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March 23, 2019

A North Carolina Christian church is kidnapping children

It happened again. More toxic stuff the US exports

Costa Rica Quarantines U.S. Anti-Vaxx Missionary Family Who Brought Measles

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/nosacredcows/2019/03/costa-rica-quarantines-u-s-anti-vaxx-missionary-family-who-brought-measles/

A family of anti-vaxxer Christian missionaries from the United States is under a well-deserved quarantine after they brought measles to Costa Rica.

The 11-member family, including two parents and nine children, was placed under strict isolation orders after two of the kids tested positive for measles. Two others are still awaiting their test results, according to local reports.

In a press conference from the Presidential House the head of Health, Daniel Salas reported that the Costa Rican Institute for Research and Education in Nutrition and Health (INCIENSA) had confirmed that two children under 7 and 9 years old members of that family tested positive in measles, after receiving a few days ago the visit of another US citizen who showed symptoms of the disease.

The authorities confirmed that the 11 people of the family nucleus (father, mother and nine children) were unvaccinated, despite the fact that their home in Cóbano de Puntarenas was visited on three different occasions by Technical Assistants of Primary Health Care (ATAPS). In those visits no one was located inside the house and it was also confirmed that children between 1 and 17 years of age were not included in the Costa Rican Educational System, so they did not receive the vaccine during the periodic visit they made…

Minister Salas confirmed that the family has been living in Costa Rica for two years, they are missionaries and do not have social security. During the contagion period, they visited different locations in the Nicoya peninsula as well as in the province of Limón, forcing the authorities to expand the investigation to determine possible infections to other people without vaccination.

This is part of a larger global trend when it comes to measles cases. Earlier this month, I reported that Iceland was facing its biggest measles outbreak in decades thanks to an unvaccinated visitor. And in January, anti-vaxx beliefs were labeled a top 10 health threat by the World Health Organization.

It matters

March 22, 2019

is like saying

Filed under: Atheism, Bigotry, Cartoons, Fascism, Harm, Hate, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 15:47

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Just as bad !

Filed under: Atheism, Bigotry, Cartoons, Fascism, Harm, Hate, Memes, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 15:46

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Bigotry and Irony

Filed under: Bigotry, Fascism, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 15:43

AFA Host Sandy Rios: Muslim Terrorists Are “Totally Islamic” But Christian Terrorists Aren’t “Real Christians”

https://www.joemygod.com/2019/03/afa-host-sandy-rios-muslim-terrorists-are-totally-islamic-but-christian-terrorists-arent-real-christians/

“Even if what you said is true, that Christianity has been guilty of a lot more violence and death over the centuries than Islam, even if — let’s say that’s true. Let me just tell you that perpetrating violence and death is not Christian. Perpetrating violence and death is totally Islamic. It’s Islamic teaching to kill or convert. It includes beheadings. It’s all laid out in the Quran. Surely you must know that. Nations, tribes and people who kill in the name of Jesus are not, as David Horowitz — our guest a few days ago — would say, ‘religious Christians.’ They’re not religious Christians. They don’t adhere to the Christian faith. They don’t kill in the name of Jesus.” – American Family Association radio host Sandy Rios, responding to a caller.

March 20, 2019

No frost giants

Filed under: Atheism, Cartoons, Memes, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 06:55

 

Will never pay

Filed under: Atheism, Cartoons, Memes, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 06:52

Also, you didn’t get enough “Likes” on Facebook.

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Republicans are trying to make it illegal for schools to teach about trans issues

https://www.queerty.com/republicans-trying-make-illegal-schools-teach-trans-issues-20190213

 

Zack Ford of the progressive political site Think Progress has called HB 1108, “the first ‘no promo trans’ bill to actually have traction in the country,” comparing it to “no promo homo” laws currently active in seven U.S. states which forbid teachers from discussing any LGBTQ issues — including LGBTQ politics, queer history, or sexual health — in a positive light.

One of the bill’s supporters, Republican Representative Fred Deutsch, said, “We protect our children that we’re sending to public schools from the influences of other children that are suffering with different disorders.”

He continued, “I don’t want my grandchildren going to kindergarten and being confused if they’re a boy or a girl. Treat our children with respect, all of them, but let’s not subject them to notions of fancy.”

Deutsch sponsored a failed 2016 bill to prevent trans kids from using the bathroom matching their gender identity.

Ford points out that trans children identify themselves at an early age, and many age-appropriate children’s books discuss the issue. HB 1108 would effectively ban these books and disallow faculty from addressing the trans child’s medical and psychological needs.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Representative Tom Pischke, has “a 100-percent rating from Family Heritage Alliance Action, South Dakota’s anti-LGBTQ political advocacy group,” Ford writes.

Hate and Harm

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Fascism, Harm, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Religion — Scottie @ 06:07

(cartoon by Stuart Carlson)

(cartoon by Matt Wuerker)

(story here) .. (cartoon by Dan Wasserman)

 

March 19, 2019

See how they really think

Again an attempt by evangelical / fundamental Christians to favor only their religion in government

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 06:34

The State Department Held a Private Call Only for Faith-Based Media Outlets

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/03/18/the-state-department-held-a-private-call-only-for-faith-based-media-outlets/

Earlier today, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a conference call about “religious freedom” that was barred to members of the press corps, including those whose job it is to cover the State Department.

The only people apparently invited to participate were “faith-based media.”

What did Pompeo say on the call? No one knows.

Who was invited to participate? No clue.

What non-Christian faiths were represented? We haven’t been told.

And as if to make the whole thing even shadier, the State Department won’t provide a transcript of the call as they usually do.

All of this is especially troubling when you realize Pompeo thinks the Rapture is a real thing and not just one of the more bizarre tales in Christian mythology. He also thinks “Jesus Christ… is truly the only solution for our world.”

When that guy wants a private phone call with religious representatives, while acting on behalf of the State Department, the possibilities of what they discussed are numerous, and none of them are good.

We are not safer with the rise of White Nationalism / White Supremacy

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Harm, Hate, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 05:53

(cartoon by Tim Eagan)

(cartoon by Rob Rogers)

(cartoon by Jim Margulies)

 

March 18, 2019

Hate + guns = death. It is time to stop it from happening again.

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Fascism, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason, Religion, Sad — Scottie @ 13:01

March 16, 2019

Obligation

Filed under: Atheism, Cartoons, Children, Fascism, Harm, Memes, News, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 07:32

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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Mother Fatally Stabbed Her 11-Year-Old Daughter in Order to Send Her to Heaven

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Children, Criminal, Family, Fascism, Harm, News, Questions, Religion, Sex — Scottie @ 12:48

No sense typing it out, you all know what I think already!  As always there is more at the link.  Hugs

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/03/14/mother-fatally-stabbed-her-11-year-old-daughter-in-order-to-send-her-to-heaven/

An Orlando mother has been arrested for stabbing her 11-year-old daughter multiple times until the girl’s death… under the mere suspicion that she was having sex.

The alleged violence, the mother said in an affidavit, was a way to make sure her daughter would go to Heaven.

Investigators said in the arrest report that Rivera admitted to killing her daughter to prevent her from having sexual relationships with men.

According to the affidavit, the mother said she believed her daughter was having sex with men because she smiled “different.”“Rivera stated she believed with her actions that her daughter is now in heaven,” the affidavit said.

As if having sex is the worst thing a kid could do…

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