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5 Reasons Why I Hate Religious Christianity

<i>Photo: Karl Fredrickson via Unsplash</i><p>I have a confession to make. To some it may sound shocking, especially considering I write faith-based blog posts, but.... I hate religious Christianity. Now, before you think I have gone off the deep end and I'm renouncing my faith - please understand what I …

Actually, Scalia had a point

<b>(CNN) —</b> Those who consider themselves on black people's side are having a field day dismissing Justice Antonin Scalia as a racist. His sin was suggesting that black students admitted to the most selective institutions might perform better at somewhat less selective institutions where instruction is …

The NRA wants us to live in fear: The demented, highly profitable and deeply cynical logic behind arming everyone

Corporations will make millions off chalkboards that turn into armor. Common-sense gun control would keep us safer<p>The shooting at Umpqua Community College may prompt schools to follow the example of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, which purchased bulletproof whiteboards for its …

Income inequality in America

Just pocket change for your average Wall Street worker<p>At the end of 2014 there were 1,007,000 Americans who worked full-time at the federal minimum …

Income Inequality

These United States reviewed: History of America by Glenda Gilmore and Thomas Sugrue.

Not too long ago, you could write a general history of the United States in the previous century as a story of ever-increasing wealth, power, and …

Political Science

What Do Black Preachers Want From Trump?

The Donald seriously lacks religious cred by the normal standards of today’s GOP. But he makes a few men of the cloth say ‘amen.’<p>As Ben Carson began …

Over the top? Hillary camp slams Sanders for sexism

Does anyone really believe that Bernie Sanders is a blatant sexist?<p>If not, why is the Hillary campaign trying to paint him that way?<p>The alleged Sanders offenses are kind of amusing—unless his opponent thinks it’s smart politics to kick up a gender-related controversy.<p>Hillary Clinton keeps reminding …

Hackers say they’ll release the names of 1,000 KKK members

Anonymous, a self-proclaimed investigative news organization and well-known hacking group, has announced they may reveal the names of 1,000 members …

Rights & Freedoms

Supreme Court weighing whether to take up Highland Park assault weapon ban

Days after the Illinois General Assembly hastily passed a bill two years ago allowing residents to carry concealed firearms in public, cities across the state rushed to close a loophole that would allow people to arm themselves with rapid-firing weapons such as AK-47s, AR-15s and Uzis.<p>Highland …

Guns

SHARPTON BLAMED WHITE DEVILS FOR BLACK CHURCH BURNING: He Just Got A BIG Surprise

Al Sharpton blamed white devils for black churches that were going up in flames near Ferguson. Now, Sharpton and every other race baiter are shocked …

Justice

Atheist Richard Dawkins Lambastes Ben Carson on Evolution: ‘That’s a Disgrace’

Atheist biologist Richard Dawkins continued his attacks on Republican presidential candidates over the weekend, taking specific aim at Dr. Ben Carson’s rejection of evolution during an appearance on “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”<p>“You’ve just told me that all the Republican candidates except one say they …

Here’s why we’re committing civil disobedience: Millennials can no longer be silent about our broken system

On Nov. 9, we’re staging the largest-ever civil disobedience for racial, climate, and immigrant justice. Here’s why<p>It’s election season. One side promises incremental reforms without a plan for how they would get an agenda passed through a gridlocked Congress. The other side uses thinly-veiled …

Obama To Announce Executive Action To 'Ban The Box'

Federal employers would be prohibited from asking about a job applicant's criminal history.<p>WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday will announce a series of measures designed to reduce obstacles facing former prisoners reintegrating into society, including an executive action directing …

Homeowners Leave Candy on Porch and Ask Trick-or-Treaters to ‘Be Considerate’ — Watch What Their Surveillance Cam Recorded

When you’re not going to be home on the night of Halloween, it’s a relatively common practice for homeowners to leave a bowl of candy on the front porch with a sign reading something like “Take one.”<p>One house in an unknown location did just that and had its surveillance cameras rolling to take a …

The Constitution Doesn’t Matter to SCOTUS (and That’s a Good Thing)

Justices publicly wail about their dissenting colleagues’ violations of the Founders’ principles. Yet it’s their own views that decide the majority …

Religions discover transgender issues; trans Christians worry.

On Monday, the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors held a gathering at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, …

LGBTQI

Why Legendary Evangelist Is So ‘Disturbed’ by Pop Culture’s Portrayal of Heaven and Hell

As the Rev. Billy Graham approaches his 97th birthday next month, his family is promoting what is widely expected to be the celebrated evangelist’s final book — one that focuses on heaven, hell and the afterlife in an effort to clear up “misinformation” about eternity.<p>The subject matter for the new …

I Love Jesus But Fear the "C-word." Am I Alone?

photo by Alex Jones at stocksnap.io<p>In July I was particularly happy to hear from an editor that an article I'd submitted was published online. I clicked on the link and landed at a black and white photo of a consternated, balding man standing among a dismayed crowd. Instead of focusing on restoring …

10 Ways Right-Wing Christians Are Destroying Christianity

I've written about how millennials are leaving organized religion and its associated anti-LGBT animus in droves. As a result, the only religions holding on to membership (barely) are ones with super-high birth rates and very conservative views. In the process, conservative faiths are becoming …

Lawsuit: Baby Jesus doesn't belong in Christmas play

You would think the anti-Christmas crowd would wait until there’s frost on the pumpkin patch before pillaging and plundering our long-cherished yuletide traditions.<p>But the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been chomping at the bit to bully those who celebrate the birth of Jesus.<p><b>CLICK HERE TO</b> …

How We Begin to Shift the Christian Stereotype

<i>Photo at stocksnap.io by Benjamin Faust</i><p>The church was quiet except for a few adults clearing their throats and us kids fidgeting restlessly in our slick seats. The sanctuary, bright as the morning sun, flooded through the windows. The song leader said, "Turn your hymnals to 'Standing on the …

5 cases to watch as Supreme Court term begins

Judges may take up cases on abortion and immigration.<p>After a year in which liberals scored impressive, high-profile Supreme Court victories, conservatives could be in line for wins on some of this term's most contentious issues, as the justices consider cases that could gut public sector labor …

University of California

Pope's Meeting With Kim Davis: White House Reiterates Her Religious Freedom Not Above Constitution

In response to a report that Pope Francis met with Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refuses to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, …

It’s the Abortion, Stupid

If there’s one thing Republicans established at this week’s Planned Parenthood hearing it is that the organization’s CEO, Cecile Richards, makes more than $500,000 — and probably deserves a raise.<p>Judging by the hearing, the only thing more painful than watching Republicans not do anything about …

The 6 Most Annoying People You Will Meet On Every College Tour

After a while, all college tours seem the same. And these pesky people are always there.<p><b>1. The parent who always needs to ask the first question.</b><p>You know the guy. He and his wife sit in the front row of the information session and he pushes his way to the front to stand next to the guide on the …

Students Were Giving Away Copies of Constitution in ‘Free Speech Zone.’ Then, Cop Confronted Them

A group of libertarian students distributing free copies of the U.S. Constitution during a free speech protest held in a “free speech zone” at Penn State University Friday were confronted by a police officer and told they needed to cease their activities and first obtain school approval.<p>Students …