What I’m Reading, April 18, 2014

"MEGAMAN X STAGE 1" by fanboy-supermegaman [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)], via deviantARTThe angry fanboys, Ophelia Benson, Butterflies & Wheels, April 14, 2014

Feminism isn’t going away. Also? The last thing that would make it go away is condescending assholes calling it feminazi bullshit and threatening to rape all the feminists. All that does is show how desperately it’s needed.

Ron Paul Wants Tax-Exempt Status, But Doesn’t Want To Obey The Rules, karoli, Crooks and Liars, April 16, 2014

I just love the way conservatives want to have their cake and eat it too. Ron Paul’s organization, Campaign for Liberty, is being fined by the IRS because they insist on filing incomplete reports, but if you listen to him whine on Fox News, you’d think he was being persecuted, and horribly so.

When organizations file for tax-exempt status, they enter into a contract of sorts. That contract says they agree to file a form 990 each year, and if they receive donations in excess of $5,000, they will disclose the name of the donor. This part of their filing is not public, but they are required to disclose it.

In recent years, there has been a deliberate and concerted effort to do an end run around those filings by simply adding a statement at the end of their filing claiming they are not required to disclose large donors.

Secular Pro-Life Same Old Scare Tactics, Lilandra, The Ace of Clades, April 16, 2014

If I were to tell you that a purportedly secular anti-abortion group was engaging in the very same fear mongering and harassment of abortion providers that the largely Christian dominated pro-life groups do; would you be surprised?

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The group’s members have the appearance of fresh faced kids. Ex-Christians like myself or people with well meaning anti-abortion friends may be mistaking what they are doing with the mistakes we made as Christians. In my Christian past, I have actually given diapers and my daughter’s bassinet to a Christian pregnancy counseling center in hopes of helping women, who wanted to give birth and keep the child.

Looking back on it now, I was misguided. These groups main function is to guilt women with ultrasounds of their fetuses.

Photo credit: “MEGAMAN X STAGE 1″ by fanboy-supermegaman [CC BY 3.0], via deviantART.

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