About Dan Arel

Dan Arel is an award winning journalist and the author of the best-selling book Parenting Without God. He is also freelance columnist for AlterNet and The Huffington Post. Follow him on Twitter: @danarel

6 people were stabbed by an ultra-Orthodox Jew at a Jerusalem gay pride parade

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Police in Jerusalem arrested a man at a gay pride parade after he stabbed 6 people Thursday.A spokesperson for the police department said that Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, was only released from prison three weeks ago for a 12-year sentence he had served after stabbing three people at a 2005 pride parade.Two of those stabbed during Thursday's ordeal are said to be in critical condition.The BBC has images from the parade that an eyewitness captured that show Schlissel p … [Read more...]

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Camille Paglia calls Richard Dawkins ‘adolescent’ while praising Donald Trump

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When reading an article that maligns atheists you can almost be assured it is under the Salon.com banner and is based on strawmen and intellectual dishonesty.Well, this could not be more true for their new interview with Camille Paglia, a pseudo-leftist "social critic" who sounds more like a female version of Donald Trump, who throughout the interview seems to fail in proving she is the academic she markets herself as and worse, she seems to think she is of any cultural relevance, and for … [Read more...]

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Boy Scouts vote to approve homosexual scout leaders, but local groups can still refuse

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The Boy Scouts of America overwhelmingly voted Monday to end its decades-long ban on gay scout leaders.The organization concluded that the rule disallowing gay scout leaders "was no longer legally defensible." The decision was approved by 79 percent of the governing board.According to a report on NBC, "While the national ban is gone, effective immediately, local scouting units retain the ability to reject gay applicants for leadership positions if hiring them would violate the unit's … [Read more...]

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Kentucky tells prison volunteers they cannot tell inmates that homosexuality is a sin and Ken Ham flips out

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Kentucky is once again in the news, and once again it is for defending the rights of homosexuals and standing up against religious bigotry.Earlier this month, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear told county clerks to either issue marriage licenses or resign from the jobs. Now a recently uncovered document for the Department of Juvenile Justice states that volunteers and others “shall not imply or tell LGBTQI juveniles that they are abnormal, deviant, sinful or that they can or should change the … [Read more...]

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Mike Huckabee compares Obama to Hitler, says he is leading Israel to the ‘door of the oven.’

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Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler in an interview with Breitbart News this weekend. Calling Obama's Iran deal "idiotic" and made a comparison between Obama and Hitler, saying that the deal “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”The full text is below for those who will try to claim the statement is taken out of context: This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that … [Read more...]

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Dawkins calls for an Islamic feminist revolution and is bashed for being a white male

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I was kind of surprised to read a post on the Friendly Atheist blog that went after Richard Dawkins for a tweet in which he called for a feminist revolution inside of Islam.Reading attacks on Dawkins is nothing new. Even on a fairly Dawkins-friendly site like Friendly Atheist, if he says something hurtful or wrong, it will be discussed. But this post shocked me, not only because of the implied sexism from the author, but also because of the tweet in question.The post's author, Lauren Ne … [Read more...]

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Right-wing lunatic compares women to animals in strange anti-Planned Parenthood rant

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Red State's Erick Erickson is not known for his logic, reason or sanity, and his latest rant proves exactly why.Erickson posted on Red State about the discredited Planned Parenthood videos the right-wing is continuing to circulate and tries to compare pregnant women to animals in vivisection laboratories in a very confusing rant. Coca-Cola has not only ruined its signature product with that idiotic Freestyle machine that makes all its drinks taste terrible, it also has subsidized the brutal … [Read more...]

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says ‘now is not the time’ to talk about gun control

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After yet another mass shooting, this time in Lafayette, Louisiana, Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal dodged questions about gun control, something he has vocally opposed in the past.“There will be an absolute appropriate time for us to talk about policies and politics, and I’m sure folks will want to score political points off this train as they’ve tried to do off previous tragedies,” Jindal said. “Let’s focus on these families.”You want to focus on these famili … [Read more...]

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Court says pharmacists cannot claim religion to deny emergency contraception

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A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that the state of Washington can require a pharmacy to deliver medicine even if the pharmacy’s owner has a religious objection.The ruling came from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in a case in which a pharmacist objected to delivering emergency contraceptives.This decision overturns a lower court decision that said the pharmacist could deny the contraception based on religious beliefs.“The time taken to travel to anoth … [Read more...]

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A new book explains what every teenager should know about evolution

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Professor Craig Stanford has written a new book explaining what teenagers need to know about evolution called, Evolution: What Every Teenager Should Know.Stanford, who is a professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology at the University of Southern California and Director of the USC Jane Goodall Research Center, says of evolution: Unlike other subjects that American students are expected to understand and accept, the subject of evolution still creates such controversy that millions of … [Read more...]

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