Virginia Delegate Who Claimed Disabled Children Are God’s Punishment for Abortion Is Running For Congress

Many politicians aren’t above tailoring their opinions to suit what people want to hear, sometimes zigging this way for one specific audience and then zagging for another. Take Bob Marshall, a Virginia GOP delegate now running for Congress. We previously featured Marshall on this blog in 2010, after he said this when he opposed funding Planned Parenthood:

“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children. In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment, Christians would suggest.”

So, simply put, disabled children are God’s way to punish women who had an abortion.

When the heat of subsequent news stories made Marshall a little uncomfortable, he tried to weasel his way out by denying what he’d said:

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New Survey Says Only Half of Millennials Look to Religion for Guidance While More Than a Third Don’t Talk to God

According to a new survey from the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, nearly half of Millennials say they don’t look to religion for guidance and more than a third say that they don’t talk to God:

Unbelievably numbers — and more evidence that younger people are losing their faith:

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Did You Miss the First Episode of ‘Your Inner Fish’? You Can Now Watch It Online

Earlier this week, PBS aired the first of three episodes of the documentary series “Your Inner Fish,” based off of paleontologist/evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin‘s book of the same name:

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Who’s Publishing the ‘Least Credible History Book in Print’?

We should all celebrate the two year anniversary of the release of pseudohistorian David Barton‘s book The Jefferson Lies, which was pulled from the shelves by his Christian publishers for containing too many lies, by reading Chris Rodda‘s wonderful summary of what’s happened since then.

And when you’re done trying to make sense of whatever Barton is doing, read Rodda’s rebuttal book for free right here.

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Catholic Church Refuses to Sell Former Den of Pedophile Vice to Same-Sex Couple… For Fear of ‘Gay Weddings’

In 2012, a married couple from Massachusetts, Alain Beret and James Fairbanks, came across a for-sale 44-room mansion in Northridge that they decided they wanted to buy and turn into a hotel. The seller was the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester.

The negotiations seemed to go well until the padres began to imagine what Fairbanks and Beret might do with the place. Would they perhaps (shudder) have gay weddings there? The very thought was too much, so the diocese instructed its real-estate broker to politely tell Fairbanks and Beret to buzz off.

The reason behind the refusal might have never come to light if not for a dumb mistake by the broker. When she emailed the prospective buyers, she inadvertently sent along the message from Monsignor Thomas Sullivan to her.

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