Embedded with the Fundies: How ISIS, a.k.a. the Islamic State, Recruits Children (and Bullies Adults Into Submission)

Yesterday, Vice News posted a completely engrossing documentary by a team in Raqqah, Iraq, the provisional capital of the new Caliphate that the fundamentalists of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, are trying to establish.

Warning: The video is full of the kind of overbearing, power-drunk antics we may expect when True Believers are emboldened by the temporary successes brought about by their own violent revolution. Woven into the Vice material is brief other footage of newscasts and images of slaughter, including ISIS enemies’ heads displayed on spikes (so this is definitely NSFW and probably NSFL):



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Homeschooling Parents Argue That Standardized Testing for Their Children Goes Against Their Religious Beliefs

If you choose to homeschool your children in Campbell County, Virginia, you have to show evidence to the local school district that “the program provides a basic education as defined by law.” One way to do that is through standardized testing.

Jeff and Stephanie Dent believe those tests go against their religious faith — they’re Universalists — and they don’t want their children to have to take them:

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Doctor Lists Homosexuality As “Chronic Condition” In Man’s Medical Records

In Los Angeles, of all places, a man is suing his doctor and healthcare network for documenting his homosexuality as a “chronic problem” in his health records.

46-year-old Matthew Moore, who is openly gay, says that after a routine physical in April, 2013, Dr. Elaine Jones of the Torrance Health Association listed “homosexual behavior” as a “chronic condition” in his file. She later changed the terminology to a “chronic problem,” which isn’t any better.



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Creationist Science Teacher Strikes Again, Inviting Evangelist Speaker to His Public Middle School

In 1996, Washington (state) science teacher Aaron Mason showed a video promoting Creationism to his eighth grade students. He also brought in a guest speaker (Jim Marisch) to reiterate the idea that the world is only a few thousand years old.

He was punished without pay for two days… and that was it.

You would think that if Mason made another speaker recommendation, even today, it would be thoroughly scrutinized.

You would be wrong.

Last spring, Mason suggested bringing in “Ranger” Gary Horton (below) to speak to students at Cheney Middle School — and school officials said yes without inquiring into who Horton was.



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Dr. Bart Ehrman Speaks About How Jesus Became God

Why post one Bart Ehrman video when I can post two?

The Bible scholar spoke about his personal philosophy, why he’s an Agnostic, and his latest book How Jesus Became God at the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s regional convention in North Carolina this past May:



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