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Mass Meeting for Mass Action Called in New York City

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network has called for a come-one-come-all meeting tomorrow in New York City. The cause: to bring an end to the systematic practices that lead to the discriminatory treatment of Black Americans at the hands of the criminal justice system. Their call to meet and plan an entire week of outrage is […]

NPR Compares Protest to Injury in “Bracing” Headlines

“… as New York Braces For More Demonstrations Over Eric Garner…”

These are the words I heard yesterday as I listed to National Public Radio news, in a story regarding the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man choked at the hands of the officers of the New York City Police Department.

“Braces?”

[…]

Fact Check: Does Science Prove the Catholic Church is Right? (Irrationality, Narcissism and Gluttony)

Writing for the Foundation for Evangelization through the Media on the website Aleteia, psychologist Jim Schroeder declares that in a headline that “Science Is Proving the Church Is Right and the Culture’s Wrong.” Schroeder declares that:

“Adult Catholics need to understand and intentionally embrace Catholic teaching with our intellects and reason. We can’t be content […]

American Family Association Hates Christmas 524 times as much as Barnes and Noble does

The American Family Association is at it again, whipping up its latest sales pitch religious objection to various companies around America that it says “hate Christ” and are part of a “War on Christmas”:

“With the goal of keeping Christ in Christmas, AFA has reviewed the websites, media advertising and in-store signage of the top […]

The American Family Association Hates Christmas: See the Proof!

The American Family Association, a media company that uses Christian branding to sell its products a fundamentalist Christian organization, has declared a boycott against PetSmart this holiday season. Why?

“AFA is calling for a limited one-month boycott of PetSmart over the company’s censorship of the word “Christmas.” For years, PetSmart has refused to use the […]

American Family Association Declares War on PetSmart: Saying “Christmas” 4,220 times is not enough

The Christian fundamentalist group calling itself the “American Family Association” is at it again:

“AFA is calling for a limited one-month boycott of PetSmart over the company’s censorship of the word “Christmas.” For years, PetSmart has refused to use the word Christmas on its website…

Let’s hold it right there; we can test this simply […]

Human Rights that Aren’t So Universal: Modern Slavery and the World Cup

“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.”

This is Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document passed by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. On December 10 of 2014, a vigil will be held […]

Thanksgiving is… Contested

The autocomplete feature of Google describes the most common searches containing a phrase. The most common searches about Thanksgiving Day, being thankful, being grateful (and their negations) give us a bit of a glimpse into the cultural concerns we give about Thanksgiving. Here are the Google autocomplete results about Thanksgiving Day that appeared on Thanksgiving […]

Reasons to Boycott Black Friday. What’s Yours?

A boycott of Black Friday, the day on which Americans are labeled as “consumers” and expected to shop, comes from many corners this year.

Some are boycotting Black Friday as a way of protesting disproportionate violence against Black Americans at the hands of the police:

Others ask you to stay at home on Friday […]

Proof that More Immigration Leads to Higher Crime

Except wait, it’s not proof of that at all. As the share of the U.S. population made up of immigrants has more than doubled, the violent crime rate has actually fallen.

Does this information fail to match your preconception? Try working through the cognitive dissonance this time.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and Uniform Crime […]

While Vicky Hartzler Fiddles, the Globe Burns: October 2014 was Hottest on Record

On November 2014, Republican member of Congress and global warming denier Vicky Hartzler noticed it was cold. This, she decided, was proof enough to ridicule the idea of global warming. So she took to Twitter:

 

Rep. Hartzler is in her 54th year on Earth. Someone so well-experienced with the seasons really should have […]