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

Conservative radio host attacks transgender girls over Girl Scouts donation

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Stacy Washington, a conservative radio host is angry with the Girl Scouts for returning a $100,000 donation because the donor requested that the money not be used on transgender girls.Actual girls? Washington seems to lack common knowledge on the social construct of gender and the concept of gender fluidness and believes that transgender girls are simply boys who "think" they are girls.Ladies and gentlemen, this is what bigotry and transphobia looks like.After being tweeted and … [Read more...]

Lawyers begin arguing the Ark Encounter tax incentive case in federal court


Wednesday morning marked the beginning of the federal court case brought against the State of Kentucky by Answers in Genesis over the 18 million dollar tax incentive that the state revoked late last year.Tourism officials "took this reflexive, kind of allergic reaction to religion" when it rejected the ark project's participation in the tax incentive program in December, said Louisiana State Representative Mike Johnson, who is also the lawyer for Answers in Genesis. The incentive program … [Read more...]

Sexual assault victim to file lawsuit against Josh Duggar

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One of Josh Duggar's victims is said to be filing a lawsuit against the reality star for sexual assault stemming from the recent allegations and confession by Josh himself.The report by  In Touch Weekly, the source that first broke the Duggar story relies entirely on anonymous sources but claims that the suit will be filed by the one victim who is not in the Duggar family.A legal expert told in touch that "the victim still has the right to sue under Arkansas Code Annotated Section … [Read more...]

This 7-year-old girl stood up to a homophobic preacher (video)

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A 7-year-old girl, identified as Zea stood up to a homophobic preacher at a festival this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. The festival took place the day after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality.Comfest is a family-friendly, free, community music festival, not a parade or a march, however, the pastor thought it was appropriate to yell out anti-equality hate speech and Zea decided to confront him."Zea didn't just flash the flag at that hatemonger, and bail. They went toe to … [Read more...]

Now with a seventh black church on fire, will the mainstream media take notice?

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The Mt Zion AME church near Greeleyville, South Carolina, the same church burned to the ground by the KKK in 1995, is on fire as I type this.Also as I type this, I have MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN open. None have this story, nor the other 6 black churches which have been burned down since the shooting 2 weeks ago at an historic black church in Charleston.During the Baltimore riots last month, a CVS was burned to the ground and the media could not stop reporting on it. Yet 6 black churches g … [Read more...]

Alabama Chief Justice unravels over same-sex marriage ruling

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, a vocal advocate against same-sex marriage, has joined those like Bryan Fischer and Ken Ham and jumped right into a mental breakdown over the same-sex marriage ruling the Supreme Court handed down last week.Speaking at the Kimberly Church of God's "God and Country Day," Moore said of the ruling: "Welcome to the new world. It's just changed for you Christians. You are going to be persecuted according to the U.S Supreme Court dissents," he said."Is there … [Read more...]

The Girl Scouts have returned a $100k donation after donor states it cannot be used to support transgender girls


The Girl Scouts of America have integrity and this proves it. An unnamed $100,000 donor sent the Queen Anne offices of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington a note last May asking the chapter to “guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money.”Council CEO Megan Ferland returned the donation, which would have sent 500 girls to camp and helped the troop meet nearly a quarter of their annual fundraising goal, with a note saying “Girl … [Read more...]

California officially adopts new vaccination law ending personal exemptions


According to San Jose Mercury News, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB-277, the controversial vaccination bill that requires almost all California schoolchildren to by fully vaccinated in order to attend public or private school, regardless of their parents' personal or religious beliefs.“The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” Brown wrote (posted below). “While it’s true that no medical intervention i … [Read more...]

Ken Ham: Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage will lead to the end of churches

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The Christian right is in pure panic mode. Most likely not out of real fear, but they are capitalizing on the fear of others to drive donations, church membership, etcetera. But the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 US states is the perfect fuel to the fire that these money hungry religious leaders need.Answers in Genesis CEO, Ken Ham is equating the ruling to Pandora's Box. An odd choice, given that the Greek mythological story predates his religion by … [Read more...]

Christian radio host Bryan Fischer has mental breakdown on Twitter over same-sex marriage ruling

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American Family Association radio host Bryan Fischer is having a really hard time keeping it together over the 5-4 Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50-states.He has taken to Twitter to compare the ruling to 9/11, Hitler, racism against African-Americans and something about stormtroopers.He is a few tweets away from a straight jacket. … [Read more...]