GOP-Led Committee Votes on Bill Allowing Anti-Gay Discrimination During Democrat Opponent’s Bathroom Break

A Georgia bill, SB 129, would protect “religious freedom” — which is code for letting Christians discriminate against gay people without getting punished for it.

Last year, State Sen. Josh McKoon (R, above) tried to pass it… but failed. He’s trying again this year and the bill already got tabled last month. But McKoon figured out a way to get it past the judiciary committee he heads up: He called for a vote while his most vocal opponent went to the bathroom:

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Three Idaho Senators Walk Out During Hindu Leader’s Invocation

Yesterday, Idaho State Sen. Steve Vick vowed to do all he could to stop Hindu statesman Rajan Zed from delivering an invocation. When that failed, he promised to walk out during the prayer.

So how did that pan out?

Not only did Vick walk out as promised, two other senators joined him:



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Postponed: Kentucky Event

Because of an impending snowstorm, my talk in Kentucky tonight has been cancelled. We’re working on an alternative date/time. But if you were planning on coming, stay home and stay safe tonight!

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Confirmation Hearings Begin Today for Kansas Court of Appeals Nominee, a Lawyer with Ties to Christian Right Group

Because Kansas isn’t screwed up enough yet, check out Gov. Sam Brownback‘s latest nominee to the state Court of Appeals, Kathryn Gardner (below):



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New York Times: The Shooting of Three Muslims in Chapel Hill Was Probably *Not* Over a Parking Dispute

For weeks now, there have been a couple theories floating around about why Craig Stephen Hicks killed three Muslims (below) in Chapel Hill: One is that he was an atheist killing Muslims in a hate crime, while the other said he was furious over some parking dispute.

The New York TimesJonathan M. Katz reports today that the parking theory seems very unlikely:

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