Category Archives: politics

OMG, more atheism in the New York Times: Susan Jacoby on “God Bless America!”

Can it be that the New York Times is finally recognizing that, yes, godlessness is an acceptable view in America? Perhaps, for they’ve published some atheist pieces lately, and the latest is Susan Jacoby’s “Sick and Tired of ‘God Bless America’” which is in this week’s Sunday Review section. Her pro-atheist-and-secularist piece is headed by the strange photo […]

Atheists more likely to be elected President than before, but still reviled in the U.S.

A new Pew Survey on politics and religion (summary here, full report here) has some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the number of Americans who would be deterred from voting for an atheist candidate has dropped in the last nine years. Here’s the plot: The bad news: over half of Americans […]

Sarah Palin blames son’s domestic violence on Obama

Most of you may have heard that Sarah Palin’s 26-year-old son Track Palin was arrested in Wasilla, Alaska on Monday for domestic violence. He apparently slugged his girlfriend, pulled out a gun, and threatened her. Here’s an excerpt from the police report (name of victim redacted): As Gawker reported, Track was arrested for “assault in […]

She’s baaaack!: Sarah Palin endorses Trump

Well, this is going to be an interesting election season, though I don’t see any good outcome. Bernie Sanders has moved way ahead of Hillary Clinton in Iowa, so perhaps he has a crack at the Democratic nomination—though I still wouldn’t bet on it. And even if a Democrat is elected in November, be it […]

Trump rally features cringe-making “Freedom Kids”

Just to show you how low American politics have fallen, here’s a video of the “entertainment” during a Donald Tump Rally in Pensacola, Florida three days ago. Read a bit more about the “Freedom Kids” at Mother Jones. The tune, if you don’t recognize it, is “Over There” by American showman George M. Cohan, written to […]

Jerry Seinfeld and Barack Obama getting coffee in a hot car

Jerry Seinfeld has a series of videos, “Comedians in cars getting coffee,” in which he goes out for coffee or noms in a hot car with a fellow comedian. (There’s a nice one with the my future wife Sarah Silverman.) This time, however, he’s scored a big coup, taking out President Obama in a smoking 1963 Corvette Stingray. Actually, […]

The Curious Case of Cologne

by Grania By now everyone has heard of the New Year’s Eve attacks in Cologne, although the events of that night are still being investigated and the facts aren’t yet known in great detail. On New Year’s Eve, groups of men appearing to be of mostly Middle Eastern and African origin attacked and harassed women in an […]

The UK is a Christian nation: damn those pesky High Courts and Humanists

by Grania Spingies Although most Americans correctly regard Europe as a fairly secular place with far lower levels of religiosity than the US; countries within Europe often find that there are still people in positions of power who find this immensely annoying and pine for the imaginary halcyon days of yore when European nations all bent […]

Kristina Keneally: Religion certainly belongs in politics

When I say “religion shouldn’t mix with politics,” it’s not because I don’t think that, in principle, religion shouldn’t influence people’s stands on issues. It’s just that when it does, at least in the U.S., it’s rarely for the better. The opposition to gay rights and gay marriage, as well as to abortion; the promotion of […]

You won’t believe what Donald Trump said! (Yes you will. . .)

Clickbait headers don’t work when they’re about Donald Trump, for he’s basically a walking tabloid headline. Unlike the rest of the world, Republican candidates have been cagey about denouncing Trump’s reprehensible call to ban Mulim immigrants from the U.S. I hope that those candidates realize how bigoted such a call is, but they also know that a lot of Republicans […]

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