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Rick Jervis at USA Today looks at the tent revival that is the Ted Cruz presidential candidacy.
Republicans courting the Jewish vote are facepalming over Trump’s Trumpiness:
“The Jewish community, collectively, has that institutional memory, and institutional scars from previous events in history where a group based solely on religion was persecuted,” said Lee Cowen, a Republican strategist, adding that Trump was damaging the party.
Scott Maxwell at the Orlando Sentinel laments the ostentatious approach to prayer taken by politicians (and says Jesus would lament it too):
I’m often skeptical of politicians who — despite their ability to pray on their own — seem fixated on doing it when cameras are rolling and they have crowds assembled to watch.
Jex Blackmore, national spokeswoman for the Satanic Temple, seeks to demystify the experience of having an abortion by live-blogging her own.
Aw, look at the smiling, totally un-cynical faces of our outreach team wishing everyone a happy whatever-you-celebrate in the latest Campus Inquirer.
IHEU releases its latest Freedom of Thought report, and unsurprisingly, finds that “there has been a rise in extrajudicial violence” against seculars around the world.
The example of this escalation that has dominated so much of our efforts this year: Bangladesh. Charles Parkinson at VICE looks at the terrifying state of affairs for atheist bloggers. Deutsche Welle has a video piece on the same subject, focusing on the death of Niloy Neel and the struggles of Shammi Haque who escaped the country.
A group of American Muslims is raising money to help out the victims of the San Bernardino shooting:
All fundraising proceeds will help with the immediate, short-term needs of the grieving families. No amount of money will bring back their loved ones, but we do hope to lessen their burden in some way.
The early bird gets the nativity space.
One day, the food sources we depend upon will become too scarce. So Ikea’s research lab proposes insect meatballs including “crispy bug balls.” I think my podcast co-host would like these.
Quote of the Day:
Zuckerberg, tech CEO playing the role of statesman:
After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others. As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone.If you’re a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you.
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