North Dakota GOP Reacts to Muslim Invocation: We Shouldn’t Be Forced to “Listen to a Prayer [We] Don’t Agree With”

When we talk about invocations at government meetings, we know the reality of the situation is that they are almost all Christian prayers… with an occasional non-Christian thrown in there to keep things legal.

But the North Dakota District 24 Republicans found reason to freak out when Dr. Nadim Koleilat, a local Muslim leader, was scheduled to deliver the House invocation this past Wednesday. Ash Wednesday. So not only was he supposed to deliver his prayer on a Christian holiday, he was a Muslim delivering what we all know is supposed to be a Christian prayer.

Spokesperson Dan Johnston couldn’t believe it:

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South Dakota Republican Thinks Planned Parenthood is Worse Than ISIS

South Dakota Republican State Rep. Isaac Latterell (below) has an important message for the people of his state. Dilation and evacuation abortions are basically “beheading unborn children” — and since you don’t like when ISIS beheads other people, you should be outraged that Planned Parenthood offers abortion.

To that end, he has put forth House Bill 1230, the Preborn Infant Beheading Ban of 2015, which would outlaw the procedures and jail violators.

Yes, really.

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Why Scott Walker (and All Politicians) Should Be Asked About Evolution

Last week, Wisconsin Governor and likely presidential hopeful Scott Walker embarrassed himself in an interview when he responses to a question about whether or not he accepts evolution by saying, “I’m going to punt on that one as well… That’s a question a politician shouldn’t be involved in one way or the other.”

The New Yorker‘s Adam Gopnik explains the significance of that question — and why it shouldn’t go unasked:

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An African-American Atheist is Running for a California State Senate Seat as a Write-in Candidate

Last November, California State Senator Steve Knight was elected to the U.S. Congress, obviously requiring him to vacate his State Senate seat. But because he wasn’t up for re-election, that meant a special election had to be held in the Antelope Valley area to find his successor.

That special election, which takes place on March 17, currently has only one candidate in the race: Sharon Runner. She’s a Republican who, not coincidentally, was in the State Senate until Knight beat her in the 2008 elections. (Looks like she wants her seat back.)

The fact that only one candidate is in the race has prompted Steve Hill (below) — an African-American atheist known in our community for his stand-up comedy — to run as a write-in candidate:

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Kentucky Student Privacy Act, the Anti-Transgender “Bathroom Bill,” Dies In Committee… Barely

Kentucky’s anti-transgender SB76, or the Kentucky Student Privacy Act, failed by a single vote in a Senate committee hearing Thursday. And ironically, the failure of a bill with “privacy” in its name will actually do more to protect Kentucky students’ privacy than if it had passed.

SB76 was the brainchild of Republican Senator C.B. Embry Jr. (below), who introduced the measure back in January. Under the guise of “privacy,” the bill would have banned transgender students from using bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. So a student who was assigned male at birth but lived and presented as a girl would have to use the boys’ restroom (or a “separate-but-equal” unisex bathroom, if one existed), and vice versa for a trans boy assigned female at birth.

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