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As you are no doubt aware, in Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain, terrorists plowed cars into bystanders (not unlike the Nazi behind the wheel in Charlottesville), killing at least 14 people. Four men connected to the Barcelona attack are in detention, with one on the loose, and all five of those in the Cambrils attack were shot dead by police. The attacks were clearly at least inspired by the encouragement of ISIS, but it’s not clear whether these were planned specifically by ISIS.
But don’t worry. Our lawmakers will never allow this kind of vehicular terrorism at public protests ever again, because OH GOD WHAT FRESH HELL:
This year, Republican lawmakers in at least six states have proposed bills designed to protect drivers who strike protesters. The first bill was introduced in North Dakota in January, and similar bills have since come under consideration in North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Texas and Rhode Island. … The North Dakota bill would shield drivers from civil and criminal liability. The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Keith Kempenich, perversely suggested that shielding drivers who kill protesters was a necessary anti-terrorism measure. Protesters who blocked cars were committing “an intentional act of intimidation — the definition of terrorism,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
… The bills all include language about how drivers who injure or kill protesters must have done so “unintentionally” or while exercising “due care” if they wish to be spared liability.
I give up.
The ACLU, which has defended the rights of Nazis to march and protest, now says it will not do so when the participants bring weapons.
Chelsea Clinton makes an analogy to the worship of Confederate monuments that is either really apt or maybe a little weird…or both:
The story of Lucifer-who rebelled against God-is part of many Christians’ traditions. I’ve never been in a church with a Lucifer statue.
This is great: In Wunsiedelm, Germany, folks protest a Nazi pilgrimage to a Third Reich gravesite by dressing up like clowns, setting the area up to look like a ridiculous race, and donating to charity through the “most involuntary walkathon,” giving money for every meter the Nazis march.
A court in Syria, in an area controlled by the Army of Islam, convicts two journalists of “blasphemy,” puts them in prison, and closes their magazine.
Skeptical Inquirer features a new piece by James Randi, this time on the fraudulent practice of facilitated communication, “a blatant stunt claimed to be a means of communicating with autistic children and adults afflicted by this complex neurological condition.”
Joe Nickell reviews An Inconvenient Sequel, and is clear: “You owe it to yourself and to future generations.” No pressure, huh, Joe?
A shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe placed on public grounds in Passaic, NJ is ordered removed by the city’s mayor, Hector Lora.
Trump’s transgender military ban was announced, in part at least, as a kind of “you’re-not-the-boss-of-me” tantrum.
Dinosaurs took up a lot of territory on the ground, so squirrels made the sky their domain.
Quote of the Day:
If you cannot trust God’s Word in Genesis, then why trust what it says throughout the rest of Scripture?
Agreed! Seems like it must all be made up!
If you compromise in Genesis, then it opens the door for more compromise throughout Scripture.
I have noticed that.
But look, I don’t believe in scripture, but I DO believe in Genesis. I believe that Dr. Carol Marcus’s device can bring a planet (and a dead Vulcan) to life, I believe in Sonic the Hedgehog and Phantasy Star II, and I definitely believe that she has an invisible touch, yeah; it takes control and slowly tears you apart.
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