What in the Blazes Is Going On With These Graphs?

Can you make sense of this?

The blue line shows the ten-year trend in the marriage rate in Mississippi. The orange line represents how much milk we consume in the United States.

Uncanny, huh?

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Catholic School Teacher in Cincinnati Quits Over New Contract’s Anti-Gay Clause

We’ve seen what happens lately when Catholic schools enforce a morality code on teachers and administrators who don’t agree with it. Recently, a Catholic school in Seattle fired an assistant principal after discovering that he is gay — with the school’s president even telling him he could keep his job if he just got divorced. The students staged a massive protest that made headlines nationwide.

Molly Shumate, a life-long Catholic, has taught first grade under the Cincinnati Archdiocese for 14 years. But after seeing next year’s contract, explicitly forbidding “public support of or homosexual lifestyle,” she decided not to sign it.

She couldn’t sign a document that got in the way of her love for her openly-gay son Zach:

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Christopher Hitchens Never Said That Memorable Line About Islamophobia

When I posted Sam Harris‘ interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali last week, one of the most memorable parts involved a line attributed to the late Christopher Hitchens:

A few weeks ago, Ayaan and I had a long conversation about her critics and about the increasingly pernicious meme of “Islamophobia” — which our inimitable friend Christopher Hitchens once dubbed “a word created by fascists, and used by cowards, to manipulate morons.”

It didn’t even cross my mind to double-check that quotation at the time, because it sounds very Hitchens-esque.

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A Year After This Mississippi High School Lost a Court Case Over a Religious Assembly, They Hold Another One

I thought the drama at Northwest Rankin High School had finally come to an end, but it hasn’t.

In case you forgot the story, last April, students at the Mississippi high school attended a mandatory assembly featuring representatives from nearby Pinelake Baptist Church who told the students that they needed to accept Jesus in their lives.

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The “Woman in a Rainbow Dress” Who Officiated Same-Sex Marriages In Arkansas This Weekend Has an Amazing Son, Too

Buzzfeed’s Tony Merevick has a great story about Laura Phillips, the infamous “woman in a rainbow dress” and ordained minister who helped officiate the weddings of several gay couples outside the Carroll County Courthouse after a judge in Arkansas ruled on Friday that a ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional:

When the time came to say “and by the power vested in me by the state of Arkansas,” Phillips didn’t just state it, she yelled it, while the crowd surrounding them cheered and wiped away tears.

“I might have been yelling with my whole heart. I was shaking,” Phillips said of that moment. “I had to pull over on the way home. It was amazing and it’s still kind of sinking in — the magnitude of what happened yesterday.” By the time the clerk closed for the day, 15 same-sex couples received marriage licenses.

Beautiful :)

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