Texas Governor Appoints Homeschooling Christian Mother to Chair of the State Board of Education

For years, the Texas Board of Education was led by Don McLeroy, a Creationist who did all he could to dismantle the teaching of proper science in the classroom. It hasn’t gotten any better since he left, with the Board approving textbooks suggesting Moses influenced the writing of the Constitution and other Christian revisionist history.

So when Governor Greg Abbott had to replace evolution-doubter Barbara Cargill, no one was feeling optimistic. But you didn’t think he could do worse.

Looks like he has…

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Ray Comfort’s Anti-Gay Film Audacity is a Ludicrous Caricature of Self-Righteous Evangelism

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that New Zealand evangelist Ray Comfort was about to release an anti-gay film called Audacity.

Well, I watched it a few hours after the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality nationwide.

It was an emotional day; my colleagues at the LGBT nonprofit where I work stood in a circle and cried together, my girlfriend and I sent heartwarming news clips back and forth, and I left work early to hang out at the Stonewall Inn and high-five other people who were overcome with joy at the news.

And I capped off my day with Audacity, which all about the lifework of Christians to “save” doomed LGBT people like me. It did absolutely nothing to sully my euphoria from the morning’s victory, but it did give me serious pause about what actually goes on in the brains of Christian civil rights opponents around me.

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John Oliver Talks About the Importance of Defending Transgender Rights

If you missed it last night, John Oliver had an excellent segment on Last Week Tonight explaining why people need to care about transgender rights:



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This Courageous Middle Eastern Atheist Uses YouTube to Spread His Message

The Daily Beast‘s Nancy A. Youssef has a great profile of Ismail Mohammed, a Middle Eastern atheist whose uses YouTube to convince viewers to join him down a non-religious path:



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Disproving Gods with History and Science

In this video, Dr. Richard Carrier talks about the history of religion, what various Gods have in common, and why it’s all just fiction:



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