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Anne Bonney, Pirate 
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Re: “Sex on campus

I'm in my 50's. I don't think I know a single woman who HASN'T been sexually assaulted at some point in her life. A great many of my friends and acquaintances have recounted incidents that took place in college or graduate school, not to mention high school.

Yes, my female friends and I talk about these things. Once I figured out that all the women I knew seemed to fall into this category, I paid more attention and began bringing the subject up. Sure, it's an unofficial, unscientific survey, but try it for yourself. See if you get a mere 20%.

That being said, the way colleges handle these incidents can be problematic, especially when the people involved live in the same dorm or take the same classes. I haven't studied the possible ways to handle it so I don't know what the answer is.

I do know, though, that refusing to send our daughters to college isn't a reasonable solution.

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Posted by Anne Bonney, Pirate on 09/25/2017 at 7:28 AM

Re: “American Atheists warn Arkansas school superintendents to reject classroom 'In God We Trust' displays

Vanessa, no lawsuit has been filed yet. Its letter said that people in Arkansas - members of American Atheists - asked the national organization for help with the issue. The Arkansas Society of Freethinkers is affiliated with American Atheists and there is membership overlap.

If suit is filed, the named plaintiffs will most likely be Arkansans who are willing to subject themselves (and possibly their children) to insults, threats, vandalism, and social ostracization by their neighbors. It is hard to find anyone who will endure that kind of treatment to enforce everyone's constitutional rights, but those brave people do exist.

American Atheists, like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, American Humanists, the ACLU, and other organizations that promote separation of church and state, will most likely fund the suit and help find the lawyers to handle the case. They benefit from the publicity and from the legal fees awarded to their lawyers for the work they do.

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Posted by Anne Bonney, Pirate on 09/08/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “American Atheists warn Arkansas school superintendents to reject classroom 'In God We Trust' displays

The Arkansas Society of Freethinkers supports and advocates for the separation of church and state, and opposes the Arkansas law that requires public schools to post "In God We Trust" in their buildings and classrooms.

Freedom of our conscience is the most precious freedom anyone can possibly have. It is enshrined in the First Amendment's Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, and Freedom of Assembly. It is enforced by the right granted by the First Amendment to petition the government to redress grievances.

Unless we have the ability to reject the things about religious belief that we disagree with - be it transubstantiation, predestination, the allegorical or literal nature of the Bible, or anything else - we do not have freedom of religion. Rejecting those religious beliefs we disagree with means that we can, if such seems appropriate to us, reject all religious belief.

Unless religious people have the power to reject each other's beliefs, they are not free to embrace their own. And unless non-believers are free to reject all religious belief without punishment, no one is truly free to reject any belief.

Our organization receives more complaints of violations of religious freedom in public schools than in any other setting. Most are corrected with a conference with school officials or a letter. We don't want to have to expend school resources on correcting these violations, but we will if necessary.

We are pleased that American Atheists have taken a stand to publicly object to the Arkansas state law directing the establishment of religion over nonreligion in Arkansas schools.

We invite our religious friends to join us in opposing the implementation of this law. Their religious freedom depends upon it.

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Posted by Anne Bonney, Pirate on 09/08/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Rapert's grip-and-grin for Commandments contribution

So, I just searched for his foundation on the IRS website, and it is not listed as a charity with the Internal Revenue Service. That means donations to the American History and Heritage Foundation aren't tax deductible.

I wonder if either the good Senator or his fervently religious lawyer know this?

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Posted by Anne Bonney, Pirate on 07/06/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “At press conference on 10 Commandments monument destruction, Rapert takes ACLU, Freethinkers, local media to task for 'fomenting hatred'.

This temper tantrum comes from the man who regularly blocks his constituents on social media and insults people who disagree with him. And we're the snowflakes?

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Posted by Anne Bonney, Pirate on 06/29/2017 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Wednesday's open line and news roundup

Robb Ryerse, who is running for Congress in Arkansas's 3rd District (challenging Steve Womack), did an AMA on Reddit today. He gave some impressively progressive answers for a Republican, although left himself wiggle room. Notably, he did not answer how he would avoid getting sucked into partisan hackery.…

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Posted by Anne Bonney, Pirate on 06/14/2017 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Terror: Why you can’t have your dog back

Heartbreaking on multiple levels. I'm glad he's getting better.

Posted by Anne Bonney, Pirate on 05/29/2017 at 9:52 AM

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