Praying the Violence Away

The city of El Dorado, Arkansas, is pulling out the really big guns to crush violent crime within its demesnes. Alderman Judy Ward is spearheading a campaign called “40 Days of Prayer” to address the issue once and for all. Daily prayer topics will appear on the front page of the El Dorado News-Times as well as [Read More...]

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Civics Lesson, Part II: States Don’t Have Civil Rights; People Do

Yesterday I posted about a common refrain heard from the mouths of Kim Davis supporters who don’t understand the concepts of separation of powers and judicial review. This is part two of that post, because there was just so much ignorance in the conversation I found myself dragged into. After claiming that court orders weren’t laws, a person [Read More...]

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Civics Lesson, Part I: Refuting “A Court Ruling Isn’t a Law”

Rawstory posted a piece about an Internet troll who claimed that Kim Davis’s First Amendment rights were violated. Saint George of Takei set the troll straight, saying that because she is a public official and refusing to do the job required of her for religious reasons, “Ms. Davis is in effect establishing religion by using her governmental powers [Read More...]

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Back To School Advice for Secular Parents

So, school’s about to start. Here’s a Public Service Announcement from your activist friends at WWJTD: Start now to make sure those pesky church/state violations don’t pop up during the semester. Do you have kids who are in Choir or Drama this year? As soon as the semester’s schedule of performances is given to your [Read More...]

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Help the Duggars Raise Money for LGBT Kids

A funny thing happens when someone broadcasts hate. Sometimes - just sometimes - love proves itself to be stronger. I’m sure Jim and Michelle Duggar never intended to give money to any young LGBT people, especially not LGBT youth made homeless when they came out to their parents. The Duggars (of TLC’s “19 and Counting” reality show [Read More...]

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Activism About the Hobby Lobby Decision

FFRF, as usual, is on the ball. They’ve put out a call to action for us to contact Congress about the Hobby Lobby decision. I lifted liberally from their sample letter. Here’s mine:   Dear Senator/Representative: I am writing as your constituent to urge you to take action in the wake of the Supreme Court’s [Read More...]

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Good News Club Gets Bad News

Check out this article on AlterNet! It seems that certain people in Portland, Oregon are aware that the teachings of the Good News Club, that insidious evangelical organization that uses children to proselytize in public schools, isn’t all sweetness and light. [a] coalition called Protect Portland Children is stepping up outreach to local media, parents, [Read More...]

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Arkansas Gets Gay-Friendly

Anne here… Arkansas is now added to the list of states that permits same sex marriage. Judge Chris Piazza’s decision did not come with an automatic stay, and the Pulaski County Clerk (the county where Little Rock is located) says that starting Monday morning, his office will be able to issue gender-neutral marriage licenses. The decision strikes [Read More...]

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Creationism is Better than Evolution

At least, that’s what at least one 7th grade social studies teacher at the Lakewood Middle School in North Little Rock, Arkansas, has spent three days teaching her class. Want proof? Examine the Power Point that went along with her lecture. It’s full of misrepresentations and bad science. This same school last year was the [Read More...]

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Why Virginia Will Get Same-Sex Marriage Soon

It was all over the news yesterday that Mark Herring, the newly-elected Virginia Attorney General, is going to reverse his predecessor’s defense of Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban. Much like his counterpart in Pennsylvania, Herring won’t defend a law he believes to be unconstitutional. Republicans in Virginia, because of their belief in government non-interference in private [Read More...]

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