The Mormon Church is Opposing a Medical Marijuana Bill That Could Help Thousands of Ailing Patients

A couple of weeks ago, Utah State Senator Mark B. Madsen proposed a bill — S.B. 73, the Medical Cannabis Act — that would allow the use of medical marijuana for patients suffering from ALS, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, chronic pain, etc.

There’s no shortage of stories of patients whose lives have improved considerably because the marijuana eased their pain, prevented muscle spasms, stopped nausea, etc. Even beyond the arguments for legalizing pot, medical marijuana should be a no-brainer.

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So, of course, Madsen’s bill is in danger of being derailed by the Mormon Church:

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The History of Japan. In Nine Minutes. Sorta.

I don’t know what I just watched. But I’m pretty sure I now know everything there is to know about the history of Japan. Minus some stuff. Religion makes an appearance at the 0:51 mark: Don’t do drugs, kids. (via Vox) [Read more…]

Watch Matt Dillahunty Explain the Story of Abraham and Isaac

In the latest video for his Atheist Debates project, Matt Dillahunty discusses the messed up story of Abraham and Isaac:

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For Second Straight Year, Delaware Governor Issues Darwin Day Proclamation

Delaware Governor Jack Markell has once again issued a proclamation in honor of Darwin Day, recognize the accomplishments of Charles Darwin:

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Colorado School Says No to Personalized Messages on Nameplates After Donor Requests Bible Verses

When people make a large donation to a university, they sometimes receive the opportunity to put their name on a building. On a smaller scale, too, schools will tell donors that if they make a certain-size donation, they’ll get to choose the inscription that goes on a brick (or something similar). This is all perfectly fine… until the school forgets there are limits to what can be inscribed.

Last year, at the University of Florida in Gainesville, a donor requested that a particular archway include a Bible verse. Because that promoted Christianity, the Freedom From Religion Foundation asked that it be taken down. The school ultimately decided to include an atheist inscription (and two other neutral ones), putting an end to the problem.

We’re now seeing a similar story play out at the Colorado School of Mines.

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