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Hobby Lobby Reiterates its Bigotry: For Political Leadership, Only Christians Need Apply

Today is Independence Day in the United States, and while many people treat Independence Day as a historical commemoration of the Revolutionary War, it is not. Independence Day marks the signing of a piece of paper on July 4, 1776 and invites us to consider the ideas animating that paper. Some of those ideas are […]

Wedding Cakes and Same-Sex Marriage: Does the Right to Not Be Upset Trump Free Speech?

Yesterday, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled that a bakery in Gresham, Oregon must pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple for refusing to make them a wedding cake. You can read the ruling for yourself right here. Some salient facts:

Gresham, Oregon is a city of more than 100,000 people (a fifth of […]

Sweatshops are Good, Says Head of Think Tank Funded With $1.7 Million Grant made possible by Sweatshops

Benjamin Powell uses his position as head of the “Free Market Institute” to argue that sweatshops are good for sweatshop workers. “I never understand, if you’re not making a living wage, how come you’re alive?,” jokes Powell in a standard stump speech line.

With his funding and position as head of the “Free Market Institute,” […]

Jumping at the Conclusion

There is nothing more to this video than a piece of the world around us. I stopped for a moment yesterday and was amazed at what I found right before my feet.

The world is worthy of our wonder.

5 Things USA Today Says You Need to Know (and 5 Things that Come a lot Closer to Meeting that Need)

USA Today is back, grinding out its daily “5 things you need to know” article. Here are today’s entries; according to USA Today, apparently I need to know that:

1. “N.Y. escapee is in the hospital”. I don’t need to know this. Even if I lived in New York State, I wouldn’t have needed to […]

On Same-Sex Marriage, God’s Judgment is … Where, Exactly?

For years, right-wing preachers and political pundits like Stephen Bennett, Harold Camping, Graham Dow, John Hagee, Yehuda Levin, John Piper, Pat Robertson, Maurice Mills, Ken Crow, Michael Oard, and Ken Ham have insisted that God uses hurricanes and other weather disasters as tools of divine judgment against homosexual sin.

Just this week, the Supreme Court […]

FOX: If We Can’t Force Our Morality Upon Others’ Personal Lives, it Must Mean We’re Being Persecuted

“Reporter” Todd Starnes of FOX News has issued his prediction for the fallout from yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling that because of the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution, conservative Christians can’t continue to prevent other people from exercising their own freedom to marry:

“Churches and faith-based business should prepare for lawsuits and government […]

My Impromptu Dog Garden, For a Season

My long-term gardening plan where I live in Maine is simple in the abstract: let the woods grow in from the edges over time and find something other than grass in the middle.

As always in a garden, concrete reality becomes more complicated.

I’ve got dogs. Big dogs. Digging dogs. These big digging dogs have […]

Movie Title and Tagline Open Thread

Plant Rabies

… whatever you do, don’t eat your vegetables!

 

What great movie is lying out there, somewhere, in the land of unrealized possibility? Share it with me. Post a movie title and a tagline that explains it all.

Level the Playing Field to Public: We’re Not Running Candidates for President. LPF to FEC: Yes, We Certainly Are.

One of the reasons the Americans Elect corporation failed to attract significant public support in its bid to run a privatized candidate for U.S. President in 2012 was that it declared something in public, then actually did the exact opposite in practice — not just once but over and over and over and over and […]

Washington, DC to Rally Against Torture on Friday, June 26

What do Amnesty International USA, CODEPINK: Women For Peace, and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee have in common? They are among the activist organizations that are gathering in front of the Department of Justice in Washington, DC at 4 pm on Friday, June 26 to call for an full investigation and prosecution of those […]