Rating right up there with safety warnings of remove child before folding stroller closed, and always avoid picking up chainsaw by the wrong end, is an admonition by a church group in Great Britain planning a Nativity play for the public but first must ensure that the actress portraying the Blessed Virgin Mary dons a crash helmet in case she falls off her donkey, as reported by both Metro.co.uk (of London, England) on Dec. 8, 2013, and News Corp Australia on Dec. 10, 2013 (Australia is one day ahead of the United States).
Did you hear the one about the skinny accountant who could bench-press 500 pounds? Me neither. Watch your stereotypes, but having grown up Jewish in a predominantly Jewish community and attending a high school that was 90% Jewish, I’m here to tell you that the chosen people are — how to put this tactfully? — not known for their pugilistic prowess.
Obamacare may be “settled law” and, therefore, inviolate, but other laws apparently aren’t as ironclad. Take HB 308, aka the Merry Christmas Law, signed into law in Texas earlier this year by Gov. Ricl Perry. The law makes it permissible for students and staff at schools in the Lone Star State to say “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” and similar holiday greetings.
Instead of reflecting on what was seemingly a knee-jerk reaction to cancel the football season in the wake of racist graffiti aimed at one of the players that is looking more and more like a hoax, Lunenburg Public Schools Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes defended her decision in a lengthy, defensive statement posted yesterday, eagerly “reminding” people that there is still racism being investigated at the school.
Can we all agree on this? If you’re writing a column on, say, a First Amendment issue, you should do some research–not enough for a doctoral thesis or even a legal brief, but, say, enough to demonstrate you have an understanding of the issue beyond the most casual of observers. Is that really too much to ask?
Apparently so for Daily Beast columnist and occasional MSNBC contributor Sally Kohn. She has offered her audience a piece at the Daily Beast titled: “When Religion and Liberty Collide,” and subtitled: “How right-wing conservatives are using the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case on contraception to force their religious views on the nation.”
Maybe the school’s decision to ban a student from posting flyers promoting a prayer event held every year at public schools across the nation wouldn’t seem so egregious if the administration took the same position with regard to all postings. The fact, however, is that they allowed another student to put up flyers promoting a performance by rapper Lil’ Wayne with the words “Good Kush [a type of Cannibis] and Alcohol,” suggesting a double standard.
A veritable death sentence has been handed down on a number of American citizens via the cancellation of their health insurance policies per the Affordable Care Act, as reported by LifeNews.com on Nov. 28 and 29, 2013.
Radical environmentalists and militant animal-rights activists have been accused of neo-paganism owing to their preference for the well being of flora and fauna over that of fellow humans.
First there was Barack Obama, the bio. Published by Scholastic, the slender tome was written for fourth-graders of all ages and proclaimed that “white voters would never vote for a black president.” The authors’ weak predictive powers did not prevent the book from becoming required reading under the Common Core standards.
Now, another book has emerged, this one depicting Obama as Obama sees himself — as a demigod with the capacity to perform superhuman feats, such as slowing the rise of the oceans: in short, as a messiah.
“Standard Sharia Law punishment for adultery for a woman is slowly stoning her to death…”
On Nov. 28, India Today published a list compiled in Egypt of some of the more puritanical Islamic fatwas issued during the presidency of now-deposed leader Mohamed Morsi.
During Morsi’s brief stint as president, the Muslim Brotherhood and the equally violently straight-laced Salafists issued blatantly anti-women fatwas on a regular basis.
So you think you know what Hanukkah is all about? Think again. What most people (even Jews) know about Chanukah is either wrong, half the story, or laden with legends. Despite what you may have been told, the meaning of the holiday is not “Let’s come up with a holiday around Christmas time so Jewish kids have something to do at the end of December” (although a liberal Rabbi did try to tell me that over the weekend).
Admission: It has become increasingly harder for this 2008 Housing-Bust-and-subsequent-Great-Recession-ravaged South Carolina Gamecock now roosted atop Stone Mountain of Georgia, to be thankful during the anemic so-called recovery brought to America by Obamanomics.