Gay Conservatives and Duck Dynasty

We saw how the theo-conservatives rushed immediately to the defense of the Duck Dynasty douchebag’s bigoted and ignorant statements. But what do gay conservatives think about it? Turns out they’re divided on the subject, which should be a surprise to no one (at least no more surprising than the fact that there is such a thing as a gay conservative).
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No, Edward Snowden Should Not Come Back

I’ve heard a lot of people, including some of the alleged liberals in Congress (I’m looking at you, Mark Udall) make the argument that if Edward Snowden really thinks he was a legitimate whistleblower, he should return to the United States to stand trial and make the argument that what he did was in the common good. But as Trevor Timm points out, it’s an argument he wouldn’t even be allowed to make.
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The Humanist Interviews Hemley Gonzalez

Mike Kuhlenbeck has an interview with Hemley Gonzalez in The Humanist that is worth reading despite its flaws. Gonzalez is a guy who went to work in one of Mother Teresa’s homes for the poor in Kolkata, India and was so appalled by what he saw that he decided to start his own organization to do that work more effectively. Unfortunately, the interview focuses almost solely on saying bad things about Mother Teresa and not on the positive things Gonzalez is doing. The introduction is about the only place that’s even mentioned:
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An Incredible Story of ‘Witches’ and Hope

Our four Pathfinders just finished a few weeks at one of the camps for accused witches set up by Leo Igwe and other humanists, this one in Ghana. Wendy Webber has a remarkable blog post about the experience that is simultaneously appalling and moving. Like blasphemy accusations in so many countries, witchcraft accusations are often made for ulterior motives:
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Atheism, Homelessness and False Hope

You may well have seen this column by Chris Arnade, a physicist turned turned Wall Streeters turned activist against homelessness, in The Guardian. His claim is that atheism is “an intellectual luxury for the wealthy.” And his only attempt at an argument for that conclusion is that the homeless people he works with typically believe in God.
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No, Catholic Judges Should Not Recuse Themselves From Contraception Cases

Ron Lindsay, CEO of the Center for Inquiry and also an attorney, has a blog post at the CFI website asking “Should Catholic Judges Recuse Themselves from the Contraceptive Mandate Cases?” The answer is no. And frankly, he doesn’t make much of an attempt to argue for a negative answer. He seems mostly concerned with whether the RCC will consider them “good Catholics” if they don’t vote a certain way in such cases.
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Hey Look, a Tired, Hackneyed Argument

Jeffrey Lord of the American Spectator has penned a predictable, tired, cliche-ridden column making the shiny new argument that atheism is a religion. Atheists, he says, worship the “God of No God.” He offers only one substantive argument for that conclusion and it doesn’t even come close to being logical. This is so trite that I suspect he phoned it in:
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