Pensacola Man Harasses AHA Attorney Over Church-State Cross Case

Pensacola Man Lou Cobb Harasses AHA Attorney Over Church-State Cross Case

Following a decision earlier this week that deemed a cross in Pensacola was an unconstitutional establishment of religion on taxpayer-funded public space, a man took to Facebook to harass one of the attorneys that argued for the cross’ removal. Lou Cobb – who identified himself as a Christian to local media – explained that after he learned of the decision he […]

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The GOP Health Care Bill: Anticipating Unanticipated Consequences

Medicare for All - Single-Payer System

These are horrific political times. It’s hard not to be depressed–every day, it seems, we wake up to a new assault on what we thought were American values, new evidence of deplorable behaviors and attitudes we thought we’d left behind, new efforts to roll back hard-won progress. But. We need to remind ourselves that the turbulence and upheaval we see […]

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Mississippi Religious Liberty Bill HB1523 To Become Law

Mississippi HB1523

Despite at two lawsuits filed to stop it, Mississippi HB 1523 (also known as the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act”) may become law thanks to a federal appeals court ruling this week. The bill enables legal discrimination against same-sex couples, transgender men and women, and any unmarried couple who engages in sexual relations outside the boundaries of marriage. […]

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Why Democrats Lose: It’s All About Turnout

voter id, voter suppression and voting in the elections

Many Americans are convinced that gerrymandering–while admittedly a bipartisan offense–  has operated since 2011 to given Republicans power vastly disproportionate to their vote margins. (If you don’t believe that, read Ratf***ked). I for one am thrilled that the Supreme Court will take up the issue during its coming term, and I’m cautiously optimistic that the new statistical and analytical tools […]

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Atheist Doc ‘A Better Life’ Has Screened in 100 Cities: Lessons from the Road

A week ago Sunday in Pensacola, Florida, Chris Johnson presented his documentary, A Better Life, to Humanists of West Florida for his 100th screening and film discussion, about two years after debuting the film in London on May 2, 2015. The documentary is part of a larger project, composed of a “trinity” if you will, which started as a photography […]

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Trump: Making The AIDS Epidemic Great Again

HIV / AIDS

Throughout his short time in office, Donald Trump has done everything in his power to harm efforts to combat HIV/AIDS. These concerns began the during the inauguration when the digital transition not only removed all existing non-partisan information on AIDS awareness from the White House website, but also failed to keep the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) page active. […]

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Truth Or Power: The Sinking Republican Party Ship

GOP Crazy Train - the Republican Party is broken conservative

One of the very few (inadvertently) positive outcomes of Trump’s election has been an eruption of public soul-searching by thoughtful Republicans. Pundits like David Brooks, Jennifer Rubin, David Frum and Michael Gerson have cut through the dissembling and hypocrisy of Congressional Republicans, and haven’t hesitated to point out the consequences of electing a spectacularly naked “emperor.” A recent column by […]

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Hate, not Economic Despair: Trump’s Rural American Victory

Muslim xenophobia

As I noted yesterday, sociologists and historians tell us that economic insecurity and inequality provide fertile soil for racial and cultural resentments. Economic stresses don’t create those resentments, however. Like everything else, economic conditions are experienced through a cultural lens–that is, how we interpret economic circumstances and react to them depends upon the value structures and worldviews of the people doing the interpreting. When […]

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GA GOP Candidate Karen Handel Attacks LGBTQ Adoption Rights

Karen Handel

On the day before the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, the Republican party’s efforts to elect Karen Handel are taking on new life from using Obama’s voice out of context to attack Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff to using the shooting in Arlington to demonize all Democrats as violent and dangerous. Adding to that hyperbolic campaigning is a fundamental policy […]

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