If Republicans Pass This Bill, There Will Soon Be State-Sponsored Religious Discrimination in Indiana

Indiana’s Senate just passed legislation that would allow state funding to go to organizations that discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion.

Senate Bill 127, sponsored by State Sen. Travis Holdman (below), comes in response to money being rescinded from a state university because of its employment standards:



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China Announces It Will Crack Down on “Religious Addicts” Trying To Enter the Party

It’s just not a real party until you throw out the religious addicts, amirite?

But seriously: For all its political and economic progress of the last 20 years, China is still dishearteningly uncomfortable with freedom of conscience and freedom of speech. Every once in a while, Beijing’s bureaucracy experiences a revolutionary spasm that seems like a throwback to the Mao days. Take this:

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has barred religious believers from joining the Party, declaring that it will step up its implementation of a long-standing rule prohibiting  religious ‘addicts’ from entering China’s ruling party.

Reports said China’s latest move comes in the wake of the widely reported efforts of Chinese authorities to strengthen the Party’s ideological values and standing in Chinese universities and various media entities.



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Celebrating Darwin: Not Just for Scientists Anymore

On this day last year, a friend of mine was finally getting a kidney transplant after years on dialysis. Visiting him in the hospital was a very emotional experience — especially the part where he signed the paperwork to officially begin his campaign for U.S. Congress. James Woods, a blind atheist progressive from one of the most conservative districts in the country, decided 2014 was going to be a year of going big, brave, and honest.



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Ken Ham Has Sued Kentucky Officials Because He Doesn’t Understand How the Law Works

We already know Creationist Ken Ham‘s Ark Encounter, better known as the Noah’s Ark theme park, is in trouble.

In December, they were ruled ineligible to receive a tax incentive worth up to $18,000,000 that could put their entire project in jeopardy.

They were ineligible for the rebate because Ark Encounter — a for-profit business — was discriminating in its hiring. That may be fine for their non-profit ministry, but it’s not okay for a business that wants the tax incentive.

It’s that simple.

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Republican Leader: Ending Mandatory Prayers in Public Schools Has Led to “Assault, Rape, Murder”

On the “View from a Pew” show recently, Iowa Republican National Committee member Tamara Scott echoed the nasty (and completely off-base) conservative talking point that, when mandatory prayer in public school was deemed unconstitutional, it opened the door to all sorts of horrors:



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