Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz Discuss Islam with Lawrence O’Donnell

On last night’s episode of The Last Word, Lawrence O’Donnell interviewed Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz about their new book about Islam. So if you like interviews where people aren’t shouting at each other, have at it:

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Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office (TX) Puts Bible Verse Sticker on All Vehicles

One of the complains I often hear about atheist groups is that they complain about the smallest things. Does it really matter if, say, the government gives money to a faith-based charity or if a principal acknowledges a God at graduation?

The answer is always the same: You have to point out those small violations, even if the courts won’t act on them, because once Christians realize they can get away with it, those actions become “tradition” and form the basis for even more egregious violations down the road.

Case in point: check out what’s happening at the Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office in Texas. We’ve seen “In God We Trust” decals all over the state, so they’re taking it a step further, explicitly putting a Bible verse on their vehicles:

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Washington D.C. Church Leaders Say New Bike Lane Would Infringe Upon Their Religious Rights

Leaders of the United House of Prayer, a church in Washington, D.C., said that their religious rights would be infringed upon if the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) put bike paths on the road near their building.

They argued in a letter sent to the DDOT last month that the bike lane would eliminate a lane of traffic and prevent street parking, thereby placing “an extreme burden on the free exercise of religion” by hurting church members who want to worship at their building. So… persecution!

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Seth MacFarlane Praises Bernie Sanders for Saying Climate Change is the Biggest Threat We Face

At a Bernie Sanders rally in Los Angeles last night, actor/comedian Seth MacFarlane gave a fantastic opening speech, praising the candidate for saying climate change was the biggest threat we face:

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Westboro Baptist Church Will Picket Outside Kim Davis’ Office Because She’s a “Fake Christian”

I think Westboro Baptist Church is awful and I think Kim Davis is a bigot. But if the “God Hates Fags” people want to protest someone famous for denying gay people marriage licenses, there’s something deeply poetic about it in a weird, twisted way.

The church plans to picket outside the Rowan County Courthouse where Davis works on Monday morning because… well… just take a look at WBC’s rambling explanation:

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