Bible-Thumping Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao Compares Gay People to Animals

Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao‘s wins inside the ring have turned him into an international star and a beloved representative of the Philippines. Since he’s gotten into politics, though, he’s been earning attention for a very different reason: Bible-thumping bigotry.

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An Open Letter to Marco Rubio on the Difficulty of Instilling Values

Dear Senator Rubio,

You and I agree on basically nothing. I won’t pretend we do. I won’t pretend I didn’t get a chuckle out of your robotic glitching during the New Hampshire debate and the subsequent mocking.

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But it wasn’t just the zombie-like repetition that had me laughing. It was the substance of the comment you were repeating that really got me going.

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Want Viagra? A New Kentucky Bill Says You Must Be Married and Have Your Wife’s Permission

Kentucky Democratic lawmaker Mary Lou Marzian is tired of her colleagues passing laws restricting women’s healthcare. So when the legislature passed a bill requiring women to consult with a physician 24 hours prior to an abortion, Marzian proposed a bill of her own.

Instead of targeting women’s healthcare, though, she flipped the script on her male colleagues.

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9 Basic Bible Facts That Atheists Should Know

Three favorite expressions that saturate the pious language of Christian fundamentalists are “biblical values,” “biblical principles,” and “biblical worldview.” For example, the stridently anti-marriage-equality restaurant chain Chick-fil-A asserts that their operation is based on Biblical values because they condemn birth control, divorce, and same-sex marriage — plus they’re closed on Sundays. Similarly, Dave Ramsey’s franchised Financial Peace University purports to be a “biblically-based curriculum that teaches people how to handle money God’s way.”

Thousands of other so-called Christian businesses derive their values, principles, and world-views from a highly selective and thoroughly misleading reading of scripture, disregarding all of the terrible material that predominates in holy writ. One common theme stresses the “biblical three Rs”: repentance, redemption, and reconciliation. But the true overarching theme is actually punishment, punishment, punishment.

To be effective defenders of the secular perspective, Atheists must be prepared to attack the Christian perspective at its point of greatest vulnerability, which is the Bible itself. Rather than just playing defense against the endless assaults by fundamentalist zealots, it is essential to go on the offense, armed with knowledge about the errors, terrors, and contradictions that permeate “God’s word.”

This article summarizes nine categories of basic facts that should be useful to Atheists who find themselves entangled in Bible discussions. Of course, there is no substitute for actually reading the so-called “good book,” which is exactly what many Christians do not do. “Good book” is a monstrous misnomer for this detestable compilation of holy horrors. These nine categories are roughly ordered chronologically, from the beginning to the end of the scriptural story.

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How Some West Virginia Businesses Are Responding to the State’s “Religious Freedom” Bill

On Thursday, the West Virginia House of Representatives passed HB 4012 (introduced as SB 11), which would be the state’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The bill, which would offer a way for religious business owners to discriminate against LGBT customers (along with anyone else who offended their faith-based sensibilities), got through the House with a 72-26 vote and is headed for the Senate, where Republicans have an 18-16 advantage.

Many businesses in the state, however, are now making it known that they don’t support the bill and welcome all customers.

This is what tolerance and inclusiveness look like.

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