In Georgia, Taxpayer Money is Supporting Religious Schools Barring LGBT Students

This weekend, the New York Times uncovered a popular, if ethically questionable, tax credit program gaining traction in Georgia. The program transforms state money into scholarships for low-income students to attend private schools — including many heavily religious schools where strict policies keep out LGBT students.

The program supposedly seeks to limit conflicts of church and state because the scholarship money is “collected and distributed” by nonprofit organizations rather than being directly funneled from the state to the schools.

The Southern Education Foundation counts that at least 115 religious schools in Georgia have “severe antigay policies,” with the actual number likely being much higher; public information about the scholarship program is limited by law, and oversight is minimal. [Read more…]

Creationist Attacks Zack Kopplin for ‘Brainwashing’ Our Youth with Science

Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham is on a mission to make sure children never get brainwashed. (I know, I know… stay with me here.)

Instead of shutting his organization down — something that would actually help his cause — he’s going after 19-year-old Zack Kopplin, the student who’s a thorn in the side of Louisiana Creationists: [Read more…]

Catholic Church in Netherlands Puts Up Pictures of Defectors

A Catholic priest from the Netherlands (with the most appropriate first name *ever*) has figured out a way to shame the people who leave his Church: Put up their pictures so everyone knows who they are. [Read more…]

40 Years After Roe v. Wade, Women Are Still Facing Challenges to Their Reproductive Rights

Over the past two years, a number of states have introduced legislation┬áregarding a woman’s right to choose — from mandating intrusive ultrasounds to requiring parental permission.

Business Week has this handy, interactive (not to mention mesmerizing) infographic that puts it all in perspective: [Read more…]

A Good Sunday Morning Ruined

Seen in the introductory panels in today’s Doonesbury:

(The rest of the strip is unrelated to that setup.) [Read more…]