You Only Wish I Was Going to Hell

Liberal comedian Jimmy Dore has been talking about politics and religion for years now, and his new collection of essays and rants is called Your Country Is Just Not That Into You (Running Press, 2014).

In the excerpt below, Dore talks about the problems with religion, including the concept of Hell:

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Todd Phelps, Mayoral Candidate in Austin, Texas, Supports Teacher-Led Prayers in School

Todd Phelps wants to become the next mayor of Austin, Texas. Austin, if you’re unfamiliar, is known as “an island of blue in a sea of red” — it’s very liberal and thankfully so.

So you have to wonder why Phelps thinks putting prayer back in public schools will lead him to victory.

In an interview with KXAN News, he said (at the 8:22 mark below) that he wants to put “voluntary faculty-led prayer” back in school, adding that he hopes it becomes a model for the nation:



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Even More Church/State Violations Uncovered in Texas School District; Is Anyone There Trying to Fix the Problems?

A few weeks ago, I posted about the numerous church/state violations taking place at China Elementary in Texas’ Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District.

Just to offer some quick examples, the school’s Facebook page was full of mentions of the teacher-led “Hawks for Christ” group, not to mention pictures of teachers wearing club shirts — both of which are illegal:



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Catholic Diocese in Minnesota May File for Bankruptcy Due to Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Against Its Priests

In documents released this week, Bishop John Quinn said that the Catholic Diocese of Winona (Minnesota) may go into bankruptcy depending on how many people sue them for past sexual abuse cases. The “problem” stems from a state law that allows victims of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits against the criminals even if the incidents took place a long time ago. The window to file suits for old cases doesn’t close until the middle of 2016:



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Nicholas Kristof Elaborates on the Diversity of Islam but Still Misses the Point

In his New York Times column today, Nicholas Kristof expands on the controversial panel discussion he was a part of on Real Time with Bill Maher last week. He and Ben Affleck (though mostly Affleck) argued that criticism of Islam was unfair, “gross,” and “racist,” while Maher and Sam Harris made the case that radical ideas were not confined to some small fringe of Muslims.



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