New Biblical Guide to Hell for Small Children is Sick and Depraved

Sometimes I say that indoctrination of children into a religion is a form of child abuse. This is the kind of thing I mean.This links to the Friendly Atheist. He is friendly, but he’s not afraid to call out horrors such as this for what they are. Via New Biblical Guide to Hell for Small Children is Sick and Depraved.

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I Like Heros

This one is a British journalist, Andrew Jennings. He’s been digging, methodically and tirelessly for many years into FIFA after having exposed corruption in the International Olympic Committee. Apparently, he provided key information to the FBI way back in 2009. How a curmudgeonly old reporter exposed the FIFA scandal that toppled Sepp Blatter – The Washington Post.

Evolution, the Environment, and Religion | NCSE

Fascinating study of the relationship between environmentalist orientation and trust in the science of evolution. Centers of circles represent the average of people of that religious orientation, with the size of the circles representing the relative size of that religion in the population. Gratifying to see that many of the largest religions are relatively moderate to positively disposed on both questions.  Evolution, the Environment, and Religion | NCSE.

Why Not in Cumberland?

We have chronic homelessness in Cumberland. We also have many buildings that could be renovated to be apartments for them. Could the Housing First approach work here? This from the Los Angeles Times about Salt Lake City’s approach, how it saves them a lot of money. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-utah-housing-first-20150524-story.html#page=1

American Hero, Also

This retired cop had been hired by the sheriff’s office to help with a backlog of internal affairs cases. He alleges he was ordered to destroy evidence of mistreatment of a prisoner. He says he refused and was fired the next day. That’s just how a good cop is treated, ask Serpico! http://truthvoice.com/2015/05/denver-sheriff-whistleblower-i-was-ordered-to-destroy-videotape/

Rand Paul’s Principled Stand

I disagree with nearly every position Rand Paul takes. But, on one I agree: Section 215 of the Patriot Act is an overreach that allows spying on innocent persons in the name of national security. I admire him for standing against it and forcing it to expire. http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/nsa-snooping/deal-renew-patriot-act-surveillance-powers-stalls-senate-n367431