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Get caught up with all the Important Things™ we juggle here at CFI with latest edition of Cause & Effect, which is heavy with International Important Things™, such as Michael De Dora’s work at the UN Human Rights Council, which he also summarizes here.
Christians are targeted in a Taliban suicide terror attack in Lahore, Pakistan on Easter Sunday, killing at least 69 and injuring hundreds.
The decision of Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca film festival to screen the documentary by anti-vax fraudster Andrew Wakefield did not go over well, and even broke some hearts. But rather quickly, the film is pulled. DeNiro said:
My intent in screening this film was to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue that is deeply personal to me and my family. But after reviewing it over the past few days with the Tribeca Film Festival team and others from the scientific community, we do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for.
Of course there are folks now crowing about “censorship,” which of course is not what is happening here.
Big-time corporations are coming out against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law, such as Apple, Google, American Airlines, Lowe’s, IBM, and more.
Mark Oppenheimer writes about why we shouldn’t buy Mother Theresa as “saintly.”
Islam remains Bangladesh’s state religion, after a challenge to the provision at the high court.
A justice on India’s Supreme Court responds to a plea to get Taslima Nasreen’s visa revoked: “Do you think that we do not have any other work to do?”
Alex Zielinski at ThinkProgress exposes how the Christian right is stymieing the enforcement in California of regulations for “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” (fake clinics designed to scare women seeking abortions) because, you guessed it, “religious freedom.”
The Satanists of Detroit out-protest the Pro-Life Action League. “[Jex] Blackmore can be seen wearing a crown of thorns and a faux pregnancy belly while carrying a cross meant to symbolize ‘the burden of oppressive mandates endured by women.'”
Minnesota’s GOP Chairman Keith Downey distances himself from the anti-Muslim rhetoric from Trump and Cruz at a “Muslim Day at the Capitol” event. An imam at the event, Mohammed Dukuly, said this, according to the Star Tribune:
While Dukuly praised Downey’s speech, he said he disagreed that Trump’s remarks about Muslims should be protected as free speech. “When it comes to saying something that creates havoc and brings destabilization among people, those things should not be considered freedom of speech,” Dukuly said.
Yeah, that’s not a road we’re looking to go down.
Josh Moon of the Montgomery Advertiser rips into the Alabama GOP and the Christian conservative electorate that rewards them, saying, “The people of this state do not deserve better. The people of this state are getting exactly what they deserve.”
Carrie Fisher will receive an award from the Humanist Community at Harvard. She will undoubtedly be hilarious.
Skeptical Inquirer‘s Ben Radford is on KOB TV talking about his new book Bad Clowns.
Earl Coggins delivers a secular invocation to the Jacksonville, FL city council:
This afternoon I invoke humanity’s potential to use intellect, empathy, and cooperation as a way in which to make this city a great and peaceful place to coexist.
Unavoidable to late-night channel-flippers was Mother Mary Angelica of EWTN. “What is going on?” I’d wonder. “Do people really watch this?” Anyway, she has died at 92.
William Irwin at NYT’s “The Stone”:
People who claim certainty about God worry me, both those who believe and those who don’t believe. They do not really listen to the other side of conversations, and they are too ready to impose their views on others. It is impossible to be certain about God.
(I don’t think that’s true.)
Jim Bakker says crazy dumb thing. Film at 11, and forever after.
This might be handy if your presidential vote may depend on a candidate’s willingness to get to the bottom of all of the U.S.’s UFO cover-ups.
Tyler Henry, a so-called psychic, blows my mind:
I’m an incredibly skeptical psychic, of other psychics. Because anybody can tell you your loved one loves you.
Quote of the Day:
Redrafting a bit from Annie Hall, Andy Ihnatko brings on John Adams to tell some dude, in effect, “You know nothing of my work”:
I overheard what you were saying. When we underscored the importance of religious liberty, we were specifically trying to prevent the government from allowing the tenets or agendas of any one religion to restrict the rights of any citizen. If you’re creating laws to limit where Americans can work, shop, live…laws that even dictate where and how a severely mistreated and physically-endangered minority of the citizenry can use the privy, and you’re promoting this as defense of ‘Religious Liberty,’ you’re negating our — nay, everybody’s — entire premise of liberty! How you got into any sort of position of influence in the crafting of laws is totally amazing. And, by God, heart-chilling.
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