Judge Who Won’t Officiate Gay Weddings Says the Civil Rights Struggle Inspired Him to Pursue Law

It’s a simple premise. If you work for the government and accept government money to do your job, then you must follow the rules or go work somewhere else. Yet time and time again, conservatives have shown an inability to understand that concept.

So it’s no surprise to see them rally in support of Toledo (Ohio) Judge C. Allen McConnell (below), who declined to do his duty by refusing to officiate a wedding for a lesbian couple.

But the more surprising aspect of this story may be how McConnell became interested in law in the first place:

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A Third Compilation of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Best Arguments and Comebacks

Here’s a third compilation of Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s best arguments and comebacks. (You can see previous videos here and here.)

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So That’s How All Those Holy Books Were Written…

All you had to do was fill in the blanks:

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Mississippi Newspaper Will Not Publish Gay Wedding Announcements Because Jesus

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, based out of Tupelo, would like you to know that gay people are despicable and their marriages are shams. Publisher Clay Foster — who doubles as a church pastor — explained as much in a column that contained six Bible verses and no reasonable defense for his bigotry:

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Forget God’s Not Dead. This is What It’s Like to Be an Atheist Teacher in the South

We finally know that the plot of God’s Not Dead 2 involves a religious high school teacher who gets accused of promoting religion in the classroom by a presumably-atheist student… even though what she said was hardly crossing the line. (At least that’s the story I gathered from the brief plot points that have been released so far.)

But unless it’s over-the-top proselytizing, this isn’t a very common scenario. Atheist students are used to having Christian teachers. Mentioning church or bringing up a Bible-verse isn’t the end of the world for us. Only in this work of fiction do innocuous religious comments blow up to this degree.

My colleague Neil Carter, however, has experienced something similar in the other direction. He’s an atheist public school teacher in Mississippi, and he’s gotten into trouble before for the crime of… being an atheist public school teacher in Mississippi.

He didn’t even say he was an atheist. When a student asked him if he was, he simply declined to answer the question. Then all hell broke loose:

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