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Mormons gang up on science teacher for saying the word "Vagina" →

A high school science teacher in Idaho is under investigation by the state’s professional standards commission because he reportedly used the word “vagina” during a biology lesson.

Tim McDaniel, who teaches 10th grade science at Dietrich School, told the Twin Falls Times-News that four parents were upset when they learned that his lesson included the word “vagina” and information about the biology behind female orgasm.

According to students who have set up a Facebook page to “SAVE THE SCIENCE TEACHER!!” certain parents may have had a political agenda in going after McDaniel. Sixty-six percent of church goers in Lincoln County, where Dietrich is located, are affiliated with the Mormon LDS Church, according to 2002 Glenmary Research Center data.

“[T]here are a couple people in the community that are trying to get Mr. McDaniel fired for teaching the reproductive system, climate change, and several other science subjects,” students wrote. “All these subjects were taught from the book and in good taste. He cares for each of his students and goes the extra mile to help them all. Now is the time for us to help by supporting him!”


little-veganite:

dopejonker:

A Muslim cleric has condemned to death Amina Tyler, a young 19 year old Tunisian who published a picture of herself topless, Amina posted on her Facebook account a picture with the phrase: “My body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honor.” She is a member of the group Femen, a feminist movement emerged in Ukraine in 2008 performing their topless protests to draw attention. The unusual protest sparked rejected her own family, which is considered a “insulting the modesty of a woman” and Islam.
“This young woman according to Islamic law deserves to between 80 and 100 lashes, but she did much more than that so she deserves to be stoned to death,” the religious Tunisian daily said “Assabah News” .

Amina represents us.
We the undersigned unequivocally defend Amina, and demand that her life and liberty are protected and that those who have threatened her will be immediately prosecuted.
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(via fuckyeahsexyatheists)

Religion is a great tool for opportunists.

Religion is a great tool for opportunists.

Atheist Student Questioned By Police For Being an Atheist →

…as I head to class my dad sends me a text, “Call me ASAP.” I do, only to find out that the police had been at our house looking for me. Two hours later they succeed and are waiting outside of my New Testament class. We talk, and agree that after I get my sandwich (there were only thirty minutes left in the meal period), I would come to the police station and allow them to question me.

The questioning was… interesting, to say the least. They started by asking why I felt it was not as big of a deal and from there went on to ask if I could give them names of five people that would be potentially capable of doing something like this. When I refused several times, the method changed to one person that I felt would be completely incapable of doing this. That would be everyone, so I again refused.

After this, they started asking about my involvement on campus. My two biggest involvements are with Secular Student Alliance at Presbyterian College and the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, so naturally they had to ask about those. Specifically how many members each group had, if I could give the names of any members, and fun questions as well, such as “Don’t you think it’s weird that as an atheist you go to Presbyterian College?” and “Are you a… homosexual?”…

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities" - Voltaire
Image by Schuhle Lewis.

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities" - Voltaire

Image by Schuhle Lewis.

Jesus was not a pacifist. The idea that the gun is evil – that’s a myth that’s been perpetrated by the left. It’s sad to me as a pastor to see that…Political correctness is the bonfire of the sanities (sic).

White Smoke Rises; New Dope Is Chosen →

With a puff of white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel and to the cheers of thousands of rain-soaked faithful, a gathering of Catholic cardinals picked a new pope from among their midst on Wednesday.

Source : The New York Times

I know there’s a strong argument for ignoring the Westboro Baptists altogether, but I think there’s a good argument for why we should pay really close attention to them, especially now. They’re a kind of above ground cult. They really offer a great insight into what all cults are like and, I think, they’re foundation in basic Biblical principles shows just how similar so-called mainstream religious practices are to cult tactics. Now, as a bunch of members of the church are escaping, a lot of light is being shed on them. Here’s a video of one of the escapees discussing her religious abuse.

skepticalavenger:

thegodlessatheist:

This is from a child’s christian coloring book. Christianity does not teach you to accept and respect all other religions and belief systems. It tells you to question them and look down on those that do not share your beliefs. Everyone is a joke and less of a human being if you are not a christian in their opinion. They might be nice to your face but down deep inside they think you are a heathen that needs Jesus Christ to be saved.

And of course, by there reasoning, Gandhi is burning in hell.

This is a great example of how Christianity really does teach children segregation. There’s a strong sentiment of otherism and how to fix others so they’re more like you running throughout Christian education.

skepticalavenger:

thegodlessatheist:

This is from a child’s christian coloring book. Christianity does not teach you to accept and respect all other religions and belief systems. It tells you to question them and look down on those that do not share your beliefs. Everyone is a joke and less of a human being if you are not a christian in their opinion. They might be nice to your face but down deep inside they think you are a heathen that needs Jesus Christ to be saved.

And of course, by there reasoning, Gandhi is burning in hell.

This is a great example of how Christianity really does teach children segregation. There’s a strong sentiment of otherism and how to fix others so they’re more like you running throughout Christian education.

I find it really ironic how people are really panicked about how to explain gay marriage to their children… and these are typically religious people. They don’t seem to have a problem explaining hell or Jesus’ horrific death on a cross. So if you can explain crucifixion to a small child, I think you can probably explain two people loving each other.
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