California Puts LGBT ‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban on Hold

California’s new law banning LGBT “conversion therapy” for youth was all set to go into effect on January 1st. But, as of Friday, the law was put on hold.

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The Shocking Chuck Hagel Smear Campaign

Senseless “controversies” break out constantly in Washington D.C. Political media habitually magnify the most inane, insider-y machinations and petty divisions, which most of the time can be safely ignored. But the ongoing controversy involving former Republican senator Chuck Hagel is worth paying attention to, if only because it has provided such useful insight into the nature of modern D.C. governing norms.

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GOP Chairman Wishes Everyone ‘Happy Holidays’… Wait, What?!

Reader Lauren got an email from GOP Chairman Reince Priebus yesterday and couldn’t believe what she saw:

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Should All Churches Be Considered Charities?

A group of Parliament members (MPs) led by Tory backbencher Peter Bone have voted 166 to 7 in favor of altering the law to ensure that all religions and churches are treated as charities in the UK. It comes in response to two recent Charity Commission cases in which the commission award charitable status to a Pagan group including druids, but denied it to a church hall in Devon which is run by a Brethren assembly. Bone told the House of Commons that it is “necessary to toughen up the law to protect other Christian groups, such as the Salvation Army and even the Church of England”:

The repercussions of such a ruling could have a disastrous effect on religious institutions and the excellent work they do in the charity sector. Is Judaism, the Catholic Church or even the Church of England itself going to come under pressure to prove their public benefit?

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Seen Inside the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda

Yesterday, the Springfield Area Freethinkers put up the following sign in the Capitol Rotunda:

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