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What Happens When Texas Public Schools Teach the Bible?

The Earth is just 6,000 years old, racial diversity is the result of a curse being placed on Noah’s son, the sun can stand still and move backward and the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation based on biblical principles. These are some of the startling things students in Texas are learning, according to a new report.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Catholic Hospital Chain Wins Lawsuit by Arguing Fetus Is Not a Person

A Catholic health provider has abandoned its beliefs by arguing that a dead fetus and a dead person are not the same thing in order to win a malpractice lawsuit.

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A Time for ‘Sublime Madness’

Only in the depths of human imagination can we find the resources to fight against the ceaseless assaults on civil liberties and the planet itself. Only there can we unearth the strength and passion to resist.

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 READ MORE



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How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



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On Fire I Will Burn

Beijing is wiping out indigenous culture on the Tibetan Plateau. In protest, 98 people have set themselves on fire since 2009.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE



Obama’s ‘Worst Day’ as President, Bachmann’s Surprising Honor, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the company that would rather pay a daily $1.3 million fine than fund contraceptive coverage and a news magazine’s accidental posting of an obituary of an ex-president who is still alive.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Suspected Subway Pusher Charged With Murder as a Hate Crime

Authorities say a 31-year-old woman who is accused of pushing a man off a subway platform into the way of a train in Queens last week did so because of his religion. Erika Menendez was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime in the death of Sunando Sen.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Anti-Westboro Baptist Church Petition Reaches White House Milestone

The petition to classify unofficial hate group Westboro Baptist Church as an official hate group is the White House’s most popular ever. But WBC members say they don’t understand the push to label their organization as such.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 READ MORE


Some Christmas Inspirations

There is much dispute and dialogue among scholars over what to make of the Christmas narratives in the Scriptures and the connection between what was written and what we can know about what happened.

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Maimed

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Westboro Baptist Church’s Tax-Exempt Status Challenged

Despite its vitriolic activities and protests that are political in nature, the hate group Westboro Baptist Church has somehow managed to keep its IRS tax-exempt status. But after its publicly announced plans to picket the funerals of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, tens of thousands of people have signed petitions hoping to change that.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Anonymous Hacks, Promises to ‘Destroy’ Westboro Baptist Church

The hacktivist group Anonymous is going after Westboro Baptist Church after members of the Topeka, Kan., religious hate group announced plans to protest at Sandy Hook Elementary School after the massacre that claimed the lives of 28 people, including 20 children.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE


The Pope Is on Twitter

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Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE



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The Pope’s First Tweets

After days of buildup, Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first message Wednesday to his hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE


Atheists Face Discrimination, Persecution Around the World

According to the study, “ ‘unbelievers’ in Islamic countries face the most severe—sometimes brutal—treatment at the hands of the state and adherents of the official religion.”

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE


Good Grief

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Anti-Abortion Christian Reality TV Show to Try to Shame Women

“Surrender the Secret” will follow five women who have had abortions “on their journey together to ... healing and self-forgiveness.” Because obviously the best place for these women to heal is on an online reality show that is publicly shaming them for their life choices.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



More Medea Than Madonna

In Colm Toibin’s “The Testament of Mary,” the mother of God is a troubled woman, haunted by Golgotha, hunted by assassins and waiting for death.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Alito Rising: What to Expect From the Supreme Court’s New Alpha Conservative

The justice has expressed contempt for the sitting president and is ready for a leading ideological role.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Backs Off Norquist Anti-Tax Pledge, Fox News Dissed on Fox News, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another legal challenge to President Obama’s health care law and billionaire Warren Buffet discusses what Congress should do about taxing the wealthy.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Hiding the Church’s Treasure

I hope the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops contemplating the future of the church’s public and political engagement notice how the good deeds of the Roman Catholic parish of St. Francis de Sales have inspired people far beyond the confines of Catholicism.

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Judge Sides With Atheists, Rules City Can Ban Nativity Scenes

A federal judge Monday ruled that Santa Monica, Calif., may ban seasonal displays in parks and other public places, including the prominent Nativity scenes that are put up every holiday season in the city’s Palisades Park.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Ancient American Petroglyphs Desecrated by Thieves

At least six 3,500-year-old rock carvings from California’s Volcanic Tableland have been stolen, vandalized or destroyed. Thieves may expect a few thousand dollars for their haul—a pittance compared with the historic and spiritual value of the ancient petroglyphs.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE


Woman Denied Abortion Dies

Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, was admitted to University Hospital in Galway, Ireland, where she was found to be miscarrying.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Literary Icons Rushdie and le Carré End 15-Year Feud

Nobody fights better than writers, so it’s a little sad that novelists Salman Rushdie and John le Carré have agreed to stop hating each other.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Once Again—Death of the Liberal Class

The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 READ MORE



Krugman on the ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ Pat Robertson on Women and Porn, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a CEO who claims he fired employees because of Obama’s victory, and Ted Nugent, who has a meltdown over the election on Twitter.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE


Watch: An Angry Romney Defends Mormon Religion

An old video in which an upset Mitt Romney discusses his faith after a conservative Iowa radio talk show host quizzes him about it is making the Internet rounds a day before the election.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Paul Ryan: Obama Victory a Threat to Religious Freedom

The Republican vice presidential nominee warns that “Judeo-Christian” values are at risk if President Obama wins the election on Tuesday.

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Anti-Gay Christian Leader Blames Homosexuality for Hurricane Sandy

John McTernan believes he knows what’s responsible for Hurricane Sandy, and it’s not climate science.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE


Romney and Mourdock

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GOP Senate Candidate: Rape Pregnancies ‘Something God Intended’

Here we go again. Another Republican congressional candidate dared to open his mouth about rape and something insane came out. Would you expect anything less by now?

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE


50 Years After Vatican II

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The Maimed

Chris Hedges gave this talk Sunday night in New York City at a protest denouncing the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Stifled Lives in the Kingdom

On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future” depicts a society paralyzed by an economy based almost solely on oil and government handouts. 

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE



Brown vs. Warren, Koch Brothers vs. Justices, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how Paul Ryan’s 30 percent compares with Mitt Romney’s 47 percent and a Pennsylvania judge decides the fate of the state’s voter ID law for the 2012 election.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 READ MORE


Beliefs

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Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Pakistani Minister Puts Out a Hit on Offensive Filmmaker

The State Department has warned Americans not to travel to Pakistan, where the U.S. is running paid advertisements of President Obama and Hillary Clinton condemning the video that has sparked global protests.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 READ MORE


Mrs. Jesus

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Does Romney Dislike America?

The most incisive reaction to Mitt Romney’s disparaging comments about 47 percent of us came from a conservative friend who emailed: “If I were you, I’d wonder why Romney hates America so much.”

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE


Arab Outrage Should Come as No Surprise

Mrs. Clinton, the secretary of state, appears to believe that the Arabs and Egyptians should be grateful to America, and most Americans would probably agree.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE


Holy Book Bigots

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Posted on Sep 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Conservatives ‘Will Never Have’ Smart People on Their Side, Santorum Says

Apparently being smart and having conservative values do not go hand in hand. At least, that’s what former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said during a weekend speech at the Values Voter Summit in which he also criticized the media and libertarians.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 READ MORE


Crazy Like a Fox

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‘Chris Stevens Was a Hero’ to Libya

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole, recently returned from Libya, says “Libyans love the United States and ... [Ambassador] Chris Stevens was a hero to most of them.” Also: Captured by the Taliban; progressives’ racial divide, and presidential debates.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE


‘Chris Stevens Was a Hero’ to Libya

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole, recently returned from Libya, says “Libyans love the United States and ... [Ambassador] Chris Stevens was a hero to most of them.” Also: captured by the Taliban; progressives’ racial divide, and presidential debates.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE


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