Good News for Children in Illinois: Catholic Charities Won’t Get State Money to Discriminate

Ever since Illinois legalized civil unions, Catholics Charities has been flipping out at the prospect of sending kids into the home of gay parents who want to adopt them. They were so freaked out by this, that they started to shut down in response. (A secular adoption agency offered to take in the children who [Read More...]

Well Played, New York Times

Just in case there was anyone who thought otherwise, the caption writers at the New York Times set the record straight: (via @mtracey) [Read more...]

We’re the Only Ones Who Can Save You Now…

A conversation between a medical worker whose rings marks her as a member of an unpopular religious sect and a wounded patient who needs treatment: Resident: “Is there anyone else who could do this?” Me: “[Coworker] is the only other person on the unit today qualified to do this. Is something wrong?” Resident: “Your ring. [Read More...]

Jerry Buell Doesn’t Deserve to Be Suspended

***Update***: I wrote a follow up piece to this post here. Turns out Jerry Buell hasn’t kept his beliefs private after all… … When I first heard what Jerry Buell said about gay people, I wanted to join in on the backlash. But the more I read about him, the more sympathetic I become. Here’s [Read More...]

The Good Phelps Visits Ottawa

Nate Phelps, the son of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, recently did an interview about his awful upbringing — it just shows that even people raised in the most extremist of environments can grow out of it. Know hope? Xtra: Was there a fear that you would become your father? NP: I lived with [Read More...]