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- Be publicly outed against your will or
- Have a stranger make some disparaging comments about you on Twitter without revealing anything about you personally
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I’m encouraged that the secular community did not swallow the kool-aid.I sincerely hope he is right in suggesting that something of value has been learned from the latest incident.
I’m encouraged that those accused did not lay down and cower against those horrendous charges, but fought back.
I’m encouraged that all that has been accomplished here, is that a certain segment of the community has been discovered to be nothing more than a cult.
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Due process is best defined in one word--fairness. Throughout the U.S.'s history, its constitutions, statutes and case law have provided standards for fair treatment of citizens by federal, state and local governments. These standards are known as due process. When a person is treated unfairly by the government, including the courts, he is said to have been deprived of or denied due process.I do not think it would be an understatement to suggest that our legal system rests on the fundamental notion of due process as defined by the U.S. Constitution and substantial case law. Our due process rights include some of our most basic rights (e.g., notice of legal proceedings, an opportunity to defend oneself, etc.), and the presumption of innocence may be the most basic of all.
But it does seem that some of the people who have been very vociferous about "innocent until proven guilty" actually know for a fact that sexual harassment and worse are taking place - because they're the one's doing it.I wonder if this means that most attorneys and judges, persons who presumably take due process quite seriously, are running around harassing people? No, of course not. And I doubt that either the commenter or Ophelia would make such a claim. And yet, the suggestion here that those who have dared to speak out in defense of some of our most basic rights might be doing so primarily because they are criminals is...well...disgusting.
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I am intrigued that the people most likely to proclaim that the United States is a Christian nation also tend to be those most responsible for perpetuating our status as the world's leading prison nation. They tend to support mandatory minimums, prefer expanding vice crimes, and seem to care little for correcting social conditions which breed crime. Do they see incarcerating their neighbors as the Christian thing to do?For reasons I'd rather not get into at the moment, I've been thinking a great deal lately about the damage done by our system of incarceration.
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My hope is to create a place where the non-believers stories can be published, in a completely safe environment, which doesn’t judge its participants in any way. This is an internet “safehouse” for those who fear coming out, an a place to share stories, freedoms and inspirations that atheism allows you. Those who publish their work here have the choice of remaining anonymous, or publishing their names in their articles.I think this is a valuable effort, and I hope it succeeds. Atheists living in religiously oppressive environments need a voice, and it is not always feasible for them to start their own blog like some of us did. By setting up a site and a submission form, Martin is making the process easier.
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However, he’s been told he will have to say an oath with the phrase “so help me God” in order to graduate — no substitutions allowed.According to Mehta, the Air Force intends to require Bise to say these words in order to complete his transition. Fortunately, the American Humanist Association is trying to help Bise. This is clearly a church-state issue. As Hemant notes,
No one would force a Christian soldier to pledge an oath stating “God doesn’t exist” and no one should force an atheist to do the opposite.Requiring Bise to take this oath without omission or substitution seems like a clear violation of separation of church and state. And while I agree that this is important and applaud the American Humanist Association for their effort, I'd like to come at the issue from a different angle here. Instead of focusing on the illegality of the oath, I'd like to encourage those reading this to put themselves in Bise's shoes and imagine what his experience or the experience of someone in similar circumstances would be like.
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Many people said they would be willing to take these young adults in their own homes if necessary — to help them break free from their religious families, or help them escape unwanted arranged marriages, or to help them get a real education. But how could they find each other? Thus, r/AtheistHavens was born. The idea was to provide a central place where volunteers could advertise their offers to house, feed, and otherwise help young atheists who had nowhere else to turn.Those who are willing to open their homes to an atheist teen in distress can post their location and the sort of help they are able to offer. That allows teens in need to contact those in their area who have created such a listing.
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From Fox News to the Weekly Standard, neoconservatives have tried to paint terrorism as a largely or exclusively Islamic phenomenon. Their message of Islamophobia has been repeated many times since the George W. Bush era: Islam is inherently violent, Christianity is inherently peaceful, and there is no such thing as a Christian terrorist or a white male terrorist. But the facts don’t bear that out.
So it's a he said, she said situation.No, no it isn't that at all. Calling it a "he said, she said" situation implies that there are two equally valid points of view and the whole thing is just a difference of opinion. This is not the case here. As many of us listed on the Atheism+ Block Bot have explained (and as Mason himself appears to be at least somewhat aware), the issue is that we are being put on a list he publicly described as a list of abusers in spite of the fact that we have not abused anyone.