Chrysanthemums and God...An Atheist's Perspective

I love fall. I’m a sucker for the changing leaves, the first chill in the air, hot apple cider, Halloween, corn mazes, college football, hay rides and pumpkins.And then there are chrysanthemums…the official flowers of fall.I must confess that chrysanthemums threaten me, assaulting my confidence as a gardener. Their voluptuous blooms of gold and purple and deep red flirt with me from the garden center aisles at Lowe’s, offering to bring stunning fall beauty to my front porch for just $3.97 a pot....more

Are Feminists Violating the First Amendment by Claiming that Vulgar Slang Harms the Female Population?

  I am a Feminist. I am also a Republican. I am a Republican because I believe in a capitalist society and economy and I play into it with my feminist views because I want women to be able to climb up to the top of the social or fiscal food chain and run what they want to run....more

Separation Of Church And State

I am an agnostic.  My family is Mormon.  My husband is a Hindu who came to the U.S. for grad school.  Within this spectrum of religious and cultural identities is the beauty and promise of the American dream; we are a nation of diversity and opportunity.  We are a pluralistic society, one in which every individual’s religious and cultural identity should be respected.  The strength of the United States is in the promise of tolerance for the entire spectrum of humanity. ...more

Jesus' Birthday Censored!

http://momsoffaith.com/2011/12/jesus-birthday-censored Please click the link above for the column on Hott Flashes! Thanks!...more

Illinois Gets Same-Sex Unions, Catholic Charities of Illinois Jumps Ship

Today, Catholic Charities of Rockford, Illinois got out of the adoption and foster care business.The reason?Today, same-sex couples in Illinois have the right to enter civil unions -- marriage-like partnerships providing them with many of the rights and responsibilities available to opposite sex couples in the state. Because they didn’t want to work with same-sex couples, Catholic Charities bowed out of child welfare work altogether....more
Well put!!!  You are right on the money.!!!  The Catholic Charities can not have their cake and ...more

High School Makes Cheerleader Root for Alleged Rapist by Name! (UPDATED)

In 2008, Silsbee High School football and basketball star Rakheem Bolton allegedly raped a fellow student and cheerleader known as HS with the help of two friends at an after-game party. When her rapist came up for a free throw in a basketball game, the cheerleader, known as HS, refused to cheer for Rakheem by name. Yesterday the Supreme Court denied review of the cheerleader's appeal. ...more

The more things change the more some things stay the same.

I worked heavily years ago with ...more

UCLA Woman's Racist Video Rant Goes Viral

When I started seeing tweets and Facebook updates mentioning a “Ching Chong” YouTube video, my first thought was, Oh no, not Rush Limbaugh again! Even more disappointing, this time the remarks are being made by a young woman at one of California’s top universities —- UCLA student Alexandra Wallace. I really debated about whether I should write about this or not, as I don’t want to give these racist antics any more publicity. But, the Internet ethics it brings up are just too important to ignore. ...more
With luck, she'll never find one and this video will haunt her to an early grave. @HomeRearedChefmore

Testifying Fetuses and the Denial of Free Speech

I've written a lot about abortion and reproductive rights lately, but that's only because in their zeal to fix the economy, certain legislators have focused on curtailing abortion and reproductive rights since keeping women pregnant and in the home will open new jobs for men. I guess. Whatever the case is, the latest series of ludicrous bills seem to touch on the right to free speech. If you are a person who agrees that abortion should be illegal, you can say whatever you want, even if you are not a sentient being who can speak. However, those of us who feel that women should decide for themselves whether or not they will carry a pregnancy to term are increasingly being silenced. ...more
While you are absolutely entitled to your opinion and to your free speech on the issue of ...more

The 1st Amendment, Hate and Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church

By now, you probably recognize some of those hateful messages from Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church. In 2006, Phelps and his followers displayed those lovely signs and more while picketing the funeral of fallen Marine Matthew Snyder. Yesterday, ruling on the lawsuit against Phelps and his church filed in response, the Supreme Court upheld the church's right to protest in an 8-1 decision. ...more

Jehovah's Witnesses instigated court decisions in 1942 which involved cursing a police officer ...more

Courageous Journalism Allows Us to Get the Real News from Egypt

Imagine that one day you're watching CNN and a breaking news story comes on saying that Diane Sawyer, anchor of ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer, has suddenly quit.  In an interview, Sawyer says the reason she quit was because ABC was demanding, via the White House, that she read a story at the beginning of every newscast that says citizens are rioting in the streets of New York and the National Guard must be called in to restore order. The problem is the streets of New York are quiet. ...more