Port Neches (Texas) Mayor Defends Cross in Public Park, Saying He’s Ready to Fight Atheist Group

A couple of days ago, I posted about the Christian cross at the Port Neches RiverFront Park in Texas.

The symbol is obviously religious and has no business being there. And just because it went up several decades ago is no reason to keep it in place. That’s why the Freedom From Religion Foundation got involved.

Yesterday, there was a vigil held in the park by those who want the cross to remain in place. That’s fine. They have a right to parade their ignorance. But it’s appalling that the town’s mayor, Glenn Johnson, showed up to defend government promotion of Christianity:

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Some Jehovah’s Witnesses Think Putting a French Flag on Their Facebook Pics Violates Their Faith

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have a rule requiring political neutrality. That means they “do not lobby, vote for political parties or candidates, run for government office, or participate in any action to change governments.”

Okay, fine, whatever. But in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, a lot of people on Facebook have been France-ifying their profile pictures, overlaying vertical blue, white, and red stripes on their images.

One pro-JW group on Facebook (though not an official one) is torn apart by this. As if showing solidarity with the victims by using the French flag violates their random religious rule:



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With a Doctored Photo, a Sikh Man Is Falsely Accused of Being a Muslim Terrorist

This past weekend, a Canadian Sikh, Veerender Jubbal, found his likeness plastered across websites and newspapers around the world, after someone Photoshopped a selfie of his to include a suicide vest and a Qur’an. To his horror, Jubbal was being publicly linked to the Paris attacks.

According to Buzzfeed,

An image began to circulate on social media Saturday afternoon claiming to show one of the Paris attackers wearing a suicide bomb vest. The image was even shared by one of the largest — though unofficial — pro-ISIS channels on Telegram, the app that the extremist group used to take credit for the attacks in Paris.



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Sam Harris Responds to Paris Attacks: “There Are No Surprises Anymore”

Sam Harris published a podcast yesterday in the wake of the Paris attacks. It builds off of an essay he wrote last year called “Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon,” but very little has changed since then.



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Comic Anthony Jeselnik Trashes “Thoughts & Prayers” Tweets. I Disagree With Him (I Think)

In the wake of the Paris attacks, just when humor seemed temporarily in bad taste and frozen in suspension, I laughed much harder at Anthony Jeselnik‘s monologue than maybe I should have. Jeselnik has a knack for telling deeply uncomfortable, cringe-inducing jokes, and this bit from his latest Netflix special is no exception.



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