western European democracies such as Britain [Read More...]

What Are Conservatives’ Constructive Social Policies For Gays?

Be celibate and/or invisible seem to be the only options conservatives have on the table for millions of people.  Andrew Sullivan takes Robert P. George to task on this point : There is also, moreover, no positive social policy actually crafted for gay people in George’s view. What does he believe we should do with [Read More...]

Fascism + Racism

Analyzing the despicable e-mail from Boston police officer Justin Barrett that contained these true colors: Your defense of Gates while he is on the phone while being confronted [INDEED] with a police officer is assuming he has rights when considered a suspect. He is a suspect and always will be a suspect. His first priority [Read More...]


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