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Hey, Donald Trump, who is Jesus to you?
Somebody I can revere in terms of bravery and in terms of courage and, because I consider the Christian religion so important, somebody I can totally rely on in my own mind.
Hey Erick Erickson, how’d he do?
The more Trump talks Christianity, the more he sounds like he took a Rosetta Stone class on speaking Christian.
Nick Wing at Huffington Post speaks to Bill Nye at the Reason Rally about the way the GOP is sacrificing electoral viability by rejecting science and facts.
Amnesty International releases a report showing a big uptick in violence and persecution againts people with albinism in Malawi. Via Nonprofit Quarterly:
Individuals with albinism in Africa are seen as harboring magical powers in their limbs and body parts, the sale of which has created a gruesome market for “witch doctors” and those who would make good-luck charms and potions from their flesh.
Franklin Graham found the Reason Rally “ironic”:
Isn’t it ironic that they met on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial where these words are engraved in stone: “We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation UNDER GOD shall have a new birth of freedom.”
I don’t think that’s ironic, I think it’s just progress. (Or is it the gooood adviiiiiiiiiiiiiiice that you just didn’t take?)
A commission at the UN Human Rights Committee says Ireland violated a woman’s human rights for forcing her to go to term with a fetus that she knew would not survive, which “subjected [her] to discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment as a result of Ireland’s legal prohibition of abortion.”
Russ Dobler reports back from NECSS for the CSI website.
Columbia University student Carlos Ramirez opines in the Cincinnati Enquirer that allowing the taxpayer-subsidized construction of Ken Ham’s “Ark Encounter” is a mistake:
As a society, it is necessary to question the creation of this ark instead of defaulting to tolerate its existence. When state taxes are paying for an institution that preaches false information threatening our understanding of the natural world, it is necessary to decide the extent of our toleration. It is in our best interest as a society to disallow the existence of institutions such as this and collectively decide to not tolerate ignorance of the natural world.
Brewster County, TX says, ok, fine, we’ll take the crosses of our police cars. If we must.
A tourist records video of, I guess, “a series of four to five humps” moving through the water in Loch Ness. Reached for comment, Nessie said, “My humps? My humps? My humps, my humps, my humps?”
Hey hey! My tweet is in TIME!
Quote of the Day:
Kacem El Ghazzali, the Moroccan atheist writer who escaped to Switzerland to avoid persecution, writes in Huffington Post about Islam’s need to confront radicalism rather than merely disavow it. He also writes:
Once a religion is codified in laws, it loses its claim to divinity. This is the problem of Islam today. If the majority of Muslims do not regard religion as a private matter between themselves and God, but as a set of rules for their lives and for the whole of society, insisting on taking Islam as a literal manual for life, then faith and civil laws will inevitably conflict. The aversion to any criticism of beliefs and practices associated with Islam will persist as well.
This is why I and many other ex-Muslims and secular Muslims cannot and will not give up on our right to criticize.
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