Take Note, Religious Right: Access to Birth Control Slashes Teen Pregnancy and Abortion Rates

For as long as contraception has been a thing, the Religious Right has tried to vilify it.

First, they said it was an affront to God’s Plans. When they realized that argument wasn’t working, they shifted to saying it would increase promiscuity. When that was shown to be incorrect, they pivoted to insisting on abstinence-only sex education (for the sake of the kids). Those programs have since been proven ineffective, but proponents continue to proclaim the curriculum necessary.

Well, hate to be the bearer of bad news, you crazy fundamentalists, but you are once again wrong. (Did I say hate? Just kidding. I meant love.)

It turns out that providing access to free birth control significantly lowers teen pregnancy and abortion rates:

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South Carolina Legislator Denounces Marriage Equality and “Abomination Colors” During Confederate Flag Debate

I think South Carolina State Senator Lee Bright is conceding the whole Confederate flag issue to the people who want to take it down from the State Capitol. This morning, as debate on the flag began, the misnamed Bright spent his three minutes whining about how the nation is going to hell in a handbasket because of marriage equality:



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To the Media Who Promoted Faux “Wellness Guru” Belle Gibson​: No, You​ Don’t Get to Criticize Her Lack of Apology

Kylie Willey was suffering the agony of cancer and the sickness of chemotherapy when a friend told her of a true miracle. Sweet, young, and lovely fellow Australian Belle Gibson (below) had recently enchanted national media with her inspiring story of healing multiple terminal cancers by quitting chemotherapy and switching to things that feel “good and nurturing.” 

The 26-year-old’s holistic-lifestyle blog, book, and phone app, all titled The Whole Pantry, advised cancer patients to switch to yoga, meditation, colonics, oxygen therapy, craniosacral therapy (a type of energy-healing head massage), herbalism, and a diet free of dairy, gluten, preservatives, refined sugars, and GMOs.

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Glenn Beck: God’s Our Dad and He’s Coming Upstairs! We Better Have Our Teeth Brushed and Pajamas On!

Over the weekend, Glenn Beck spoke at Pastor Ed Young‘s Fellowship Church in Texas. While most of the storylines were about how Beck, a Mormon, was speaking at a Christian megachurch — heresy! — I’m more interested in the content of his sermon. And Beck did not disappoint.

He explained how God’s relationship with us is sort of like his own relationship with his kids. When it’s time for his children to brush their teeth and go to bed, they better be ready for him! (Watch at the 20:45 mark)



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Kentucky Newspaper Editor Laments Publishing Same-Sex Marriage Announcments

Bowling Green, Kentucky is a small town known for a few things. It’s where Western Kentucky University is located. It’s the former home of filmmaker John Carpenter. It has a pretty cool Corvette museum. It also, as recent developments have demonstrated, is host to a news organization that has completely abandoned the concept of journalistic integrity.

The Bowling Green Daily News published the following announcement on its website yesterday:



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