Well, This Was a Pleasant Surprise

You know, after panning Ray Comfort‘s anti-gay movie Audacity, and pointing out that his stars are actually supportive of LGBT rights, and describing the movie in painstaking detail during our podcast… you’d think Comfort would be unhappy with us.

And then, yesterday, my podcast co-host Jessica received a lovely gift basket from him:

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Cool Experiment: Where Does a Basketball with Backspin End Up When You Drop It from 415 Feet in the Air?

And you thought jocks and nerds couldn’t get along? Check out what happens when you drop a basketball from the 415-foot-high Gordon Dam in Tasmania… and give it some backspin:

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A Glimpse Into the Life of a Child Raised as a Jehovah’s Witness

In a short film called Dios por el Cuello (God by the Neck), director José Trigueiros shows you what it’s like to grow up as a Jehovah’s Witness, unable to attend birthday parties and being used as a pawn to advance the Church’s agenda.

It’s in Spanish but includes English subtitles:

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Guatemalan Atheist Heckled During Speech Criticizing Proposed Law to Mandate Bible Education in Public Schools

The Congress of Guatemala is currently considering a bill that would make Bible classes mandatory in the country’s public and private schools as a way to combat the nation’s violence, insecurity, and corruption. Because Jesus is the solution to everything.

The Asociación Guatemalteca de Humanistas Seculares (Guatemalan Association of Secular Humanists) has been quick to speak out against this horrible idea:

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Former Ford Employee Says in Lawsuit He Shouldn’t Have Been Fired Over Anti-Gay Rant on Company’s Website

When it comes to social media, there are all manner of potential pitfalls that can impact your career — from drunken posts to public boss-bashing to, well, being Anthony Weiner. And let’s not forget tweeting campaign posters featuring Nazis.

While there are some legitimate concerns about what impact your personal social media postings should have on your job, it goes without saying that questionable postings directly on your company’s intranet, social media sites, or websites are likely to cause problems.

At least, I thought it went without saying. Turns out that Thomas Banks, a former Ford Motors Company employee, missed that memo. As far as he’s concerned, he was well within his rights to post inflammatory anti-gay opinions on Ford’s intranet site. Why? Because they were faith-based opinions, giving him a way around the company’s anti-harassment policies — anything else is a violation of his religious liberty!

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