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Posted on February 17 at 10:41 a.m.

The 'Bibles in Schools' is from a West Virginia Federal case: Peck vs. Upshur County Board of Education (I was going to post a link but the Independent isn't letting me. You'll have to use your search engine of choice)

"In elementary schools, the concerns animating the coercion principle are at their strongest because of the impressionability of young elementary-age children"

As for your 6 men being American Christians, I'm not sure Jessica Ahlquist would be so relieved.

On After-School Gospel

Posted on February 17 at 12:50 a.m.

I'd be bothered less if this were high school. The courts make a distinction between elementary and high school, and hold elementary schools to a higher standard for no proselytizing activity. Gideons can donate bibles to high schools e.g., but not elementary schools. Although other religions hasn't been tested in court to my knowledge, I assume the school policy would have to be open to all religions. A school in Buncombe County NC changed their policy about accepting religious books rather than accept donated Pagan books.

I think the fact that it's on school property, albeit 'after' school is bothersome. There must be plenty of non-school spaces they could rent for Christian kids to have their Christian activities. But they're not doing this for kids who are already Christian. They're trying to convert the rest of the kids.

On After-School Gospel

Posted on February 17 at 12:25 a.m.

Your 'six burly men' scenario was put to the late Christopher Hitchens.

Q: If you were in a strange city one evening and saw a few men coming toward you, would you feel more or less safe knowing they just came from a prayer meeting?

Hitchens: “Just to stay within the letter ‘B,’ I have actually had that experience in Belfast, Beirut, Bombay, Belgrade, Bethlehem, and Baghdad. In each case I can say absolutely, and can give my reasons, why I would feel immediately threatened if I thought that the group of men approaching me in the dusk were coming from a religious observance.”

On After-School Gospel

Posted on February 3 at 8:21 a.m.

If he was high on meth, then it wasn't an 'accident'.

On Truck Driver in Fatal Crash Was High on Meth

Posted on December 21 at 8:20 p.m.

I'm worried about the potential presidents who appear to think we'd be better off as a theocracy

I'm worried that so many people equate "not kissing Christianity's ass" with "mocking it".

I'm worried that the response to criticism of the role of religion in politics in this country is "Well, you should try Saudi Arabia!"

(and yes, that I'm worried about all that doesn't mean I'm not also worried about the suspension of Habeus Corpus)

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Posted on December 21 at 10:03 a.m.

"Perhaps Mates should move to Saudi Arabia and treat Islam as he does Christiany and see how welcome he feels there."

I'm pretty sure Mates understands that Saudi Arabia is a theocracy. What I don't understand is your point. In this country we have freedom of speech, even if that speech is used to analyze the role of religion in politics. So you think anyone who exercises that right should instead move to a theocracy where they can't?

It seems kind of like saying women who drive should try going to Saudi Arabia where they can't.

On UCSB Scientist Takes On Religion

Posted on July 18 at 1:20 p.m.

Cycling on sidewalks is not prohibited in the CVC, so it's up to local jurisdictions.
says: "Santa Barbara city law says you should not ride on a sidewalk", but laws don't usually use the word 'should'.
"Jurisdictions in Santa Barbara county prohibit riding on a sidewalks unless they explicitely say you can"

I'm not exactly sure what the wording of the law is in Santa Barbara (or Goleta or anywhere else). Usually there is an exemption for children.

But no matter what the law says, any cycling instructor will tell you that riding on the sidewalk faster than foot traffic is a very bad idea. Based on all the stats/studies I've seen, there are four things that will put you at significantly higher danger of getting hurt on a bike. In no particular order:

1) riding drunk
2) riding against traffic
3) riding on the sidewalk
4) riding without lights and reflectors when it's dark

The vast majority of cyclist fault incidents are due to one or more of those.

On Where to Ride My Bike

Posted on July 15 at 12:49 a.m.

"(and High-Tech Child Molesters)"



How exactly does a child molester make use of any of the data from me smart meter?

I think we need a version for Godwin's law for "Think of the Children!"

On Councilmembers Send Anti-Smart Meter Letter to Edison

Posted on June 3 at 1:33 a.m.

I was going to question your assumption that this was a Republican thing, because frankly I've seen some dumb stuff from Dems too, but you're right.

According to the vote:

And checking party affiliation:

It was along party lines, save one D voting aye (Burks).

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