“Our national conventions are always on Easter weekend,” Muscato says, dispelling any rumors that the date was chosen as a personal affront to Robertson or anybody else celebrating the holiday. “We choose Easter for practical reasons: We can get a great deal on hotel and convention space. And we’re atheists, so we don’t have anything else to do.”
Peabody Hotel publicist Kelly Brock Earnest corroborates Muscato’s story. She describes the atheist booking as a “good piece of business” for a holiday weekend that is a historically slow time for local convention and hospitality industries. “For us, this is like hosting a Canadian group over the Fourth of July. It’s not their holiday.”
Missouri House Passes Bill Forcing Public Schools to Recite the Pledge of Allegiance Every Day… In English
Remember the chaos that ensued a couple of weeks ago when a New York high school allowed the Pledge of Allegiance to be read in Arabic as part of Foreign Language Week? People flipped out, the principal had to apologize, and the school promised the Pledge would only be read in English from now on.
Spending as much time online as I do, I hear a lot of stories about people — usually women — talking about death threats or rape threats they’ve received online. And every time, there’s this mindset among some people that the senders are always trolls, always anonymous, always joking. That the threats are not to be taken seriously. Serious or not, it still makes me wonder what the hell people are thinking when they send a message like that.
Recently, blogger Claire Van Fossen received an email like that. It’s not just the despicable content that makes it stand out so much (unfortunately). It’s that there’s a real name attached to it. Apparently, “Dave Wendt” reacted so negatively to one of her articles that he called her names, accused her of being on drugs, and then suggested he “come over and rape” her.
If that was supposed to be a joke, I just don’t get it.