Nicholas Kristof Elaborates on the Diversity of Islam but Still Misses the Point

In his New York Times column today, Nicholas Kristof expands on the controversial panel discussion he was a part of on Real Time with Bill Maher last week. He and Ben Affleck (though mostly Affleck) argued that criticism of Islam was unfair, “gross,” and “racist,” while Maher and Sam Harris made the case that radical ideas were not confined to some small fringe of Muslims.



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Creationists May Have Given Up More Than $18,000,000 in Tax Rebates Because They Want to Discriminate in Hiring

Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham‘s ministry, is a religious non-profit. That’s why the Creation Museum can require you to sign a “statement of faith” if you want to work there.

Ark Encounter, the Noah’s Ark theme park that’s eligible for millions of dollars in tax rebates, is a for-profit business. They cannot discriminate in hiring.

Sounds simple enough.

But if you looked at the job listings at AiG’s website (since taken down), the requirements for some jobs made no sense at all:

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More Proof That U.S. Military Officials Are Illegally Preaching Christianity

Once again, we have evidence that U.S. military leaders are proselytizing to the soldiers who work under them.

Jason Torpy of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers points out two specific problems:



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Canadian Pastafarian Denied Drivers License After Requesting to Wear Colander on Head in Picture

You know what I love about Pastafarians? The devoted ones stick to their beliefs no matter the circumstances.

This past August, British Columbia resident Obi Canuel wanted to renew his driver’s license with a colander on his head, as Pastafarians often do, but he was rejected:

“The truth is sometimes I have the spiritual inkling to wear the colander and I don’t think [the Insurance Corporation of B.C.] should be making decisions about what kind of religious headgear is appropriate or not,” Canuel told CTV Vancouver.

Canuel was able to wear it, however, when he got his B.C. Services card (not his license):



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Alaska City Assembly Votes for Inclusive Invocations, but They Will “Draw the Line on Satanists or Atheists”

Last night, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly in Alaska decided to approve an ordinance that would allow invocation prayers at their meetings. No surprise there. Since Greece v. Galloway, many city governments have been doing just that. But one part of the ordinance seems a little off:

The Ketchikan Ministerial Association, a non-denominational group of Ketchikan clergy, is in favor of this ordinance and has offered the support of its members to provide the invocation on a rotating basis. If Ordinance 1740 is approved by the Assembly, the Clerk’s Office could coordinate with the KMA, and local clergy, for a member to provide the invocation at the beginning of each Assembly meeting.

Considering the KMA is an explicitly Christian group, that means Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Pagans, and everyone else would be shut out of the invocation-delivery business…

But at least the Assembly members realized that, right? Proposal sponsor Glen Thompson (below) sure did and he says those groups will be welcome. But just those groups:



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