Our Rights Are Not Derived From God



During patriotic holidays, as July 4th is here in the U.S., I often here people, politicians mostly, jabbering about how our rights are from some God – usuallyof course the Judeo-Christian version of the same. Even when I was a believer, i found that an odd thing to say simply because any grade schooler knows exactly where our rights, at least in the U.S., are derived. I realize that politicians, and yes, even some pundits on television, pander to the general public but is it really necessary to give credit for basic human rights to an invisible diety? The question has always been, for me at least, is why does the United States get these special rights that no other country have?

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They’re Not Rocket Scientists



I’ve always thought it was curious that people would commit an illegal act, have a friend record it, and then post it online, with their face visible to anyone. I’m sure many of us have seen the short clip of the woman in a grocery store, taking out a container of ice cream, removing the lid, licking the contents, then placing the lid back on a replacing the container in the freezer. Now it looks like she may have been identified and the penalty (state) for a conviction? A minimum. of 2 years in prison with a maximum sentence of 20 years. That seems harsh but the issue is contaminating food, on purpose, possibly causing harm to others.

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”Mini-AOC” Accounts Deleted After Numerous Death Threats




It appears now, according to something I saw online, via Twitchy, that the mini-AOC account has been deleted due to the number of  death threats the family had been receiving. Yes, death threats to a 8 year old girl for a parody of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, a member of Congress. Personally, I found the short videos cute and sometimes even funny because I thought they represented well the mind of the member and of course it was all in good fun, right? On the other side though, I don’t think much of any parent using their young child in that manner.

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Why Do the Far Left Hate Quillette?




The title of this post is a question I’ve asked myself for a while. I’m a semi-regular reader of the site and to be perfectly upfront, as a conservative. I find the attacks against the online magazine without merit. What I have seen, is a lot of different articles and essays on various topics that range from history, to psychology and sociology, to physical science, and of course, politics. There’s a varied list of authors and I don’t actually believe I would be able to determine, in general, the ideology of any authors. Of course there are some that seem to lean to the right, as well as there are those that may lean left; Overall though, I think Quillette provides a venue for various points of view on a multitude of topics. It’s why I enjoy the site as I do.

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What Atheists Don’t Say



I recently watched ta video (embedded at the end of this) titled, Atheists – Never Say THIS.  I liked it in general, but I do have to say I had a couple of problems with it, in that at least one of the examples presented – in fact the first – I have almost never heard anyone say. Maybe it’s because I’m not on social media all the time, or that I don’t attend Atheist conferences. I’m not sure, but I do know that what he spends a lot of time on at the beginning, is not something I’ve regularly heard any atheist say.

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