ETHICS: “Christmas is All About Lying” / The Atheist Voice / Hemant Mehta ☮

Christmas is coming and you know what that means: It’s the season of lies. Being dishonest may be the biggest tradition we have surrounding this holiday.

We lie to children this time of year more than any other.

CHRISTIAN BIGOTRY: “Phyllis Schlafly, Anti-Feminist, Homophobic, Conservative Christian Activist, Dead at 92 — and the World is Better for it” ☮

Phyllis SchlaflyHistory will show she was on the wrong sides of several important issues. She spent her life defending positions that society has overwhelmingly rejected in favor of tolerance, inclusion, and kindness. She was alive long enough to see the legalization of marriage equality and the rise of a strong feminist movement that continues to this day.

Let’s just be grateful that many of the dreams she had will never be achieved.

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Classic Phyllis Schlafly Talks About Hispanics
Interview with David Pakman, Published on Aug 16, 2014

Phyllis Schlafly: Christians Are Better, Regardless of the Facts
Interview with David Pakman, Published on Mar 10, 2015

Mr. Pakman intellectually wipes the floor with Phyllis Schlafly’s ignoramus ass par excellence!

CRITICAL THINKING: “Team USA Athletes are Cupping Themselves at the Rio Olympics for No Good Reason” ☮

CuppingIf you’ve watched the Olympics, you may have noticed a few big-name athletes — including swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Alex Naddour — with large circular welts on their bodies. It’s the result of a process called “cupping,” in which you put suction cups on parts of your body to make the blood flow faster. Or so they think.

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SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE: “California City Council Will No Longer Consider Giving $2.5 Million Grant to Catholic High School” / Friendly Atheist / Hemant Mehta☮

Church, State and the Almighty DollarIf that sounds like a complete violation of church/state separation, you’d be correct. Mater Dei High School can pay for its own renovations; the taxpayers shouldn’t be funding them.

And that’s what the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Legal Fellow Ryan Jayne said in a letter to the Council a couple of weeks ago.

We are writing to object to the proposed grant to Mater Dei because distributing public money to a private religious school violates both the Federal Constitution and the California state constitution.

The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibits the government from supporting religious activities with public funds… The city of Santa Ana violates this principle when it funds the expansion of a private parochial school.

The letter worked. The City Council informed Jayne recently that the agenda item to give the money to the Catholic school has been removed from consideration.

FFRF is elated at the city’s about-face.

“We were dismayed that Santa Ana was possibly going to channel millions of taxpayer dollars to a sectarian religious entity,” says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “We’re glad that it saw the light.”

That’s $2.5 million that the city can now use for public institutions, just as it should be.

h/t: Friendly Atheist