Delegates in UK’s Student Union Vote Against Condemnation of ISIS… Because Islamophobia

When advocacy organizations adopt motions to praise or — more typically — condemn this or that, it’s a symbolic, well-intentioned act that rarely changes anything. Sometimes, the more horrific and farther flung the actions being protested, the more inadvertently comical the proudly announced statements of disapproval become.

Such was the case when the left-leaning U.K.-based National Union of Students condemned the bloodshed by ISIS terrorists the other day, in a motion that made the Islamist butchers quake in their boots.

Oh wait — neither of those things happened. The NUS couldn’t get the required votes for its anti-ISIS motion, despite the language being relatively weak and more than a little mealy-mouthed (you can read the full text here).

The bill called for the Union — which claims to represent UK students — to support unity between Muslims, condemn the bloody terror of ISIS (also known as the Islamic State), and support a boycott on people who fund the militants.

But the motion offended Black Students Officer Malia Bouattia, who said: “We recognize that condemnation of ISIS appears to have become a justification for war and blatant Islamophobia.

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One of Ebola’s Side Effects Could Be a Dangerous Turn Toward Science

Humorist Andy Borowitz cracks wise about the current health crisis:

There is a deep-seated fear among some Americans that an Ebola outbreak could make the country turn to science. In interviews conducted across the nation, leading anti-science activists expressed their concern that the American people, wracked with anxiety over the possible spread of the virus, might desperately look to science to save the day.

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Thanksgiving Dinner’s Gonna Be Awkward at This House…

After a conservative Christian (in red) posted an image on Facebook, her atheist sister (in black) emailed me the ensuing frustrating conversation…

You can’t unfriend relatives, can you…?

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Christian Movies Are Backfiring on Their Own Terms

In the past year, we’ve seen the released of two high-profile Christian movies: God’s Not Dead and Left Behind. It’s easy to make the argument that both movies fail at their core mission — to convert heathens into believers — because they’re just plain awful. Left Behind has a 2% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes while God’s Not Dead is at 17%. (By way of comparison, Gone Girl is at 87%.)

But there’s a more compelling reason the filmmakers’ missions are backfiring on them, says Edwin Lyngar at Salon:

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CJ Werleman Responds to Accusations of Plagiarism

Atheist CJ Werleman (below), whose work often appears on Salon and Alternet, has been a strong critic of Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and the other “New Atheists,” comparing them to medieval Christian crusaders, accusing them of Islamophobia, or just claiming they don’t get it.

That may be why the subjects of his criticism were positively giddy last night when a blog called Godless Spellchecker pointed out several instances of Werleman’s apparent plagiarism.

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