Hawaii Nixes Sex Ed Program After Politician Complains It Will “Normalize” Homosexuality

Sex education in Hawaii middle schools will only be available on an opt-in basis, thanks to a scathing campaign by one of the state’s most notoriously homophobic politicians.

For months now, Rep. Bob McDermott (below) has railed against any and all pro-LGBT measures in his state. He filed a lawsuit to try to halt marriage equality in Hawaii — and failed — and whined about the Southern Poverty Law Center lending a “Teaching Tolerance” curriculum about diversity and acceptance to Hawaii schools.

Now, for his latest feat, he’s targeted the federally-funded sex education program Pono Choices, which is geared toward middle-school students. The program was developed to help reduce teen pregnancies and prevent STDs, but McDermott takes serious issue with its definition of sex — or, more specifically, the fact that it offers a definition of sex at all.

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During Congressional Hearing, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) Grills Rev. Barry Lynn on Whether He’s a True Christian

The House Judiciary Committee has a Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice — and that latter group includes Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).

Gohmert is about as conservatively Christian as you can get. In April, he said that church/state separation really meant that “the state would not dictate to the church, but the church would certainly play a role in the state.” In 2012, after the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado, he suggested that the tragedy could have been avoided if the country placed a higher value on God.

He’s just that awful a person.

So when Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State came to testify at yesterday’s hearing on the “State of Religious Liberty in the United States,” you can imagine how Gohmert was taken aback by how this “reverend” was claiming to be a Christian. (Because if you don’t perfectly fall in lockstep with Gohmert’s views, you’re not really a Christian…)

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Dave Brat, Who Just Unseated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Believes Faith in God is Essential for Morality

In a political bombshell tonight, economics professor and Tea Party-backed Dave Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in their Virginia primary.

So what should we know about the Roman Catholic who obtained a Masters in Divinity from Princeton Seminary, at least when it comes to religion?

According to his website, he believes:

That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers[,] is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.

Which I assume is Tea Party slang for “atheists ruin everything.”

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Two More Members of Congress Added to Secular Coalition for America’s Lobby Day Lineup

Controversy over Edwina Rogers aside, the Secular Coalition for America’s annual Lobby Day and Secular Summit will still take place June 12-14, and they just announced two additional members of Congress joining their roster of speakers: Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA):



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Why Was Edwina Rogers Fired from the Secular Coalition for America?

After the news broke on Friday that the Secular Coalition for America had fired Executive Director Edwina Rogers (below), we were left with a lot of unanswered questions, including why exactly she was let go. Was it because she was a Republican (which she said was a factor, though the SCA denies it)? Was it because of embezzlement that occurred under her watch (which the SCA also denies)? Was it because of management issues? It wasn’t very clear, and it didn’t help that Rogers was talking but SCA representatives were not.

The crux of the problem, it seemed, was reported in the New York Times by Laurie Goodstein and Mark Oppenheimer:

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