July 2009

From thisislondon.co.uk:

Organic produce is no better for health than conventional food, the Government’s Food Standards Agency announced today.

Their report, after a 12-month study based on 50 years of research, says the benefits of chemical-free vegetables, fruit and meat have been overstated.

The findings could be a major blow to the £2billion-a-year organic food industry which has been hit by the recession.

From tampabay.com:

A Hillsborough public policy group whose Christian platform included a push for a state ban on gay marriage has embraced a new attack on an old target: the separation of church and state.

Ten billboard advertisements against what activist Terry Kemple called the separation “lie” are being put up across Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Seven or eight of the billboard messages already are in place, and the rest will be by the end of this week, Kemple said.

For the next six months, they’ll be seen a million times a day, said retired businessman Gregg Smith, who rented the ad space for $50,000.

The message, as explained on www.noseparation.org, is that “America’s government was made only for people who are moral and religious.”

FiF regular, Len Gumley, spoke with CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield about Walter Cronkite during a July, 19 2009 CNN segment.

From CNN:

It’s hard to imagine walter cronkite as a young, up-and-coming journalist.

But that’s exactly how Len Gumley remembers him. He is the former manager of CBS News studios in New York.

He shared his memories with Fredricka Whitfield on Sunday.

Former President Jimmy Carter has announced that he is leaving the Southern Baptist Church after sixty years because of its treatment of girls and women.

[It was an] unavoidable decision when the convention’s leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be “subservient” to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.

This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries.

At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.

Read Carter’s full statement here.

Finally, some atheist pareidolia:

From Sarasota Herald-Tribune:

Alcohol sales are found to be technically against the law on Saturdays

The Amazing Meeting 7 is being streamed live.

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