Texas Clerk with Wall of Crosses Says Faith Played No Part in Refusal to Issue Gay Couple Marriage License

When it comes to religious people in government jobs, the rule of thumb has always been this: You’re welcome to keep Bibles or religious symbols around your personal space, but you shouldn’t have it on display for the public where it might be seen as government endorsement of that faith.

That’s why public school teachers, for example, can have a Bible in their office desk but they can’t post Bible verses around the classroom. (If it’s a less intrusive symbol, like a cross necklace, do what you’d like.)

So when a gay couple couldn’t get their marriage license in Longview, Texas last Friday after Gregg County Clerk Connie Wade refused to issue one — ostensibly because she was waiting for direction from the Attorney General — you had to doubt her motive for two reasons.

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Anti-Vaccination Class at University of Toronto Finally Canceled

For some reason, the University of Toronto at Scarborough was offering a class called “Alternative Health: Practice and Theory” that promoted non-scientific medicine as legitimate ways to help people. It was taught by homeopath Beth Landau-Halpern.

Dr. Jen Gunter explained the major concerns in the National Post:

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Just Released: The Trailer for 90 Minutes in Heaven

The story of someone who “dies,” goes to Heaven for a while, and then “comes back to life” to tell us all about it is nothing new at this point. While one author has had the honesty to say he made it all up, others have had no problem profiting off all the gullible Christians who’ll believe any story that sounds hopeful and reiterates their beliefs.

It was 2007 when I first posted that Don Piper‘s book 90 Minutes in Heaven was sold to a production studio. That movie’s trailer has just been released:



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After Tax Fraud Conviction, Creationist Kent Hovind Has Finally Been Released from Prison

After a stint in prison for tax fraud, Creationist Kent Hovind was finally out from behind bars yesterday (though he’ll be under house arrest for a month and then spend another three years on “supervised released”).

And his first act after being released was to upload this picture onto Facebook showing the people picking him up — son Eric Hovind is in the back seat with Jim Bob Duggar (?!?) riding shotgun:



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Pennsylvania Catholic School May Be Punished After Firing of Gay Teacher

Another Catholic school. Another devoted Catholic school employee fired for the crime of being in a same-sex relationship. Another group of parents and students calling out the hypocrisy and heartlessness of Church officials.

The latest version of this story takes place at Waldron Mercy Academy in Pennsylvania, where director of religious education Margie Winters was fired after eight years, despite keeping her relationship as quiet as possible:

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