Reading Time: 5 minutes There’s almost too much to choose from when attempting to sum up recent US strife: On Thursday, Missouri’s Attorney General bypassed sitting representatives to launch the most prohibitive ban on gender-affirming care yet, which would effectively deny treatment to adults and children alike. Judge Samuel Alito issued a short-term stay on a Texas judge’s revocation […]
Is Tennessee targeting people without ‘In God We Trust’ license plates?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Do the license plates in Tennessee allow cops to determine which drivers are atheists? That rumor has been floating around for months, and it has some validity to it, but the full story makes the whole situation seem far less conspiratorial. Some background is helpful here. In 2017, Republicans in the state’s legislature passed a […]
Yeshiva University shuts down all student clubs to thwart one LGBTQ group
Reading Time: 3 minutes Yeshiva University, a private Orthodox Jewish school with campuses in New York City, has decided to shut down all undergraduate clubs rather than allow an LGBTQ group to meet temporarily. It marks the second time this week that Orthodox Jews are in the news for making the worst possible decisions when they easily could’ve done the bare […]
Labs refusing to draw blood on some monkeypox patients recalls AIDS hysteria
Reading Time: < 1 minute Phlebotomists at two of the country’s largest labs, Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics, are refusing to draw blood on patients with potential monkeypox infections. Such actions potentially constitute cases of prejudice, reminiscent of the early days of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s when discrimination ran rampant. It is unclear whether the behavior is a result […]
Hearing loss, failing eyesight, and the struggles we try to hide
Reading Time: 5 minutes Let’s talk about discrimination. Not the racial type: I’m talking about the ability of human hearing to discriminate, to distinguish the all-important but often whisper-subtle edges of what most people experience as the familiar sounds of vowels and consonants. For some of us, consonants are especially hard to discriminate among spoken sounds. Their delicate wisps […]
SCOTUS Just Helped Christianity Decline Faster
Reading Time: 5 minutes Hi and welcome back! A couple of days ago, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) helped Christianity decline just a little bit faster. They made a pair of decisions that will hopefully jar quite a few Christians into wondering exactly why their imaginary friend doesn’t actually make their tribemates into better people. Today, […]
How Elizabeth Warren Made Christian Culture Warriors Lose Their Minds (This Time)
Reading Time: 12 minutes Culture warriors are losing their poor little minds lately over something Senator Elizabeth Warren said yesterday in a town hall. Today, I’ll show you how Senator Warren stomped all over these self-appointed guardians of America’s purity and honor, and how they’re responding to that mockery.
Texas ‘religious freedom’ bill opens door to LGBT discrimination, opponents say
Reading Time: 3 minutes Things are a mess, this way and that, in the States. The Guardian reports on the latest worry: Civil rights advocates are condemning a proposed Texas law they say opens the door to discrimination against the LGBT community and religious minorities. The Texas state senate passed Senate Bill 17 earlier this week, which would protect the right of state-licensed […]
Discrimination faced by non-religious at alarming levels worldwide, new report shows
Reading Time: 2 minutes From Humanists UK: People who leave a religion, criticise a religion or god, or who are simply non-religious, have this last year experienced serious persecution in many countries, including several where they face the death penalty, according to a new report released today. The Freedom of Thought report, published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union […]
Custer Lost 1876 Battle, But Indians Are Losing War At Polls
Reading Time: 4 minutes Like many gains of the Civil War were lost by subterfuge during Reconstruction, Native Americans’ battlefield win against Custer is being lost today to voter suppression.