Islamic Terrorist Group Boko Haram Burns Children Alive, So Why Don’t More People Care?

When the media and politicians discuss Islamic terrorism, they conjure specific images: Middle Eastern men, dressed in the traditional garb of the region, shouting in Arabic as they wreak havoc across their native lands. It’s a myopic view of Islamic extremism that has fostered intense racism and xenophobia, especially in the U.S. But the threat of Islamic extremism extends far beyond what flashes across our TV screens. Say what you will about ISIS, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Hezbollah — the names with which the public has become familiar. As recent events underscore, Boko Haram may just be the most brutal extremist group operating today.

If you’re unsettled by gruesome details or prone to nightmares, you might want to skip this.

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Jeb Bush Tells Atheist Voter That Christian Bakers Shouldn’t Have to “Participate” in Gay Marriage

Reader Justin Scott, an Iowan who takes his politics seriously, has been going to meet-and-greets with a number of candidates to ask why atheists should consider supporting them.

He recently asked Jeb Bush his thoughts on separation of church and state and whether he supported business owners who discriminated against their customers on the basis of sexual orientation (as we saw in Indiana last year).

Bush said that church/state separation needed to be respected, but then confusingly added that Christian business owners should be allowed to discriminate against gay customers:

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Rand Paul Ignores Question About Why Atheists Should Vote for Him

Reader Justin Scott, an Iowan who takes his politics seriously, has been going to meet-and-greets with a number of candidates to ask why atheists should consider supporting them.

While he’s been able to chat with just about everyone in the race, Rand Paul wouldn’t give him the time of day. He rejected Justin’s question about why conservative atheists should consider voting for him on three separate occasions at the University of Northern Iowa on Saturday night.

Two of them were caught on video:

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Christian Persecution is Driving Voters to Donald Trump, Says Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert

If you were asked, off the top of your head, to come up with a list of potential reasons for the rise of Donald Trump, what would you say?

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You might start with things like (in no particular order) general political dissatisfaction, racism, xenophobia, “Islamophobia,” anger toward President Obama, etc. You may note that some people seem to perceive a disregard for civility as strength; that people perceive his “speak-first-think-later” tendency as openness and honesty; that his carefully crafted tough-no-nonsense-businessman image resonates with those who have spent the last seven years ranting about mom jeans.

But if you asked the Ted Cruz-endorsing Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert? Well, you don’t need a list for that. Gohmert’s answer is as simple as it is steeped in fantasy. As Gohmert explained to Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, people are embracing a king-like narcissist because they’re sick of Christians being persecuted by a king-like narcissist in America.

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Washington State Politician Posts Another Anti-Evolution Poem on Public Facebook Page

David Madore is the Clark County (Washington) councilor who thinks evolution is a joke. The other day, he posted an original poem on his public Facebook page in which he showcased the supposed virtue of Intelligent Design.

Looks like he just published Part 2:

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