“religious freedom” garbage, it’s time to call the religious right’s trash what it really is

"Any time right-wing conservatives declare that they are trying to restore or reclaim something, we should all be very afraid. Usually, this means the country or, in this case, the state of Indiana is about to be treated to another round of backward time travel, to the supposedly idyllic environs of the 1950s, wherein women, and gays, and blacks knew their respective places and stayed in them." So writes Brittney Cooper arguably America's most prescient commentator on race, women, politics and … [Read more...]

Religious Right Still Dominates the GOP

The GOP is still kowtowing to the Christian Right. When will that change? That the evangelical right already controls the GOP shouldn't really be in dispute. Not only do the Republicans do exactly as the Christian right tells them on every social issue, such as reproductive rights or gay rights, but Republicans also pay fealty to the Christian right by targeting Muslim countries with their hawkish posturing or using Christian language to rationalize slashing the social safety net. If you were t … [Read more...]

Here’s How the Roman Catholic Condemnation of Homosexuality Can and Must Change

Gary Gutting is a professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. In this wonderful article I've excerpted (reprinted by permission from the New York Times) he brilliantly refutes the primary arguments against gay rights as derived from what's known as the “natural-law tradition” of ethical thought. This article is a stunner. Please read and share.The Stone Unraveling the Church Ban on Gay Sex By Gary GuttingMarch 12, 2015 3:20 am March 12, 2015 3:20 am Last mon … [Read more...]

Turning Away From Organized Religion in Record Numbers– WHY?

As Lynn Stuart Parramore (AlterNet February 28, 2015) writes: "Last year, for the very first time, Protestants lost their majority status...But the GOP doesn’t seem to show many signs of reducing the outsized influence of white evangelicals... the GOP really can't afford to tone it down, because while monied elites tend to be secular, selling free-market pillage to the people getting robbed is not a very effective strategy. So they still have to mask their agenda behind appeals to popular relig … [Read more...]

The 10 Worst SEX Tips (no pun) from the Christian Right

"It’s not just wrong to date a doubter of Jesus Christ; it’s a documented and diagnosable disease." Really? Had to share this funny and too true SEX piece from Salon via Alternet (reprinted by permission).By Katie Halper, AlterNet1. Dump the Infidel Dan Miser, author of Single Woman Seeking Perfect Man has a must-read column called “Five Red Flags for Christians Blinded by Romance.” The worst one of all is when “you’re dating an unbeliever,” or “dating someone who does not have a perso … [Read more...]

Proof Positive that Fundamentalist Home School Families Create a Private HELL and Must be Regulated

Ever wonder what can go on inside the private totalitarian hell of unregulated fundamentalist home school families? Watch this YouTube video! How about wiping the very legal existence of a child off the map? Meet Alecia. She escaped her homeschool home at 18. Her parents allegedly never got her a birth certificate so Alecia has no ID and no way to prove her citizenship. Her parents, who allegedly never got her a birth certificate, SSN, refuse to help Alecia unless she agrees to come home on th … [Read more...]

Breaking NEWS: Bill Maher, Dawkins Fan ‘New Atheist’ Charged with Shooting Three Arab Students Execution Style– Hicks Loved Guns and Richard Dawkins

So do we have our first New Atheist-motivated sectarian killing? According to Zaid Jilani of Alternet  (@zaidjilani)-- Yusor Mohammad as well as her sister Razan Abu-Salha – were brutally murdered, with execution-style shots to the head. The same day, a self-identified Bill Maher, New Atheist fan, Craig S. Hicks, was arrested and charged with three counts of murder.And if you are an atheist and angry that your good movement is being dragged into the blame game about this killing-- now you kno … [Read more...]

Do You Ask Yourself, “Why is Isis so Cruel?” Here is the Only Article I’ve Read that Factually Answers this Question With No Liberal or Conservative “Spin”

If you want to understand what is actually happening with militant Islamist terror please take the time to read this article by Hassan Hassan. As he says, "Islamic traditions are filled with stories of mercy and tolerance. But it is not enough to tell these stories in isolation from other dark chapters in Islamic history that feed groups such as Isis... Islamic fundamentalism is Isis’s ideology, so to speak, and every act has to be grounded in religious traditions."Hassan Hassan is an ana … [Read more...]


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