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September 15, 2018

Christian conservatives win; children lose. More reasons why we need separation of church and state. 

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Education, History, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 12:23

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2018/09/texas-education-board-includes-moses-with-founding-fathers-in-social-studies-curriculum/

Bottom line: In a disappointing defeat for historical accuracy and the education of innocent children, the GOP controlled Texas State Board of Education just voted to promote conservative Christian propaganda in statewide social studies curriculum.

Children in Texas deserve better; children deserve the truth.

In a disappointing development for historical accuracy and the education of children, dishonest Christian conservatives on the GOP controlled Texas State Board of Education have successfully forced a false historical narrative into public schools; a narrative that portray Moses as an influence on the founding fathers and the U.S. Constitution; a narrative that portrays the Old Testament as the root of democracy.

In essence, Texas public school students will be taught that the Founding Fathers based the Constitution on the Bible, and that the American system of democracy was inspired by Moses.

In effect, Texas teachers will be forced to promote a false historical narrative in service to the conservative Christian agenda.

September 14, 2018

Arizona Asked a Young Earth Creationist to Review Evolution Teaching Standards

Filed under: Children, Education, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 11:38

http://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2018/09/14/arizona-asked-a-young-earth-creationist-to-review-evolution-teaching-standards/

A Young Earth Creationist who says he was called by God to “teach from the Biblical creation perspective” is part of a team in charge of reviewing Arizona’s science standards for teaching evolution. To the surprise of absolutely no one, it’s not going well.

Joseph Kezele, the president of the Arizona Origin Science Association, was appointed by State Superintendent Diane Douglass to serve on the committee last month. They are working to revise curriculum for science — and things were already dire when we first reported on the science standards back in May.

Now it has been confirmed by the Phoenix New Times that Kezele, who makes Creationist videos and teaches biology at a Christian school in Phoenix, is part of a small group who review and amends the new standards.

Evolution, he said, is a false explanation for life and should be taught so that students “can defend against it, if they want to.”

You can’t teach “established, real science” in classrooms while pretending evolution doesn’t fall under that umbrella. The evidence supporting evolution is substantial. Scientists may debate some of the details, but there’s no serious controversy involving the broad strokes of natural selection. The question is why someone who denies science should be able to have a say in what public school students are taught in science classes.

“I’m not saying to put the Bible into the classroom, although the real science will confirm the Bible,” Kezele told Phoenix New Times in an interview on Wednesday. “Students can draw their own conclusions when they see what the real science actually shows.”

He argued that scientific evidence supports his creationist ideas, including the claims that the Earth is only 6,000 years old and that dinosaurs were on board Noah’s Ark.

If this is Kezele’s version of “real science,” educators should want no part of it.

September 6, 2018

Scientific Ignorance

Filed under: Cartoons, Education, Memes, News, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 10:29

August 17, 2018

Fascism is here now

Filed under: Education, Facts, Harm, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 15:51

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August 15, 2018

the way of our country today

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Education, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 09:07

(cartoon by Adam Zyglis)

(cartoon by Paul Fell)

(story here) .. (cartoon by Matt Wuerker)

 

August 14, 2018

Bigotry on display as adults threat harm and castration towards a 12 year old trans girl.

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Education, Gender, Harm, Health, News, Questions, Religion, Youth — Scottie @ 13:17

Please notice the call was for churches to enforce an action in a public school.   There was not any problem problem for years.  I don’t believe the girl was “peeking”, I think that was made up to cause trouble for the trans girl.  First kids do not have to peek today to see genitals, they have the internet on just about every device in their lives.   That whole “peeking” thing sounds so old school I am confident a parent made it up.  

http://www.joemygod.com/2018/08/14/school-cancels-classes-after-parents-threaten-violence-against-trans-student-a-sharp-knife-will-do-the-trick/

One parent found out, and took to a private Achille Facebook group to complain. That’s where the threats started. Adults called Maddie by “it” and “thing.” Some said she should be stabbed or beat up. One even suggested it was open hunting season for transgender people. “That’s a threat against her life–that’s scary,” Rose said. “These are adults making threats– I don’t understand it.”

 

“Why are parents letting their kids be transgender?” said one post. “Parents and Churches need to shut this down, the Bible says God created man, and woman . . . not any transgender bs,” said another. “Hell with new laws and new rules, this is what our future is if WE don’t stop it.”

Others made disturbing threats of violence: “If he wants to be a female make him a female. A good sharp knife will do the job really quick.” “Just tell the kids to kick a– in the bathroom and it won’t want to come back!!”

Another reason I am an antitheist: Textbooks for Homeschooling Christians Frequently Whitewash U.S. History

Filed under: Atheism, Bigotry, Children, Education, Harm, News, Questions, Race, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 10:24

Textbooks for Homeschooling Christians Frequently Whitewash U.S. History

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August 4, 2018

Believe it or Not! Democratic Presidents Manage the Economy Better Than Republicans

Filed under: Economics, Education, Facts, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 14:51

http://presidentialdata.org/

Recently I posted a graphic comparing the presidencies of democrats and republicans.  I found some information at the above link that adds more data and fills in the gaps.   If you click the top of the page at the link, it will take you to the home page of the group that gathered the data.  Hugs

 

August 2, 2018

Why the street gang MS-13 is an American problem

Filed under: Children, Education, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 10:59

July 28, 2018

This Valedictorian Was Kicked Out of His Christian Parents’ Home for Being Gay

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Education, Family, Harm, Homosexual, News, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 13:21

When Seth Owen was a high school sophomore, his father found out Seth was gay… and he was quickly sent to a counselor (for conversion therapy).

“They made it clear the intention was to make me straight. (That) was their end goal.”

It didn’t work. Seth was still gay. (Shocking!) For a couple of years, this is what life was like until his parents realized Seth was still gay despite their best efforts to turn him straight. Their church didn’t help either, since the pastor was one of those conservative, anti-women’s rights, anti-gay types. Seth asked if they could attend a different church, but that plea went nowhere.

 

July 27, 2018

I am getting to hate some people. But love this young man, wish him the best.

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Education, Homosexual, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 17:30

 

July 21, 2018

He is and always has been a moron. He seems proud of it.

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Cartoons, Education, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 11:52

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July 19, 2018

One of the ways

Filed under: Bigotry, Education, Harm, History, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 18:33

One of the ways of apartheid in South Africa tried to keep the black people down was to change the schools.  The school for whites offered a higher education , but the education schools for black only were allowed to offer learning for labor jobs.  The idea was why teach math and reason skills to people who would have no use for them.  It was a two tier class system of education for a population divided into to bosses and slave labor.  Sound familiar, it should, that is what hey are trying to do in the U.S. today.  Only in our case it is the wealthy against the poor.  They will get rid of or enslave the brown skins later.  Hugs

I refuse to prend it is not personal anymore. If you still support tRump you are my enemy. I will fight you, I will not be civil. This is my life and the lives of many others you are playing with.

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Bigotry, Education, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 17:03

http://www.joemygod.com/2018/07/19/hhs-deletes-lgbt-resources-from-obamacare-site/

“The Department of Health and Human Services has sent a clear signal that it doesn’t intend to protect the rights of women and LGBTQ individuals. The Trump-Pence administration’s decision to hide these resources — and the likely forthcoming action from HHS to roll back enforcement of discrimination protections — is shameful and part of a continued effort to rip away access to medical care for women and LGBTQ people.

July 10, 2018

Our race to the bottom is won

Filed under: Education, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:28

July 9, 2018

10 commandments of logic. Thanks Randy

Filed under: Education, Facts, Ideas, Memes, Reason, Things I like — Scottie @ 13:25

10 commandments of logic

July 6, 2018

Sharia law in the U.S. pushed by… Republicans.

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June 9, 2018

Only one, are you not so proud now. Hugs

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Education, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 20:30

only one

May 16, 2018

Ranting Pro-Trump NYC Lawyer Threatens To Call ICE Because Deli Staffers Were Speaking Spanish [VIDEO]

This sadly is America today under tRump and his fowl ilk.   

I simply do not feel like posting the shit this man said and his seeming not to understand US law, even though he is a lawyer.   There is not national language in the USA and the fact that you can not speak a language others are speaking is not their fault, it is yours.  These people were not speaking to him.  However just hearing something he couldn’t understand set off his “white english privilege” to explode.   I lived in a country where I couldn’t speak the language.  I tried, but it is a skill I did not have.  Those people did not shun me, nor make me feel bad, they helped me, often changing to english to make sure I was included. Why can we not do the same here?   Hugs

http://www.joemygod.com/2018/05/16/ranting-pro-trump-lawyer-threatens-to-call-ice-because-deli-staffers-were-speaking-spanish-video/

April 30, 2018

Learn how the system works before you criticize it

Filed under: Education, My Life and Rants, News, Political, Questions — Tags: , — Scottie @ 22:40

I am getting so tired of hearing tRump and the republicans on Fox that defend him say that democrats want all the immigrants from the southern border , both legal and illegal , because they will vote for the democrats.   They can NOT vote!  Especially if they are illegal.  You have to be a citizen or a naturalized citizen.   So stop this bullshit please.  Learn the system of government and voting of the country before you start spouting off with nonsense.  How do people listen to tRump and fox spout this crap and believe it.  If the President doesn’t even know the requirements for voting, how can he be considered able to lead the nation?   Hugs

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