The War on Christmas Has Already Begun, Declares Fox News Host

I posted earlier about a Nativity Scene battle taking place in Belen, New Mexico. Mayor Jerah Cordova refuses to take down the government-sponsored Christian display because, he says, it’s part of the town’s history and isn’t at all a promotion of religion.

As if that makes any difference.

That didn’t stop Fox & Friends host Elizabeth Hasselbeck from declaring an early start to the annual Fox News-created War on Christmas:



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Anti-Gay Christian Lawmakers in Michigan Will Not Resign Despite Their Affair and Cover-Up

Last week, in the weirdest political sex scandal I’ve heard in a long while, it was revealed that Michigan State Rep. Todd Courser had an affair with the also-married Rep. Cindy Gamrat — both of whom are Christian conservatives fighting for “traditional” marriage. Courser attempted to keep their hookup under wraps by distributing a fake email alleging that he fucked a male prostitute. Because I assume that’s what it says in the GOP playbook somewhere.

It didn’t work. The whole story hit the media. And now there’s a question of what the politicians will do.

Yesterday, Rep. Gamrat issued a public statement (with her husband standing beside her) in which she announced she would not be stepping down.



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Kentucky Newspaper Blasts Liberty Counsel for Defending Clerk Who Won’t Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

It’s not often you read such a blistering editorial against the Religious Right, much less in Kentucky, so enjoy this one in the Lexington Herald-Leader. It comes in response to Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because of her faith, and calls out the Christian legal defense group that has her back for no good reason:



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The Future of Church/State Separation

After spending a quarter-century as an activist and heading up Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Rev. Barry Lynn may be one of the country’s foremost experts on religious liberty issues. He knows all the ways the leaders of the Religious Right have tried to push their beliefs on society through legislation and lies.

In his new book, God and Government: Twenty-Five Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism, and Freedom Of Conscience (Prometheus Books, 2015), Lynn compiles much of his writing on these issues over the years while including his current perspective on the subjects.

In the excerpt below from the book’s epilogue (obviously written before the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality), Lynn offers his take on what the future of church/state separation looks like:

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Dr. Ben Carson, Who Slammed Planned Parenthood for Donating Fetal Tissue, Used It in His Old Research

Wow. Ben Carson the Presidential candidate must be furious with Ben Carson the neurosurgeon.

Despite slamming Planned Parenthood for those videos and saying “there’s nothing that can’t be done without fetal tissue,” turns out Carson actually used that tissue in his own research published in 1992:

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