The Let's Kill Some Gays Constitutional AmmendmentCalifornia is stereotyped as the archetypal liberal bastion, and home of homosexuality. Well, considering the republican party has been in the super-minority (not just minority... they don't even have enough numbers to obstruct) for a few election cycles now, that's probably a pretty accurate description. Nevertheless, people often forget that there are pockets of uber-conservatism in California (it's a huge frickin' state). One of the local CRISIS cell members recently proved that (thanks to lisa-im-laerm for the acronym for ChRIstian State of Idaho and the South!).More Like This
California, like several other states, has a citizen initiative process - basically, a way of allowing amendments to the state constitution to come directly from citizen proposals, rather than just through the state legislature. Citizen initiative organizers must draft a proposal, pay a $200 processing fee, and then accumulate 365,000 signatures. If they succeed in that, the proposal appears
Sorry Obama, ISIS is totally IslamicBoth the previous president and the current president have gone out of their way to make a distinction that the west is at war with "terrorists", but not with Islam. Lately, Obama has been making the rounds, emphatically and repetitively stating that ISIS is not Islamic; that they are instead plain and simple murderers and terrorists, and that no religion would accept their barbarism. This article (What ISIS Really Wants), which is both very insightful and extremely disturbing, makes the case that this statement is completely wrong.More Like This
The west tends to view terrorists as extremist manipulators, interested primarily in political goals and ideals, but who use religion as a pretext, recruitment tool, and blunt instrument for their "real motives", which often have little to do in actuality with religious ideals. Sadly, that stereotype has been mistakenly applied to ISIS as wel
Gary Sent an Email! Vol. 1This is a collection of links sent via email by one of my fellow Heathen cohorts here in BFI (bummed-fucked Iowa, FYI). Most of the links here relate to secularism in some way but a few don't. At any rate, this will be the first in an ongoing series owing to the fact that he sends stuff out almost daily (and the old codger is in no danger of dying anytime soon either...).More Like This
Policy StatementThis is ridiculous to me, but I guess to be 100% fair to all who visit this page, I ought to post this statement up front:More Like This
I have made it clear from the outset that I am simply not interested in arguing with people with opposing views over the internet. To disregard that request is, in my view, trollish behavior. "Discussion" is a waste of my time. Every minute I spend "arguing" with someone (who has not arguments, but rather, beliefs) is a minute spent away from poastering, sending emails, making phone calls, trying to raise a little money, and other useful things to advance Occupy/Anon/anti-SOPA, and other progressive movements.
If someone wants to discuss on this page how to advance the goals of Occupy, Anon, anti-SOPA, pro-women, 'green,' etc., or, how to make these poasters more effective (including suggestions and requests), they will be welcomed and their comments will receive a courteous reply. If people want to exchange friendly, admiring, helpful, or even flirtatio