Why God Hates Sex (as Told in Sign Language)

Why do religion and sex seem so incompatible?

Justin Vollmar of the “Virtual Deaf Church” explains in this excellent video.

(Added bonus: You get to learn a lot of dirty sign language!)

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When You Put It That Way, “Militant Atheist” Sounds Pretty Good!

Thanks for educating us, Mrs. Betty Bowers!

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Sarah and Bristol Palin: The Media is Crucifying the Duggar Family

Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page with a rambling rage-post Thursday that started with a stuck Caps Lock key and went downhill from there.

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One Conversion Therapy Story: “I Was Told Every Other Gay Person on Earth Had Been Executed”

The fight over anti-LGBT conversion therapy is heating up and, as a result, we’re seeing more and more personal accounts emerging from LGBT people who have actually had to endure the practice. It seems like each story is more vile than the one before it, but this next retelling might take the cake.

Sam Brinton (below) is a spokesperson for the National Center for Lesbian Rights who speaks often about his childhood experience with conversion therapy. Cracked (stay with me here) recently featured his story in a post called “5 Things I Learn At A ‘Pray Away the Gay’ Camp.”

Sam’s family first sent him to “ex-gay” camp when he was 11 and realized he had a crush on a male friend. Here’s what the supposed therapy was like:

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Criminal Charges Filed Against Minnesota Catholic Archdiocese Over Mishandling of Sex Abuse Claims

Twin Cities (Minnesota) Archbishop John Nienstedt (below) spent years arguing against LGBT rights. In 2007, he wrote that “those who actively encourage or promote homosexual acts… formally cooperate in a grave evil and, if they do so knowingly and willingly, are guilty of mortal sin.” He condemned Brokeback Mountain when it came out. And he spent $650,000 of the Church’s money trying to convince Minnesota voters to pass an amendment banning same-sex marriage — an amendment that ultimately failed.

It’s hardly surprisingly, then, that Nienstedt was under investigation for having sex with other priests. More importantly, he retaliated against anyone who didn’t respond in kind or questioned what he was doing. He denies all of these allegations, of course.

But there was another aspect to the story that was even more disturbing: One of the men promoted by Nienstedt to become a pastor, Curtis Wehmeyer, ended up molesting kids while in that role. If Nienstedt and his colleagues knew about it and didn’t put a stop to it, they deserve to be punished.

That’s why we’re seeing government officials come down on the Roman Catholic Archdiocese today:

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