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Franklin Graham boycotting Girl Scout Cookies.

My hips don't need them, but I'm ordering a case of thin mints for the freezer. Honestly, I can't even THINK about the Graham family without gritting my teeth. Maybe the cookies will help.


Biblical Gender Roles

If, as The Atheist Pig suggests, you can stifle your gag reflex, check out this Christian marriage advice blog. There's some debate in my A&A meetup group about whether or not it's even for real. I think it's legit.


Phoenix City Council Votes To End Prayer Rather Than Let Satanists Lead It

My smile for the morning. Link at HUFF PO.


But there's a third way: My Secular/Humanist Meetup group always begins meetings with "a moment of science."

Clinton or Sanders? Some Iowa precincts resort to coin tosses to award delegates

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

"Just how close was the race in Iowa for Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders? At least six precincts reportedly awarded their delegates after tossing a coin.

In Ames, the decision to award delegates by coin toss was made after 60 caucus participants apparently disappeared from the results, according to a report from The Des Moines Register.

“Unable to account of that numerical discrepancy and the orphan delegate it produced, the Sanders campaign challenged the results and precinct leaders called a Democratic Party hot line set up to advise on such situations,” the newspaper reported.



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Loser.com now redirects

To Donald Trump's Wikipedia page!


Goose-Steppers in the G.O.P.

This NYT article by Timothy Egan offers the best explanation for the Trump eruption I've seen yet. As Egan says, Trump has given "marginalized Americans permission to hate."

Well worth the read.


What's Behind Facebook's Censoring Of Atheists In India

"A few days ago a petition popped up on the website Change.org urging Mark Zuckerberg to “support freedom of expression in India” by unblocking an atheist Facebook group there with over 13,000 members.

Facebook, the petition said, had not given any reason for the blockade. One day users in India who tried to visit the site were simply hit with a message that the content was “unavailable.” This was not the first time a Facebook page for atheists had been censored in the secular state. In June, another atheist Facebook group was reportedly labeled “unsafe” and its members were unable to share its content.


Ted Cruz: An Atheist 'Isn't Fit To Be' President

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Friday that he believes anyone who wants to be president must fear God and pray daily.
Speaking at the National Religious Liberties Conference in Iowa, Cruz joined other GOP presidential candidates for a discussion about the persecution of Christians in the U.S. and around the world. After some very extreme, very weird comments about homosexuality, right-wing pastor Kevin Swanson introduced Cruz to the stage to ask him how important it was for candidates to submit to Jesus Christ as "the king of the President of the United States."

"Any president who doesn't begin every day on his knees isn't fit to be commander-in-chief of this country," responded Cruz.


Conservatives Are Mad Because Ben Carson's Been Questioned About His Religion

Interesting article by David Corn. We saw a little of what a faith-based presidency might be like in Bush. (Although, truthfully Bush's problems were much more an issue of smallness of brain than greatness of faith.) Still, it terrifies me to think how crackpot religious ideas could inform global policies. I fantasize about the day when affirming that you have NO religious superstitions becomes the test for office.


Tennessee County May Ask God To Spare Them And Smite Someone Else

Some days the news is too surreal not to share:

"A Tennessee county plans to take up a resolution begging God for mercy and asking that the deity not smite their community "like Sodom and Gomorrah" because of the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage.

The "resolution condemning judicial tyranny and petitioning God’s mercy" was written by Blount County commissioner Karen Miller and will come up for consideration at Tuesday night's meeting.

Miller's resolution claims the "so help me God" part of the oath taken by lawmakers means they are committed not only to upholding the U.S. Constitution but also "higher Natural Law."

As such, the resolution calls on lawmakers throughout the state "to protect Natural Marriage, from lawless court opinions, AND THE financial schemes of the enemies of righteousness wherever the source AND defend the Moral Standards of Tennessee."

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