Oh, Now, We Took it Back Too Far

July 22, 2016

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Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president last night, you may have heard. And you may have literally heard because he yelled the whole thing. Yoni Applebaum at The Atlantic notes the glaring difference between Trump's speech and all other modern GOP nominees': Trump never made himself out to be a man of God, but implied that the All Powerful was he, alone:

I am your voice, said Trump. I alone can fix it. I will restore law and order. He did not appeal to prayer, or to God. He did not ask Americans to measure him against their values, or to hold him responsible for living up to them. He did not ask for their help. He asked them to place their faith in him.

Ed Kilgore says the Christian Right has "surrendered" to Trump:

They do mostly refrain from claiming that Trump — who has not been able to bring himself to admit the need for divine forgiveness — is himself a man of faith, though the Christian Right warhorse tried to suggest he was a "Baby Christian" who had only recently found God. But for the most part, they implicitly treat him as the Scourge of God (as Attila the Hun was once described), a pagan sent to smite the wicked. 

As Sarah Posner just tweeted: "[Tony] Perkins and [James] Dobson finally endorsed Trump last night. But they were submitting to him, not placing their imprimatur on him." 

Just in time for the recovery you so badly need after more than 70 minutes of Trump yelling things, CFI brings you Reasonable Talk Season 2, kicking off with Lindsay Beyerstein's presentation on Trump's relationship with the truth: "On Bullshit." 

Sadly unsurprising: Turkey is "temporarily" suspending its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights. 

The NBA has announced that it is pulling its 2017 All-Star Game out of North Carolina due to the egregious anti-LGBTQ "bathroom law."

Kavin Senapathy, who will be at both our upcoming conferences (Women in Secularism and CSICon), shows us that Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop.com store sells lots of products containing many of the "toxins" she regularly rails against. 

Stuart Vyse revisits the Kitty Genovese "bad Samaritan" murder, which is the subject of a new documentary which reexamines the event and its implications for the behavior of bystanders. 

Five members of the Ansarullah Bangla Team are indicted for the murder of Oyasiqur Rahman, the Bangladeshi secular blogger who was killed about a month after Avijit Roy. 

Pakistan Senator Farhatullah Babar says that free expression in the country is "being curbed on the pretext of national security, so-called morality and contempt of court."  

British Columbia's Human Rights Tribunal will hear a complaint about the religious coercion of mandated attendance with Alcoholics Anonymous.

Atheists get an apology after being denied porta-potties

Quote of the Day

Being old, I can't help but hear Trump's "I alone can fix it" line and recall the band Live and its song, "I Alone," which features some appropriate lyrics:

I alone love you

I alone tempt you

I alone love you

fear is not the end of this! ...

oh, now, we took it back too far,

only love can save us now  

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