Stolen, Polished, and Candied

December 16, 2015

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At last night’s GOP debate, there was a lot of argument about things like banning Muslims, killing the families of terrorists and ISIS members, and carpet bombing. And while a lot of the arguments against such things were grounded in constitutional issues, treaties, and whether or not these things made us “safe,” I don’t think I heard anyone say anything like, “We shouldn’t do those things because they are really wrong and immoral.” Just bad tactics. Alas.

Tom Gjelten at NPR reports on the religious right’s desire to paint secularism as a “religion” in order to undermine church-state separation. (CFI’s firm position is that secularism — secular humanism in particular — is absolutely not in any way a religion.)

Saudi Arabia announces the formation of a 34-state coalition, an “Islamic military alliance,” to fight global terrorism.

A UN Human Rights Commission report is shocked by the discrimination against women it found in one of its member states: the U.S. 

South Korean-born Canadian pastor Lim Hyeon-soo is sentenced by North Korea’s Supreme Court to hard labor for life, for the crime of “subversive plots” against the state.

Authorities in Kansas refused to allow a lesbian couple to adopt a baby, and placed the baby with a family that already had 14 children. The new adoptive parents were later arrested for torture and child abuse. David Mack at BuzzFeed has the whole ugly story

A court in Lyon, France drops charges of “inciting hatred” against far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, for her comparison of Muslim street protests to a Nazi occupation.

There exist plans in Dallas for a “creationist planetarium.” It must be very, very small. 

Coming January 5, the posthumously published manifesto of Charlie Hebdo editor Stéphane Charbonnier: Open Letter: On Blasphemy, Islamophobia, and the True Enemies of Free Expression

Atheist adopt-a-highway signs, once merely vandalized with spray paint, are shot up with bullet holes

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster may now perform marriages in New Zealand

James Dobson says the Christian right has lost the culture wars, now that same-sex marriage is legal. Wow. So. Um…are we done? 

Quote of the Day:

Presidential candidate Cthulhu:

The celebrations of the darkest days have been stolen, polished and candied. And yet every year the current dominant culture delusionally whines that their bastardization of ancient rites is under attack. Ignoring that it is they who used flame and sword to take this time for their own. No more shall they be deluded. … I hereby officially declare ‘War on Christmas.’ People want someone in the White House who is a fighter, a champion. I will fight this overbearing, presumptuous system to take what is mine. … So tonight, enjoy the Krampusnacht! Know that It stalks the Earth heralding the Days of Darkness… and the end of ‘Christmas’ as you know it.

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Original image by Cary Bass-Deschenes

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