Arguments Against Interracial Marriage Identical to Arguments Today

Mediaite offers a list of ten quotations and challenges you to figure out which ones were made against interracial marriage and which were made against same-sex marriage. It’s pretty tough because the arguments are almost word for word the same. To wit, a statement from the ruling in State v Jackson, MO in 1883:
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Atheist Discrimination at the Post Office?

A German company that makes shoes for atheists — yeah, I don’t really get the connection either — noticed that a lot of the packages they sent to customers in the United States were getting lost in the mail, so they decided to do a little experiment and found that packages marked with tape that said “atheist” on it were far more likely to get delayed or lost.
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JoMo Gets Press Coverage in the UK?

It’s been many years since I’d heard anything about Joseph Mastropaolo, an annoying young earth creationist troll who shows up on blogs promoting science, demands that you debate him and then declares you a “debate dodger” (he used to keep a list online) if you don’t. I can’t imagine why the Guardian decided to give him this attention.
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Perkins: ‘Revolution’ if Court Backs Marriage Equality

The dire predictions from the wingnuts should the Supreme Court allow gay people to get married continue to pour in, though I suspect Tony Perkins thinks it would be a good thing if the revolution he says will occur actually happens. He went on — where else? — the Janet Mefferd show and spouted this:
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Erickson: Help, Help, We’re Gonna Be Repressed!

Erick Erickson, who is genuinely one of the biggest assholes on the planet, climbs up on his rooftop and screams for the whole world to hear, “Help, help, we’re being going to be repressed if gay people are allowed to get married!” Pastors thrown in jail, churches disbanded, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!
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CNN’s Story on Todd Stiefel

Dan Merica of CNN’s Belief Blog did a story about Todd Stiefel, the young philanthropist from North Carolina who supports many worthy secular, atheist and humanist causes. The headline calls him the “money man behind atheism’s activism,” but he’s much more than that. He’s really become an important leader and thinker as well.
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Support ReasonFest, Get a Book

ReasonFest, the second largest free conference for atheists and skeptics, is coming up in April and they could use some help with the fundraising. So I’ve decided to help out and offer some books to those who donate $25 or more. I get sent so many books that I’ll probably never have time to read and they might as well get some use. So anyone who donates $25 or more will get their pick of the following books, on a first come, first served basis. Just leave a comment on Paypal that you came from this blog and Michaelyn will forward your name and email address to me.
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Brown: We’ll Pass FMA if Supreme Court Rules Wrong Way

Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage is nothing if not an eternal optimist. He’s sure that the Supreme Court is going to rule against marriage equality, but if they don’t do that he says they’ll just go ahead and pass the Federal Marriage Amendment to the constitution. This is from the Steve Deace show:
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A Remarkable Exchange in the DOMA Case

There was one rather remarkable exchange during the oral argument on the DOMA case between Justice Kagan and Paul Clement, representing the House Republicans in defending the law. Clement was arguing that Congress had a firm rational basis for passing the law, but Kagan quoted the House report on the passage of the bill:
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Massie: Godless Liberals Try to Destroy Easter

From the people who brought you the widely acclaimed War on Christmas, it’s the War on Easter. Apparently, we “godless liberals” are waging a war we didn’t even know we were in. And Mychal Massie, one of the Worldnutdaily’s columnists, throws lots of absurd rhetoric and ahistorical claims at it:
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