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Apr 18 2014

Rios: We Didn’t Thank God Enough in Boston

Wednesday was the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing and a service was held in memory of it. Sandy Rios bizarrely thinks that they didn’t thank God enough for protecting us from the bombing being worse, so now her repulsive God may just let something much worse happen to teach them a lesson:
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Apr 18 2014

Allen: Obama ‘Desecrates’ Easter Prayer Breakfast

As soon as I saw that President Obama had asked Gene Robinson, the openly gay former Episcopal bishop, to deliver the closing prayer at the annual Easter prayer breakfast, I couldn’t wait to see the Christian right losing their minds over it. Jeff Allen, come on down:
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Apr 18 2014

Rush Blames Obama for Kansas Shootings

You knew that it was only a matter of time before some wingnut blamed President Obama for the former KKK leader who went on a shooting spree at two Jewish centers in Overland Park, Kansas. And the odds were pretty good that it would be Erik Rush who did it. And here you go:
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Apr 18 2014

Hobby Lobby Owner Develops Bible Curriculum

Steve Green, the owner of Hobby Lobby, has developed and begun to implement a Bible curriculum for public school classrooms. He’s got a school district in Oklahoma a few miles from the company’s corporate headquarters that is going to start teaching this curriculum next year:
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Apr 18 2014

What Carl Sagan Taught His Daughter About Life

Sasha Sagan, daughter of the late, great Carl Sagan, has an article in New York magazine about how her father taught her about the nature of life and death with the humanity and sense of wonder that made him such a treasure to so many of us over the decades.
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Apr 18 2014

Even Atheists Distrust Atheists?

Hemant calls attention to a new study from Will Gervais, a psychologist at the University of Kentucky who has focused much of his scholarly attention to atheism and atheists. That study finds that people will jump at the chance to view a bad person as an atheist even in the absence of any evidence of that — and that atheists do it too! The abstract:
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Apr 18 2014

How to Handle a Bigoted College Speaker

Unhinged bigot Peter LaBarbera recently spoke at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and a group of pro-equality students there gave a textbook example of how you deal with such a speaker without violating their free speech rights or the right of other students to hear him speak. Kate Geiselman, one of the students who led the effort, tells the story:
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Apr 18 2014

FOIA Suit Over Regnerus Study Continues

One of the interesting stories regarding that terrible Mark Regnerus study on gay parenting is a lawsuit filed by John Becker against the University of Central Florida over their refusal to comply with an open records request for documents on how the study came to be published. Becker has a report on how that case is going at Bilerico.
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Apr 18 2014

Louisiana Refuses to Repeal Unconstitutional Sodomy Law

In 2003, the Supreme Court overturned all state anti-sodomy laws in Lawrence v Texas, making them unenforceable. But the Louisiana state legislature is insisting by a better than 2-1 margin that they keep their law on the books anyway because…well, who the hell knows why.
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Apr 18 2014

Liberty Counsel Helps Set Up ‘American’ Clubs in Schools

Matt Barber has Christian Reconstructionists writing for his new website and now Liberty Counsel, the organization he works for, is helping students set up “American Clubs” in secondary schools. What are American Clubs? Groups set up by the Institute on the Constitution, which is also run by Christian Reconstructionists and white nationalists.
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Apr 18 2014

The Peter Makes Himself a Martyr

Anti-gay bigot extraordinaire Peter LaBarbera is making a bid for martyrdom, getting himself arrested at the University of Regina in Canada for handing out anti-gay literature. He had previously been briefly detained while crossing the border, but was allowed to enter to give a lecture.
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Apr 18 2014

Oh, Lee Duigon

Lee Duigon, the Christian Reconstructionist now writing for Matt Barber’s new site BarbWire, thinks we’re afraid of him. He also thinks we give a damn what he thinks is or is not a sin. Don’t you love being told what it is you believe or fear? I know I do.
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Apr 17 2014

Arpaio Gives Interview to Anti-Semitic Paper

In the completely unsurprising news of the day, fascist Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is more than happy to give interviews to far-right, conspiracy-mongering, anti-Semitic websites like American Free Press. Right Wing Watch reports:
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Apr 17 2014

Donohue’s Delusions

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League — really just an angry, red-faced guy with a P.O. Box and a fax machine who likes to put out press release — is a bit delusional. The Catholic Church has no problem with priests abusing children anymore. “I don’t know of a single institution which has less of a problem” with sexual abuse than the Catholic Church, he said in this interview. Wow.
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Apr 17 2014

Russian Anti-LGBT Demonization Leads to Violence

It’s been clear for some time now that Russia’s harsh anti-gay law passed last year is creating an atmosphere that encourages violence against gay people and that the Russian government has little inclination to protect them from it. Right Wing Watch quotes human rights activists on the nature of that atmosphere:
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