Criminal Charges Filed Against Minnesota Catholic Archdiocese Over Mishandling of Sex Abuse Claims

Twin Cities (Minnesota) Archbishop John Nienstedt (below) spent years arguing against LGBT rights. In 2007, he wrote that “those who actively encourage or promote homosexual acts… formally cooperate in a grave evil and, if they do so knowingly and willingly, are guilty of mortal sin.” He condemned Brokeback Mountain when it came out. And he spent $650,000 of the Church’s money trying to convince Minnesota voters to pass an amendment banning same-sex marriage — an amendment that ultimately failed.

It’s hardly surprisingly, then, that Nienstedt was under investigation for having sex with other priests. More importantly, he retaliated against anyone who didn’t respond in kind or questioned what he was doing. He denies all of these allegations, of course.

But there was another aspect to the story that was even more disturbing: One of the men promoted by Nienstedt to become a pastor, Curtis Wehmeyer, ended up molesting kids while in that role. If Nienstedt and his colleagues knew about it and didn’t put a stop to it, they deserve to be punished.

That’s why we’re seeing government officials come down on the Roman Catholic Archdiocese today:

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Mary Cheney Wants Republicans Campaigning on Family Values to Stop Attacking Same-Sex Families

This past Monday, something really rather insightful was published on Fox News Opinion. And if that’s not enough of an eyebrow-raising statement, consider that the author’s last name was Cheney.

Okay, not former Vice-President Dick Cheney, but his daughter Mary Cheney.

In the piece, Cheney (who’s openly lesbian herself) tackled conservative objections to same-sex marriage. And she pulled no punches in addressing the spurious claims of impending religious persecution, as well the hypocrisy of marketing the GOP as pro-family while attacking families like hers:

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Novelist: I Was “Misinformed and (Quite Frankly) Wrong” When I Opposed Charlie Hebdo‘s Courage Award

Back in April, the PEN American Center planned to give its Freedom of Expression Courage Award to the staff (or what remains of it) of Charlie Hebdo.

Several writers balked at the honor. They were offended that Charlie Hebdo, which they deemed an offensive publication, was being rewarded for their anti-Islamic material.

Ultimately, more than 200 writers signed a letter of protest against the award (which was still given to the magazine’s staff).

I’m happy to say that one of those writers, Jennifer Cody Epstein, is apologizing for adding her name to that list:

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Puerto Rico House Passes Legislation Establishing the National Day of Prayer

The Puerto Rico House of Representatives passed legislation this week establishing the National Day of Prayer on the first Thursday in May.

Because they believe in pandering to the voters as much as politicians in the U.S.



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Emails Document Teaching of Creationism in Louisiana Public School Science Classes

Zack Kopplin continues his series of articles documenting the problem of Creationism creeping into Louisiana schools with his latest piece in Slate.

This time, he got copies of emails proving that the Book of Genesis literally made its way into a high school science class.

Like this one from Airline High School science teacher Shawna Creamer to Principal Jason Rowland:

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