3 On Council Snub Atheist's Invocation - from TBO.com: Half of the Tampa City Council walked out Thursday when an atheist spoke at a time usually reserved for prayer.
As Harvey, a member of Atheists of Florida, prepared to speak, Councilman Kevin White called for a vote to find a different person to pray or to skip the invocation that traditionally begins council meetings.
White, who cast the only vote for his proposal, said he objected to a "hallowed moment'' being turned over to someone to make a "political statement.''
"I [don't] have to sit here and listen to an atheist tell me what I should and shouldn't believe,'' Alvarez said.
The Neal Pollack Invasion
A religious fanatic trashes Gould's memory with innuendo, unsupported suppositions and invective. I am sure he feels much better about himself now.
Bottom line is that terrorists can always attack. We're a big country with big borders and lots of material with which to do very bad things. The only way forward is to reduce the number of people who want to take advantage of our weaknesses. George Bush is determinedly doing the opposite; never have so many hated us.
Let me repeat this line by Ezra Klein:
The only way forward is to reduce the number of people who want to take advantage of our weaknesses.
We can't kill them all. We have to change there minds. And that's the exact opposite of what GWB is doing.
The Nation: George Scialabba's review of What's the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank
Making money is natural, therefore innocent; thinking is artificial, therefore dangerous.
The Pledge, Part I: What The Court Will Decide And Why They'll Be Wrong
The Pledge, Part II: Time For It To Go
Turnspit Daily: July 11, 2004 - July 17, 2004 Archives
DRUDGE REPORT 2004: (Kerry & Edwards) CAN'T KEEP HANDS OFF EACH OTHER
Religious fanatic bigots despair.
Original article is here.
Two verses and three choruses, and Mr. Greenwood couldn't find a single reason to love the U.S.A.? Yeah, yeah, I know, pride, pride, freedom, freedom: "I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free." But free to do what? To fire employees without cause, thanks to the at-will employment doctrine? To abolish the estate tax? To hold up a sign saying that Matthew Shepherd got what he deserved? Or to protest foolish wars, march for civil rights, and support the right of kids with Down syndrome to be educated in regular classrooms where they can go to visit Fort Robideau with their nondisabled peers? "God Bless the U.S.A." doesn't say, and that's what makes it such a perfect emblem of a certain kind of right-wing contentless patriotism, the kind of patriotism that supports the troops by flying flags from cars while supporting a President who leads the troops off to needless slaughter and then cuts their veterans' benefits. Had Greenwood said anything about that freedom– "I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free of all taxes on my estate of $36 million," or "I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free to fight for the right to register Mississippi's black voters in the face of murderous right-wing opposition"– one imagines that his song would be a good deal less popular.
What is it about religious delusion that makes believers into such self-satisfied, condescending, superior pricks? Why are you like this Steven Waldman?