The IRS Must Revoke Non-Profit Status from This Church After Its Pastor Promoted Politicians from the Pulpit

Last week, I posted about how Legacy Church (in Albuquerque, New Mexico) gave parishioners sample ballots with highlighted names to take with them into voting booths this week — a clear violation of the law, since non-profits are not allowed to endorse political candidates:

It actually went beyond that, as you can see in the picture. The church handed out promotional cards for a few select candidates… just in case there was any doubt that they fully backed these politicians.

Now, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has taken action against the church, directly informing the IRS of their violations and urging the government to follow through on its promise to uphold the law and revoke the church’s non=profit status:

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Law Society of British Columbia Votes to Reverse Accreditation of Anti-Gay Christian School, This Time For Good

Trinity Western University’s proposed law school in British Columbia has been under fire because the school requires all students to agree that only married men and women are allowed to have sex.

And now, they’ve hit their biggest obstacle yet: The Law Society of British Columbia won’t be granting the school accreditation:

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Russell Brand: Richard Dawkins Is a Proponent of “Atheistic Tyranny” For Rejecting the Supernatural

Last year, the comedy actor and activist Russell Brand did an eleven-minute interview with BBC Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman that was a bit of Rorschach test of one’s political sensibilities. Brand had full-scale political revolution on the brain, and he talked less than coherently on the matter, clearly exasperating the more practical (and more jaded) Paxman.

Scores of moderate and right-leaning pundits found Brand confounding and lacking in intellectual heft. Many on the left, however, thought the interview was a thrilling example of someone finally speaking truth to power, possibly heralding a beautiful dawning of the Age of Aquarius Anti-Capitalism.

The excitement transcended national borders, with the YouTube clip

… being passed hand to virtual hand among Scandinavian intellectuals like a samizdat copy of Solzhenitsyn behind the iron curtain,

… in the memorable phrasing of David Runciman.



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Florida Judge Who Ran a Christian Ministry from the Courthouse Is Finally Kicked Out of Office

Judith Hawkins (below) was a county judge in Tallahassee, Florida who didn’t seem to care much about the law. That would explain why she used her government position to advance her religious ministry.

Hawkins is the founder of Gaza Road Ministries and she ran the company from the Leon County Courthouse. She also attempted to sell her ministry’s books to lawyers appearing in front of her. And it just got worse from there:

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Bill Maher Speaks About the Berkeley Controversy, Then Gets Berated by Panelist for His Comments About Islam

On last night’s episode of Real Time, Bill Maher addressed the controversy at UC Berkeley in which he was invited as a commencement speaker, only to have students protest his invitation, calling him a “blatant bigot and racist.” (Berkeley officials said they would not rescind his invitation.)



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