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Rep. Todd Akin is wrong about rape and pregnancy, but he’s not alone

Sarah Kliff - The Washington Post - 20 August 2012 Comments

Rep. Todd Akin (Jeff Roberson | AP) Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri’s Republican Senate nominee, caused a public outcry Sunday when he told a local television station that “legitimate rape” rarely leads to...

TAGGED: POLITICS

Analysis: Why it’s irrational to risk women’s lives for the sake of the unborn

Peter Singer - The Scotsman - 19 August 2012 Comments

Abortion is a much-discussed issue in developed countries, but not so in countries like the Dominican Republic IN THE Dominican Republic last month, a pregnant teenager suffering from leukaemia...

TAGGED: HARM, MEDICINE, POLITICS

Pussy Riot's closing statement

Cory Doctorow - BoingBoing - 18 August 2012 Comments

Argument in the show-trial of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot -- who gave an unlicensed anti-Putin performance in a cathedral and now face harsh, Stalinist justice for daring to point out the...

TAGGED: CENSORSHIP, POLITICS, RELIGION

How Obama's healthcare reform boosted abstinence-only sex education

Katherine Stewart - The Guardian - 15 August 2012 Comments

Congressional haggling over Obamacare meant conservatives won funding for faith-based sex education curriculums in schools Holding hands: according to Tennessee legislators, a 'gateway sexual...

TAGGED: POLITICS

How would Jesus vote?

Paula Kirby - The Washington Post - 04 August 2012 Comments

In this combo made from file photos, President Barack Obama, speaks at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, on April 25, 2012, left, and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts...

TAGGED: POLITICS

Religion’s fair game if it motivates politics

Lawrence Martin - The Globe and Mail - 01 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Linda Ward Selbie for the link Much has been made of the government’s muzzling of the science community, its low regard for statistics, its hard line against environmentalists. ...

TAGGED: POLITICS, RELIGION

Is America a Christian Nation? or One Nation Under the Constitution?

Sean Faircloth - RichardDawkins.net - 29 June 2012 Comments

Some thoughts as you get ready for the upcoming US 4th of July holiday The book "Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All & What We Can Do About It" is available in...

TAGGED: POLITICS, RELIGION

US Catholic bishops' abuse of 'religious freedom'

Katherine Stewart - The Guardian - 26 June 2012 Comments

The founding fathers saw the state as guarantor of freedom from persecution. Now, the Church is trying to cast it as persecutor The US Conference of Catholic Bishops in session in Atlanta,...

TAGGED: LAW, POLITICS, RELIGION, VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Anti-Evolution and Anti-Climate Science Legislation Scorecard: 2012

- - National Center For Science Education - 06 June 2012 19 Comments

Although not directly education related, North Carolina in the US is already famous for trying to legislate global warming away. Call 2012 the Year of the Copycat. Many of the antievolution...

TAGGED: CREATIONISM, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, EVOLUTION, POLITICS

Does this candidate have a prayer?

Herb Silverman - The Washington Post - 03 June 2012 32 Comments

“South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum,” observed Congressman James L. Petigru, shortly after South Carolina seceded from the Union in 1860 and declared...

TAGGED: POLITICS

The Politics of Religion

Editorial - The New York Times - 30 May 2012 28 Comments

Thirteen Roman Catholic dioceses and some Catholic-related groups scattered lawsuits across a dozen federal courts last week claiming that President Obama was violating their religious freedom by...

TAGGED: POLITICS, RELIGION

Thinking Like a Scientist

Nikki Stern - The Humanist - 29 May 2012 10 Comments

Constituents of Rush Holt, the popular congressman representing central New Jersey, like to flaunt bumper stickers that declare: “My congressman IS a rocket scientist.” As it happens, Representative...

TAGGED: POLITICS, SCIENCE

Does Religious Liberty Equal Freedom to Discriminate?

Lawrence M. Krauss - RichardDawkins.net - 28 May 2012 78 Comments

I happened to leave the country on the day that President Obama made his historic statement that he was in favor of same-sex marriage. I had expected his statement to ruffle feathers from those who...

TAGGED: LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS, POLITICS, RELIGION

Dolan: White House is “strangling” Catholic church

- - Preserve Religious Freedom - Archdiocese of Washington - 22 May 2012 52 Comments

The spat between Catholic leaders and the Obama administration over its contraception policies is heating up again, with one of the nation’s most prominent Catholic leaders charging that the...

TAGGED: POLITICS, RELIGION

Texas's war on history

Katherine Stewart - The Guardian - 18 May 2012 38 Comments

Christian-nationalist zealots are trying to rewrite US history, airbrush slavery and enshrine creationism in Texas schools Texas Governor Rick Perry famously dismissed evolution as 'a theory...

TAGGED: CREATIONISM, EDUCATION, POLITICS, RELIGION

The Right’s Righteous Frauds

Frank Bruni - The New York Times - 17 May 2012 29 Comments

Say what you will about Bristol Palin, she’s a quick study. It didn’t take her long to master the ways of her elders on the censorious right and decide that personal circumstance and past error...

TAGGED: DISHONESTY, POLITICS, RELIGION

Nonbelievers flex their political muscles

Kimberly Winston - Religion News Service - 16 May 2012 9 Comments

One of the biggest growth areas in political activism around religion is coming from an unlikely source: the nonreligious. And it's happening far from the marbled corridors of power in the...

TAGGED: POLITICS, SECULARISM

Queen 'should remain Defender of the Faith' - BBC poll

Alex Strangwayes-Booth - BBC News - 15 May 2012 78 Comments

The Queen defended the role of the Church of England in a speech at Lambeth Palace Almost 80% of people in England support a religious role for the Queen, a BBC poll suggests. In a poll by...

TAGGED: POLITICS, POLLS, RELIGION

'Save the planet', science leaders urge G8 governments

Pallab Ghosh - BBC News - Science & Environment - 11 May 2012 35 Comments

Scientists are calling on leaders to help manage the environment for the benefit of future generations Leaders of the global science community have issued joint statements to world leaders...

TAGGED: EARTH SCIENCES, ENVIRONMENT, POLITICS, SCIENCE

Holy Redundant

Andrew Copson - British Humanists Association - 25 April 2012 31 Comments

Take action today on Bishops in Parliament . On Monday the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill reported supporting the Government’s proposals to keep reserved...

TAGGED: ACTIVISM, CAMPAIGNS, POLITICS, RELIGION