Arkansas Law Forces Women Seeking Abortion to Call "Pro-Life" Hotline
It's another unnecessary obstacle.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Trump loyalist who voted to overturn the election, requested before the House Judiciary Committee that each meeting begin with the Pledge of Allegiance as a way to share “a great, unifying, patriotic moment” with the colleagues he helped beckon a mob on.
Committee chair Rep. Jerry Nadler was quick to say he doesn’t have time for it.I proposed that we begin each meeting of the House Judiciary Committee by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Democrats just said "no." said it's "unnecessary."
If only Gaetz cared to defend the Constitution as much as he pretends to defend the flag…
Arkansas lawmakers are so eager to take away women’s reproductive rights that they’ve pushed a bill through without considering how they’ll pay for it. Earlier this week, Rep. Jim Dotson and the Republican-dominated legislature passed a bill that will force women to call a “pro-life” hotline before having an abortion. The Heath Department estimates developing and funding the hotline will cost between $4-$5 million, which wasn’t written into the bill.
The bill itself does not include any funding for the Health Department to create the hotline, nor does it fund the creation or expansion of any services for pregnant women or mothers.
If they really cared about abortion prevention and wanted to get their money’s worth, they’d punch the numbers on comprehensive sex education and free access to birth control.
Somewhere, the people at Pure Flix are furious they didn't think of this marketing campaign first.
An infant baptism like the one seen in the video below has killed a baby. The Romanian priest who performed the torturous ritual is facing manslaughter charges.
The 6-week-old was rushed to the hospital where he later died of cardiac arrest. An autopsy found he had fluid in his lungs.
I don’t want to hear another word about what we atheists do to babies.
White evangelicals just lost a major platform with the cancellation of Lou Dobbs on the Fox Business Network. Pastor Robert Jeffress was a regular on Lou Dobbs' Conspiracy Theory Power Hour.
Roy Speckhardt is stepping down from his post as the executive director of the American Humanist Association after 15 years. We wish him luck in future endeavors and we’d especially like to amplify his parting wishes for the organization:
Being at the helm of such an organization as the AHA, whose mission is so critical to our times and whose influence far outstrips its size, was the greatest honor of my life, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to step down and make room for new leadership. It is my emphatic hope that my seat is filled with a Black or Brown humanist because our movement has gone too long without such diversity at the helm and this would open the door for the AHA to truly achieve its potential as a humanist and anti-racist institution.
An interesting opportunity for people who walked away from religion:
Toronto journalism student Jonathan Bradley has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario claiming he was fired from the Ryerson University campus newspaper for his Roman Catholic faith. More specifically, Bradley is under the impression that his faith gives him freedom from consequences after publicly spewing homophobic and transphobic rhetoric.
Finally, E.W. Jackson, a right-wing radio host whom you probably hadn’t heard about until you started reading The Friendly Atheist, gave us a special shout-out on his show yesterday.