About Lilandra Ra

Lilandra's Proudest Accomplishments are:
(In no particular order)

*Writing and Producing Living Science Videos with Aron Ra based on the Next Generation Science Standards.

*Teaching Science and Language Arts in Texas public schools

*Assisting science teachers with the Next Generation Science Standards as a Curriculum Specialist

*Organizing the Texas Freethought Coalition an alliance of secular regional and student community groups all over Texas.

*Founding member of the Secular Asian Community

*Organizing a demonstration that Answers in Genesis is not a proper curriculum for homeschoolers. An angry creationist group demanded that we not be allowed to have an event at the Houston Museum of Natural Science to prove that Creationism is not actually science.
Also, reminding Ken Ham he is an ape. http://tfninsider.org/2013/07/31/creationist-demands-that-houston-museum-ban-atheists-and-science-supporters/

*Speaking about herself in the third person.

If you have ever used the term “Social Justice Warrior” as an earnest insult…

Because why would anyone have a problem with Social Justice?

The term "Social Justice Warrior" is often used as a pejorative by internet commenters to denigrate speech aimed at reducing gender, class, and racial inequality. To put this in perspective of the atheist microcosm of the larger community, atheists who criticize social justice advocates and who have large followings, often use this word liberally (meaning a lot, not politically liberal). For those who promote anti-social justice rhetoric with this term, have a look at what you may sound … [Read more...]

Two Suspects arrested in alleged white supremacist shootings at Black Lives Matter Protest


Where does a civilized society draw the line between free speech, the right to bear arms, and the right to protest safely? First some background: MINNEAPOLIS — Two men were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the overnight shootings of five people during a Black Lives Matter protest outside a police station, the Minneapolis Police Department said. Black Lives Matter Minneapolis has been camped outside a police station to obtain justice for the shooting death of Jamar Clark. Police say that C … [Read more...]

Dallas Mayor not on the Islamophobia Bandwagon

Making Dallasites proud of something

Texas isn't widely known for progressive policy makers, but there are a few. Texas isn't as Red in its urban centers like Dallas, as it appears from the outside. Look at Texas Governor Greg Abbott's fearful response to Texas accepting Syrian refugees. As was reported by Rick Cohen last Monday, Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, joined other Republican governors in declaring that Syrian refuges(sic) were not welcome to be resettled in that state. “As the governor of the state of Texas,” he said … [Read more...]

Sharing Thanksgiving with Syrian Refugees

Syrian refugees

Obviously not in the way the original colonists, many refugees from religious persecution, did to the indigenous peoples of the Americas.  But like Abraham Lincoln did on the first official Thanksgiving in celebration and gratitude  that Gettysburg, the deciding battle of the American Civil War was over.Although the Syrian Civil War ravaging people's lives is not over, this site will direct you to websites where you can share some of your good fortune. If you can't, even sharing this in … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Louisiana on Regime Change!

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye!

Just when you thought the chances for political change in the South were pretty bleak, relatively unknown State Representative  (D) John Bel  Edwards comes along and upsets the Republican applecart. It was quite a feat in a solidly Red State like Louisiana. His victory speech: "This election shows us that the people of Louisiana in a time of deep cynicism about our politics, and also about our future, that the people have chosen hope over scorn, over negativity," Edwards told a crowd of s … [Read more...]

Texas: Epic Fail on Climate Change Preparedness.

“Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.”

How in blazes can a state that weathers every single hurricane season get a D+ in flood preparedness? The rest of the climate change preparedness report card is equally abysmal: Texas received an overall "F" in planning to prepare for extreme weather in the report, "States at Risk: America's Preparedness Report Card." The Lone Star State received the "F" grade for being unprepared to deal with extreme heat, "D-" for its drought preparations, "D" for wildfires and "D+" for coastal … [Read more...]

Houston Pastors Preach Against Equality Over Transphobic Fears

Campaign for Houston Ad

This week a smear campaign conducted by the Religious Right including pastors worked to defeat an Equal Rights ordinance dubbed HERO for Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. This is what was proposed on the ballot for Houstonians to consider: "Proposition 1: [Relating to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.] Are you in favor of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, Ord. No. 2014-530, which prohibits discrimination in city employment and city services, city contracts, public accommodations, private … [Read more...]

Hemphill County Texas Sheriff dares you to take offense to Bible verse on police vehicles

How about the Golden Rule if you want to be kind?

Just like unattended graffiti, police departments are getting bolder and bolder about putting their Christian stamp on state owned police vehicles. In Hemphill County,  Sheriff James Pearson wants everyone to know that if you take offence to "I am the good shepherd. John 10:11" on vehicles paid for by atheist tax money too that you are "missing the point". Which sort of begs the question exactly which "sheep" does this department see themselves as the good shepherd of? His reasoning:Hemphill … [Read more...]

Anti-choicers Faux Concern for Women.

Having reproductive choices actually empowers women.

Beth Presswood, of the podcast Godless Bitches and Atheist Experience, has started a new blog with a take-down of another  specious argument that abortion somehow demeans women. She is a dear friend, and her rants against anti-abortion quackery sites like Life Action News, which she calls " Lie Action News" are not only amusing but informative. In answer to a "Lie Action News" post about how abortion supposedly demeans women: Here we see the typical anti-choice lack of understanding of the … [Read more...]

Texas Governor Calls Freedom from Religion Foundation “Misguided and Malicious”

In God we Trust Texas Senate

Of course Texas Governor and Christian Culture Warrior, Greg Abbott, has pledged his full support for the Childress Police Department's commandeering of state owned police vehicles for the motto "In God we Trust". "There can be no doubt that courts in Texas would uphold the constitutionality of the Childress Police Department's decision to place 'In God We Trust' on the department's patrol vehicles," Abbott said in the letter. "If the Childress Police Department chooses to continue this … [Read more...]