The rights and freedoms you enjoy are neither rights nor freedoms - they are privileges. When you break a law, the first thing that happens is that you lose most of them after having had an unfortunate run-in with the justice system. In most countries, even at this point you are awarded a few privileges - prison law is a fairly abbreviated version of civilian law, more on par with military law.
Law is an ever increasing body of knowledge of behavior we find to be anti-social. It is…
A young girl inside of Iran (this happened recently but I do not have exact date) was arrested for "bad hijab" or headscarf and was forced into the car and kicked by the cop as a sign of disrespect that she is "trash" in their minds. We can only hope that this poor sister was also not raped and we can only imagine worse...the brutal Islamic Republic of Terror…
Damon Fowler, a high school senior at Bastrop High School in Louisiana, is being called an Atheist Hero in many forums and blogs this morning. Damon called for his school not to use a Christian prayer during their graduation ceremony, citing Louisiana law. Due to a threat of the ACLU, the school district decided to remove the prayer from their graduation program...but things only got worse for Damon. He has received death threats from other students, been slandered by his teacher, and has…
Thousands of conservative Christian rallied in NC for a ban of gay marriage.
Carrying Christian and American flags, over 3500 Christians gathered in the streets of the capitol of NC. Why? So they could show the world just how many ignorant fools there are in the state of North Carolina.
Since the most holy of weekends in the Christian calendar has now passed, the folks at Outreach Media have decided to shift their focus form worshiping the death of Jesus, to look at the topic of birth and conception. This month's poster reads:
"You knit me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13"…
I thought this story was interesting because of the alliance between parties on opposite ends of the political spectrum.
AP: Dutch consider banning religious animal slaughter by Staff The Associated Press
One of Europe's first countries to allow Jews to practice their religion openly may soon pass a law banning centuries-old Jewish and Muslim traditions on the ritual slaughter of animals. In the Netherlands, an unlikely alliance of an animal…
In this society where the majority of the people are male or female transgendered people are ignored and their rights are not given any importance. In United States at child birth the surgeries are performed and gender assignment is done at birth without the person’s choice? People may like to adopt a dog or cat instead of adopting a transgendered kid? The world likes perfect things but in truth nothing in world is perfect. The transgendered people are forced to use the male or female…
While discussing the individual mandate in the new health care reform, Ann Coulter claimed that not only is the mandate unconstitutional but Republicans should come out and impose a mandate that all citizens should be forced to buy a gun and a bible and that "there's a lot more evidence that owning a gun and a Bible is better for society than owning health Insurance."
The first Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law “respecting an establishment of religion “. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment has been interpreted by the Supreme Court as erecting a separation of church and state. This seems simple enough to anyone who thinks free, no laws regarding religion. Yet, everyday, I see laws already on the books, that have nothing to do with religion, not… Continue
Added by TDM on January 10, 2011 at 9:40am —
One of the things I learned from my Christian indoctination, ironically, was pacifism.
Peace on Earth
Good Will to Men
I was not a fundamentalist. Therefore I was not taught about the apocalypse, the war that would bring the second coming, etc. My family is part of the "Reformed" Presbyterian faith. In other words, my old church took less focus on evangelism and "being a christian soldier" than on the life of Jesus, the example he set,…
This TSA bullshit is just the latest in a long line of attacks on our civil liberties, but it's really pissing me off. I wonder what it will take to finally push a thorough backlash against all of our stupid policies (formal and informal)? Seatbelt laws, helmet laws, mandatory insurance, gay military service bans, gay marriage bans, gay adoption bans, anti-prostitution laws, anti-gambling laws, the war on crime, the war on drugs, the war on terror, unfounded and illegal undeclared wars, corrupt… Continue
This piece was originally published on OpEdNews.com under the same title.
To borrow a line from John Lennon, "Imagine there's no heaven." Really, imagine it.
Now imagine you are Oscar Grant, lying on your stomach on the cold hard pavement of the subway platform. A knee, putting the weight of a two hundred pound man, descends on your neck like a wolverine's jaws, grinding… Continue
I've seen discussions in the community about marriage among atheists. Some people don't feel that it is necessary to be married. That is totally up to the life style that you chose to live. There certainly are benefits that come from marriage, and there is nothing religious about it.
In these discussions, people were talking about our rights and benefits. I think that a lot were left out so I decided to make a list for myself.
On the order of 1,400 legal rights are conferred… Continue
Added by Jon Heim on October 2, 2010 at 8:13pm —
Fortney Hillman "Pete" Stark, Jr. (born November 11, 1931) is an American politician from the state of California. A Democrat, he has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1973 (37 years), currently representing California's 13th congressional district in southwestern Alameda County. Currently he is the sixth most senior Representative as well as 8th most… Continue
We have freedom of religion here in America, no one knows that better than us. However, my brain, which is constantly going through thoughts came up with something I felt I needed to ask here. There's a group out there that I was active with when I was a fundie called Voice of the Martyrs. I remember loving reading the stories and hearing of the testimonies of the people who were persecuted and killed for Christ and even wishing I was secure enough in my faith to do something like that. As a… Continue
I've been watching some of the American news coverage of the health care debate with great interest. In fact, i imagine most Canadians have been taking a special interest in the debate. Universal health care is one of the cornerstones of our way of life, and even though the system has it's challenges, a recent survey showed that 90% of Canadians support universal health care and think Obama is on the right track. I can… Continue
>What the hades, Uganda? You've determined that homosexuality is a psychological problem and that people can choose not to be gay if they work really hard at it. Where in the frilly heck did you get that idea?
Damn. Go Rachel for "..if you believe the debunked unscientific claptrap they're selling." I'm so tired of the fake balance we so often see in news (like having Christians on to discuss what… Continue
A mother in Sleepy Eye Minnesota is choosing to not allow her son to take Chemotherapy Treatments for Hodgkin's. She claims that her reasoning is religious. The article doesn't make clear which religion, but for me that's not even relevant. Instead she is seeking "alternative healing techniques" on the internet.
I find it distasteful that parents take their religion so far as to put their child's well being on the line. I we had a case here in Washington just a few years ago where a JW… Continue