Anti-Abortion Activist Says Goal of Sting Videos Was to “Destroy” Planned Parenthood

By now, it’s pretty clear that the debunked Planned Parenthood “baby parts” sting videos were not part of an honest exposé, but rather heavily manipulated propaganda designed to evoke the desired reaction against Planned Parenthood.

The edited and misleading parts have already been established. In a sermon from September, Troy Newman described his and other activists’ goals for the videos. Newman is a long time abortion foe (“pro-life” seems too bizarre a term for someone who wants abortion doctors executed). He’s both president of anti-abortion group “Operation Rescue” and a board member for the “Center for Medical Progress” group that released the videos. (He’s also a Ted Cruz supporter; I still haven’t figured out who gets the worse end of that deal.)

The goal of those videos, in Newman’s own words, was simple: to destroy Planned Parenthood.

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Matt Barber Says Christian Terrorists Don’t Exist, Despite All the Examples to the Contrary

Who gets to define what a “True” Christian is?

It’s a silly question, really, because fundamentalist and progressive Christians fall under the same religious label, and both sides could easily point to various verses in the same holy book to justify their interpretation of it. It just depends who you ask. There are Christians who perform abortions and Christians who kill abortion doctors. There’s Barack Obama and Ted Cruz. Turns out Christianity, like every major religion, is just a big umbrella.

But when it comes to declaring who’s a “True Muslim,” conservative commentator Matt Barber (below) knows exactly who fits the mold: It’s the people who kill in the name of Islam who are the real followers of the faith. Everyone else is just ignoring their holy book:



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New Atheist Billboards Show a Smiling Santa Saying “Go Ahead and Skip Church!”

New billboards from American Atheists just went up in Raleigh, North Carolina and Colorado Springs, Colorado — two cities known for their religiosity.



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A Descendant of the Founder of Hasidic Judaism Just Came Out As an Atheist Trans Woman

When I read about Abby Stein in a Jewish Telegraphic Agency article, I knew I wanted to talk to her. She’s 24, a student in Brooklyn, and the descendant of a founder of Hasidic Judaism, Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezer (also known as the Baal Shem Tov).

Four years ago, she left the Hasidic faith in which she was raised, and about a month ago, she came out publicly — including to her conservative family — as a transgender woman.

When it comes to gender roles, Hasidic Judaism is arguably one of the strictest religions in how it upholds specific rules and responsibilities for men and women. Understandably, Stein’s coming out hasn’t gone over well with her family, particularly with her father. But she’s found a safe space in liberal Jewish circles where she’s accepted for her true self, and she blogs regularly to share news about her gender identity, her journey, and her relationship to her past and present faith.

Stein and I talked on the phone about her interest not only in atheism, but in progressive Judaism, humanism, philosophy, and the many other pieces that make up who she is.

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Students Heckled Ex-Muslim During Talk; Now, They Want the Video Removed from YouTube

Last week, activist Maryam Namazie gave a speech at Goldsmiths, University of London, during which she was heckled by students from the school’s Islamic Society (who were, in turn, supported by the school’s Feminist Society and LGBTQ+ Society). They couldn’t handle her criticism of their bad ideas. You can see just how awful it all was in the video below, specifically at the 14:40 and 35:20 marks.



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