The American Family Association Can’t Sever Its Connection with Bryan Fischer That Easily

It’s been fascinating watching the American Family Association work hard to suddenly distance themselves from the most vocal bigot on their payroll, Bryan Fischer (below). Even though they stripped him of his direct connections to the group the other night, he continues to host his show Focal Point under AFA’s umbrella.

This week, the AFA asked the Southern Poverty Law Center to stop attributing Fischer’s hateful comments to them, to which SPLC President Richard Cohen responded with a more tactfully-worded version of you’ve got to be shitting me.

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Oklahoma Legislators Have Now Proposed More Than Half-a-Dozen Anti-Gay Bills

How many pieces of anti-gay legislation can they propose in Oklahoma?

We posted about Rep. Sally Kern‘s trifecta of legislation here, and Rep. Todd Russbill here, but there are more in the pipeline.

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There’s Now a Prayer Room in the Kansas State Capitol Building

Kansas has just given up on doing anything useful, I guess, which is why the State Capitol building now has a prayer room. They’re calling it the “Capitol Meditation Room,” but the initial (rejected) proposal in 2012 was to create a chapel. This is a slightly watered-down version, even though the purpose is the same:



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Egyptian Poet Faces Three Years in Prison for Criticizing Ritualistic Slaughter of Animals to Appease God

Eid al-Adha is a Muslim holiday honoring, for some reason, how Abraham was willing to kill his son Isaac because God told him to. The Feast of the Sacrifice, as it’s known, literally involves the slaughter of animals:

Egyptian poet Fatima Naoot finds that horrific and said as much on Facebook:

“Millions of innocent creatures will be driven to the most horrible massacre committed by humans for ten-and-a-half centuries,” she said. “A massacre which is repeated every year because of the nightmare of a righteous man about his good son.”

She’s right, of course. It’s a disturbing ritual that honors a terrifying story.

But for that criticism, she could face up to three years in prison:

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Which European Leaders Are Atheists?

With Greece and France both having atheist leaders, Quartz put together this map of the religious beliefs of European heads of state:



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