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Religion

Off To College? Are You Ashamed? (Part 2)

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This continues from Part 1 a discussion about private colleges and universities obtaining religious exemptions to legally discriminate against students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and against their faculty and employees with whom they differ, straight or not. We began with The Shame List put out by Campus Pride showing which institutions are complicit, and threw in a short refresher course on the actual meaning of freedom of religion. Even if you do not attend one of these colleges, you should first be appalled by the power over sanity that our government continues to bestow on ...

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Off To College? Are You Ashamed? (Part 1)

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Maybe you are packing suitcases right now, or helping your teenager to pack, while planning the big drop off on campus in the next few weeks. You might be unaware of the religious intolerance you may face as part of your new community. As a student on one of these campuses or an employee or faculty or even just a tax-payer in the same state you have much to be concerned about. The number of colleges and universities officially filing, or already have successfully filed, for Title IX exemptions in order to legally discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ...

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Will President Obama Miss the Chance to Stand Up for Church-State Separation?

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There is a portion of a 2007 presidential memo pertaining to the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that has been interpreted wrongly, distorted, as a safe harbor for legalized discrimination by tax-exempt faith-based organizations receiving federal funding. (This memo comes from the same George W. Bush's Office of Legal Counsel that brought us the memo making it okay to torture, by the way.) Recently 130 organizations, including American Civil Liberties Union (aclu.org), Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (au.org), National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (avp.org), and AFSCME, sent President Obama Read More

A Roadmap to #DrawTheLine for Church-State Separation

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Many people I speak to and correspond with are looking for an agenda to #DrawTheLine between church and state. As previously stated, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (au.org) is one of the best organizations setting that agenda and tracking our victories. While most of us tend to focus on national politics more than state politics, and even less on local politics, we have to keep in mind that school board members and city council members grow up to be state lawmakers and national candidates, so the front line for most of this work starts ...

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From The U.S. Capitol to Kampala, Uganda, the Dominionist Cult Called The Family Runs Deep

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The large and secretive dominionist cult called The Family (aka The Fellowship), through the agency of thousands of its American members, view foreign nations, especially developing nations, as more fertile ground than Main Street to pursue their culture wars, but it goes so much deeper than that. Practically every country in the world has been targeted by The Family to be made over as experiments in faith-based initiatives aimed at establishing theocratic regimes throughout the world for one purpose: to reap maximum profits for their members, who don't even have to be christian as long as they fulfill ...

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Support Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

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I will be continuing in this space to demonstrate how American Dominionism -- a political and religious philosophy calling for the end of rule of law and replacing it with (their skewed version of) "god's law" -- is poisoning our democracy with a total disregard for the separation of church and state. Today, I would like you, if you haven't already, to become familiar with and support the great work being done by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (au.org). Their website is a must-read for anyone who cares how our democracy is being ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Birds and the Bees

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Meet Ying, who doesn't really believe in the abstinence-only approach, and tells us why. She received much of her formal sexual education in Catholic school, and shares with us some of the topics they covered. She tells us about her traditional parents and their expectations for her.  And she has some wisdom for us about bonding with and learning about our significant others. What do you think about sex before marriage? Learning about sex from the Catholic Church? What parents should talk about with their kids? And how well your parents really know each other? Send us your thoughts at columbia@venusplusx.org — ...

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Scalia’s Cry for Help: Impeach Me!

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The most recent insanity expressed by United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: …[T]he separation of church and state “doesn’t mean the government cannot favor religion over non-religion.” …[S]ecularists concern over the overreach of religion into the government and every aspect of the public sphere is “utterly absurd” ... …[T]he Constitution’s only obligation is to protect Christian’s [sic] freedom of religion and was never intended to protect Americans from religious imposition. The only pronouncement from Scalia that could be considered rational: I'm guilty of sedition. I am guilty of putting my religious fundamentalism ahead of all reason and justice. Impeach me, please! Like an errant child, ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Influences

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  How do you describe it? What culture, family, or church constraints do you think interfere with full equality for all people? Let's hear your voice. Make a video, write a poem, song, or an essay -- or even create an original work of art -- and express your thoughts on these topics. If we feature your contribution on the site, we will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt to thank you. More videos.

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The Sexual Freedom Project: What stands in the way?

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(También en Español) What stands in the way of your sexual freedom? We want to know! Make a video, write a poem, song, or an essay — or even create an original work of art — and express your thoughts. If we feature your contribution on the site, we will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt to thank you. More videos.

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