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Gods, Dogs, and Civil Rights

History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes. Thomas Jefferson

In a clear blurring of the lines between “church” and state, and with a straight face, Florida recently argued that dogs should be used as contraband-detection tools that do not require a warrant because their sense of smell is not a “technology,” but is a god-given gift. I mean, holy crap, what’s next? How about arguing that since God gave certain people cancer, he obviously meant for them to die, so why should they be entitled to health care? Christian Scientists believe something along this line, why shouldn’t the government? Continue reading

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Worth Killing For

What is worth killing for?

A child’s safety? Freedom? An ideal? A god?

What drives religious zealots to be so willing to kill for their god? What sort of delusion can cause a person to indiscriminately take a life in the name of an insult.

Militant Islamists in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemem and elsewhere across the globe are claiming that they will continue their protests over a ridiculously bad movie depicting Mohammad as a womanizing freak until the United States government takes action against the movie’s producers; death by stoning, I suspect. And until the United States puts Sam Bacile to death for his insult to the Islamic world, they will continue to kill innocent people. After all, if you are not with them, you are against them, and therefore must die.  Continue reading

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