American Family Association Creates “Bigotry Map” Featuring Dozens of Atheist, Humanist, and Pro-LGBT-Rights Groups

The Southern Poverty Law Center is famous for their listing of “hate groups,” ones that “have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”

So if you say nasty, untrue things about black people (like the KKK) or LGBT individuals (like the Illinois Family Institute), you’re on the list.

Evangelical churches aren’t on the list just because they think, for example, that homosexuality is a sin. “Loving the sinner while hating the sin,” even if you don’t buy it, isn’t the same as saying there’s something psychologically wrong with gay people.

The American Family Association has long argued that the list is unfair to certain Christian groups, so they’ve now created their own version of a hate group list.

The AFA Bigotry Map identifies “groups and organizations that openly display bigotry toward the Christian faith.”

Who’s on the list?

Basically every atheist and pro-LGBT-rights group out there, including local and college groups.

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The AP Says Rep. Aaron Schock, a Conservative Baptist, Used Donor Funds For Massages and Katy Perry Tickets

Life is good for GOP Boy Wonder Aaron Schock. Or at least it was until his financial ethics came under sustained fire.

First, in 2013, the Office of Congressional Ethics said Schock probably violated campaign-financing rules (the House Ethics committee still considers that affair an active query). Now, Associated Press reporters Jack Gillum and Stephen Braun have done some sleuthing of their own, and it doesn’t look good for the 33-year-old Congressman from Illinois.

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights aboard private planes owned by some of his key donors, the Associated Press has found. There also have been other expensive travel and entertainment charges, including for a massage company and music concerts.

The reporters employed pretty clever ways to gain insights into Schock’s spending:

The AP tracked Schock’s reliance on the aircraft partly through the congressman’s penchant for uploading pictures and videos of himself to his Instagram account. The AP extracted location data associated with each image, then correlated it with flight records showing airport stopovers and expenses later billed for air travel against Schock’s office and campaign records.

Asked for comment, Schock responded in an email on Monday that he travels frequently throughout his Peoria-area district “to stay connected with my constituents” and also travels to raise money for his campaign committee and congressional colleagues. … Schock’s high-flying lifestyle, combined with questions about expenses decorating his office after the TV show “Downton Abbey” [here, with pictures!] add to awkward perceptions on top of allegations he illegally solicited donations in 2012.



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Icelandic Atheist Group Will Register All Citizens as Members Unless They Opt Out… Just Like the National Church

The Icelandic atheist group Vantrú has decided that everyone in the country will soon be automatically counted as members of their group:



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Here’s the Raunchiest ISIS Recruiting Video You’ll See All Day

ISIS fighters love each other like brothers. Like passionate, sweaty, fabulous brothers. (Caution: crude humor and smutty words.)



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A Scientific Look at Why Parents Might Not Vaccinate Their Children

Hank Green looks into the mindset of people who shun vaccines, trying to get to the bottom of the science behind the anti-vaccination movement:



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