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Jesus and the Antichrist are black & God wants apartheid

Sat, 2017-08-19 02:21

By Barry Duke

As the solar eclipse of 2017 draws closer, those of a religious bent appear to be getting a tad loonier than usual.

Pictured above is Ben Gabar Israel, right, of the Israel United in Christ Church which has recently established an branch in Las Vegas, and pastor Gene Kim of San Jose Bible Baptist Church – and, as America grapples with the problem of white supremacists, these two nutjobs have added some radical thoughts to the mix.

“Officer” Ben Gabar Israel claims in this report that “Christ was a so-called Black man that looks like us”, and that “so-called Black people, Caribbeans, our people are scattered throughout the world – so-called Hispanic and Native American Indians. Those are the 12 tribes of Israel.”

And if you’re not a member of those tribes, you’re not welcome at Israel United in Christ. And if you’re gay, don’t even think about joining.

He says only certain races are welcome to worship at the church, and added:

The most high God was never about bringing everybody together. He was always about separation.

The church has been accused of being anti-white and anti-Semitic. “Officer” Ben Gabar Israel insists that he and his followers are the “true’ Israelites “according …read more

Read more here:: http://freethinker.co.uk/2017/08/19/jesus-and-the-antichrist-are-black-god-wants-apartheid/

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: God Bless Chechnya For Killing Gays

Fri, 2017-08-18 12:21

By Kyle Mantyla

  • Catherine Davis of The Restoration Project say that CNN is “a propaganda machine operating to take America down from within. Like [William Randolph] Hearst they are starting a war based a false narrative of race baiting and hate. This time, however, the war may destroy America if their yellow journalism is not stopped. We must resist this propaganda maneuver lest America fail.”
  • CBN, the White House’s favorite propaganda outlet, interviews Trump’s daughter-in-law, who assures everyone that the president “doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.”
  • David Lightsey explains why “making food choices based upon the junk-science of evolution is misguided.”
  • Don Boys insists that “Lincoln’s War of Northern Aggression against the genteel southland was not to free the slaves as Lincoln admitted, but he used it later as a ‘sales job’ to prosecute the war. Taxes, tariffs, and states’ rights to nullification were the original reasons brother fought brother with over 600,000 dead.”
  • Finally, Theodore Shoebat applauds reports that gay people are being arrested and killed in Chechnya: “I don’t know how accurate this report on Chechnya killing sodomites is, but if its true, all I can say is God bless Chechnya for this.”

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Read more here:: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/right-wing-bonus-tracks-god-bless-chechnya-for-killing-gays/

Right Wing Round-Up: Unraveling Our National Fabric

Fri, 2017-08-18 12:21

By Kyle Mantyla

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Grown-up chimps are less likely to help distressed friends

Fri, 2017-08-18 11:10

By Sam Wong

There, there! Adult chimpanzees are less likely than younger ones to console their companions in times of distress. The finding raises questions about how the capacity for empathy changes with age in our closest relatives – and us.

When a chimpanzee gets upset, perhaps after losing a fight, companions will often sit with them and provide reassurance by kissing, grooming or embracing them.

The same is true of young children. By age 2, children typically respond to a family member crying by consoling them in a similar way.

We know chimpanzees have personalities: individual differences in their behaviour that are consistent over time. But it was unclear whether their empathetic tendencies are part of their personality, and whether they change over time.

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Supernova’s messy birth casts doubt on reliability of astronomical yardstick

Fri, 2017-08-18 11:04

By Shannon Hall

The exploding stars known as type Ia supernovae are so consistently bright that astronomers refer to them as standard candles — beacons that are used to measure vast cosmological distances. But these cosmic mileposts may not be so uniform. A new study finds evidence that the supernovae can arise by two different processes, adding to lingering suspicions that standard candles aren’t so standard after all.

The findings, which have been posted on the arXiv preprint server1 and accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal, could help astronomers to calibrate measurements of the Universe’s expansion. Tracking type Ia supernovae showed that the Universe is expanding at an ever-increasing rate, and helped to prove the existence of dark energy — advances that secured the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.

The fact that scientists don’t fully understand these cosmological tools is embarrassing, says the latest study’s lead author, Griffin Hosseinzadeh, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “One of the greatest discoveries of the century is based on these things and we don’t even know what they are, really.”

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Malaysian Police Official: Atheists Have To Stop Causing Anxiety Among Muslims

Fri, 2017-08-18 11:00

By Hemant Mehta

Earlier this month, a picture of an Atheist Republic gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia went viral, leading to a government crackdown. This is a nation that, in theory, celebrates the freedom of religion, but those rules don’t apply to Muslims who leave their faith — and certainly not to Muslims who become atheists. Government officials wanted to know if there were any ex-Muslims in that picture because they could be fined or prosecuted.

Shahidan Kassim, a minister in President Najib Razak‘s Cabinet, even said on camera that atheists in the country must be “hunted down,” because their lack of religion amounted to illegal thought crimes.

Now the Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar has weighed in with even more idiotic advice. He just issued a warning… to atheists.

Stop hurting the feelings of Muslims.

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Trump’s first list of science priorities ignores climate—and departs from his own budget request

Fri, 2017-08-18 10:55

By Jeffrey Mervis

President Donald Trump has translated his campaign promise to “make America great again” into his administration’s first blueprint for federal investment in science and technology.

The White House today issued a four-page memo telling federal agencies that their research dollars should be focused on delivering short-term dividends in strengthening national defense and border security, the economy, and “energy dominance,” as well as improving public health. It says achieving those goals should not require additional spending, and that agencies should focus primarily on basic science, and then step aside as quickly as possible to let industry pursue any results that show commercial promise.

The memo, written jointly by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), is an annual reminder of the administration’s research priorities sent to agencies before they submit their next budget request. Those requests are due next month for the 2019 fiscal year that starts in October 2018. (Congress has yet to act on the budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which begins 1 October; most observers expect lawmakers to extend current spending levels well into the new fiscal year.)

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Donald Trump And Roy Moore Launch A New Raft Of Spurious, Anti-Muslim Claims

Fri, 2017-08-18 10:00

Liz Hayes

Wall of Separation

It’s been a week of pants-on-fire-level, anti-Muslim rhetoric: Days after a U.S. Senate candidate made ridiculous claims about Sharia law being implemented in the American heartland, President Donald J. Trump recirculated a widely discredited trope about brutal war-time treatment of Muslims.

Both claims earned the top “Pants on Fire” rating from the fact-checking website PolitiFact. And both claims only served to stoke anti-Muslim sentiment as the country is still reeling from the hate-filled events in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.

anti-Muslim sentiment, Muslim Ban, Donald J. Trump, Roy Moore, Alabama, anti-Sharia laws, Bridge Initiative


Kentucky Gov. Links Charlottesville Violence To Removal Of Bible Study From Schools

Fri, 2017-08-18 09:21

By Miranda Blue

In a radio interview on Tuesday, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin linked the recent violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, to the removal of Bible study from public schools, saying that the removal of “things that are biblically taught from society” is correlated with “the kind of mayhem” we saw in Charlottesville.

Bevin spoke on Tuesday with West Virginia radio host Tom Roten about the Charlottesville violence and efforts to remove Confederate monuments from public lands, which Bevin said was a “sanitization of history” that he “absolutely” disagrees with.

Bevin said that removing these monuments sets “a dangerous precedent” that we’re “not allowed to talk about certain elements of our history” and amounts to “revisionist history.”

He then appeared to allude to efforts to remove statues of Roger Taney, the Supreme Court justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision, as part of a slippery slope set by removing Confederate memorials. (Although Bevin did not name names, a statue of Taney was recently removed in Annapolis, Maryland.)

“At what point—If somebody happened to have been a judge and something was erected in their honor but they happened to have one ruling one time that somebody’s offended by, is that worthy of …read more

Read more here:: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/kentucky-gov-links-charlottesville-violence-to-removal-of-bible-study-from-schools/

Lance Wallnau: God Made The Stock Market Fall Because Business Leaders Insulted Trump

Fri, 2017-08-18 09:21

By Kyle Mantyla

Right-wing preacher Lance Wallnau streamed a video on Periscope yesterday in which he declared that the stock market had fallen yesterday because God was punishing business leaders who had insulted President Trump.

Wallnau was outraged by the fact that several business leaders had resigned from presidential advisory councils in protest of Trump’s comments in the wake of the violence that had occurred at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, which ultimately forced Trump to disband the councils entirely.

“They insulted the president and his base,” Wallnau declared. “It doesn’t surprise me [that] the stock market had its first setback today. That’s not a coincidence. That’s not a coincidence, that’s a prophetic response to the uprising and insult that came from these CEOs.”

“When those CEOs mocked Trump and made this a political issue, the judgment would come where their pocketbooks are,” he continued. “How fast does God sometimes settle accounts.”

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Read more here:: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/lance-wallnau-god-made-the-stock-market-fall-because-business-leaders-insulted-trump/

Breitbart Editor Faults Mainstream Media For Putting Heather Heyer’s Murder ‘Front And Center’

Fri, 2017-08-18 08:21

By Jared Holt

In an interview with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Breitbart News’ SiriusXM program this morning, Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow faulted mainstream media for making the murder of Heather Heyer at a white supremacist protest in Virginia “front and center” in their news coverage, and joined Kobach in attacking media outlets that criticized Republicans for remaining silent about the attack.

On the August 18 episode of “Breitbart News Daily,” Marlow faulted cable news for what he viewed as an insufficient amount of coverage of the terror attacks in Spain yesterday and an excessive amount of coverage of Heyer’s murder at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“You have to go to a site like Breitbart if you want to actually know the facts about it,” Marlow said of the attacks in Spain. “This is not front and center. What’s front and center is one death that was horrible over the weekend because it suits the media narrative.”

Marlow also said Republicans who were quick to make statements denouncing the white supremacy on display at the Unite the Right rally last weekend were playing a “deceitful, lying game where there’s never going to be a winner on …read more

Read more here:: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/breitbart-editor-faults-mainstream-media-for-putting-heather-heyers-murder-front-and-center/

After Charlottesville Violence, Alt-Right Plans Another Weekend Of Hate

Fri, 2017-08-18 08:21

By Melinda Warner

The deadly violence that enveloped Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend when white nationalists rallied in support of preserving a statue of Robert E. Lee in a public park has not deterred the racist Alt-Right from planning similar rallies across the country in the coming months. Several events were planned for this weekend, but only one is moving ahead, what organizers are calling the “Second Boston Free Speech Rally.”

The “Free Speech Rally” organized by the “free speech absolutionists” at Boston Free Speech Coalition has been plagued by problems almost since its inception. Despite holding the first “Boston Free Speech Rally” in May, naïve organizers have stumbled around the permit process and struggled to stay on message—particularly difficult in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville.

On August 14, ADL wrote of the planned event:

Unlike Charlottesville, the Boston event, as currently planned, is not a white supremacist gathering. It has been organized under the auspices of the alt lite, which embraces civic nationalism, rather than the alt right, which advocates white nationalism…The alt lite, sometimes referred to as the New Right, is a loosely-connected movement whose adherents generally shun white supremacist thinking, but who are in step with the alt …read more

Read more here:: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/after-charlottesville-violence-alt-right-plans-another-weekend-of-hate/

Michael Snyder Wants To Take Over The GOP And Fill Congress With ‘InfoWars Candidates’

Fri, 2017-08-18 06:21

By Kyle Mantyla

Michael Snyder, a radical Religious Right prepper pundit who is among the Republicans candidates running for Congress in Idaho for the seat being vacated by Rep. Raul Labrador, is a kindred spirit of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and a regular guest on his radio program.

During an appearance on Jones’ show earlier this week, Snyder said that part of his reason for running is to help spread the InfoWars message, insisting that if Jones’ listeners would vote in Republican primaries, the movement could literally take over the GOP and Congress.

The movement needs to “educate people,” Snyder said, and “that’s what you guys are doing every day with the show and that’s a big part of the reason I’m running because we need people to run—some will win, some will lose—we need people to run all over the country or else we’re going to get bad people into office. But a big part of running for office is educating people, because when you run for office, you get a platform. And whether you win or lose, you’re going to talk to thousands, if not ultimately millions of people for the bigger campaigns, and people are going to hear the …read more

Read more here:: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/michael-snyder-wants-to-take-over-the-gop-and-fill-congress-with-infowars-candidates/

Myeloproliferative neoplasms – an overview and my experiences

Fri, 2017-08-18 04:21

By Jesse Luke In 2014 I was diagnosed with a type of myeloproliferative neoplasm. Since that time I have sought many treatments, and experienced many setbacks. Science-based medicine has kept me alive to write this post. Here I pass along some of my knowledge and experience regarding these rare cancers. …read more

Read more here:: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/myeloproliferative-neoplasms-an-overview-and-my-experiences/

24 British politicians write to Pakistan demanding repeal of laws against blasphemy

Fri, 2017-08-18 04:21

By Rachel Taggart-Ryan

As Pakistan celebrates its 70th anniversary as an independent state, 24 British politicians, led by Labour MP Siobhan McDonagh, have written to the Pakistani government urging it to repeal its divisive and devastating blasphemy laws, which have been used widely to persecute humanists and religious minorities. Humanists UK, which is part of the End Blasphemy Laws coalition, has welcomed the letter.

Siobhan McDonagh, also chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Ahmadiyya Muslims, stated that the Pakistani government has consistently committed discriminatory acts against minority religious groups, including ‘denying religious freedom, harassing, violently persecuting’, and sometimes, carrying out death sentences. The letter also states that the current use of these laws stands in ‘painful contrast’ to the vision of Pakistan’s founders.

Blasphemy laws were first introduced into what is now modern-day Pakistan in 1860 by the British during the period of colonial rule in India and continue to form part of Pakistan’s law after the creation of the country in 1947 following the partition of India, which was marked by widespread religious violence. Under the military government of General Zia-ul Haq in the 1980s these laws were expanded to encroach on the freedom of belief …read more

Read more here:: https://humanism.org.uk/2017/08/18/24-british-politicians-write-to-pakistan-demanding-repeal-of-laws-against-blasphemy/

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: God Doesn’t Want You To Watch Game Of Thrones

Thu, 2017-08-17 11:21

By Kyle Mantyla

  • It appears as if there is a coordinated campaign from anti-LGBTQ Religious Right organizations to fight back against outlets that identify them as SPLC designated hate groups.
  • David Barton explains that President Trump can be impeached for anything that Congress considers to be bad behavior: “Anything that Donald Trump does that 51 percent of the House thinks is bad for him to have done, yeah, they can do an impeachment for him.”
  • Something to think about from Jim Denison: “Would you want your parents to watch you as you watch the nudity and violence depicted on ‘Game of Thrones’? Your heavenly Father sees all that you see.”
  • FRC’s Tony Perkins is “calling the nation to prayer and reconciliation.”
  • Finally, it looks like the English soccer team SunderLand AFC is not too pleased that Dave Daubenmire has been using their stadium as the backdrop for his unrelenting bigotry.

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Read more here:: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/right-wing-bonus-tracks-god-doesnt-want-you-to-watch-game-of-thrones/

Right Wing Round-Up: Trump Has Emboldened White Supremacists

Thu, 2017-08-17 11:21

By Kyle Mantyla

  • Michael Keegan @ Huff Post: Trump Emboldened White Supremacists—And Now They Know He Has Their Back.
  • Warren Throckmorton: James Robison: Are We Going to Rip Amazing Grace from Hymnal Because John Newton Was a Slave Trader?
  • Ken Meyer @ Mediaite: Trump Revives Unfounded Gen. Pershing Pig Blood Story in Reaction to Barcelona.
  • Elliot Hannon @ Slate: Trump’s Lawyer Peddles Pro-Confederacy Talking Points Email, May Literally Be Your Racist Uncle.
  • Colin Kalmbacher @ LawNewz: SCOTUS Justice Gorsuch To Address Conservatives At…Trump International Hotel.
  • Univision: “We killed 6 million Jews, 11 million (undocumented immigrants) is nothing,” a KKK leader tells Univision News.
  • Aaron Rupar @ Think Progress: Maine governor: Removing monuments to slavery is ‘just like’ destroying 9/11 Memorial.

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Read more here:: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/right-wing-round-up-trump-has-emboldened-white-supremacists/

2017 Total Solar Eclipse: Everything You Need to Know

Thu, 2017-08-17 11:06

By Jeanna Bryner and Denise Chow

On Monday, Aug. 21, the Great American Eclipse will give those in the United States a rare sight — the moon will slip in front of the sun, blocking the rays from hitting Earth and resulting in a gorgeous solar eclipse for those in the path of totality, from Oregon to South Carolina, and a partial one for those outside that path. The U.S. won’t be privy to such a view until April 8, 2024, when those in North American will be able to see the total solar eclipse.

To help you prepare for a fun and safe eclipse-viewing, Live Science has compiled everything you need to know, from where to watch, how to watch and the science behind the event.

What is a solar eclipse?

About every 18 months, the moon, sun and Earth are perfectly aligned and the moon casts a shadow over Earth. Just a small portion of our planet falls within the center of that shadow (the path of totality), while other spots see a partial solar eclipse. Every two to five years, on average, Earthlings are treated to a partial solar eclipse in which the moon, sun and Earth aren’t exactly lined up. Though spectacular, solar eclipses are pure coincidences, astronomers say.

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Texas Bathroom Bill Dies Again, Raising Republican Acrimony

Thu, 2017-08-17 11:00

By David Montgomery and Manny Fernandez

AUSTIN, Tex. — A bill to restrict which bathroom transgender people can use in public buildings and schools died in the Texas Legislature on Tuesday evening, a rare defeat for social conservatives in a state they usually dominate.

The failure of the so-called bathroom bill at the end of a special legislative session was the second time in three months that the bill had fallen short, and it deepened the ideological discord within the Texas Republican Party. But it did not kill the issue entirely.

The Republican lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, who pushed for the bill’s North Carolina-style restrictions on transgender bathroom use, virtually guaranteed that the issue would arise again in future legislative sessions. And it is still possible that Gov. Greg Abbott, who supported the bill, will recall lawmakers for a second special session to give the bill another chance at passage.

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CEOs Are Abandoning Donald Trump, But His Evangelical Advisors Are Staying Put

Thu, 2017-08-17 10:55

By Hemant Mehta

Earlier today, in response to Donald Trump‘s support of white nationalist groups and his bizarre Nazi-approved press conference, the Council on Strategic and Policy Forum chose to disband. This came after several members of Trump’s Council on Manufacturing left independently and put pressure on other members to do the same. Trump later announced he was ending both councils anyway… even though one was already disbanded.

It’s heartening to know that CEOs are either listening to the Americans who denounce Trump’s bigotry or at least felt it was more harmful to their companies to stay onboard than leave the council.

But there’s one group of people still not leaving Trump’s side: His Evangelical Advisory Board.

Jerry Falwell, Jr., the head of Liberty University who’s been a Trump supporter since early in his campaign, celebrated Trump’s “bold truthful” statement about Charlottesville. (Which one? The first one which denounced “many sides”? The second one which was read off a teleprompter? Or the third one where he took back his condemnation of the alt-right and neo-Nazis?)

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