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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Possibly World’s Largest Gathering of Atheists in Foxholes

Although you can't officially salute them yet because they are trainees, you can unofficially salute the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers.  The group just hosted a meeting of a possible world record 270 Airmen recruits based in the San Antonio area. They discussed where atheists get their morals from, which every atheist knows is from the reality of living in society and empathy.The meetings are conducted by Rebekah McGraw, a Humanist Chaplain,Ben Mcgraw, a Humanist Lay l … [Read more...]

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Making it through the GOP Debates

I really appreciate the people, who are going the distance on watching the GOP debates especially. It takes real determination to wade through all that. There is another one for the good people of New Hampshire tonight.   It's important for me and everyone, who feels the same to get as many people to watch them as possible. I live in Texas, and we haven't seceded yet, but we are the canaries in the coal mine for just how bad the GOP has gotten. Even here there are people, who don't get how bad … [Read more...]

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Not feeling ya…Bern

I assure you I am talking about areas as a supporter and voter where I don't "Feel the Bern" in ways that are intellectual. New Hampshire and Super Tuesday primaries are fast approaching. Perhaps what the Iowa Caucus statistical tie is showing us is how much difficulty Democrats are having choosing between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.  Understandable given the buyer's remorse over electing Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, which I don't completely get but this is not a post about the … [Read more...]

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Trumpless Debate Tonight

In my opinion it is always a good idea to watch a presidential debate. Even though the GOP debates have been rancorous. At least tonight we won't have to cringe at Trump bullying Jeb Bush. More information is always better though. One of the objections I often hear that sets my teeth on edge is "both parties are the same". Any potential voter, who watches both of the party's debates has substantive reasons to tell you why that is not the case. It is a claim that can only be made in ignorance of … [Read more...]

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Finicum’s Martyrdom: Why Officers need to break ranks with their own unlawful killers

The lack of justice for recent publicized cases of rogue officers murdering unarmed black people has generated widespread public mistrust of law enforcement. Mere moments after, Bundy militant LaVoy Finicum was shot for reportedly charging the FBI after trying to escape arrest in his truck. Bundy sympathizers are already trying to deify him as a martyr, who was shot while cooperating with the police. A particularly egregious example of this comes from a state Assemblywoman Shelly Shelton (R) f … [Read more...]

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