May 21, 2013

Here’s another appalling case of a judge using a divorce or custody agreement to punish someone just for being gay. A Texas judge is ordering a mother’s lesbian partner to move out of the home they share because of a morality clause that he inserted into the woman’s divorce decree. (more…) Read more

May 21, 2013

Andrew Sullivan called my attention to the American Enterprise Institute’s list of the 21 “greatest conservative rap songs.” Let’s just say that it would not look out of place in The Onion. That they actually appear to be serious makes if it infinitely more amusing. To make the list, says author Stan Veuger, a song must “express support not just for pro-family social values, but also for small government and peace through strength.” So naturally, number 21 is from Justin… Read more

May 21, 2013

Ed Buckner, former leader of American Atheists, took his family to a cabin in a Georgia state park and was surprised to find a Gideon Bible in the room. When he complained about this, the state initially removed them from all the cabins at state parks, but Gov. Nathan Deal ordered them to be returned. (more…) Read more

May 21, 2013

On the list of reasons to dismiss The Daily Caller as a collection of hacks, let’s add this one. Christopher Bedford, the associate editor of that online rag, seems to think he’s terribly funny and has a habit of making snide responses to press releases from the Secular Coalition for America. For example, in response to an press release from the SCA about the Obama administration’s Plan B policy earlier this month, he sent this email: (more…) Read more

May 21, 2013

The story of the DOJ seizing phone records of reporters from the Associated Press just gets worse and worse. I had asked in the immediate aftermath whether the DOJ had gotten a judicial subpoena or merely used an administrative one; the answer is the latter, which means no oversight at all from a judge. And Verizon turned those records over immediately: (more…) Read more

May 21, 2013

As many of you know, I work with the Foundation Beyond Belief. Dale McGowan and the other senior staff spent half the night researching relief organizations in Oklahoma to decide which ones to send contributions to help the victims of yesterday’s horrific tornado damage. We have selected Operation USA and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, both of which are on the ground providing crucial food, shelter and medical care to the victims. Please go to our donation page and… Read more

May 21, 2013

You may have heard the brief religious right freakout a couple weeks ago over a high school track athlete allegedly disqualified from a race after he won and gestured toward the sky to thank God. Since that fed right in to the persecution complex, it spread like wildfire. But then the family pretty quickly admitted that this isn’t what happened at all and it all died down. But not for our old pal Gordon Klingenschmitt. Not only is he still… Read more

May 21, 2013

I remember one of my favorite high school teachers (also my debate coach) talking about out-of-context quotes, using the example of those little three word snippets they use in movie ads, like “a daring thrill ride — Time magazine.” She pointed out that many times, they cut out things like “The director clearly intended to make a daring thrill ride of a movie, but instead it drags along for far too long.” Here’s Glenn Beck doing exactly that to Obama:… Read more

May 21, 2013

Minnesota became the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage the other day and the terminally stupid Bradlee Dean is predictably freaking out. Gov. Mark Dayton, he says, is a criminal. But my favorite part is when he says that “they do it covert-like.” Because apparently elected officials passing a bill with the attention of the whole state being paid to it is being “covert.” (more…) Read more

May 20, 2013

We have another new blogger at FTB, Tauriq Moosa. You may well have seen his work at Big Think, where he will continue to post, but he’s now joining us as well with a new blog called The Indelible Stamp. We’re excited to have him at FTB, of course, so go visit him and give him a welcome. Read more

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