Atheist Jamila Bey at CPAC: “Embrace Me. Let Me Vote for GOP Candidates”

Earlier today, as I posted about earlier, atheist Jamila Bey spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

A proud black female atheist isn’t the norm for the CPAC crowd, so what did she say and what was the response?

Raw Story has the footage:



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Austria Outlaws Foreign Funding For Mosques, Requires Imams To Be Able To Speak German

More than a hundreds years ago, Islam became an official religion in Austria. The BBC says that the 1912 law

… has been widely held up as a model for Europe in dealing with Islam.

Now the Austrian parliament has issued an update, and it appears to be a mixed bag.

A key aspect of the new law is that mosques and imams may no longer accept foreign donations. That’s a problem if you take equality seriously, because no such restrictions have been placed on clergy of the Jewish and Christian faith.

Muslim groups … say the [legislation] reflects a widespread mistrust of Muslims and some are planning to contest it in the constitutional court.

[Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz] told the BBC the reforms were a “milestone” for Austria and aimed to stop certain Muslim countries using financial means to exert “political influence.” “What we want is to reduce the political influence and control from abroad and we want to give Islam the chance to develop freely within our society and in line with our common European values,” he said.



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This is How Everyone Should React When a Politician Admits He Doesn’t Accept Evolution

In the United States, when a politician refuses to admit he accepts evolution, he’s still considered a plausible candidate for President.

In Canada, when a politician doubts evolution, he’s laughed off the public stage:



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Why Are Christian Right Groups Suddenly Creating Enemies Lists?

In 2012, a couple of years after the Southern Poverty Law Center designated the (anti-gay) Family Research Council a “hate group,” a shooter walked into FRC’s building and injured a security guard before being subdued (by the same guard) and later apprehended. The shooter even said he knew about FRC through the hate-group list.

Obviously, this was a tragedy and SPLC said as much, though they never removed the “hate group” designation. They felt it was warranted:

Contrary to what the FRC has repeatedly claimed, we do not list the FRC as a hate group because of its opposition to gay marriage or because of its religious beliefs. Instead, we list the FRC because it engages in baseless, incendiary name-calling and spreads demonizing lies about the LGBT community.

FRC disagrees, of course, but here’s the line that I want to point out:

[FRC President Tony] Perkins said. “I believe the Southern Poverty Law Center should be held accountable for their reckless use of terminology.”

If they think the designation is the problem — one that led to a shooting — then you have to wonder what Christian Right groups are now trying to accomplish by turning the tables on everyone else.

A couple of days ago, the American Family Association released a “Bigotry Map” listing atheist groups, Humanist groups, and (for some reason) AARP.



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American Atheists Will (Once Again) Have a Booth at CPAC, the Conference for Fringe Conservatives

Last year, to the frustration of many, American Atheists decided to purchase booth space at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Why bother reaching out to the most conservative Republicans out there? This is what AA said at the time:

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