35 Years After Saying Gay People Should Die, Bob Jones III Apologizes… While At Event Opposing LGBT Rights

35 years ago, Bob Jones University president Bob Jones III (below) made this statement about LGBT individuals:

“It would not be a bad idea to bring the swift justice today that was brought in Israel’s day against murder and rape and homosexuality. I guarantee it would solve the problem post-haste if homosexuals were stoned, if murderers were immediately killed as the Bible commands.”

It wasn’t until this week that Jones, now the chancellor of the school, finally apologized for those remarks:

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Seven Children Perish In Brooklyn House Fire; NYFD Suspects That a Hot Plate, a Sabbath Loophole, Is To Blame

Because I wrote about it at the time, I’ve always remembered the dozens of fires that broke out during the early months of 2005 fires in Bedford Gardens, Brooklyn, a big apartment complex. That would have to be the work of a serial arsonist, right? Not so:

A fire caused by stovetop burners left on for Passover killed three boys as it whipped through a Brooklyn apartment before dawn yesterday, a few hours after the family had gone to bed at the end of a night of feasting, singing and celebrating. …

A fire official said that the Orthodox Jewish custom of leaving a flame burning during Sabbath and holidays has caused 35 kitchen fires at Bedford Gardens, the 600-unit apartment complex in Williamsburg, in the last several months.

Now, close to that same location, it’s happened again, and most likely for the same reason. This time the fire, which started early Saturday morning, engulfed a single-family house. Seven kids burned to death. The number of victims means that it’s the largest fire tragedy that New York City has seen since 2008.



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All Charges Dropped Against Woman Who Vandalized Satanic Display in Florida Capitol

Late last year, we learned that The Satanic Temple’s display in the Florida State Capitol Building had been vandalized.

It turned out that the vandal was Susan Hemeryck, a 54-year-old Tea Party activist who wore a shirt with the phrase “Catholic Warrior” on it.

At the time, she said this about her crime:

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A Compilation of Matt Dillahunty’s Best Arguments and Comebacks

Here’s a compilation of Matt Dillahunty‘s best arguments and comebacks. (Likely the first of many such videos.)



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This Humanist Group’s Inclusion on the AFA’s Bigotry Map is “Nothing Short of Saintly”

We already know reporters can’t seem to find any reason various Humanist/LGBT/AARP groups were included on the American Family Association’s “Bigotry Map.”

The American University Rationalists and Atheists (now known as the AU humanist Community) made the list — and they’re downright giddy about it:

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