Anderson Cooper on the Importance of Coming Out

Anderson Cooper came out today in a poignant piece on Andrew Sullivan’s blog: Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the [Read More...]

Texas GOP Comes Out Against Critical Thinking and "Challenging Students' Fixed Beliefs"

Well this plank of the official platform of Texas’s GOP (via Talking Points Memo)  makes the faith-based religious community’s hostility towards reason and fear of unfettered critical thinking explicit: [Read more...]

High School Atheist Refuses to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

Atheist Collingswood High School senior Chelsea Stanton explains her reasoning: I couldn’t bring myself to recite it anymore, because I felt like it didn’t respect me. Friendly Atheist has more details. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Miss Pennsylvania Complains About Trans Contestants

Miss Universe pageant officials received an e-mail from Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin that read, in part: I refuse to be part of a pageant system that has so far and so completely removed itself from its foundational principles as to allow and support natural born males to compete in it.This goes against ever moral [Read More...]

Will There Be Marriage Equality In Maryland, Thanks To Obama?

Adam Serwer points to a potentially fantastic development: Polls taken since President Obama expressed support for same-sex marriage have shown an astonishing shift in black support on marriage equality. The shift in Maryland is so dramatic that the state may become the first state to actually uphold same-marriage rights in a referendum. Here’s the gist, from Public Policy [Read More...]

Mitt Romney, High School Gay Bashing Bully

The Washington Post tells a disturbing tale corroborated by no less than 5 independent witnesses: John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it. [Read More...]

The Pros and Cons of Hiring A Republican to Represent Secularists

The Secular Coalition for America was created to lobby lawmakers on behalf of all Americans who believe in secularism. This week they hired a longtime Republican operative, Edwina Rogers, to be their executive director. In this post, I am going to explore the pros and cons of hiring a Republican in general to run this [Read More...]

Had Trayvon Martin Been White…

Mediaite says it all: The most glaring figure comes from a USA Today/Gallup poll in which people were asked “Would George Zimmerman have been arrested if the person he shot was white, or do you think (Trayvon) Martin’s race did not make a difference?” While 73% of black people said Zimmerman would have been arrested had his victim been [Read More...]

The Vagina Status Updates

Recently women have begun leaving updates on their vaginas on the Facebook page of Virginia State Senator Ryan McDougle, since he has shown such an interest in their vaginas that he has supported the proposed Virginia bill calling for invasive transvaginal ultrasounds: “You know, Senator, I’ve wished all my life that a man would know [Read More...]


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