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12,000 Strong March in North Carolina against the Politics of Exclusion

Women have no right to control their own bodies.

Workers have no right to earn enough to live on.

Children have no right to eat.

Unprivileged citizens have no right to vote.

People of color have no right to organize.

Same-sex couples have no right to marry.

Those are the policy priorities of the right […]

Equivalence? Limerick Open Thread

If burning a man in a cage Is condemnable terrorist rage How can we condone A blast from a drone? Both are signs of a more savage age

Share your thoughts on the age that’s before us Strike your keyboard and join in the chorus Use the limerick form In rhetorical storm The poetic form […]

Was The Inquisition Really Not As Bad As People Think It Was?

At a site called Ten Great Things About Catholicism, a writer contends that “the Inquisition wasn’t as bad as people potray [sic] it as”. The Spectator in the UK asserts that “The Inquisition wasn’t as bad as made out”. Vatican researchers have contended that “What the church initiated as a strictly regulated process, in which […]

Is Transparency a Trap? Is Information a Weapon?

Today, I read the text of H.R. 489 for the first time. Its major action clause reads:

SEC. 2. REQUIRED REPORTING OF MEDICAID PAYMENTS TO ABORTION PROVIDERS.

(a) In General.–Not later than 60 days after the end of fiscal year 2015 and each fiscal year thereafter, each State that makes a Medicaid payment from […]

Pope Francis Encourages Parents To Hit Their Children

That Pope Francis believes that it is beautiful and dignified for a father to violently strike his own children shows that he is in no position to serve as a hero for American liberals. […]

Let The Homeland Wither

If Republicans want to force us to choose between protecting children in America and funding for some programs within the Department of Homeland Security, I say that we choose the children. […]

Senate Republicans Vote To Kick Children Out Of America

Today, Republicans in the United States Senate voted in favor of H.R. 240, a bill that would kick large numbers of children out of the United States – in the name of Homeland Security.

Right wing conspiracy theorists come up with all kinds of crazy ideas about secret plans by FEMA to set up concentration […]

While Americans insist Government is the Biggest Problem, This Arrived

According to a Gallup poll, a random sample of Americans believes that government was the biggest problem of 2014.

Yul Tolbert insists that “government messes everything up.”

Wayne Gerson declares that “government is the problem and business is the solution.”

In the midst of all these declarations, we had a whopper of a blizzard here […]

Pope Says It’s Normal For People To Be Violent In Response To Blasphemy

After the murder of people working at a magazine that published blasphemous cartoons of Islam’s prophet Mohammed, has blamed the magazine for the attack. Making an analogy between a blasphemous cartoon of Mohammed and an insult against his mother, the Pope warned that, “If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my […]

Here and There, Them Versus Us

If a vulnerable family in need appeared at your door, would you help? Our would you turn them into the cold?

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee would turn them away. As J. Clifford points out, Mike Huckabee promised in 2008 that he’d take away citizenship from American-born babies if they had non-citizen parents. Wrong blood […]

A Religious Lesson About Forgiveness

It’s a common claim that religions around the world teach the wisdom of forgiveness.

MoneyMatters101 writes, “Every major world religion teaches that forgiveness is necessary and important. Forgiveness is truly a universally accepted principle and provides common ground for love, acceptance, harmony and true happiness.”

“All major religions teach the necessity of forgiveness,” writes Help […]