Mike Huckabee Gets Endorsement from Christian Who Began Starbucks Red Cup Conspiracy Theory

Yesterday, Mike Huckabee released a list of “Conservative Christian and family values leaders” who are endorsing him for President.

There’s a strategic aspect to this I just don’t get. Endorsements are supposed to help you persuade people who are on the fence. If these people like me, you will too!

Conservative Christians supporting Huckabee is supposed to sway who, exactly?

The list includes the usual collection of right-wingers familiar to readers of this site for all the wrong reasons: The anti-gay author of the Left Behind series, an anti-gay pastor who was instrumental in defeating Proposition 8 in California, an anti-gay group leader who made a video saying gays are setting America on fire, etc.

Oh. And this guy:



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The Atheist Lobby’s New Leader is an “Unaffiliated Christian” Who Wants to Reach Across the Aisle

In May of 2012, the Secular Coalition for America hired a new Executive Director who certainly made a lot of heads turn because of her resume. Edwina Rogers was a Republican who had previously worked for some very conservative politicians. It was an odd choice, at least on paper, to represent mostly liberal atheists on Capitol Hill. But if she could do her job effectively, open doors previously closed to us, and convey the thoughts of millions of Secular Americans to politicians, then her label, I felt, could become an afterthought.

Many of you disagreed. A lot of atheists I’ve spoken to simply never warmed to Rogers in large part because of her political affiliation. Then, in mid-2014, for reasons that are still being debated, Rogers was unceremoniously fired from the SCA. She later sued the organization for wrongful termination and defamation; the lawsuit still hasn’t been officially resolved.

For the past year and a half, the SCA has been under the leadership of interim director Kelly Damerow as its board looked for a new Executive Director. Today, they’re announcing their selection: Larry T. Decker.

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Michael Newdow Has Filed Another Lawsuit to Remove “In God We Trust” from U.S. Currency

Michael Newdow, the atheist who fought all the way to the Supreme Court to remove “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, has just filed another lawsuit to remove “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency.

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The federal lawsuit, which was filed in Akron, Ohio, may be unique for relying not on the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, but on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). In essence, Newdow takes the same argument used by Hobby Lobby to get out of covering contraception for its employees and says that the U.S. Treasury can’t push God onto atheists without a “compelling governmental interest,” which he believes they don’t have.

Newdow wrote about his strategy last year on this site:

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Alabama Newspaper Slams Justice Roy Moore, Calling Him a Bad Politician with “Delusions of Grandeur”

Last week, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore told all probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, essentially overriding what the Supreme Court said was perfectly legal last year.

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Now, the Birmingham News has issued a blistering editorial against him:

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Canadian Group Fights for Abortion Access on Prince Edward Island

In an opinion column in the Ottawa Sun, Supriya Dwivedi highlights the unique plight facing some Canadian women seeking abortions:

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