Yes, the Confederate Flag Really Is About Racism

Political scientists Logan Strother, Thomas Ogorzalek and Spencer Piston have a Washington Post column that looks at the history of the use of the Confederate flag as a political symbol and concludes, correctly, that it really is all about racism and denial of civil rights. … [Read more...]

Happy Loving Day

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in Loving v Virginia, which struck down state laws banning interracial marriage. It was a huge step forward for equality in this country and paved the way for other forms of marriage equality, including same-sex marriage. … [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...]

First After School Satanist Club Draws Protests

The first student After School Satan Club in the country, at a school in Portland, had its first official meeting this week and it predictably drew lots of protesters outside the school clutching their pearls and freaking out over it. … [Read more...]

Privileged White Guy Upset Over Lesson on White Privilege. Film at 11.

A teacher in Beaverton, Oregon sent students home with a survey to fill out that counted the ways that they either have or lack the privileges that result from being white in the United States. Naturally, some of the more privileged parents are beside themselves over it. … [Read more...]

Reluctant Loss for Obama Title XII Gender Theory

The Obama administration has taken the position that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is already forbidden by Title XII's prohibition on gender discrimination. That argument has won in some venues, but the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals just very reluctantly rejected it. From that ruling: … [Read more...]

Study: No Difference in Kids Raised by Same-Sex Parents

And now we have yet another study that confirms that there is no significant difference between children raised by opposite-sex parents and those raised by same-sex parents. The important thing about this study is that, unlike that horrible Regnerus study, is that it compares similarly-situated families. … [Read more...]

LA Governor to Rescind Jindal’s Anti-Gay Discrimination Order

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced that he is going to rescind an executive order issued by former Gov. Bobby Jindal that explicitly allowed businesses to discriminate against gay couples getting married. He's also going to issue an order prohibiting discrimination in state hiring and contracts. … [Read more...]

TN School May Shut Down All Clubs to Stop GSA

I've written before about the battle over a Gay-Straight Alliance club at Franklin High School in Tennessee. The club followed all the rules, got approved and then a bunch of bigoted asshats lost their goddamn minds over it, comparing it to having an ISIS club and demanding the school remove it. Things are escalating: … [Read more...]

SCOTUS Reverses AL High Court on Lesbian Adoption

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reversed a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court that refused to recognize an adoption by a lesbian couple that was legal in Georgia. In a per curiam decision (that is, unsigned by a specific justice) the court ruled that the Full Faith and Credit Clause applies in such cases. … [Read more...]

Toobin on Scalia’s Regressive Jurisprudence

Jeffrey Toobin, one of the best writers about the Supreme Court (despite some glaring flaws), has a retrospective on Justice Antonin Scalia's career. It's pretty harsh, but accurate. Scalia was trying mightily to prevent American society from progressing to be more fair, just and equal. … [Read more...]

Why Liberals Always Win the Culture Wars

Stephen Prothero has a new book out called Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections): The Battles That Define America from Jefferson's Heresies to Gay Marriage, from which he adapted a new Washington Post column about the entire history of culture wars in America and why they're always started by conservatives (those defending the status quo) but won by liberals (those pushing for change). … [Read more...]