ACLU Joins FFRF in Opposition to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The long overdue celebration over the decision that makes gay marriage just marriage overshadowed an important piece of news for the secular movement. On June 25, the ACLU announced that it would no longer support the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — the federal law Hobby Lobby used to successfully challenge the contraception provisions of the Affordable Care Act.



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If Oklahoma’s Ten Commandments Monument is Illegal, Where Will The Satanic Temple’s Baphomet Statue Go Now?

We learned this morning that the Ten Commandments statue on the Oklahoma Capitol Grounds was declared unconstitutional by the state’s Supreme Court.

While the ACLU’s lawsuit had been in the court system for years, one of the more interesting side-stories was that members of The Satanic Temple wanted to put up a monument honoring their beliefs. If the Christians could do it, why not them?

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Oklahoma Supreme Court: Ten Commandments Monument on Capitol Grounds is Unconstitutional

Oklahoma officials decided to put a Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds in 2012 and it’s been a lightning rod for controversy ever since.

In 2013, the Satanic Temple made worldwide headlines when it requested its own monument on the property:

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Colorado Supreme Court Rejects Voucher Program That Funded Religious Schools

Do public school districts have the right to give students taxpayer-funded scholarships which they can then use at religious schools? Or is that just government endorsement of religion?

Those questions have been debated in Colorado ever since the Douglas County School District began its Choice Scholarship Pilot Program (CSP) four years ago. The way it worked, if you wanted the scholarship money, you had to apply for the grant and get admission into a “Private School Partner,” schools that selectively-admitted kids based on their religious beliefs.



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The Stars of Ray Comfort’s New Anti-Gay Film Audacity Are Really, Really Pro-LGBT Rights

Yesterday, Camille posted a synopsis and review of Ray Comfort‘s new anti-gay propaganda film Audacity:

See the guy in that poster?

That’s the film’s star, Travis Owens. His character, Peter, is a Bible-thumping Christian who wants to save everyone from the “dangers” of homosexuality.

Which is why it’s rather interesting that Owens retweeted some pretty pro-LGBT messages on Friday after the Supreme Court’s decision:

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