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March 17, 2019

control

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Fascism, Greed, Gun Control, Memes, News, NRA, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:46

(cartoon by Joe Heller)

(cartoon by Adam Zyglis)

 

 

Just checking ?

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Fascism, Gender, Harm, Hate, LGBTQ, Memes, Questions — Scottie @ 05:51

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March 16, 2019

Words that need to be said and heard

Filed under: Bigotry, Fascism, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Twitter — Scottie @ 14:59

 

Appeals Court: Tax-Free Housing for Faith Leaders (But Not Atheists) is Legal

Filed under: Atheism, Bigotry, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 07:04

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/03/15/appeals-court-tax-free-housing-for-faith-leaders-but-not-atheists-is-legal/

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has lost a major legal battle in its effort to stop the government from giving religious leaders a huge unconstitutional tax break.

FFRF is, not surprisingly, upset with the decision.

Reacts FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor, one of the plaintiffs: “The housing allowance is so clearly a handout to churches and clergy, and it so clearly shows preferential treatment and discriminating in favor of ministers.”

… “It’s an injustice not just to us, but to taxpayers who have to pay more than their share, because clergy pay less,” Gaylor says.

FFRF could always ask the full Seventh Circuit to look at this case again, but the Seventh Circuit is an overwhelmingly conservative court, with only two of the 14 judges appointed by Democratic presidents. Appealing to the Supreme Court is both a long shot (in terms of them even looking at the case) and a tough case to win, given the Court’s makeup. Furthermore, this isn’t a case where two appeals courts have said two different things, so the Supreme Court would likely say there’s no reason for them to get involved.

This case was always an uphill climb, legally speaking, but FFRF always had a good point: This law benefits religious leaders (including wealthy ones) with a perk that leaders of atheist organizations aren’t allowed to get. The government is actively discriminating against atheist groups with this law even if lawmakers never intended for that to be the case.

Unfortunately, the pro-religion rule will remain in place until the law ever changes.

The only time

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Religion — Scottie @ 06:27

March 15, 2019

if the shooter is…

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Fascism, Harm, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Religion — Scottie @ 16:59

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what is covered and what is not, know the difference

Filed under: Atheism, Bigotry, Cartoons, Fascism, Gender, Harm, Hate, Homosexual, LGBTQ, Memes, News, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 16:37

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Hate and Harm

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Harm, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 08:26

 

(cartoon by Matt Wuerker)

(cartoon by Steve Sack)

(cartoon by Rob Rogers)

(cartoon by Dave Granlund)

(cartoon by Adam Zyglis)

(cartoon by Stuart Carlson)

(cartoon by Ed Hall)

(cartoon by Nick Anderson)

 

NEW ZEALAND: White Supremacist Slaughters 49 At Mosques, Dozens Injured, Gunman In Custody

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 07:54

So should we ban all white men?   Or ban travel from New Zealand and Australia?   Hey that is the excuse they used for Muslims.   There is more at the link.   Hugs

https://www.joemygod.com/2019/03/new-zealand-white-supremacist-slaughters-49-at-mosques-dozens-injured-gunman-in-custody-video/

The Guardian reports:

Forty-nine people have been shot dead and 48 injured in attacks at two mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch, the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s history. The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said this was “one of New Zealand’s darkest days” as police uncovered explosive devices attached to cars and commissioner Mike Bush urged all mosques across the country to close their doors for the time being.

The New York Times reports:

He approaches the mosque on foot, his weapon visible, and begins shooting at people at the entrance.

What follows is a harrowing nearly two minutes of his firing on worshipers. At one point the gunman exits the mosque and fires in both directions down the sidewalk before returning to his car for another gun — which, like the others, was inscribed with numbers, symbols or messages. When he re-enters the mosque, he shoots several bodies at close range. “There wasn’t even time to aim, there was so many targets,” he says at one point, as the sirens of an emergency response vehicle blare in the background.

The Associated Press reports:

Shortly before the shooting, someone appearing to be the gunman publicly posted links to a manifesto on Twitter and 8chan, an online forum. The 8chan post included a link to what appeared to be the gunman’s Facebook page, where he said he would soon broadcast live video of the attack.

In his manifesto, he identified himself as a 28-year-old man born in Australia. He listed his white nationalist heroes, described what he said motivated him to attack, and said he purposely used guns to stir discord in the United States around the Second Amendment.

The Express reports:

Tarrant’s rampage began when he got into his car wearing military-style body armour and a helmet with a series of rifles on the passenger seat. The weapons, including a semi-automatic shotgun he used, are scrawled with the names of past mass killers and cities where the shootings occurred.

 

 

Telling me …

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 06:23

March 14, 2019

Who they are

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Bigotry, Cartoons, Fascism, Harm, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Reason — Scottie @ 11:44

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March 13, 2019

Who has privilege

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Fascism, Harm, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 05:57

(cartoon by Nick Anderson)

(story here) .. (cartoon by Andy Marlette)

 

March 12, 2019

Lawsuit: Principal Said 4th-Grader’s Essay on LGBTQ Rights Was “Not Acceptable”

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Fascism, Gender, Harm, Hate, Homosexual, LGBTQ, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 07:12

They do not want LGBTQ to be mentioned, seen, acknowledged at all.   They seem to think if they ignore the LGBTQ we will all go away.   Wrong.  Hugs

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/03/11/lawsuit-principal-said-4th-graders-essay-on-lgbtq-rights-was-not-acceptable/

According to a recent lawsuit, a fourth grader in South Carolina was told her brief essay on LGBTQ rights couldn’t be included in a collection sent home with students because it “would create [an] undesirable situation at the school.”

What was so awful about the girl’s essay? The assignment was to write a paper about any topic, addressed “to society,” and here’s what the girl wrote:

To society,

I don’t know if you know this but peoples view on Tran’s genders is an issue. People think that men should not drees like a women, and saying mean things. They think that they are choosing the wrong thing in life. In the world people can choose who they want to be not being told that THEIR diction is wrong. I hope people understand that people can hurt themselves from others hurting their feelings. People need to think before they speak because one word can hurt someone’s feelings. We need to fix this because this is getting out of hand!

… Defendant Principal Elizabeth Foster religiously defended her decision by consistently raising her voice and making loud statements, including but not limited to the following: that the original paper would “make other parents upset,” “would create a undesirable situation at the school,” was “not acceptable” and that it was “not age-appropriate to discuss transgenders, lesbians and drag queens outside of the home.” Defendant Principal Elizabeth Foster further proclaimed that “due to the type of school this is, the people that work here and the students and families of the students that go here, the topic would be disagreeable.”

Why should the feelings of a bunch of (I assume) conservative Christians prevent this essay from being included in the mix? It’s perfectly age-appropriate to talk about treating people with civility and decency. It’s also fine to discussion LGBTQ issues considering students learn about family structures and mommies and daddies from a young age. If it’s not weird to talk about straight, cis people, it shouldn’t be weird to talk about gay, lesbian, and trans people. Hell, it’s not like the girl was describing what people do in the bedroom.

 

In a cage

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Harm, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 06:57

Bigotry

 

Flaunting it

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 06:43

March 10, 2019

Again an authoritarian right wing leader tries to demonize a segment of the population to rally his base

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Religion — Tags: , , , , — Scottie @ 15:39

Benjamin Netanyahu: “Israel Belongs To Jews Alone”

https://www.joemygod.com/2019/03/benjamin-netanyahu-israel-belongs-to-jews-alone/

Haaretz reports:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday the State of Israel belongs to the Jewish people alone, this in response to a comment by Israeli actress Rotem Sela, who wrote on social media that Israel is a country of all its citizens. Sela was commenting on an interview Culture Minister Miri Regev was giving on Channel 12’s “Meet the Press” program.

The Daily Sabah reports:

As the comments caused waves in Israel, Netanyahu again spoke of the issue at the start of a cabinet meeting, making similar comments. He called Israel a “Jewish, democratic state” with equal rights, but “the nation-state not of all its citizens, but only of the Jewish people”.

Ellen Page Was Right

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Fascism, Gender, Harm, Hate, News, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 12:58

A different perspective

Filed under: Bigotry, Fascism, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 08:18

Independent Reporters Contradict US Venezuelan Propaganda

Abuse

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Fascism, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Tags: , , , — Scottie @ 07:42

(cartoon by Rob Rogers)

(cartoon by Adam Zyglis)

(cartoon by Matt Wuerker)

 

A different perspective

Filed under: Bigotry, Fascism, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:19

Independent Reporters Contradict US Venezuelan Propaganda

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