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A List Of Indiana Businesses To Boycott

Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law this week a piece of education that protects the power of businesses to discriminate against people, using religion as an excuse. In response, huge numbers of people from around the United States are working quickly to make sure that they are doing as little business in Indiana as […]

In Alabama, U beats O in a Landslide

If you look at the results of the 2014 elections for the Alabama State House of Representatives and Senate, you might get the idea that the major divide is between Democrats and Republicans, with 98 Republicans, 41 Democrats and 1 Independent elected to the two chambers of the Alabama State Legislature. But there is a […]

Senators From Oklahoma Want Their Schools To Aim Lower

If Americans want their schools to perform better, Oklahoma is not a place they can to look to for an example. So, why do Oklahoma senators James Inhofe and James Lankford want Oklahoma to have more local control over education? […]

Prayer Hasn’t Worked so well for States Legislatively Obsessed with Prayer

So far this year, legislators in the following U.S. states have introduced bills using government power to promote prayer:

Arizona Illinois Iowa Kentucky Minnesota Nevada South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia West Virginia

According to U.S. Census data for 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available), these states have:

a lower share of […]

Republicans in Virginia, North Carolina and Texas say Religion means you don’t have to Do Your Job

[A tip of the pen to DocDawg, whose blog post on the situation in North Carolina got me all riled up.]

Republican party officials love to proclaim that theirs is the “party of hard work”, that the GOP stands for the idea that Americans should stop whining, show up to work and get the job […]

Kickstarter Seeks To Re-Create Hell On Earth

There is a place in Michigan called Hell. It’s an unincorporated settlement, meaning that it’s a place without any local government below the level of Putnam Township in Livingston County.

In its present incarnation, Hell is kind of hokey. It’s something like a Halloween theme park, populated by goofy cartoon images of vampires, zombies […]

South Portland tells Students to Celebrate Freedom through Coercion and Silence

What did you learn in school today?

Brad Rogers writes in the Bangor Daily News about a simple choice by high school seniors in South Portland.  The senior class President of South Portland high school noticed that teachers were harassing students who chose not to say the Pledge of Allegiance, so she looked up state law, […]

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 […]

A Very Cold Warming?

From where I sit as I write this, I can look outside through a window, and see, even in the dim light of this early hour, that it is very snowy, and very cold, outside. It is easy to forget, in these conditions, that last year was the hottest year for Planet Earth in the […]

Where is the Level the Playing Field Foundation Registered as a Corporation?

The return of Americans Elect as the Level the Playing Field Foundation signifies plans for the 2016 presidential election that bear watching, especially considering the deep pockets of Level the Playing Field’s chairman and sole funder, the private wealth investment tycoon Peter Ackerman.

The point at which Americans Elect began to noticeably move forward with […]

Pastors Behaving Badly

They’re driving drunk. They’re making up stories about getting shot by African-Americans. They’re having sex with kids. Christian pastors in America are behaving very badly indeed. […]