A High School Basketball Coach Says Florida Officials Didn’t Do Enough to Accommodate His Religion

It should have been an exciting moment when the girls’ basketball team at Florida’s Northeast High School made it to the state championship game a couple of weeks ago.

Instead, it became the subject of controversy because the team’s Seventh Day Adventist coach, Zach Gillion, chose to sit out the final game because it was held on a Saturday — a day of rest for his faith.

The girls ended up losing the game.

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I don’t have any sympathy for this coach, and I’ll explain why in a moment, but look at how he’s trying to spin the situation:

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Christian Right Leader: Secular Humanism is Satanic

When your ideological opponent mischaracterizes your beliefs in an attempt to trash you, you know their criticism isn’t worth listening to. But what else would you expect from the bigots who keep saying people choose to be gay?

American Family Association President Tim Wildmon said in a 2015 talk that Secular Humanism was Satanic. Somehow.

Because the people who don’t believe in a God are totally led by the Devil…

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Idaho Republican Leader: Religious Parents Shouldn’t Be Punished for Letting Their Kids Die

Idaho is one of only six states in the country where you can escape charges of negligent homicide, manslaughter, or capital murder as long as it happened as an exercise of your religion.

So if your child dies, for example, because your Christian Science faith prevented you from taking her to a doctor, you won’t be punished. Idaho is the only state of those six where children have actually lost their lives as a result of their parents’ religious beliefs.

That’s why it’s so important for the laws to change. When children die due to the extreme dictates of their parents’ faith, those parents need to be sent to jail. Religion should never be used as a Get Out of Jail Free card.

Your prayers won't help her.

State Rep. John Gannon, a Democrat, understands that. He filed a bill — one he’s filed before — that would remove the “faith-healing” exemption from the law.

But State Sen. Lee Heider, a Republican who heads up the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, says he won’t even be discussing it because of a technicality (which really just provides a cover for his actual reason):

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The Ark Encounter Theme Park Will Feature an Animatronic Noah. Great! I Have Lots of Questions…

Apparently, one of the highlights of the soon-to-be-opened Ark Encounter Theme Park will be an animatronic Noah who will answer your questions.

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I’m glad this Noah is taking questions since I have a bunch of them:

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A Child Died of Meningitis After His Anti-Vax Parents Treated Him with Maple Syrup and Garlic

In March of 2012, 19-month-old Ezekiel Stephan died of meningitis — a disease involving the inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain and spinal cord. Very serious problem. The condition can sometimes be treated with antibiotics or antiviral drugs, but even then, it’s a longshot for full recovery.

What’s appalling is what his parents did as he was suffering.

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David Stephan and wife Collet Stephan, who live in Alberta, Canada, gave their son a series of home remedies:

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