Ken Ham: The Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla Incident Reminds Me of Abortion and Jesus

Ken Ham has finally weighed in on the weekend incident at the Cincinnati Zoo, in which a gorilla (Harambe) was killed after a three-year-old fell into its enclosure. Experts say that zoo officials made the right call in shooting the animal — the boy’s life was in serious danger — and Ham agrees with that assessment.

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But not before noting two things about abortion and Jesus. Because Christians like him have no other interests.

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Christian Extremist: Women Who Have Abortions Should Be Shot By a Firing Squad

The last time we saw Christian extremist and one-man hate group Theodore Shoebat, he was saying that women who have abortions were “sluts” who deserved the death penalty.

In his latest video, he’s even more explicit about how women and their doctors should die.

He wants them all to be put in front of a firing squad:

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Samantha Bee Explains the Religious Right’s Hypocrisy on Abortion

After last week’s look at the nasty, racist history of the Religious Right, Samantha Bee continued her look at Christian conservatives last night with a segment on abortion.

The piece included a conversation with Frank Schaeffer, my Patheos colleague and one of the people responsible for the “pro-life” movement. He called it the “single greatest regret of my life.” (Starting the anti-abortion movement, I mean. Just so we’re clear.)

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Oklahoma is a Signature Away from Punishing Doctors Who Perform Legal Abortions

Leave it to Oklahoma legislators to punish doctors who help women.

A bill that passed through the House on a 59-9 vote and the Senate on a 33-12 vote would send doctors to jail for up to three years if they perform an abortion — even in the case of rape or incest.

It’s all up to Governor Mary Fallin now. And if she signs the bill, the consequences would be serious for the women it would impact, the doctors who stand to become criminals for doing their jobs, and the taxpayers who’d have to pay up after the inevitable lawsuit.

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With Justice Scalia Gone, Supreme Court Sends Zubik v. Burwell Back to Lower Courts

The Supreme Court won’t issue a definitive ruling in the controversial Zubik v. Burwell case, the latest one involving women’s access to contraception through their workplaces.

Today, the justices kicked the case back to lower courts, which have generally been in favor of women over their religious employers. It’s a relief considering what could have happened if Antonin Scalia were still on the Court today, but it means the details of how women working for certain employers will acquire their birth control are still very much up in the air.

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