Religion Doesn’t Help Make Our Society Less Violent, Says Professor

Phil Zuckerman, professor of secular studies at Pitzer College and author, most recently, of Living the Secular Life, has a great piece in the Los Angeles Times all about how turning to religion to stop violence doesn’t work.

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A Superintendent is Mad Because Students Know They Don’t Have to Stand for the Pledge

Saying the Pledge of Allegiance in school is optional.

You can’t get in trouble for not saying it. You can’t get in trouble for not standing up. And if you do, the school could be in legal trouble.

All of this should be obvious, but many students are unaware of their rights in these situations.

Now, the superintendent of Florida’s Santa Rosa County District Schools is upset because students in his district are being told about their options. If he had his way (freedom), they would all be pressured (freedom) into saying it no matter what (‘Murica!).

His complaint has to do with signs in classrooms that read: “Students are invited to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country, but they are not required to do so.”

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Luciferian Church Opens Up in Texas with Christians Protesting Outside

A new non-Christian church opened up in Texas over the weekend, and Christians were there to protest. Because people who think differently and gather peacefully Must. Be. Stopped.

The Greater Church of Lucifer, however, took it all in stride:

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The Differences Between Atheist and Christian Parents

If you’re coming out as gay or transgender, let’s hope you have an atheist parent.

Because when the Bible isn’t someone’s guide to life, anything goes.

Anything at all.

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The Deaths of Five Atheist Activists Were “Isolated Incidents,” Says Bangladeshi Official

A day after the assassination of Faisal Arefin Dipon, a publisher who helped release books written by Dr. Avijit Roy (who was also assassinated) and who had ties to three other activists (who were also assassinated), a Bangladeshi official now says they had nothing to do with each other:

… Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal today said such attacks are not new in Bangladesh.

“Yesterday’s attacks are isolated incidents and such attacks also occur in other countries of the world,” the minister told reporters at his ministry office today.

Like hell they were isolated incidents. And they don’t happen in other countries, unless you’re talking about the ones that violate human rights on a regular basis.

But since Kamal can’t see the common thread between the victims, let me help him out:

Maybe he can connect the dots now?

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