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November 12, 2010

After Christian Fellowship meeting five students beat twelve-year-old girl bloody for having a boy's name

Joe. My. God.: MISSISSIPPI: 12 Year-Old Girl Beaten By Students Over Her "Male" Name
After a Fellowship of Christian Students meeting, four girls and a boy surrounded her. "They started talking about me like I was a man, and like, stuff like that. That I shouldn't be in this world. And my name was a boy name," she said. Foster described how these people attacked her. "I was kicked in the rib. I was kicked in the leg. I was hit in the face. I was sat on top of and my face was jammed into the floor. I was thrown onto the cafeteria table. I was thrown in between the seats." Her mother, Meggan Foster, is appalled at the whole ordeal. "She was sitting in a chair. Her glasses were broken. She had been crying. She had a bloody tissue in her hand from her nose bleeding," Foster said. She said that a surveillance camera caught the whole thing, but that the principal could not give her a copy because it involves other students.

November 11, 2010

Meet the Muslim protesters who march against the violence of Al Qaeda

I'm really tired of the "why aren't more Muslims upset about X" canard I see trotted out all too often in political stories these days. It's inevitably used to justify some show of American force (Like bombing a wedding in Afghanistan) or used to subtley suggest that all Muslims are somehow subhuman. A cursory googling would show that there are many, many Muslim-type folks who *do* protest violence, who *do* stand against Al Qaeda, and so on. And here are a few of them. Beyond the Comfort Zone: Passion and Peril at a Pro-Christian Rally | MindfulOfDreams.com
Al Qaeda does not have reverence for any innocent life, including those of Muslims. It is a fact that they have bombed many more Mosques in Iraq than churches. While we were weary of the possibility that some people at the rally could lash out at us, Muslims-at-large who condemn terrorism, we were not interested in seeing ourselves as victims. The only victims we were prepared to recognize were the 52 innocent souls that were claimed by the recent church bombing, and the many others – Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and otherwise – claimed by terrorism. And so we set out with signs including “An Attack on Your Church is an Attack on my Mosque,” “American Muslims, Iraqi Christians, One Blood,” “My Brother is an Assyrian,” “We Stand with Iraqi Christians,” and “Muslims for Peace.”

November 10, 2010

Possible GOP chair of the Energy commission says global warming is impossible "because god promised Noah"

This is why religion matters. This. This lone moron will have the power to scuttle all climate change legislation and will use his understanding of an 1800-year-old "best of the prophets" anthology to do it. This is what evil looks like, ladies and gents. Whenever I argue religion with someone and they try and claim that religion is a private, personal thing, they need only look at Rep. Shimkus and know that that is total bullshit. John Shimkus: 'Global warming won't destroy planet because God promised Noah' | Mail Online
A Republican congressman hoping to chair the powerful House Energy Committee refers to the Bible and God on the issue of global warming. Representative John Shimkus insists we shouldn't concerned about the planet being destroyed because God promised Noah it wouldn't happen again after the great flood. Speaking before a House Energy Subcommittee on Energy and Environment hearing in March, 2009, Shimkus quoted Chapter 8, Verse 22 of the Book of Genesis. He said: 'As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease.'

November 07, 2010

Tired of your death threats, openly gay bishop will now retire

Why you gotta hate so much, America? Gay Episcopal bishop to retire amid death threats | Raw Story
WASHINGTON — The first openly gay US Episcopal bishop, whose consecration rocked the worldwide Anglican fellowship, has said he will retire early because death threats and controversy had placed "constant strain" on his family. Bishop Gene Robinson of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire said he would retire in 2013, when he will be 65. "The fact is, the last seven years have taken their toll on me, my family and you," Robinson wrote in a message posted on the diocese website. "Death threats, and the now-worldwide controversy surrounding your election of me as bishop have been a constant strain, not just on me, but on my beloved husband, Mark, who has faithfully stood with me every minute of the last seven years." Robinson was openly gay when he was elected bishop in 2003, but it aroused such passions that he wore a bullet-proof vest to his consecration.

November 05, 2010

Georgia MegaPastor comes out to his congregation

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