Lawrence Krauss: Let’s Put an Atheist on the Supreme Court

Lawrence Krauss says on the New Yorker‘s website that President Obama should nominate an atheist for the Supreme Court. It would at least be a counter to the Catholic/Jewish Court we have right now.

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His point is that we need a justice who will be logical and rational and make decisions based entirely on secular law without any religious influence:

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“Under God” Is Really Just Another Christian Prayer

It’s like atheists keep saying: The Pledge of Allegiance is nothing but a Christian prayer in disguise.

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A Year After an Atheist Author Was Killed, Bangladeshi Police Are Still Arresting the Wrong People

It was nearly a year ago that atheist author Avijit Roy was attacked and killed by Islamic extremists while leaving a Bangladeshi book fair.

What does that book fair look like now?

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Well, nobody is selling Roy’s books this year.

And one of the stalls has been shut down because owners were selling a book that questioned Islam, thereby offending “religious sentiments.”

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How Nikki Haley’s Diversity Celebration Conflicts with Marco Rubio’s Vision

On Thursday, former Tea Party darling and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley proudly endorsed Marco Rubio for president. Joined on stage by Representative Trey Gowdy and Senator Tim Scott, she used the multi-colored moment to extol the diversity of the GOP, telling the crowd, “Take of picture of this, because this new group of conservatives taking over America looks like a Benetton commercial.”

In a time when minorities are simultaneously a rising force in the electorate and alienated by GOP policies and rhetoric, it was an important moment. Haley, an Indian American, joined by Scott, a black American, was endorsing Rubio, a Cuban American. Somewhere out there, Reince Priebus was crying tears of joy. This is the image the party wants — no, needs — to portray.

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There’s one tiny problem with the optics, though. This diverse collective that Haley says is the future of the Republican Party? The values Rubio wants us to return to would never have allowed it in the first place.

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Why the Pope’s Comments on Condoms May Not Change Latin America’s Zika Virus Problem

The World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency over the rapid spread of the Zika virus. Though our understanding of the virus is still in the early stages, it is becoming increasingly clear that it is linked to a high rate of birth defects. As a result, global health organizations have advised women in affected areas to avoid pregnancy. The recommended solution? Condoms.

But in Latin America, the heart of the outbreak, this is easier said than done, and you can thank the Catholic Church for that.

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Since the colonization of Latin America by Spain, the region has been heavily Catholic. With more than 425 million practitioners, the area is home to over 40% of the world’s Catholic population. Though more and more Catholics are leaving the Church for Protestant denominations, it still has significant sway when it comes to social norms and public policy — two arenas that serve as roadblocks as the region looks to combat the spread of the Zika virus.

One of the ways health workers are encouraging people to fight the spread of the virus is by using condoms. This packs a double whammy: no pregnancy means no potential birth defects and decreased likelihood of infection. Unfortunately, the Church’s hardline stance against contraception renders such a suggestion socially unacceptable. Leaders in the Church throughout Latin America have reinforced the idea, much to the chagrin of those seeking to combat the virus.

But then, on Thursday, Pope Francis made comments that seemed to soften the Church’s position.

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