Sam Harris and the Problem with Profiling Muslims at the Airport

A few years ago, Sam Harris posted an essay in which he said Muslims — or anyone who looks like a Muslim, whatever that means — ought to be specially screened at the airport. We shouldn’t waste our time, he said, on old ladies or kids or people who are obviously not seeking martyrdom. Random searches made no sense to him when that meant wasting valuable time on people who were never going to be a problem.



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How Could an Atheist Support Any of These GOP Candidates?

Last year, I made a video about how atheists couldn’t be Republicans. The title was purposely hyperbolic but I think the point was clear. I didn’t understand how atheists who typically care about church/state separation, science education, LGBT rights, women’s rights, etc. could vote for the the current crop of GOP candidates.

They’re not old school conservatives like Barry Goldwater. Most are religious conservatives who believe the Bible trumps the Constitution, even in government. The rest seem to be pandering to that crowd even if they don’t share those views.

Watching the GOP debates yesterday, it was hard to picture any candidate up there worth voting for.



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Secular Invocation Delivered in Lake County, Florida

On Tuesday morning, in Lake County, Florida, Cynthia Lodyga delivered a fantastic secular invocation before a Commission Meeting:



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Here’s the Real Reason a Ten Commandments Monument Was Removed from School Property

I’ve posted before about a Ten Commandments monument that had been outside Connellsville Junior High East in Pennsylvania since 1957:

You can read a longer history here, but the short version of the story is that a judge ruled that the monument’s placement outside a public school was unconstitutional. It was an endorsement of religion, plain and simple.

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Todd Starnes is Somehow Making Fox News Channel Even Less Credible

In the least surprising news you’ll hear all day, Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes is a liar with no journalistic credibility.

If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know how many times we’ve posted stories fact-checking Starnes’ articles (and sermons).

Now, Jonathan Merritt, writing for The Atlantic, has a story about how Starnes is tarnishing the already-pathetic reputation of Fox News:



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