New Arizona Law Will Provide Protection to Christians Who Want to Discriminate Against Gays and Lesbians

If you’re an LGBT individual who lives in Arizona, the anti-discrimination laws are not on your side.

You have legal recourse if a Christian boss fired you for being a Muslim, but if a Christian baker doesn’t want to make a cake for your same-sex commitment ceremony, you’re out of luck. If you and your same-sex partner want to get a hotel room, a Christian manager could say no and that could be the end of it.

A new bill currently being discussed in the state’s Senate, SB 1062, is about to change that, giving special protection to… Christians. And all religious people. Because they’re the real victims here:



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If the Catholic Church Had a Subtitle, This Would Be It

Courtesy of The Chronicle Herald cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon:

(Thanks to Veronica for the link!)

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Eight Examples of How I Agree with Religious Fundamentalists

This is a guest post written by Herb Silverman.

For years I’ve been advocating for “big-tent” atheism, which includes agnostics, humanists, secular humanists, freethinkers, and more. It’s a tent where people can choose activities according to their circumstances and comfort levels, a tent where they can follow their passion while respecting and supporting those with a different emphasis…

My atheist tent is usually not big enough to include religious fundamentalists, but I’ll offer eight examples of such agreement:

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This Would Have Been a Great Article About Coming Out as an Atheist… a Couple of Decades Ago

Kansas City Star columnist Cindy Hoedel believes 2014 is the year society should start accepting atheists and that begins by giving society someone to accept:

I suspect a large number of the 33 million are in-the-closet atheists who don’t want to be the only person in their family, workplace or book club to use the “A”-word.

Let me go first: My name is Cindy, and I am an atheist.

I really want to like this article. I mean, she’s advocating for something I obviously support.

But I’m having a hard time. It starts with the line “Let me go first.” The admission is welcome, but Hoedel isn’t even close to being first. (Hell, she’s not even the first newspaper columnist to use her platform to come out. That link’s from a decade ago, but I’m sure it happened before then, too.)

Then there’s this line:

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It’s a Miracle! Catholic Nun Gives Birth!

A nun originally from El Salvador and working in Italy went to the hospital earlier this week complaining of stomach cramps, only to give birth to a child hours later:

I did not know I was pregnant. I only felt a stomach pain,” Italian news agency ANSA quoted her as saying.

It appears the child was conceived during a trip back home last year — cue a joke about “indulgences” — though the nun hasn’t admitted to any sin. But there’s a major upside to the birth:

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