1. abaldwin360:

    Kansas lawmakers voted overwhelmingly today to pass a bill that opponents say legalizes discrimination against gays and lesbians. 

    Members of both parties joined together in the House on the 89-27 vote,according to theLawrence Journal-World. If the Senate follows suit and Governor Sam Brownback signs the bill, as he has indicted, then anyone could opt out of anti-discrimination laws that protect gays and lesbians by claiming they violate their “religious freedom.”

    For example, an employer could fire someone if they discovered the employee was gay. Or a landlord could kick a renter out of their home. The religious exemption extends past places of business to universities, where students or instructors could opt out of a school’s anti-discrimination policy.

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    Fuck everything about this, religious freedom SHOULD NOT give the right to discriminate.

     
  2. No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your “religious freedom.” If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it. Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.
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    President Barack Obama

    (via bronx-beat)

    It’s about damn time an American politician had the guts to say this. I mean, it’s right in your fracking constitution!

    (via withmy2hands)

    Not to shit on anyones parade or anything, but is there any actual proof he said this? This seems like the kind of thing that circulates around Tumblr with no actual proof of purchase.

    Every time I Google the quote, tumblr results show up. 

    Still looking…

     
  3. Heh… >.>
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    Heh… >.>

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  4. Ricky Gervais
Photograph by Nadav Kander for Rolling Stone

    Ricky Gervais

    Photograph by Nadav Kander for Rolling Stone

     
  5. Religion in a terrorist attack isn’t irrelevant — unless it’s your own.

    Sun News’ Ezra Levant seemingly used the Norway attacks as a chance to bash the CBC in his opinion piece, for what he sees as a political opportunity used by the Liberals; that the terrorist was a fundamentalist Christian. He makes it seem like we shouldn’t be paying attention to his religion, as if it’s irrelevant.

    He also notes that because Breivik didn’t kill any Muslims, that he didn’t hate Muslims. [“CBC News anchors started repeating every hour: The murderer was by a “Christian fundamentalist” who hated Muslims. Except Breivik didn’t actually kill any Muslims - he went after the Norwegian government and its ruling liberal party.”] Yes — except for the fact that Breivik.. [“In his self-proclaimed “manifesto”, accused Labour of threatening Norwegian culture by allowing the “mass import of Muslims” (Guardian)]

    So, I think it’s safe to say that he was blatantly anti-Muslim, and that Muslims were one, if not the main reason for the attacks.

    Oh I just wonder what Levant would say if the attacks were carried out by a Muslim extremist. Would he have the same “the religion of the attacker is irrelevant”? or would he jump all over it like, he says, the CBC is doing now.

     
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  7. "Restore the sanctity of marriage!" "We shouldn’t redefine marriage!"

    Screw off with your nonsensical ideas of marriage and the sanctity of it.

    In the Old Testamant, ‘marriage’ was basically just purchasing a woman from her father, because back then, women were looked upon as property.

    Christianity frowns upon divorce and remarrying [ditto with Roman Catholicism], but you don’t see any religious folk getting all worked up about that.

    A gallup poll conducted in 1958 showed that 96% of white Americans disapproved of interracial marriage. In the US, in 1960, it was illegal for a black person to marry a white person in 22 states. If we hadn’t “redefined marriage”, some states would still make it illegal for blacks to marry whites.

    Making it legal for same-sex couples to marry won’t do anything other than let same-sex couples marry each other. The world won’t fall apart, God won’t come from the heavens and smite the sinners, etc. etc. The world will keep on turning, and everyone will just go on with their lives. Another day in America. The only difference now, is that the people who are against letting same-sex couples marry will be viewed as the bigoted assholes they are. The sad thing is that many of them will justify their homophobia with their religious texts, as if they were incapable of harbouring any opinions that weren’t planted there by said religious texts.

    Marriage has had a long, disappointing, and shameful past, and the idea that we should “restore the sanctity” of it is amusing, because it never really had any to begin with.

     
  8. May 11, 2011London, ON
St. Peter’s Seminary 

    May 11, 2011
    London, ON

    St. Peter’s Seminary 

     
  9. L. Ron Hubbard: The Scientology Story
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    L. Ron Hubbard: The Scientology Story

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  10. Checkmate
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    Checkmate

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  11. The rapture is almost here!
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    The rapture is almost here!

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  12. More than 75 professors at Catholic University and other prominent Catholic colleges have written a pointed letter to Mr. Boehner saying that the Republican-supported budget he shepherded through the House of Representatives will hurt the poor, elderly and vulnerable, and therefore he has failed to uphold basic Catholic moral teaching.

    “Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of the Church’s most ancient moral teachings,” the letter says. “From the apostles to the present, the Magisterium of the Church has insisted that those in power are morally obliged to preference the needs of the poor. Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress. This fundamental concern should have great urgency for Catholic policy makers. Yet, even now, you work in opposition to it.”

    The letter writers go on to criticize Mr. Boehner’s support for a budget that cut support for Medicare, Medicaid and the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, while granting tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations. They call such policies “anti-life,” a particularly biting reference because the phrase is usually applied to politicians and others who support the right to abortion.

     
  13. 11:40 29th Apr 2011

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    reblogged from: theatlantic

    tags: techreligion


    theatlantic:

ilovecharts:

Contradictions in the Bible
This is one of my favorite charts that I did not make.
Why does the Bible say one thing about infidelity in one place and another in another place? Why do some minor characters appear to die but then resurface? Because the Bible makes mistakes. Here they are, all of them. Skeptic Sam Harris furnished the data; Andy Marlow designed the chart (with inspiration from an earlier chart by Chris Harrison). It ends up looking like the mind of a very fallible god.

Fascinating.

    theatlantic:

    ilovecharts:

    Contradictions in the Bible

    This is one of my favorite charts that I did not make.

    Why does the Bible say one thing about infidelity in one place and another in another place? Why do some minor characters appear to die but then resurface? Because the Bible makes mistakes. Here they are, all of them. Skeptic Sam Harris furnished the data; Andy Marlow designed the chart (with inspiration from an earlier chart by Chris Harrison). It ends up looking like the mind of a very fallible god.

    Fascinating.

     
  14. "Shampoo, rinse, repeat."
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    "Shampoo, rinse, repeat."

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