The Duggars Are Returning to Television… Sort Of

It was last July when all the scandals with the Duggar family finally hit the fan and TLC officially canceled their reality show 19 Kids and Counting. It was surprising, really, that it hadn’t happened earlier, immediately after it was revealed that Josh Duggar had been accused of molesting five girls (including four of his sisters) when he was younger — while some of them were sleeping, no less.

TLC stopped airing episodes of the show in May, when the story became national news, but there was question of whether the Duggars had appeared on TV for the last time.

As we soon learned, TLC wasn’t going to let this cash cow run dry anytime soon.



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This Pastor is Sleeping Outside in the Cold to Represent His Church Excluding LGBT People

It’s the job of a church leader to model empathy, kindness and compassion — something that can be hard to do when your church teaches discrimination. But one pastor wants to show his church what it really feels like to be cast away by your congregation.

Rev. Michael Tupper, the pastor of Parchment United Methodist Church in Parchment, Michigan, is calling attention to his church’s exclusion of LGBT people by sleeping outside his home in a tent for 175 consecutive nights. In February. In Michigan.

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Arkansas Legislator Rips Up Letter Asking Him to Stop Raising Money for Ten Commandments Monument

A couple of days ago, I posted about how Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert, who had already proposed and passed a bill to install a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the State Capitol, was now trying to fundraise to build that monument.

He began a GoFundMe campaign to crowdsource funding on behalf of a private company, the American History & Heritage Foundation, Inc., a group that seems to have been created for the sole purpose of putting up this monument.

As of this writing, Rapert has raised $6,000 of his requested $16,600. (He says he has additional funding worth $3,000 outside of GoFundMe.)

Yesterday, however, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center denounced Rapert’s fundraising scheme in a letter sent to his office, explaining how his proposed monument would very likely violate the law and lose a legal challenge:

… The Appignani Humanist Legal Center cites Sen. Rapert’s leadership in the Appeal to Heaven legislative caucus, a national network of conservative Christian elected officials who openly profess their commitment to governing based on biblical principles.

“Many people in Arkansas have already expressed concern about the Ten Commandments monument and its excessive state entanglement with religion,” said David Niose, legal director of the American Humanist Association. “We urge Sen. Rapert to stop this project and turn his attention to the practical, real-world needs of all of his constituents, both religious and nonreligious.”

The letter warns that Sen. Rapert should cease his fundraising activities for the Ten Commandments monument or risk likely litigation that will result in an unnecessary waste of taxpayer money.

How did Rapert respond?

By turning on a video camera, ripping the letter up, and posting it on Facebook. Because he has the emotional maturity of a 12-year-old.

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Anti-Gay Group Busted Again for Posting Fake Picture of Supporters on Social Media

Yesterday, the National Organization for Marriage (a group best known for opposing marriage) posted this image on Facebook, boasting of “two million people march in Rome for man woman ‪#‎marriage‬ on family day.”

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Maybe they missed all the rainbow flags in the picture, but those people aren’t celebrating marriage inequality.

They’re there for a gay pride rally, in support of proposed legislation in Italy that would grant legal recognition to people in civil unions. Seriously. Go to that link. The original picture is right there.

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Scott Walker’s “Pro-Life” Appointees Oppose the Most Effective Measure Against Unplanned Pregnancy

Wisconsin Governor and fallen presidential tribute Scott Walker has made no secret of his extreme anti-abortion views — being so fanatical that he can’t even bring himself to support abortion exceptions to save a woman’s life, because, you know, “pro-life.”

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So it’s little wonder that he chooses extreme anti-choice people as political appointees. But if you think that stops at abortion, you would be very much mistaken. These “pro-life” champs are so opposed to women’s reproductive freedom that they also crusade against the one thing that is actually proven to reduce unplanned pregnancies (and abortion): contraceptive use.

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