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theweekmagazine:

“Tell me why being rich is such a bad thing, why being successful is such a bad thing. Tex Richman, The Muppets name is, that is the American dream, is to work hard and be successful.”
Fox Business takes issue with the fact that The Muppets villain is an oil tycoon named Tex Richman. 
“Is liberal Hollywood using class warfare to brainwash our kids?”
“Yeah, absolutely.”
Watch

I love that he
A) Thinks the Muppets were never political before this.
B) Villainizes Captain Planet, the starving Muppet, and Nickelodeon’s “Big Green Help.”

theweekmagazine:

“Tell me why being rich is such a bad thing, why being successful is such a bad thing. Tex Richman, The Muppets name is, that is the American dream, is to work hard and be successful.”

Fox Business takes issue with the fact that The Muppets villain is an oil tycoon named Tex Richman.

“Is liberal Hollywood using class warfare to brainwash our kids?”

“Yeah, absolutely.”

Watch

I love that he

A) Thinks the Muppets were never political before this.

B) Villainizes Captain Planet, the starving Muppet, and Nickelodeon’s “Big Green Help.”

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Source : BuzzFeed

hatefulatheist:

Anyone familiar with the movie “Jesus Camp” knows exactly what kind of disturbing person Becky Fischer is. Literally abusing children in the name of her “holy crusade”. I had a friend send this video to me of her working with children in Singapore and teaching them how to “raise the dead”. She at one point actually tells the children that she has seen children pray for recently deceased pets and they actually come back to life.

This woman travels the world and makes tons of money to torture and lie to little children. She should be considered a criminal and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near children. This type of abuse is more common than most people realize in the United States. Many bible camps across the country are just as horrible, she is just willing to put her face out there and unashamedly lie, abuse, and brain wash impressionable young children entrusted to her care.

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Source : hatefulatheist

Gary Tuchman reports on an author who says you must spank your child and a couple who killed their daughter doing it.

Black Earth pastor, brother charged with child abuse in spankings — The Bible teaches child abuse →

The head pastor of a Black Earth church and his brother have been charged with a total of 12 counts of child abuse, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday in Dane County Circuit Court.

Philip Caminiti, 53, head pastor and elder at Aleitheia Bible Church, and his brother, John Caminiti, 45, also of Black Earth, allegedly hit the backsides of children with rods and dowels. The alleged victims are children in the Caminitis’ family and other children whose families are part of the church.

"If you spank early and it is done right, then kids will be happy and obedient," Philip Caminiti told investigators.

He also admitted to instructing parents within the church — which holds services and meetings at his and another member’s home — to hit their children on the bare buttocks with a rod because there’s a large amount of flesh there.

He told investigators he likes the immediacy of spanking and the Bible says a rod should be used.

Philip Caminiti faces up to 6 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine, or both, for each of the eight counts, which range from June 2006 to November 2010.

John Caminiti told investigators in November he uses a rod or dowel on his two youngest children at home or at church and the scriptures make it clear his behavior is allowed.

He said he does not allow his family to communicate with people outside his religious beliefs and has punished his wife and son by shunning, or confining them to their rooms to have no contact with other family members, until they corrected their disobedience.

For each of his four counts of party of a crime of mental harm to a child, he faces up to 12½ years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine, or both. The penalties for each of his four counts of intentional child abuse are the same as his brother’s.


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First, do no harm: Prayer or medicine?
By MENSAH M. DEAN Philadelphia Daily News
AS THE PASTOR spoke with several hundred parishioners about  the importance of family life this past Sunday, the laughing, crying,  cooing and rustling of babies filled First Century Gospel Church.
The infants and toddlers were everywhere - being seen and heard and  corralled by parents who silently focused on the Rev. Nelson Ambrose  Clark’s message.
Kent Schaible used to be among the youngsters at this church in  working-class Juniata Park, where it is taught that the sick can be  healed by praying to God, not by turning to doctors and medicine.
When Kent got sick in January 2009, his parents, Herbert, 42, and  Catherine, 41, followed the teachings of their fundamentalist church and  prayed fervently.
For 10 days the couple remained in their Northeast Philadelphia home  praying over their 2-year-old son’s 32-pound body, believing his  symptoms, including a sore throat, chest congestion, diarrhea, and  trouble swallowing and sleeping were signs of a bad cold or flu.
When the boy died of bacterial pneumonia on Jan. 24, 2009,  Philadelphia Assistant Medical Examiner Edwin Lieberman ruled the death a  homicide, noting that it could have been prevented with basic medical  care.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible were arrested in April 2009 and  charged with involuntary manslaughter and related counts. Opening  statements are to begin this morning in their trial in Common Pleas  Court.

Let them, the whiny ‘coexist-nicks’ and the Christian exceptionalists and the self-congratulating thought-terminators barging in like a first grader showing off his knowledge of the rules that declare upon any challenge to one’s religion that everybody has a right to their own opinion, come and ask why it is that we must be vocal about what we don’t believe. Let them invent their armchair pop-psychological diagnoses that claim that atheists have some beef with a god we secretly believe in, let them present us with that absurdity. Let them challenge our upbringings and prescribe us with their many superstitions and nonsensical ramblings, magic spells they call prayers. And when they ask why we are not silent or why we won’t lie down in the name of some flawed concept of tolerance or why we refuse to buy in to their lies and their fears, we will answer with the name of 2-year-old deceased Philadelphian Kent Schaible and the countless other children whose parents relied on a magic spell, whose authors were practically cavemen, and a ghost in the clouds. And we will ask them back how they accept that. How does one tolerate this?
I am an atheist. I don’t believe in god or Jesus or prophets or souls or afterlives. My morality has not suffered. My heart is not cold. I don’t seek to steal anyone’s security blanket.
I’m an atheist and I’m proud to be one.

First, do no harm: Prayer or medicine?

AS THE PASTOR spoke with several hundred parishioners about the importance of family life this past Sunday, the laughing, crying, cooing and rustling of babies filled First Century Gospel Church.

The infants and toddlers were everywhere - being seen and heard and corralled by parents who silently focused on the Rev. Nelson Ambrose Clark’s message.

Kent Schaible used to be among the youngsters at this church in working-class Juniata Park, where it is taught that the sick can be healed by praying to God, not by turning to doctors and medicine.

When Kent got sick in January 2009, his parents, Herbert, 42, and Catherine, 41, followed the teachings of their fundamentalist church and prayed fervently.

For 10 days the couple remained in their Northeast Philadelphia home praying over their 2-year-old son’s 32-pound body, believing his symptoms, including a sore throat, chest congestion, diarrhea, and trouble swallowing and sleeping were signs of a bad cold or flu.

When the boy died of bacterial pneumonia on Jan. 24, 2009, Philadelphia Assistant Medical Examiner Edwin Lieberman ruled the death a homicide, noting that it could have been prevented with basic medical care.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible were arrested in April 2009 and charged with involuntary manslaughter and related counts. Opening statements are to begin this morning in their trial in Common Pleas Court.

Let them, the whiny ‘coexist-nicks’ and the Christian exceptionalists and the self-congratulating thought-terminators barging in like a first grader showing off his knowledge of the rules that declare upon any challenge to one’s religion that everybody has a right to their own opinion, come and ask why it is that we must be vocal about what we don’t believe. Let them invent their armchair pop-psychological diagnoses that claim that atheists have some beef with a god we secretly believe in, let them present us with that absurdity. Let them challenge our upbringings and prescribe us with their many superstitions and nonsensical ramblings, magic spells they call prayers. And when they ask why we are not silent or why we won’t lie down in the name of some flawed concept of tolerance or why we refuse to buy in to their lies and their fears, we will answer with the name of 2-year-old deceased Philadelphian Kent Schaible and the countless other children whose parents relied on a magic spell, whose authors were practically cavemen, and a ghost in the clouds. And we will ask them back how they accept that. How does one tolerate this?

I am an atheist. I don’t believe in god or Jesus or prophets or souls or afterlives. My morality has not suffered. My heart is not cold. I don’t seek to steal anyone’s security blanket.

I’m an atheist and I’m proud to be one.


christiannightmares:

‘The Andrew Show’: A racist kid with a speech impediment talks about the Bible, sex education, and Jews, and asks, ‘Has Justin Bieber ever kissed a black girl?’ (Found at http://www.dangerousminds.net)

Could this be real? Whether or not it is, it’s clear to me somebody studied ‘preacher talk’ very closely. Listen, you can hear it right at the :30 mark when he says (about kids & parents) “we say ‘we love you’ all the time, but do we listen to them? no.” Only preachers and preacher trained politicians have this kind of speech pattern in which they set up a straw man argument that may or may not relate to your life, tie it to the Bible, ask a rhetorical question and answer it for you, right away, in a manner that condemns the audience.

I’m kind of convinced that people who go to church love to be taken down a peg. They love for their priest or preacher to tell them what they’re doing wrong because the answer (which is always the Bible or prayer or some baloney about Jesus) comes so quickly. It’s like a quick fix of relief. It’s like a 1/2 hour mystery show. Yeah, someone gets killed and we feel bad, but at the end Angela Lansbury swoops in and figures it out and all is right with the world.

If this video is real, it’s fucking sad the mental abuse some people will force upon their children, but you know who I really blame? I blame all the asshats out there who say “Hey, everyone’s got a right to their own views,” “I’m entitled to my opinion,” “Why do you have to question my belief if you don’t share it,” and all that other thought-terminating junk.

See what happens when you don’t speak up? You allow people to raise children like this. It’s your fault, you passive fucks, for thinking you’re promoting peace by not questioning hate.

Source : christiannightmares

Florida ends ban on gay, lesbian adoptions - CNN.com →

ilovebender:

(CNN) — Florida’s ban on adoptions by gay men and lesbians came to an official end Friday.

Attorney General Bill McCollum said the case that led to the overturning of the state’s 33-year-old law wasn’t the “right case” to take to the state’s Supreme Court.

Licensed foster parent Frank Martin Gill had sued to have the ban overturned. He wanted to adopt two boys who had been placed in his care after the Florida Department of Children and Families removed them from their home for neglect.

Gill and his partner have been raising the boys for six years.

“We are relieved that this process has finally come to an end, and that we can focus on being a family,” Gill said in a statement released Friday. “All children deserve a chance at finding a stable, loving and permanent home. Over the 33 years of the ban, this archaic law has harmed countless foster children by denying them a forever family.”

Earlier this month, the Department of Children and Families announced it would not appeal a September decision by the state’s 3rd District Court of Appeal that found the law unconstitutional.

“We had weighed an appeal to the Florida Supreme Court to achieve an ultimate certainty and finality for all parties,” said Joe Follick, the department’s communications director.

“But the depth, clarity and unanimity of the DCA opinion — and that of Miami-Dade Judge Cindy Lederman’s original circuit court decision — has made it evident that an appeal would have a less than limited chance of a different outcome.”

The appeals court opinion made adoption possible for gay and lesbians in Florida statewide.

The state agency said it has removed from adoption forms the question about an applicant’s sexual orientation. Gov. Charlie Crist ordered the department to stop enforcing the law after Lederman’s ruling.

Florida was the only remaining state to prohibit gay adoption.

Brandon Hensler of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida told CNN it is possible that some other case might try to challenge the court decisions, but he thinks such a move is unlikely.

Gill and his supporters planned to celebrate McCollum’s decision late Friday.

Source : ilovebender

A second-grader stole the show today, even as U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon held a press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House. 

While the two Presidents spoke about the need for immigration reform and about concerns over Arizona’s harsh new law — without saying anything new or different — down the road in Silver Spring, Maryland, First Lady Michele Obama and Mexico’s First Lady Margarita Zavala visited an elementary school to speak with a class of second graders. 

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports what happened when a young girl spoke up:

The student shyly raised her hand and said, “My mom … she says that Barack Obama is taking everybody away that doesn’t have papers.”

Mrs. Obama replied: “Yeah, well that’s something that we have to work on, right? To make sure that people can be here with the right kind of papers, right? That’s exactly right.”

The girl then said quietly, “But my mom doesn’t have any …” and trailed off.

Mrs. Obama replied: “Well, we have to work on that. We have to fix that, and everybody’s got to work together in Congress to make sure that happens. That’s right.”