Sunday June 7, 2009 – Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet – Napoleon Bonaparte

PIECING TOGETHER THE MURDER OF DR. GEORGE TILLER: RIGHT-WING VIOLENCE REARS ITS HEAD

By AlterNet Staff, AlterNet

Tiller was the target of vicious on-air attacks by Bill O’Reilly. Could the murderer have been inspired by O’Reilly’s rants?

http://www.alternet.org/reproductivejustice/140373/piecing_together_the_murder_of_dr._george_tiller%3A_right-wing_violence_rears_its_head/

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CONSERVATIVES ARE WAGING A WAR ON EMPATHY — WE CAN’T LET THEM WIN

By George Lakoff, AlterNet

Conservatives are trying to redefine empathy as irrational personal feeling. In fact, empathy is the basis of our democracy and must be defended.

http://www.alternet.org/story/140362/conservatives_are_waging_a_war_on_empathy_–_we_can%27t_let_them_win/

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THIS WEEK IN GOD: CONSERVATIVES ATTACK THE CAPITAL

By Steve Benen, Washington Monthly

Also from the God Machine this week: a disgraced priest, Sotomayor and religion, and Liberty University.

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/140360/this_week_in_god%3A_conservatives_attack_the_capital/

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry must find a leader for the State Board of …

Fort Worth Star Telegram – Fort Worth,TX,USA

That didn’t really settle anything, because many people who back the teaching of evolution say creationism and intelligent design are religion, not science. …

http://www.star-telegram.com/242/story/1405686.html

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Civility and the New Atheists

Discover Magazine – New York,NY,USA

… and immensely important book Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design, which exposed the true religious nature of the ID movement. …

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/2009/05/31/civility-and-the-new-atheists/

Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design ~ Barbara Forrest

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Gay Marriage: for Better or for Worse?

According to Eskridge and Garver, Denmark began allowing gay civil unions in 1989. Ten years later, the heterosexual marriage rate had increased by 10.7 percent. Norway did the same in 1993, and a decade later the heterosexual marriage rate had increased by 12.7 percent. Sweden followed suite in 1995, and ten years later the heterosexual marriage rate had increased by 28.7 percent. And these marriages were actually lasting. During the same time frame, the divorce rate dropped 13.9 percent in Denmark, 6 percent in Norway, and 13.7 percent in Sweden. So, we may probably dispense with the Dobson Theorem. But how did Dobson get this relationship so wrong in the first place?

Gay Marriage: for Better or for Worse?: What We’ve Learned from the Evidence ~ William N. Eskridge Jr.

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AU @ctivist:: Church & State – June 2009 Issue is Now Online

Monday, June 1, 2009

http://www.au.org/media/church-and-state/archives/2009/06/

Americans United for Separation of Church and State http://www.au.org/

Americans United (AU) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.

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North Alabama preacher charged again with sexual abuse News msnbccom … and more

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) -

A north Alabama preacher who is a convicted sex offender has been arrested on a new charge accusing him of sexual abuse with a boy …

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30949594/

Monterey Diocese settles sex abuse case for $1.2M

San Jose Mercury News – CA, USA

Court documents say the attorney and another priest met with the victim’s other and told her the abuse was the “sort of thing that happens to a lot of …

http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_12485189

Man Files Suit Alleging Sex Abuse By Priest In Wethersfield

Hartford Courant – United States

Under state law, victims of child sexual abuse have until their 48th birthday to sue their alleged abuser. The complaint alleges that the man was sexually …

http://www.courant.com/community/news/hfd/hc-sexabuse-archdiocese529.artmay29,0,5434013.story

Priest-abuse case closed

Cincinnati.com – Cincinnati,OH,USA

There were 400 submitted claims of priest sex abuse tracing back decades and 252 victims received awards up to $1 million, said attorney Bob Steinberg, …

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090528/NEWS0107/905290359/Priest-abuse+case+closed

New Priest Sex Abuse Lawsuit

Newsradio 620 Milwaukee Wisconsin …

New Priest Sex Abuse Lawsuit.
By Amy Freeze
Story Created May 29 2009.

Story Updated May 29 2009. The Milwaukee Archdiocese is hit with another sex abuse …

http://www.620wtmj.com/news/local/46457067.html

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three thousand words

Mikhaela Reid
Metro Times (Detroit)
May 25, 2009
Paul Berge
Q Syndicate
May 26, 2009
Chan Lowe
Sun-Sentinel
May 28, 2009

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