Turkish Gay Pride Parade Broken Up By Police

The Istanbul police’s violent response to the local gay pride parade last Sunday is a chilling reminder that the victory for marriage equality in the United States does not necessarily improve the lives of LGBT people around the world. In the short term, it might even make it worse for some.

Marchers and onlookers at the parade, which began in historic Taksim Square, dodged rubber bullets and water cannons shooting streams laced with tear gas. When revelers moved the parade to nearby streets, police troops in riot gear followed them, sometimes grabbing marchers and hurling them to the curb, as this CNN video shows.

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The Cover of Richard Dawkins’ Next Book, Brief Candle in the Dark

In 2013, Richard Dawkins released the first half of his autobiography: An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist.

We now have more details on the sequel, the part that will likely focus on his career as a public atheist and communicator of science:

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Christians Can Benefit from Social Media by “Capturing Miracles,” Says Ordained Minister

The site World Religion News posted a pretty generic article about how social media can help religious people spread their message to a younger generation. For the most part, it’s what you’d expect: Share sermons on YouTube! Use prayer apps! Quote the Bible on Twitter!

And then there’s this:

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After Girl Scouts Reject $100,000 Anti-Transgender Donation, They Raise Far More Online

The Girl Scouts of the USA have this great habit of doing everything right while the Boy Scouts of America still think gay adults deserve to be banned from leadership positions.

A few months ago, a donor made a $100,000 contribution to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, but it came with a caveat:

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Duck Dynasty‘s Si Robertson: Atheists Don’t Exist Because “Our Calendars Are Based on Jesus Christ”

The Robertsons from Duck Dynasty are the gifts that keep on giving because of all the flat-out idiotic things they say. We’re used to those comments coming from patriarch Phil Robertson, but now Si Robertson (“Uncle Si”) is getting into the mix.

In an interview with the Christian Post, Robertson (who’s promoting a new film called Faith of Our Fathers) explained why atheists don’t really exist:

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