Aww. Alito Doesn’t Like Being Called a Bigot

In the various Supreme Court cases involving same-sex marriage, Justice Alito has complained about the fact that those who oppose marriage equality are often labeled bigots. He continued that whining in a talk before a Catholic lawyers group. … [Read more...]

SD Allows Tax-funded Adoption Agencies to Discriminate

South Dakota just passed a law that allows taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to discriminate on the basis of religion, a law that goes beyond just discriminating against gay couples but against many others as well. … [Read more...]

Appeals Court Rejects Obama EEOC Legal Theory on Title VII

I've written several times about how the Obama administration began interpreting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which forbids discrimination on the basis of gender. They had some limited success with that argument, but the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals just rejected it. … [Read more...]

No, Public Facilities Cannot Refuse to Allow Use by Religious Groups

Here's another case where a government facility that offers its property for use by community groups doesn't get that they can't then say "but no religious groups." This issue was settled, unanimously, by the Supreme Court nearly three decades ago. And this case is here in Michigan. … [Read more...]

Fischer: Trump Sold Out Christians to the Gay Agenda!

Bryan Fischer is quite upset with Donald Trump for deciding not to rescind Obama's executive order that forbids anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors. To hear Fischer tell it, this is discrimination against Christians on a massive scale. … [Read more...]

Sekulow Doesn’t Know What the DOJ Is Supposed to Do

Jordan Sekulow, part of his father Jay's Christian legal empire that he has milked for every dollar he can get his hands on, does a podcast. In his latest one, he cheers on the nomination of Jeff Sessions and says he will end the DOJ's "obsess[ion] with the civil rights issue." … [Read more...]

Klingenschmitt: Ban All Gay Teachers

Gordon Klingenschmitt, a man who is clearly possessed by a demon of bigotry and hatred, says that being gay should automatically disqualify someone from being a teacher because they are possessed by “a demonic spirit of child abuse." … [Read more...]

CFI Wins Secular Celebrant Lawsuit in Illinois

A federal judge has ruled that the state of Illinois must allow humanist secular celebrants to solemnize marriages in a lawsuit in which the plaintiff was friend and fellow Patheos blogger Galen Broaddus. I'm still baffled as to why Illinois fought the case in the first place. … [Read more...]

Austrian Far Right Party Joins Putin, Lauds Trump

Among the many far-right. proto-fascist -- if not outright fascist -- political parties booming in Europe is Austria's Freedom Party, or FPO. They're getting record support in that country, which really ought to know better, and are seeking to join with Putin and Trump to push a mutual agenda. … [Read more...]

Yes, Humanists Should Partner with Black Lives Matter

When I was on my Texas speaking tour in October, I got to meet Sean Omar Rivera, the leader of the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He impressed the hell out of me. This tireless activist makes the case for why secular humanists should align with Black Lives Matter and similar movements. … [Read more...]

Christian Right Upset About Tillerson Nomination

The Christian right leaders have generally cheered on most of Donald Trump's picks for his cabinet, but they're raising alarm bells over Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. No, not because he's so close to Russia, but because of his past actions on culture war issues. The Family Research Council blathers on it: … [Read more...]

DOJ Sues Michigan City for Denying Permit to Build Mosque

There's been a raging controversy going on in Sterling Heights, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit) over a proposed special permit to build a mosque there. Many of the locals are A) predictably stupid and B) predictably bigoted. And now the DOJ is suing the city for turning down that permit. … [Read more...]