John Oliver Tackles Uganda’s Anti-Gay Laws

On last night’s episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver spent the bulk of the episode talking about Uganda’s anti-gay laws, Scott Lively, and the Christian influence on anti-gay attitudes:

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Atheist Group Asks Pride Festival Visitors: What Are You Proud Of?

If you’re looking for an example of how atheists can connect with a larger community, check out what the Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers did over the weekend at the Kentuckiana Pride Festival:

Instead of just focusing on outreach to atheists, they asked visitors to their booth a simple question: “What are you proud of?”

The responses came in by the hundreds and you can see a sample of them on this Tumblr:

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Ontario Catholic Teachers’ Union Faces Criticism for Pride Parade Participation Plans

This June, on top of the usual Pride Week festivities that culminate in downtown Toronto’s Pride Parade, the city of Toronto hosts World Pride 2014, an annual international festival celebrated in a different city each year to highlight the culture, achievements, and activism of the world’s LGBTQ people as they strive for full legal and social equality.

Only three cities have been World Pride hosts thus far — Rome, Jerusalem, and London — and Toronto expects World Pride to bring more than $130,000,000 of tourism dollars into the city. So it’s kind of a big deal.

Specifically because of World Pride, teachers in the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) voted to “have a presence in the parade in support of students, teachers, and others in the LGBT community,” according to OECTA president James Ryan. Explaining the group’s convictions, he spoke of “trying to stand in solidarity with a group that is quite marginalized” and “their right to be free from bullying and harassment.”

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Don’t Have Trans Kids? Then Don’t Tell Parents With Trans Kids What To Do

Jennifer Fitz, the Patheos blogger behind “Sticking the Corners,” recently wrote a piece called “Transgender Children: What is a Christian Parent to Do?” She added a disclaimer asking that people like me let this one slide:

Closing comments because this is an exquisitely sensitive subject, and I don’t want my readers (of any persuasion or opinion) to be attacked in the combox.  If you find it helpful, super.  If it’s not helpful, please keep looking around, and quietly decline to share this one.

I respect Jennifer’s decision to close comments for this particular piece, and I hope my response does not come across as attacking her, but I’d like to point out a couple of things she’s missed.

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Christian Pastor: If Your Child is Gay, “You Don’t Have a Meal with Them”

Baptist Pastor John MacArthur wanted to give some advice to a mother who had a gay child. So he made a video… and his advice is about as awful as you can imagine:

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