Kentucky Newspaper Blasts Liberty Counsel for Defending Clerk Who Won’t Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

It’s not often you read such a blistering editorial against the Religious Right, much less in Kentucky, so enjoy this one in the Lexington Herald-Leader. It comes in response to Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because of her faith, and calls out the Christian legal defense group that has her back for no good reason:



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The Future of Church/State Separation

After spending a quarter-century as an activist and heading up Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Rev. Barry Lynn may be one of the country’s foremost experts on religious liberty issues. He knows all the ways the leaders of the Religious Right have tried to push their beliefs on society through legislation and lies.

In his new book, God and Government: Twenty-Five Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism, and Freedom Of Conscience (Prometheus Books, 2015), Lynn compiles much of his writing on these issues over the years while including his current perspective on the subjects.

In the excerpt below from the book’s epilogue (obviously written before the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality), Lynn offers his take on what the future of church/state separation looks like:

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Dr. Ben Carson, Who Slammed Planned Parenthood for Donating Fetal Tissue, Used It in His Old Research

Wow. Ben Carson the Presidential candidate must be furious with Ben Carson the neurosurgeon.

Despite slamming Planned Parenthood for those videos and saying “there’s nothing that can’t be done without fetal tissue,” turns out Carson actually used that tissue in his own research published in 1992:

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Two Men Arrested in Connection with Bangladeshi Atheist Blogger’s Murder

Last week, 40-year-old Niloy Neel (below), an organizer of Science and Rationalists’ Association of India, was brutally murdered by assailants in Bangladesh — they decapitated him in his home and cut his hands off. He’s the fourth atheist blogger to be killed in the country this year.

Late last night, Bangladeshi police arrested two men in connection with the crime:

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ISIS Uses the Qur’an to Justify Sex Slavery

In a terrifying story, Rukmini Callimachi of the New York Times shows how members of Daesh/ISIS believe it’s their God-given right to rape non-believers.

They justify this horror, no surprise, by quoting the Qur’an.



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