I just read this article about Emma Gonzalez, one of the survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and I kind of want to hit the fast forward button and go 20 years into the future so we can vote for her to be president. Leading this fight over gun control is not out of the norm for her; she was a born activist. (more…) Read more

As expected, the Republican leadership of the Pennsylvania legislature filed a lawsuit to stop the implementation of a new electoral district map ordered by the state supreme court, and also filed an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court to take the case up immediately and issue an injunction. (more…) Read more

After he had to have it written down for him to remember to show empathy to the survivors and victims’ families from the Parkland shooting during a “listening session,” Trump is, as usual, all over the place in his reaction. He’s pushing some reforms, though they’re quite inadequate: (more…) Read more

Let’s add one more utterly clueless group of bigots to the ledger, this time four members of the city council in Starkville, Mississippi, who voted to deny a permit to hold an LGBT pride parade. That will inevitably lead to the loss of a big lawsuit. (more…) Read more

Like Mitt Romney, Donald Trump has been on every side of every issue at one point or another, as his Twitter archives prove. And as he went to Florida for a “listening session,” during which he had to have notes to tell him to show empathy, this old tweet came back to haunt him: (more…) Read more

The scene on the floor of the Florida legislature Tuesday night was nothing short of surreal. As some of the surviving students from the school shooting in Parkland were in the gallery, they voted not to even talk about a ban on assault weapons — but had plenty of time to talk about how porn is a threat to public health. (more…) Read more

Gordon Klngenschmitt has always been more than a bit logic-impaired and hysterical, but this may be my favorite thing he’s ever said. He says that by demanding that businesses not discriminate against them, gay people are forcing Christians to have “perverted threesomes” with them. (more…) Read more

Like many, I’ve been inspired by watching so many of the teenagers who survived last week’s shooting in Florida turn into activists and demand action. I know I joke around a lot about “get off my lawn,” but I’ve been a big fan of those damn kids these days for many years now and this only reinforces that. (more…) Read more

When Barry Lynn retired as the Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State late last year, I was very curious to see who might take his place. I was hoping they would promote from within, perhaps with my friend Rob Boston, but they’ve now hired a new ED and she seems to be an excellent choice. Meet Rachel Laser. (more…) Read more

For the second time, a creationist in Pennsylvania has had a lawsuit he filed over the teaching of evolution in public schools — he claims it’s actually unconstitutional to teach it — dismissed by a state court. Maybe now he’ll take the hint. (more…) Read more

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