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12:19 pm - Wed, Jul 11, 2012
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11:41 am - Mon, Jul 2, 2012
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8:28 pm - Wed, Jun 13, 2012
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Sorry but I’m not sorry.

barrelsoforanges:

foreverliberal:

If I hear one more Christian say “but not all Christians are like that” I’m going to explode.

Stop taking my oppression and making it about you. Christians oppress the hell out of the LGBT community and since Christians make up the majority of the US, they hold a lot of power.

Seriously, here are just a few anti-LGBT things that have been said recently by Christians — that gay folks should be put in an electrified pen and killed off, that parents should punch their feminine sons and force their “butch daughters” to “act like a girl” by “being attractive”, that gay marriage is the equivalent of “man and beast”, that we should be ”persecuted like we were historically” (I’m guessing he meant death), that gays are responsible for the Nazi Party, that gay doctors shouldn’t be allowed to treat children, that Gay Pride Month is similar to pride for adultery or drunkenness, and I could go on and on but I’m going to stop there. 

And YOU are seriously going to get offended when I rant about Christians after they say these things about me and my community? YOU are seriously going to get upset when I flinch when I hear you call yourself a Christian? 

Why don’t you show us how “not all Christians are like that” instead? Fight for LGBT rights. Show us that you care. 

— Brittany 

Brittany captures a very important psychological phenomenom called coginitive dissonance, and mostly I think all of us can learn a thing or two from this discourse.

I don’t know how many times I’ve hear WHITE people say, ‘But not all whites are like that’ when a PoC expresses or shares a story of racism & bigotry.

Or the number of times I’ve heard men say, ‘but not all men are like that,’ when hearing about obvious examples of misogyny or sexism.

So here’s the thing, people, we’re talking about PRIVILEGE. There is straight privilege, and male privilege, and Christian privilege, and white privilege, and abled privilege, and when you are part of the majority, or part of the PRIVILEGED group, by choice or otherwise, it’s very difficult to understand the anger, frustration, and daily reality of NOT living with that privilege.

So the next time someone starts talking about YOUR PRIVILEGED group, and something shitty someone did/said/or general oppression, don’t say, ‘But, not all [insert privileged group here] are like that.

Instead, sit down, shut up, and learn something about the system that grants this sort of privilege.

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9:55 am
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12:43 pm - Sun, Mar 25, 2012
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religiousragings:

theperplexedobserver:

Chuck Norris (Creationist: Hates Public Educators) VS Bruce Lee (Atheist: Well-Read Public School Student With An Extensive Library)
via @AtheismViews

It is time to stop with the old Chuck Norris jokes, and start new ones pointing out how foolish he actually is.  ~ Steve

religiousragings:

theperplexedobserver:

Chuck Norris (Creationist: Hates Public Educators) VS Bruce Lee (Atheist: Well-Read Public School Student With An Extensive Library)

via @AtheismViews

It is time to stop with the old Chuck Norris jokes, and start new ones pointing out how foolish he actually is.  ~ Steve

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10:58 am - Sat, Mar 10, 2012
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thisismymonkey:

some-disgraced-cosmonaut:

boxlunches:

ricksantorum-2012:

What every traditional, real American family should look like :) 

COOL!!! Now let me add in some other examples of what a healthy, happy, traditional, real American family should BE ABLE to look like:


Black families



Mexican and South American families



Middle Eastern families



East Asian families



South Asian families



Native American families



European families



Interracial families of all colors



Jewish families



Muslim families



Buddhist families



Hindu families



Atheist or agnostic families



Single mother families



Single father families



Grandparents raising a family



Foster families



Adopted families



Gay parent families



Lesbian parent families



Transgender parent families



Families with special needs children



Families with disabled children



Families with disabled parents



Families with deaf/hard of hearing parents, deaf/hard of hearing children, or both



Childless couples

~~~
Awwww, aren’t they all adorable? :3
I know I probably left a lot of folks out, so feel free to add pictures of what a good, happy, true American family can be! Remember they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, ages, genders, religions, races, cultures, nationalities, sexualities, and appearances, so don’t leave anyone out! Especially when you VOTE. The only thing that defines what makes a family is love. <3
My, isn’t America wonderful~?

EDIT: And you know, I just wanted to add…you can send Rick Santorum and the rest of the country, even the rest of the world, the message that these families and other families that went unmentioned matter TOO, NOT just white, conservative, Christian, straight-parent, double-parent, rich, privileged families like his. Let him and the country know that ALL families have a say, ALL families are what define America, ALL families are what make this nation strong, ALL families matter, ALL families are important, and that ALL families deserve a CHANCE.
Let Rick Santorum know that OUR children deserve the chance to go to college, NOT just his.
Let Rick Santorum know that OUR children deserve to marry whoever they want, NOT just his.
Let Rick Santorum know that WE deserve to marry whoever we fall in love with, NOT just him and his wife Karen.
Let Rick Santorum know that OUR wives and girlfriends deserve to have life-saving abortions/miscarriages/whatever he chooses to call it, NOT just his.
Let Rick Santorum know that OUR special needs and disabled children deserve to have money that can help improve their lives, NOT just his daughter.
Let Rick Santorum know that threatening OUR families will NOT be tolerated, and that WE are the ones who believe in what America TRULY is, a place where ANY family can be free and happy.
Let Rick Santorum know that his family will NOT become the royal figureheads of a medieval theocracy where church and state are bound as one.
Let Rick Santorum know that marriage is as old as humanity and that HIS religion did NOT invent the concept and he can NOT force his definition of it on us.
Let Rick Santorum know that OUR women matter, OUR women should have a say over their own bodies, and that OUR women deserve to be LOVED in any way we see fit.
Let Rick Santorum know that OUR families deserve medical help, OUR parents deserve fair wages and fair pay, OUR parents deserve places in the work force, that OUR single mothers and single fathers and disabled parents are not to be shut out by greedy executives and CEOs who only seek to expand their own paycheck and give NOTHING back to their own employees or society at large.
Let Rick Santorum know that he is WRONG for excluding OUR families, that he is a BIGOT no matter how hard he tries to deny it, and that without OUR families working and toiling away beneath families like his, America would NOT be the rich and powerful country it is today.
Let Rick Santorum know that WE are America and that WE DON’T WANT HIM.
VOTE AGAINST SANTORUM AND OTHER HATEFUL MEN LIKE HIM.
A VOTE AGAINST THEM IS A VOTE FOR FAMILY IN ALL OF ITS FORMS.
A VOTE AGAINST THEM IS A VOTE FOR WHAT AMERICA REALLY IS: A LAND OF THE FREE, A LAND OF HARD-WORKING FAMILIES, A LAND OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, A LAND OF FAIR PLAY AND ASSISTING THOSE IN NEED, A LAND THAT DOES NOT SHUT OUT ITS POOR AND DENIES ITS CITIZENS THEIR RIGHTS, A LAND THAT DOES NOT LET BIGOTS LIKE RICK SANTORUM INTO THE WHITE HOUSE.
FAMILIES ARE PEOPLE, NOT CORPORATIONS.
FAMILIES ARE PEOPLE, NOT THEOCRACIES.
FAMILIES ARE PEOPLE, NOT RICK SANTORUM.

thisismymonkey:

some-disgraced-cosmonaut:

boxlunches:

ricksantorum-2012:

What every traditional, real American family should look like :) 

COOL!!! Now let me add in some other examples of what a healthy, happy, traditional, real American family should BE ABLE to look like:

Black families

Mexican and South American families

Middle Eastern families

East Asian families

South Asian families

Native American families

European families

Interracial families of all colors

Jewish families

Muslim families

Buddhist families

Hindu families

Atheist or agnostic families

Single mother families

Single father families

Grandparents raising a family

Foster families

Adopted families

Gay parent families

Lesbian parent families

Transgender parent families

Families with special needs children

Families with disabled children

Families with disabled parents

Families with deaf/hard of hearing parents, deaf/hard of hearing children, or both

Childless couples

~~~

Awwww, aren’t they all adorable? :3

I know I probably left a lot of folks out, so feel free to add pictures of what a good, happy, true American family can be! Remember they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, ages, genders, religions, races, cultures, nationalities, sexualities, and appearances, so don’t leave anyone out! Especially when you VOTE. The only thing that defines what makes a family is love. <3

My, isn’t America wonderful~?

EDIT: And you know, I just wanted to add…you can send Rick Santorum and the rest of the country, even the rest of the world, the message that these families and other families that went unmentioned matter TOO, NOT just white, conservative, Christian, straight-parent, double-parent, rich, privileged families like his. Let him and the country know that ALL families have a say, ALL families are what define America, ALL families are what make this nation strong, ALL families matter, ALL families are important, and that ALL families deserve a CHANCE.

Let Rick Santorum know that OUR children deserve the chance to go to college, NOT just his.

Let Rick Santorum know that OUR children deserve to marry whoever they want, NOT just his.

Let Rick Santorum know that WE deserve to marry whoever we fall in love with, NOT just him and his wife Karen.

Let Rick Santorum know that OUR wives and girlfriends deserve to have life-saving abortions/miscarriages/whatever he chooses to call it, NOT just his.

Let Rick Santorum know that OUR special needs and disabled children deserve to have money that can help improve their lives, NOT just his daughter.

Let Rick Santorum know that threatening OUR families will NOT be tolerated, and that WE are the ones who believe in what America TRULY is, a place where ANY family can be free and happy.

Let Rick Santorum know that his family will NOT become the royal figureheads of a medieval theocracy where church and state are bound as one.

Let Rick Santorum know that marriage is as old as humanity and that HIS religion did NOT invent the concept and he can NOT force his definition of it on us.

Let Rick Santorum know that OUR women matter, OUR women should have a say over their own bodies, and that OUR women deserve to be LOVED in any way we see fit.

Let Rick Santorum know that OUR families deserve medical help, OUR parents deserve fair wages and fair pay, OUR parents deserve places in the work force, that OUR single mothers and single fathers and disabled parents are not to be shut out by greedy executives and CEOs who only seek to expand their own paycheck and give NOTHING back to their own employees or society at large.

Let Rick Santorum know that he is WRONG for excluding OUR families, that he is a BIGOT no matter how hard he tries to deny it, and that without OUR families working and toiling away beneath families like his, America would NOT be the rich and powerful country it is today.

Let Rick Santorum know that WE are America and that WE DON’T WANT HIM.

VOTE AGAINST SANTORUM AND OTHER HATEFUL MEN LIKE HIM.

A VOTE AGAINST THEM IS A VOTE FOR FAMILY IN ALL OF ITS FORMS.

A VOTE AGAINST THEM IS A VOTE FOR WHAT AMERICA REALLY IS: A LAND OF THE FREE, A LAND OF HARD-WORKING FAMILIES, A LAND OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, A LAND OF FAIR PLAY AND ASSISTING THOSE IN NEED, A LAND THAT DOES NOT SHUT OUT ITS POOR AND DENIES ITS CITIZENS THEIR RIGHTS, A LAND THAT DOES NOT LET BIGOTS LIKE RICK SANTORUM INTO THE WHITE HOUSE.

FAMILIES ARE PEOPLE, NOT CORPORATIONS.

FAMILIES ARE PEOPLE, NOT THEOCRACIES.

FAMILIES ARE PEOPLE, NOT RICK SANTORUM.

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8:43 am - Tue, Jan 31, 2012
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helvetebrann:

Oh Mythbusters, I love you.

helvetebrann:

Oh Mythbusters, I love you.

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6:50 pm - Mon, Dec 5, 2011
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12:31 pm - Tue, Nov 29, 2011
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2:07 pm - Tue, Nov 22, 2011
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livealifethatscompletelyfree:

Rule of Lord The Republican plan to nullify the courts and establish Christian theocracy.

WHAT THE ABSOLUTE FUCK???????????????????????

From Slate.com:

The Republican plan to nullify the courts and establish Christian theocracy.

124002711 Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Michele Bachmann

Photograph by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images.

Is the United States sliding toward theocracy? That’s what Republican presidential candidates have told us for more than a year. Radical Islam, they’ve argued, is on the verge of taking over our country through Sharia law. But this weekend, at an Iowa forum sparsely covered by the press, the candidates made clear that they don’t mind theocracy—in fact, they’d like to impose it—as long as it’s Christian.

You can find video of Saturday’s “Thanksgiving Family Forum” on the Web sites of two organizations that sponsored it: CitizenLink and the Family Leader. Here are highlights of the candidates’ remarks.

1. Religious Americans must fight back against nonbelievers. To quote Herman Cain:

What we are seeing is a wider gap between people of faith and people of nonfaith. … Those of us that are people of faith and strong faith have allowed the nonfaith element to intimidate us into not fighting back. I believe we’ve been too passive. We have maybe pushed back, but as people of faith, we have not fought back.

2. The religious values we must fight for are Judeo-Christian. Rick Perry warned:

Somebody’s values are going to decide what the Congress votes on or what the president of the United States is going to deal with. And the question is: Whose values? And let me tell you, it needs to be our values—values and virtues that this country was based upon in Judeo-Christian founding fathers.

3. Our laws and our national identity are Judeo-Christian. Michele Bachmann explained:

American exceptionalism is grounded on the Judeo-Christian ethic, which is really based upon the 10 Commandments. The 10 Commandments were the foundation for our law. That’s what Blackstone said—the English jurist—and our founders looked to Blackstone for the foundation of our law. That’s our law.

4. No religion but Christianity will suffice. Perry declared, “In every person’s heart, in every person’s soul, there is a hole that can only be filled by the Lord Jesus Christ.”

5. God created our government. Bachmann told the audience:

I have a biblical worldview. And I think, going back to the Declaration of Independence, the fact that it’s God who created us—if He created us, He created government. And the government is on His shoulders, as the book of Isaiah says.

6. U.S. law should follow God’s law. As Rick Santorum put it:

Unlike Islam, where the higher law and the civil law are the same, in our case, we have civil laws. But our civil laws have to comport with the higher law. … As long as abortion is legal—at least according to the Supreme Court—legal in this country, we will never have rest, because that law does not comport with God’s law.

7. Anything that’s immoral by religious standards should be outlawed. Santorum again:

God gave us rights, but He also gave us laws upon which to exercise those rights, and that’s what you ought to do. And, by the way, the law should comport—the laws of this country should comport with that moral vision. Why? Because the law is a teacher. If something is illegal in this country because it is immoral and it is wrong and it is harmful to society, saying that it is illegal and putting a law in place teaches. It’s not just—laws cannot be neutral. There is no neutral, Ron. There is only moral and immoral. And the law has to reflect what is right and good and just for our society.

8. The federal government should impose this morality on the states. Santorum once more:

The idea that the only things that the states are prevented from doing are only things specifically established in the Constitution is wrong. Our country is based on a moral enterprise. Gay marriage is wrong. As Abraham Lincoln said, the states do not have the right to do wrong. … As a president, I will get involved, because the states do not have the right to undermine the basic, fundamental values that hold this country together.

9. Congress should erase the judiciary’s power to review moral laws. Newt Gingrich suggested:

I am intrigued with something which Robby George at Princeton has come up with, which is an interpretation of the 14th Amendment, in which it says that Congress shall define personhood. That’s very clearly in the 14th Amendment. And part of what I would like to explore is whether or not you could get the Congress to pass a law which simply says: Personhood begins at conception. And therefore—and you could, in the same law, block the court and just say, ‘This will not be subject to review,’ which we have precedent for. You would therefore not have to have a constitutional amendment, because the Congress would have exercised its authority under the 14th Amendment to define life, and to therefore undo all of Roe vs. Wade, for the entire country, in one legislative action.

Gingrich said the same strategy could secure the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages and protects the right of states to disregard same-sex marriages performed in other states. In his words, “You could repass DOMA and make it not appealable to the court, period.”

10. Courts that get in the way should be abolished. Gingrich again:

The simplest first step which I would take is to propose—and I hope this will be a significant part of the campaign next year—I have proposed to abolish the court of Judge Biery in San Antonio, who on June 1 issued an order that said, not only could students not pray at their graduation, they couldn’t use the word benediction, the could not say the word prayer, they could not say the word God, they could not ask people to stand for a moment of silence, they couldn’t use the word invocation, and if he broke any of those, he would put their superintendent in jail. I regard that as such a ruthless anti-American statement that he should not be on the court, and I would move to literally abolish his court, so that he could go back to private practice, as a signal to the courts.

Biery’s order was an overreach. In fact, it was overturned two days later by an appeals court. But he’s only the first target of the anti-judicial purge. The next words after Gingrich’s threat came from Santorum, who said: “I agree with a lot of what has just been said here. I would go farther—one step farther, Newt. I would abolish the entire Ninth Circuit.”

11. The purge of judges should be based on public opinion. Gingrich once more:

Part of the purpose of singling out Judge Biery and eliminating his job is to communicate the standard that the two elected branches have the power and the authority to educate the judiciary when it deviates too far from the American people. And I think you would probably take that approach.

12. Freedom means obeying morality. Santorum concluded, “Our founders understood liberty is not what you want to do, but what you ought to do. That’s what liberty really is about.”

There was one voice of dissent among the candidates. Ron Paul, the libertarian congressman from Texas, argued that people should be allowed to make bad decisions, that freedom of choice in religious matters should extend to atheists, and that powers not reserved to the federal government should be left to the states. But in a field of candidates bent on legislating Christian morality and purging uncooperative judges, Paul stood alone. Protecting America is too important to let the Constitution get in the way.

William Saletan’s latest short takes on the news, via Twitter:

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