Southwest Airlines Delays Flight After Paranoid Passengers Hear Other Travelers Speaking Arabic

I don’t have a lot of good things to say about President George W. Bush. However, if there’s one thing he got right, it was in a speech following 9/11 when he said:

The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.

It was a message people needed to hear but they weren’t listening. To be fair, if the policies enacted by the Bush administration are any indication, Bush wasn’t listening to himself. That said, we would all do well to heed those words today.

Much has been said about the rights sacrificed in the name of security back then, but we gave up a large chunk of our humanity as well. Violence against people who fit the Western view of what a Muslim looks like soared, causing many to fear for their lives. Overt and thinly veiled prejudice against the same population ran rampant.¬†And now, in the wake of the Paris attacks, people aren’t even pretending not to be bigots anymore.

This goes far beyond talk of Muslim registries, IDs, and internment camps. It’s in everyday life — including, it seems, during travel. All those warnings you hear in the airport about reporting suspicious behavior? It turns out speaking Arabic is suspicious enough for Southwest Airlines to be alarmed.

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Dr. Ben Carson, Breaking the Irony Meter, Says He Doesn’t Want Ideologues in Public Office

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Dr. Ben Carson explained his views on everything from vaccine efficacy to Creationism. It’ll make your head explode if you let it.

The Republican Presidential candidate says he’s a Creationist, though not necessarily a Young Earth Creationist, as if that’s really any better. He accepts that vaccines work, though he thinks they could be administered on a more spaced out timetable, contrary to what experts say is healthy for babies.

But maybe the oddest thing he said involved who he wanted to see running for public office:

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Cayman Islands Legislator: “We Do Not Need An Atheist Chairing Our… Human Rights Commission”

In a move that sounds like something you’d expect to hear from Republicans in Congress, a Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly member is calling for the chairman of the territory’s Human Rights Commission to step down because he’s an atheist.

It all stems from when MLA Anthony Eden (below) and his colleagues said civil unions and gay marriages should shouldn’t be allowed in Cayman, bolstering their argument by equating homosexuality with bestiality and pedophilia and even threatening violence against gay people in some cases.

Human Rights Commission Chairman James Austin-Smith responded by saying that rhetoric amounted to “poisonous hate speech.”

And now Eden wants Austin-Smith, an atheist, to step down:

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At Religious Right Event in Iowa, Carly Fiorina Claims “People of Faith Make Better Leaders”

At the “Presidential Family Forum” in Iowa Friday night, Carly Fiorina pandered to the Republican base by throwing non-religious Americans under the bus, claiming that faith was a necessary quality in a President:

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This is Conservative Christian Logic in a Nutshell

When Minnesotan Andy McClure shared a post on Facebook about how conservative Christians react to various hot-button issues, it quickly went viral… before it was removed from the site for “not meeting community standards.” (Which is probably a euphemism for “a bunch of Christians complained so the algorithm removed it.”)

So he drew it up XKCD-style instead.

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