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Sep 08 2013

At last, a convincing argument

This week on our local Christian talk radio show, they had a guest discussing the recent court case in New Mexico where the state supreme court ruled that a photography business could not claim a First Amendment right to discriminate against gays. (And by the way, the guest also had a book to sell.) Like …

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Aug 13 2013

More on the cost of religion

Via Ed’s blog comes this report of volunteers at a crisis pregnancy center lying to women. For several minutes, a CPC employee told horror stories about the dangers of being on birth control, saying she typically tries to talk women out of using it. She likened birth control to “tremendous dosages of steroids,” and belittled …

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Jul 21 2013

Small government? How small?

Thought for the day: Jesus said, “You must be born again.” Is that why so many legislators are trying to push the government into women’s vaginas?

Feb 02 2013

Mayberry Machiavellis

While I’m currently snowed under (literally and figuratively), here’s some interesting reading, from Religion Dispatches, on George W. Bush’s first “faith czar,” and his praise for Obama’s faith-based initiatives. John J. DiIulio, the first director of George W. Bush’s White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, has taken to the Washington Post to laud President Obama’s …

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Jan 02 2013

New year, same old hate

The Catholic Church in England has issued a broad denunciation of child abuse, including child sexual abuse, and called for a full investigation of any individual or organization involved in systematically molesting children or aiding and abetting in such molestations. Or wait, I read that wrong. The real evil they want to combat, according to …

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Dec 05 2012

Clay County schools lose a good man

The Florida Times-Union reports that the Clay County school district has lost an unusually talented superintendent. Ben Wortham closed his office door behind him last week ending a 43-year journey that has taken him from the classroom to superintendent of Clay County schools… Three weeks after he became superintendent in 2008, the state cut the …

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Nov 26 2012

Religious right to meddle

The Conservative Hideout is all up in arms about what they call a “war on Christians.” Notice that there seems to be a war on Christianity under way? Well, the folks at Hobby lobby have noticed, as they went to court to escape the the ObamaCare regulations that require them to provide coverage for the …

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Nov 16 2012

FFRF files suit against IRS

The Washington Post reports that the Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing the IRS for selectively failing to enforce laws against political advocacy by non-profit organizations. The lawsuit argues that the IRS is not enforcing the federal tax code, which prohibits tax-exempt religious organizations from electioneering. Not enforcing it is a violation of equal protection …

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Nov 12 2012

Vatican vows to fight equality

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Vatican is determined to fight to limit marriage exclusively to heterosexuals, calling the privileged status of heterosexuals “an achievement of civilization.” “It is clear that in Western countries there is a widespread tendency to modify the classic vision of marriage between a man and woman, or rather to try …

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Nov 08 2012

Good news from Kansas

Hutchnews.com reports more good election results: Democrat Carolyn Campbell of Topeka won a second, four-year term on the State Board of Education in Tuesday’s election in the 4th District of northeast Kansas. She defeated Republican Jack Wu of Topeka. Jack Wu moved from California to Kansas to attend the Westboro Baptist Church, and was running …

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