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The panel which included Bernard Whitman, a Democratic strategist, Arthur Aidala, a legal analyst for Fox and Monica Crowley, a conservative commentator had just finished a heated debated about the suspension of Duck Dynastys Phil Robertson for making anti-gay comments. They argued about 1st amendment rights.
When the segment concluded Whitman asked Kelly if she thought her erroneous comments about Santa and Jesus would fall under protected speech. Thats when everything went horribly wrong for Kelly. Not realizing her mic was still on and she was being recorded, she announced that she stood by her statements and thought it was ridiculous that she had to apologize. She continued stating, Look, every significant historical figure has been white.
Whitman was understandably shocked and countered with, What about Gandhi? Kelley fired back, He was obviously white. Everyone knows that. Aidala and Crowley agreed with Megyns analysis. Whitman shot back again with a list of influential figures, Martin Luther King, Mandela, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Cleopatra. Her response sent Whitman storming out of the studio. I said significant. None of those people are significant.
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Im only seeing this on facebook and the linked website (which I have never heard of before) so far. Is this a legit story and has the Faux News corespondent really put the final nail in her own coffin?
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Oklahoma lawmakers are appalled that Satanists would try to erect a monument in their state capitol, but their decision to include a monument to the Ten Commandments of the Christian Bibles Old Testament may have placed the state on shaky legal ground.
The Associated Press reported that constitutional scholars and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) agree, if faith-based displays are to be allowed in public spaces in Oklahoma, then a multitude of faiths must be represented, even if that faith is considered repugnant by a majority of the states citizens.
The New York City-based Satanic Temple heard about the Oklahoma Ten Commandments display and proposed their own monument to Satan on the state capitol grounds as well.
Before any new monument can go into production, it has to be approved by the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Society. Duane Mass, the architect who designed the capitol building and serves on the preservation board, rejected the idea outright...
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EDIT: And now the Hindus of Ok. are getting in on the action:
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Mocking boys for doing "feminine" things leaves them ill-equipped for life, and makes America a worse place for all
BY SORAYA CHEMALY
The ability to feel what others feel has many well-documented benefits, including, for empathetic people, greater psychological and physical health. The real and socially significant positive impact of empathy, however, is the ways in which it affects behavior toward others. People who are empathetic are less aggressive and prone to denigrate others; they are predisposed to act with care and compassion; they have increased egalitarian beliefs and act with less prejudice and stereotype-based hatred. Empathetic behaviors, however, are associated with being female. And weak.
The stereotypes that plague our lives teach that the characteristics of empathetic understanding are feminine: listening, sensitivity, quiet consideration and gentleness. Empathy is feminized and boys learn quickly that what is feminized is, in a man, the source of disgust. While parents, teachers, coaches, grandparents and others whose ideas shape children arent sitting around telling boys, Dont be empathetic! they are saying, in daily micro-aggressive ways, Dont be like girls! The process of becoming a man still often means rejecting almost any activity or preference that smacks of cross-gender expression or sympathy.
Expression and empathy are closely related for children. When boys are taught that they cant be like girls it has the threefold effect. First, it alienates them from core aspects of themselves. Second, it portrays what is feminine as undesirable and inferior. Third, it forces boys into a man box from which emotions and empathy are excluded. An upcoming documentary, The Mask You Live In, carefully examines, from the perspective of boys and men, what this feels like and means in their lives.
While more and more parents are openly grappling with how to handle non-conventional gender behavior in children, many others wont even consider the behavior as remotely acceptable. The policing of boys gender expression doesnt require parents who yell, Stop crying, you sound like a girl! or homophobic classmates hurling some variation of Dont be so gay! (which is, sadly, still a serious problem). A whole range or rules, traditions, daily interactions and media content come together to narrow boys options and, ultimately, abilities. Consider these five everyday ways that boys are taught first not to look like girls, not to be like girls, not to do girly things, and then, ultimately, to lose the ability to feel compassion...
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I found this article very fascinating. America has come a long way from where we were when the first wave feminist came and demanded their rights, but I think we have a long way to go.
I think this article displays that while we have had a large amount of success in advancing the role of women before the law (at least in comparison with where we were when our government was founded), we still live in a society that values "masculinity" over "femininity," and we need to work to fix that.
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Christian groups filed a pair of lawsuits in Federal District Court challenging the Kansas state Board of Educations decision to implement a state-wide set of science standards. On June 11, the Kansas state Board of Education adopted a universal set of science standards to be taught in classrooms across the state from kindergarten to grade 12. Faith groups are up in arms that their beliefs are not being given more credence in science classes.
According to a statement on the Pacific Justice Institutes website, the teaching of science in all of the states public schools could create a hostile learning environment for those of faith. The institute which purports to defend religious freedom, parental rights and other civil liberties is challenging the fact that the new science standards do not give equal weight to the Christian creation myth.
The suit alleges that the new standards will promote religious beliefs that are inconsistent with the theistic religious beliefs of plaintiffs, thereby depriving them of the right to be free from government that favors one religious view over another. The group asked the court to place an injunction on the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards and the corresponding lesson plan handbook, Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas.
Another group, the Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE, Inc.) filed suit on Sep. 26 demanding that the new curricula not be instituted. In a press release, CORE said that the science standards would will have the effect of causing Kansas public schools to establish and endorse a non-theistic religious worldview, which the group said is a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution...
Kansas is not having a good week for church and state separation.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013 12:01 EDT
Disproving evolution cannot save creationism, a prominent atheist activist told a convention of free thinkers.
Even if a god appeared and started poofing things out of nothing, that still wouldnt prove the Bible because that collection of contrived and plagiarized fairy tales has already been disproved beyond redemption, and not even the existence of god could change that, the video blogger Aron Ra said Sunday during Apostacon.
The annual conference of humanists and free thinkers gathered Friday through Sunday in Omaha, Neb.
Aron Ra discussed his efforts in his home state, Texas, to improve science education standards and fight back creationist themes in textbooks...
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My representative put up a post on FB about trying to stop the GOP from cutting funding from food stamps. What did he get? A flood of posts from Rightwing activist most of whom are not even from our state and none of which are from our district flooding the post with post after post demanding he defund Obama care!
These people have no shame at all. Hijacking a post about making sure children have enough food so that they can force their right wing idiocy on OTHER PEOPLE'S DISTRICTS.
How much hate do you have to have in your heart for poor getting simple healthcare do you have to have to do that? Not to mention shitting over a post about making sure the poor have enough to eat?
I HATE REPUGS AND RIGHT WINGERS!!!! I HATE THEM SOOOOOO VERY MUCH!!!!!
[div class="excerpt" style="background-color:#dcdcdc; padding-bottom:5px; border:1px solid #bfbfbf; border-bottom:none; border-radius:0.4615em 0.4615em 0em 0em; box-shadow:3px 3px 3px #999999;"]R.J. ESKOW[div class="excerpt" style="background-color:#f0f0f0; border:1px solid #bfbfbf; border-top:none; border-radius:0em 0em 0.4615em 0.4615em; box-shadow:3px 3px 3px #999999;"]Libertarians have a problem. Their political philosophy all but died out in the mid- to late-20th century, but was revived by billionaires and corporations that found them politically useful. And yet libertarianism retains the qualities that led to its disappearance from the public stage, before its reanimation by people like the Koch brothers: It doesnt make any sense.
They call themselves realists but rely on fanciful theories that have never predicted real-world behavior. They claim that selfishness makes things better for everybody, when history shows exactly the opposite is true. They claim that a mythical free market is better at everything than the government is, yet when they really need government protection, theyre the first to clamor for it.
Thats no reason not to work with them on areas where theyre in agreement with people like me. In fact, the unconventionality of their thought has led libertarians to be among this nations most forthright and outspoken advocates for civil liberties and against military interventions.
Merriam-Webster defines hypocrisy as feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not. We arent suggesting every libertarian is a hypocrite. But theres an easy way to find out...
or the original from
I wish this article would have done more to separate left wing civil libertarians from the Crazies of the right.
Been trying to decide whether to post this here or to register on AVEN, and decided to post it here first as I feel more comfortable posting on DU.
It is my understanding that someone who is Asexual can be attracted to a person in an aesthetic or romantic manner just not in a sexual manner. What does that mean exactly? What is meant by the term sexual attraction? From the reading I have done I feel like im getting conflicting information. One place says that asexuals can feel attracted to others but another place they will say asexuals have no sexual attraction at all.
I myself feel attracted to the opposite sex, but I have no interest in sex. I like the idea of holding hands or cuddling but the very thought of copulation repels me. I have no interest in that act. But I do feel attracted to the other sex and in a stronger way than just looking at a painting I find pretty. Simply put, I don't know if this is a sexual attraction or not; and I don't know if this makes me hetero-romantic asexual, gray a, or just celibate.
To further my confusion I feel certain I have social anxiety syndrome and an avoidant personality (both of which make talking to anyone about this even harder that it would be noramlly). Even if I do like a person I can not bring myself to act on it. I begin quivering just talking to new people I am not attracted to and wanting to crawl into my own little cave.
So I haven't ever been on so much as a single date in my life. If that was not bad enough, I feel pretty sure I have a mild case of gender disphoria. This means I'm not sure if my attraction to members of the opposite sex is due to my discomfort with my own gender of if my lack of a desire for sex stem from me wanting to simply avoid having to face sexual situations altogether.
When confronted by my family by my lack of relationships I usually give my canned reply about being too busy with school or other things to bother with the other sex.
I am just really confused about who I am and where I fit in the world. What is meant by sexual attraction? Does my lack of a desire to have sex mean I am asexual, gray a, celibate or just terrified of having to deal with someone of the opposite sex? Or is my attraction a result of my own discomfort with my own sex and lack of identification with that gender?
I know most of you are probably not psychiatrist and even if you were would probably not be able to answer some of these questions without more information. But, if possible, I would like really really appreciate some opinions from anyone who may know more about asexuality than me.
Sorry for the long post and bringing up these awkward and personal problems, but I really would just like a little direction. Forgive the pun on my username, but I feel lost.
I hope all of my fellow DU's have a great Labor day! That said lets all take a moment to remember all of those who sacrificed their careers, freedom, health and even their very lives fighting for the American Labor movement and the rights we now take for granted. Heroes like those who died from the Pullman labor strike of 1894.
May their sacrifices never be forgotten.
And with that, I no longer feel like such an awkward noob anymore!!! Now I just feel like an awkward geek. So I guess that means all is right with the world.
I know I don't post much here in the lounge, but I just wanted to thank everyone for making this such a fun place to visit and the admins for making such a great site!!! I am now looking forward to my 10,000th post milestone!
With that, good night.....
/looks at clock
....errr make that good morning!
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