SCOTUS to rule soon on undue burden on abortion clinics

The US Supreme Court ruling on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt from Texas's HB2 that enacted draconian restrictions on abortion providers may come down as soon as Monday. What will the Supreme Court ruling on whether abortion TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) like TX HB2 mean for pregnant people across the country?Aron Ra and I got together on the Ra-Men Podcast with Heather Busby, the Executive Director of NARAL ProChoice Texas, to discuss the ramifications of th … [Read more...]

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House Democrat Sit In Comes to an End Now What?

Perhaps House Democrats have decided they have made their point about the importance of passing a gun legislation bill and have ended their takeover of the House floor and adjourned. “It is late,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said at 3:36 a.m., just after leaving the floor. “The House is adjourned.”He added, “We will be back … The Republicans have left in the dead of night with business unfinished.”So where will the gun bills that had been stalled by the GOP majority ruled House unt … [Read more...]

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House Democrats in Seventh Hour of Sit In over Gun Legislation

In the wake, of the largest mass shooting in American history in Orlando that caused the death of 49 LGBTQ Lantinx Americans, House Republicans staunchly refuse to even bring proposed gun legislation to a vote. In this election season, it is all too convenient to not have your name attached to a no vote on not doing anything about keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people yet again.House Democrats are in the 7th hour of a sit in on the House floor. They have had the microphone and … [Read more...]

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Victory in Texas! Mary Lee Bruner Defeated in State Board Run Off

You may already know Mary Lou Bruner, who is notorious for making false statements like President Barack Obama was formerly a gay prostitute? She lost her bid to represent Republicans in the November election for East Texas in District 9.Kathy Miller Texas Freedom Network, a Church/State separation watchdog group, had this to say: “Texas escaped an education train wreck tonight. If Bruner had ultimately won election to the board, she would have instantly become the most embarrassingly unin … [Read more...]

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If you needed another reason to go to Reason Rally…

More than a few atheists (unfortunately), who are angry at Reason Rally for standing up for Reproductive Rights and LGBTQ equality, are refusing to go. I can't say I will miss the unwarranted hostility because there will be plenty from creationists like Ray Comfort. Aron posted a video commenting on the diversity of viewpoints despite what anti-feminists believe and triggered a bunch of angry anti-social justice  commenters.It's disheartening to see some of the comments t … [Read more...]

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Texas Governor and Supreme Court Prioritize Bathrooms over Classrooms

Sorry Texans! The priority in education for Texas government is to stop transgender students from using the appropriate bathroom. Our Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, called this week for the resignation of Fort Worth Superintendent Kent Scribner allowing the district's transgender students to choose their own bathroom. “Without any discussion with parents, board members, principals, and other community leaders, Dr. Scribner’s unilateral action underscores this lack of fitness to hold his position as s … [Read more...]

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Social Justice for Reasonable People: Racial Justice Discussions

How can reasonable people discuss racial justice? Any secular group that focuses on people of color often gets ironic criticism for being exclusive. Though in my experience with American groups, I don't know of any secular group that disallows whites from joining. As a biracial Asian-American, I have always been there doing my small part to help increase understanding of race issues in the movement. I have participated in discussions like during the Secular Social Justice Conference where some … [Read more...]

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Joycelyn Elders Approves of Sander’s Marijuana Legalization Plan

Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders is most known for taking stances such as support for comprehensive sex education that included education on masturbation that were not just controversial with the general public, but during the Clinton administration as well. She also received disapproval during her tenure for saying that marijuana legalization should be studied. A pediatrician, Dr. Elders served as Surgeon General in the Clinton administration. In 1993, she opined that drug legalization … [Read more...]

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The Hateful Voter

Although support for same-sex marriage has risen from 39 percent in 2001 to 55 percent in 2015, GOP candidates are still running their homophobic credentials to court evangelical voters. Republicans face an aging base at the polls that lags behind the country in same-sex marriage acceptance at 32 percent. Religious belief also plays a role in shaping the political landscape for GOP candidates.The top GOP presidential candidates beliefs on the matter reflect the majority of their … [Read more...]

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Three reasons not to raise your child to fear any god

There are a great many Christians who use the Bible for parenting guidance. As a former Christian, I did when my children were very young. If there is one piece of good advice on parenting (though it isn't meant that way) in the Bible, it is this:11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 1 Corinthians 13:11New International Version (NIV)Thanks to Donald Trump, I now read that … [Read more...]

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