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Ohio’s legislature passes that terrible “fetal heartbeat” anti-abortion bill, which would ban abortion at the point a heartbeat can be detected, around six weeks into pregnancy – even in cases of rape or incest. If you’re an Ohioan, you need to tell Gov. Kasich to stop this bill right now.
Trump will nominate Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. Who’s Scott Pruitt? Oklahoma’s attorney general who denies climate science and is suing the very agency he will be in charge of over emissions standards.
Trump is considering Jim O’Neill to head the FDA, a man who thinks the agency shouldn’t be in the business of deciding whether a drug works, just whether it’s safe. What is happening.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey rounds up the promises Trump has made regarding religion, the most important of course being that people will now start saying “Merry Christmas,” which of course they already do, so, there’s one check mark.
CFI President Ron Lindsay sums it all up:
#TrumpLand taking shape. We’ll have oil in our water, religious will have ‘liberty’ to discriminate & AG will protect whites against racism
Just after Merkel called for a ban on full-face veils in Germany (and we came out against that idea), Germany’s Constitutional Court (in which the judges wear even more ridiculous outfits than our own SCOTUS) says a Muslim girl has no choice but to take part in a mixed swimming class at school, even though she says even a “burkini” violates her religious beliefs.
This is interesting. Secularists have an ally against vouchers and in favor of public schools: Texas pastors. Via John Savage at Reporting Texas:
In his baritone southern drawl, [Rev. Charles Foster] Johnson told the pastors that vouchers siphon funds from schools in low-income neighborhoods and violate the separation of church and state enshrined in the First Amendment. School vouchers contradict God’s law of religious liberty, he said, by providing government support for religion.
The Brookings Institution’s Shadi Hamid joins Sam Harris on his podcast.
Breitbart expands its operations so it can also lie in France and Germany
CFI gets its second mention in a Snopes piece in as many weeks, regarding the alleged mystical powers of Native Americans with long hair being recruited for Vietnam.
Hulu has a new show about fake psychics. I mean the kind who know they’re fake.
We’re all going to die…even sooner.
Quote of the Day:
The “blasphemous” Santa vs. Jesus card/board game. “Who’ll kick who’s ass? Santa or Jee-zass?”
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