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Ben Affleck on Real Time with Bill Maher

*mic drop*

Brilliant response by Ben Affleck on Real Time with Bill Maher this weekend. Such an important point, made also by Karima Bennoune when she said, “Muslims are much more likely to be victims of fundamentalist violence than its perpetrators.” Her full talk: When people of Muslim heritage challenge fundamentalism » 

Or Zak Ebrahim when he spoke about being raised on hatred and violence, but choosing a peaceful path. He said, “I stand here as proof that violence isn’t inherent in one’s religion or race, and the son does not have to follow the ways of his father.” His full talk: I’m the son of a terrorist. Here’s why I chose peace »






Do not test Reza Aslan.

We must train and retain our ability to listen and process critically.

Reza will no longer take your shit.

Commentators: but hold hold hold, I think what bill and bibi are saaaaying is….

Reza: Stupid. what they’re saying is stupid. this conversation is stupid. quit being fucking stupid.



I support Israel, but what Senator Cruz did was outrageous and incendiary. He showed a true lack of sensitivity for the people he was speaking to, especially the religious leaders who were there. It was a political speech, inappropriate and, overall, an uncomfortable moment… He was speaking to people outside of the building. It was a willful and deliberate confrontation, and very self-serving.
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) in response to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) telling a group of Arab Christians at a summit in Washington D.C., “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you.” Cruz was met with an angry response from the crowd and later left the stage amid continued jeering and booing, citing ‘antisemitism’ for the incident.



A Yazidi member of the Iraqi Parliament collapses in tears after begging colleagues and the world to save Yazidis, an ethno-religious group with roots in Zoroastrianism, from ISIS.

WashPo: Islamic State seizes town of Sinjar, pushing out Kurds and sending Yazidis fleeing

Al Jazeera: Iraqi Yazidis: ‘If we move they will kill us’

(video via @LizSly)



My faith teaches that if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him but rather love him as yourself… Every major faith tradition on the planet charges its followers to treat others as we ourselves wish to be treated. I don’t know what good there is in faith if we can’t and wont turn to it in moments of human need.





This is perfect.




This is perfect.


(Source: treerings-sing)



Hobby Lobby makes clear that all persons—human and corporate, citizen and foreigner, resident and alien—enjoy the special religious free exercise protections of the [Religious Freedom Restoration Act].

Attorneys for two Guantanamo Bay detainees have filed an emergency application, invoking the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobbyfor a temporary restraining order to bar military officials from preventing inmates from participating in communal prayer during Ramadan.

h/t TexasWomensCoalition



The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter whether or not you think homosexuality is a sin. Let me say that again. It does not matter if you think homosexuality is a sin, or if you think it is simply another expression of human love. It doesn’t matter. Why doesn’t it matter? Because people are dying. Kids are literally killing themselves because they are so tired of being rejected and dehumanized that they feel their only option left is to end their life. As a Youth Pastor, this makes me physically ill. And as a human, it should make you feel the same way. So, I’m through with the debate. When faced with the choice between being theologically correct…as if this is even possible…and being morally responsible, I’ll go with morally responsible every time.



anchor-and-hope said: Opening up a can of worms. Here we go: Blast me for being a man, but your "response" to that post is just "idiotic." Of course there are other uses for birth control. But get it through your biased skull that Hobby Lobby OFFERS BIRTH CONTROL COVERAGE and is only objecting to IUD's and "morning after" alternatives. Please quit acting like these, or birth control in general have existed forever, aren't a luxury and are some how an inane right. It's idiotic.

1. The post you’re referring to wasn’t a response to the Hobby Lobby case. It was in response to an “article” posted on Facebook that told women they should just stop having sex, AKA the “stop being a slut and making everyone pay for it” argument.

2. Thanks, but I know the facts of the Hobby Lobby case and I’ve never tried to claim otherwise. My “biased skull” understands that they object to “drugs and devices that end human life after conception.” Therefore my “biased skull” understands that the Greens (owners of Hobby Lobby) and their allies don’t understand how the so-called “morning after” pill or IUDs work. At all. Personally I don’t believe that a woman’s access to contraceptives should be in any way affected by their employer which is what the ACA attempts to protect against.

3. The Hobby Lobby case is not really about religious freedom, but about corporate personhood. The question before the court is whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which was designed to protect individuals can be applied to for-profit companies.

4. As the UN and other international organizations have established family planning is a human right. This is not only a health issue, but an economic issue. When woman have access to birth control and other family planning tools they are healthier and more economically stable.



1. More than two in three (68%) women voters say that corporations should not be able to exempt themselves from the requirement of covering prescription birth control in their health plans if they object to contraception on religious grounds. More than half of women characterize their opposition to this exemption as strong.

2. Women voters’ strong feelings about corporations not being exempt from the birth control provision is grounded in a solid and durable rejection of the broader argument that corporations should be exempt from any law because of their religious beliefs.

3. Women voters identify an array of reasons for why they oppose
religious exemptions for corporations on the birth control provision, including concerns about employers’ interference in personal decisions, the limits of corporate rights, and the practical implications such exemptions would have on women in their daily lives.

4. Consistent with other public polling, women voters are overwhelmingly supportive of the provision of the ACA that health plans cover preventive services with no additional copay, including birth control. On these two points, the consensus is so strong that a majority of women in every major demographic and attitudinal group agree, including Republicans.

A newly released study commissioned by Planned Parenthood found that women overwhelmingly disagree with the idea that corporations should be exempt from covering contraceptives because of religious beliefs. (via)