America Catches Up to Marriage EqualityToday is perhaps the second most significant day in the U.S. for marriage egalitarianism under the law. The first day was when the Supreme Court of the US struck down DOMA, a federal act that barred the federal government from recognizing gay marriages performed in states that allowed same-sex marriages. In the years since that decision, many conservative states have passed local bans on same-sex marriage. Conservatives even managed to slip Proposition 8 through in California (a measure that was later trounced). Nearly all of those bans have been challenged, and the majority were thrown out as unconstitutional by lower courts. Today, the Supreme Court of the US has ruled that all bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, and that marriage is a universal right (and leads to many other rights) that are subject to the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. No state may abridge those rights. This has now opened up marital rights to the entirety of the United States.America Catches Up to Marriage Equality by PyrrhusiVictoria
Reflections for PosterityBack in 1860, when the most contentious debate in the USA was over slavery, and half the country was getting ready to secede (although only 7 states actually had the balls to go through with it), people said and did a tremendous amount of really stupid shit. I often wonder, 150+ years later, how those fools would sound today making such ridiculous arguments to preserve slavery forever (Article 1, Section 9(4) of the Confederate Constitution, in case you think I'm exaggerating about "forever": No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.)Reflections for Posterity by PyrrhusiVictoria
In the spirit of preserving idiocy as lesson for posterity, I have decided to save some of the better comments made today in defense of stripping gay people's rights. And by "better", I mean dumb as fuck. Ah, if only the Victorian age had an internet...
Do you really think God approves and there will be no c
I want everyone to understand my autism.I just want everyone in Deviantart to understand my autism. Anyone stop call me a retard. I'm not a retard, I'm smart. I did take care myself. If they don't understand my autism, they'll get over it. They will understand my autism. That all I wrote to this journal. I hope you all understand my autism.I want everyone to understand my autism. by klokateer666
Ridiculously anti-Semitic Sunday school playRight now I am driving around the western U.S. with :iconlookatmylittleponeh: It has been pretty fun so far.Ridiculously anti-Semitic Sunday school play by bcollins39302
Anyways I saw a bale of hay in a semi truck trailer and that reminded me of these lyrics from a song in a play when I was in Sunday school bashing religions that use idols saying "Bale of hay! You might as well worship a bale of hay" and I told her about having to sing it in church when I was like 8 or something.
Then I was curious so I googled "You might as well worship a bale of hay" and got results for a play called Good Kings Come in Small Packages. I then watched a youtube video of Sunday school kids performing it and holy shit it is so anti-Semitic I can't even stand it.
At my church we didn't wear big noses and glasses (Nazi caricatures of Jews), and I was 8, and didn't really know much more than the average 8 year old, so I did not see it at the time.
The play is largely about baby Jesus being born and rejected by the Jewish clergy.
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11 rules of earth.1. Do not give opinions or advice unless you are asked.11 rules of earth. by n0-username
2. Do not tell your troubles to others unless you are sure they want to hear them.
3. When in another’s lair, show him respect or else do not go there.
4. If a guest in your lair annoys you, treat him cruelly and without mercy.
5. Do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal.
6. Do not take that which does not belong to you unless it is a burden to the other person and he cries out to be relieved.
7. Acknowledge the power of magic if you have employed it successfully to obtain your desires. If you deny the power of magic after having called upon it with success, you will lose all you have obtained.
8. Do not complain about anything to which you need not subject yourself.
9. Do not harm little children.
10. Do not kill non-human animals unless you are attacked or for your food.
11. When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.
Stop Pretending to be Shocked by TransgenderismTransgender individuals (which is to say, individuals who do not identify with their assigned physical gender, and may, at some point decide to reassign their physical gender to match their gender identity) have been around for a very long time, despite the fact that people have recently been more consumed by discussions of sexual orientation. It took an Olympic-champion-turned-reality-star to come out publicly as transgender before the nation decided to face the issue.Stop Pretending to be Shocked by Transgenderism by PyrrhusiVictoria
And not surprisingly, the peanut gallery is squawking loudly about how gross and unnatural it is for a male to become a female.
If this is you, then consider this your wake up call to stop being shocked by it. There's nothing unnatural about transitioning gender, and in fact, at least half the people complaining are themselves sexually transitioned. Of course, I could go on and talk about all the animals in nature that function as both male and female, or I could discuss species of fish who actua
The Comprehensive Guide to Debating: Part 1Full title: The Comprehensive Guide to Debating Theists, Religious Fundamentalists, Religious Apologists, Conspiracy Theorists, New-Agers, Believers in the Paranormal, and other Dogmatists. Part One.The Comprehensive Guide to Debating: Part 1 by AmericanDreaming
My Aim Here
This guide is intended to outline and explore the strategies, tactics, pros, cons, and limitations of debating, whether on the internet or in person. My concern here is primarily with debating dogmatists, from the standpoint of scientific skepticism, because the dogmatist, whatever form they might take, is making a truth claim. Arguments over truth claims are fundamentally different than arguments over morality or social utility, for example. The claim that Jesus was resurrected and will one day return to Earth, or that the apparent design of the universe necessitates a creative intelligence, or that bodies of extraterrestrials are being kept at area 51 are direct truth claim
Only in AmericaOnly in America: Gay Americans received full constitutional personhood just five years after corporations did!Only in America by PyrrhusiVictoria
You can watch the rest on Stephen Colbert's new video
Finally!If you haven't yet head this, gay marriage is now legal in all states in the US.Finally! by JaliosWilinghart
I have nothing more to say, than this has been a victory for love, humanity, and equality, and its been a long wait for that.
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