A Response To Salon’s Plea to Stop Writing “God” with a lower-case “G”

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Richard Eskow of Salon has asked that we stop using "god" instead of "God". Actually, he asked it in January--I've only come across his piece today so I hope I'm forgiven for the late response. He writes:In a world wracked by war, climate change and economic inequality, this may seem a trivial point. In fact, it almost certainly is. And in a “new atheism” debate characterized by mutual bitterness and rigidity, I don’t want to pour any more kerosene on seemingly eternal fires. But might I a … [Read more...]

Science Alert: How California is proposing to fight the drought

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This is a piece I wrote this week for the science site, Science Alert. It explains the desalination plants being proposed by California's governor, Jerry Brown and the positive and negative aspects of such a project.Here is an excerpt: Californians are about to get their water from a new source - the Pacific Ocean, as Governor Jerry Brown’s new plan to save the state is set to launch next year. The governor passed mandatory water conservation restrictions this past April in a massive effort … [Read more...]

Jim Bob Duggar may have covered up his son’s crimes to continue homeschooling

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If Josh Duggar had been charged for his crimes of sexually assaulting minors and labeled a sex offender, the Duggars would have had a whole new problem on their hands.Homeschool laws in Arkansas actually help protect children.Homeschooling laws in Arkansas, the state the Duggar family resides, would have forbidden the Duggars from homeschooling their children if Jim Bob or Michelle Duggar had reported their son Josh Duggar's crimes of sexual assault.The homeschool law, No. 1787 of … [Read more...]

Joe Biden says US should follow Ireland’s lead and legalize same-sex marriage

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Vice President Joe Biden congratulated Ireland for legalizing same-sex marriage saying the country took a "courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality." "I cannot improve upon the perfectly Irish statements [Irish political leaders] made following this historic vote, but I can echo the [prime minister's] words when he described the Irish as 'a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people,' and that their choice will be 'heard loudly across the living … [Read more...]

American Atheists president David Silverman tells Sean Hannity that religious freedom is ‘about bigotry’

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American Atheists president David Silverman appeared on Fox News last night with host Sean Hannity. Joining Silverman were two Christian pastors, Robert Jeffress and Dr. Samuel Rodriguez and the group discussed Senator Marco Rubio's recent comments that LGBT equality would lead to Christianity being labeled as hate speech.Silverman told Hannity that no one is forcing Christian pastors to perform gay weddings and that the “attacks,” if any, are against “bigotry” and not religion or religious b … [Read more...]

Marco Rubio fears that LGBT equality will result in Christianity being labeled hate speech

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Presidential candidate and Republican senator, Marco Rubio has made a career out of attacking the rights and dignity of the LGBT community.The senator talked to David Brody of Christian Broadcasting News and expressed his deepest concerns over the future of the Christian faith is the LGBT community is able to gain equal rights in the U.S. We are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech because today we’ve reached the point in our society where if … [Read more...]

Bernie Sanders discusses plan to eliminate college tuition

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stopped by CNN a few weeks ago to discuss his plan to eliminate college tuition for all Americans.I for one totally support this idea as I believe making college an option for every single American not only gives more people hope for a better future, but also, studies have shown more educated societies have stronger economies.So for me, this is a win-win. We equal the playing field for those who cannot afford college and we help strengthen our own … [Read more...]

Josh Duggar sued the state of Arkansas in 2007 for investigating his sexual assaults

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In Touch Weekly is reporting that when the State of Arkansas learned of the accusations against Josh Duggar for sexual assault against five minors, they opened an investigation and Josh Duggar subsequently sued the Arkansas’ Department of Human Services for doing so.After local authorities chose not to charge Duggar in 2006, they referred the case to the state’s Families in Need of Services agency, an agency which monitors criminal cases against juveniles. Families in Need, then informed Arka … [Read more...]

Christian right leader says that gay scout leaders will molest your children

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As I reported earlier last week, the president of the Boy Scouts of America announced that he did not believe the Scouts could survive if they continued to ban homosexual scout leaders.However, his statement really upset the Christian right, who are still upset over the fact that the Scouts recently decided to allow gay scout members to join the troops.One of these critics, Matt Barber, is warning parents that if the Scouts allow gay scout leaders, their children will be molested. “… It’ … [Read more...]

Former state trooper says Jim Bob Duggar lied about sons molestation and could face charges

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The Former Arkansas State Trooper, Joseph Hutchins, is claiming that Jim Bob Duggar lied to him about the severity of Josh Duggar's sexual assault crimes when he came to him to discuss the situation. “Jim Bob explained to me that Josh inappropriately touched [a victim] while she was asleep,” Hutchens told the InTouch Weekly. “He said it only happened one time.” Hutchins, who himself is now serving a 56-year prison sentence for child pornography, said he gave Josh a very stern talking to, but to … [Read more...]


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