PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Right-Wing Committed Every Extremist Murder in 2018” / The Young Turks / Cenk Uygur, Brett Erlich, and Aida Rodriguez ☮

“The Anti-Defamation League’s annual report on extremist killings in the United States, released Wednesday, found that individuals linked to right-wing extremist movements committed every single extremist-related murder in the country in 2018. Right-wing extremists killed 50 people last year, mostly with firearms, making them responsible for more deaths than in any year since 1995, according to the ADL’s data. The report focuses on incidents like the February mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, committed by a teenager who expressed sympathy towards white supremacist ideology; the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue by an avowed anti-Semite; and the shooting spree at a Tallahassee yoga studio by a man bent on committing violence against women. Guns were responsible for 42 of the 50 deaths documented by the ADL.”

CHRISTIANITY: “I Don’t Understand” / AronRa

While on a working vacation in Cancun, I had to respond to a couple of State Senators in the Hoosier state pushing a bill to promote Creationism as an alternative to reality in public schools.

WESTERN PHILOSOPHY – PSYCHOLOGY: “Why You Should Strive for a Meaningful Life, Not a Happy One” / Academy of Ideas ☮

In this video we argue that the pursuit of happiness is a futile endeavor, and that we should aim to live a meaningful life instead. We also explore how to cultivate meaning.

WINTER SOLSTICE: “Solstice Tribute” / Freedom From Religion Foundation ☮

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h/t: Freedom From Religion Foundation

Enjoy the real reason for the season — the Winter Solstice — the shortest, darkest day of the year. This natural event signals the ‘rebirth’ of the sun and the natural New Year. It has been celebrated for millennia in the Northern Hemisphere with evergreen decorations, feasts, festivals of light and gift exchanges.

Download your free MP3 of FFRF Co-President Dan Barker’s “Solstice Tribute.” https://ffrf.us/2RUzMPl

CHRISTIANITY: “The Reason for the Season” ☮

Dec[ember] 25 is not [Jesus’ — or Joshua’s for those people who like to be historically correct] birthday. Biblical scholars have debunked the blind belief that Jesus was born on Dec. 25 time and time again. Instead, through scientific, historical and astrological calculations, they’ve pinpointed September of the year 3 B.C. as a more accurate date. . .

Many people are familiar with the Winter Solstice, and for those who are not, it’s when the sun reaches its lowest point in the sky on Dec. 21, actually appearing to stop moving for three days, then rising again on Dec. 25. With just a cursory examination, one can understand that the “Birth of the Son” is actually the “Return of the Sun.”

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