Wednesday, December 21, 2016

HISTORIC: Barack Obama Signed A Law To Protect Atheists

By David Chutlashvili

President Barack Obama has signed into law the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act. The new law protects atheists, humanists, antitheists and other freethinkers around the world from religious persecution. 

American Congress passed the international religious freedom bill protecting atheists, humanists, antitheists and other non-theists with overwhelming bipartisan support, and Obama signed the legislation into law last Friday, Dec. 16.

According to PATHEOS, the new law explicitly protects atheists, humanists, and other non-theists, and upgrades the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act. In particular, the new law states:

The freedom of thought, conscience, and religion is understood to protect theistic and non-theistic beliefs as well as the right not to profess or practice any religion.


The Act also condemns “specific targeting of non-theists, humanists, and atheists because of their beliefs” and attempts to forcibly compel “non-believers or non-theists to recant their beliefs or to convert.” 

Commenting on the new law, Caroline Mala Corbin, professor of law at the University of Miami, said:


"The new law has some really interesting language in it. It takes an expansive view of religious liberty, saying freedom of religion is not just about the right to practice religion. It is also about the right to have your own views about religion including being agnostic and atheistic."

President Obama was the first president to explicitly acknowledge nonbelievers in his inaugural address, so this seems to fit into his legacy vis-a-vis nonbelievers.

The American Humanist Association is celebrating the new law. In a press release the group explains the importance of the new, updated legislation:

"The persecution of openly humanist and atheist writers has become an area of increasing concern especially after the string of murders of secular bloggers and publishers by religious extremists in Bangladesh. The American Humanist Association, along with other international advocates for religious freedom, have also been critical of the flogging of secular writers in Saudi Arabia, as well as a Saudi law that equates atheism with terrorism."

In a statement, Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, said:

"The American Humanist Association is proud to see this historic legislation signed into law and looks forward to working with the US Department of State to ensure religious liberty for non-theists and religious minorities abroad. That non-theists are now recognized as a protected class is a significant step toward full acceptance and inclusion for non-religious individuals, who are still far too often stigmatized and persecuted around the world."

The recognition of atheists, humanists, antitheists and other non-religious freethinkers as a protected group is good news for international liberty and democracy. This step will strengthen freedom around the world. This step is a clear signal for undemocratic regimes. These regimes will well know that atheists, humanists, antitheists and other non-religious freethinkers are not "devilish," but they are an equivalent group, and this group has the right to be protected and recognized. 

Thank you, Mr. President! You were always a good human. 


President Barack Obama. Image via YOU TUBE


Saturday, December 10, 2016

American Christian Religious Leaders Met Up With Congress Members to Drive Satan Out of the “Halls of Legislation”

By David Chutlashvili

“If God rules in the halls of legislation, it’s the pulpit’s benefit of being there, being on site and standing up and speaking the law of God to our elected leaders and praying for them,” [Tennessee Pastors Network’s Dale] Walker said. “It’s been the absence of the pulpits is the reason why Satan has ruled in the halls of legislation.”

According to Patheos, Kistler also revealed that in addition to praying in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Capitol, pastors were given access to the U.S. Senate chamber by Rep. Louie Gohmert. In the senate chamber, he said, “we got on our knees. and it sounded almost like a labor room as people were crying out to God for the revival that Chaplain [Barry] Black believes is coming and that we believe is coming.”


“To do that in the Senate chamber was an absolutely astounding opportunity,” Kistler said, “and again it puts an exclamation point on the Senate chaplain’s assessment that revival is on the way and may indeed begin in the halls of Congress.” 



Secularism and separation of church and state are very important for any democracy. "Separation of church and state" is a phrase used by Thomas Jefferson. First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States explains: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." 

Thomas Jefferson understood very well how important Secularism is. But these pastors do not understand that. They do not want to understand that. They want what makes them richer and more powerful. And these very powerful people speak always "in the name of the people." They are incredibly powerful, but they cry always that they are "persecuted." They cry and scream so loud that we do not hear the voice of the really persecuted people. And that must have an end.



Cartoon via TRUTHDIG

Via Right Wing Watch

Friday, December 2, 2016

Mike Pence's Neighbors Are Covering The Street In LGBTIQ Flags


By David Chutlashvili

Many tolerant people in America do not love Mike Pence. Every reason for this hatred is clear and understandable: During his first run for Congress in 2000, Pence advocated for 'conversion therapy' to 'cure' homosexuals. And as governor of Indiana, he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which many have said allows business owners to discriminate against LGBTIQ people. 

RELATED: Vice Presidential Nominee Mike Pence Doesn’t Accept Evolution or Climate Change

Pence recently moved into a house in Chevy Chase, Washington D. C., where he'll remain until moving to the Vice President's official residence next year. Today Pence's new neighbors want to remind him of his past and his duty to protect the rights of LGBTIQ people. Pence's neighbors - these very good people protest against fanaticism, homophobia, and possible violation of human rights.

After hearing about her new neighbor, Ilse Heintzen decided to hang a flag from her house in solidarity with her gay friends. 

According to Distractify and WJLA Heintzen says that she managed to convince a few of the other houses on the street to follow her lead and that the protest is quickly taking off.

There are roughly a half-dozen pride flags hanging on the block, and many of the residents in houses without flags said they planned on joining in.  

Heintzen described the idea as “a respectful message showing, in my case, my disagreement with some of his thinking. She said: "I have no idea what he will think about, but I hope he will change his mind. This is one way that I can show my disagreement."

Mike Pence will always remember that his Electoral College not everything is and the majority of the American people is against homophobia and bigotry. 

RELATED: Mike Pence believes in creationism and he wants to teach that to kids


Images via YOU TUBE