California Supreme Court Says Judges Can Once Again Join Boy Scouts, Despite Ban on Atheists

Earlier this year, the California Supreme Court formally took a stand against the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay adult leaders by saying that state court judges could not participate in the organization. Anyone who did faced removal from the bench.

Now that the BSA has reversed its stance, the Court’s Ethics Advisory Committee has reversed its position.

But there’s still a problem.

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At Soccer Game, Turkey’s Fans Shout “Allahu Akbar” During Moment of Silence for Paris Victims

CBS is reporting an incident at the Greece versus Turkey soccer match earlier this week that goes well beyond bad sportsmanship. During a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris massacre, while players of both side observed the silence respectfully, fans of the Turkish team erupted into jeers and cries of “God is great”:



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An Atheist Attorney Has Helped More Than 2,500 Mormons Resign From the Church for Free

With all the people leaving the Mormon church over the past week, due to the Church’s bigoted stance toward gay couples and their children, Mark Naugle has been working like mad to make sure all those resignation letters are being processed correctly.

He’s an immigration attorney by trade, but he knows what it takes to leave the Church since his own family did it when he was a teenager. Several months ago, he posted on Reddit about how he could help people through the process for free. When the new policies were made public, there were more people than ever before looking for the exit sign, and he’s been helping as many of them as he can.



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LA Times Issues Savage Response to County Supervisor Imposing His Faith Through the Government

For almost a decade now, this has been the seal of Los Angeles County in California:

There’s a lot going on there, but check out the center right image. That’s supposed to represent the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, a Catholic mission dating back hundreds of years. It’s conspicuously missing a cross because, from 1987-2009, the actual building didn’t have one (due to it being destroyed in an earthquake, then stolen). It wasn’t until 2009 that the cross was restored on the building.

So now, some members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors want to change the seal to reflect that. Which is verrrrry convenient considering how often Christians try to get crosses on government seals…

So earlier this year, the supervisors voted 3-2 to revise the seal to include the cross, inviting a challenge from the ACLU. Since the supervisors began using the “revised” seal while that challenge was pending, the ACLU filed a lawsuit.

I bring this all up against because one of the supervisors, Mike Antonovich, was furious after the Los Angeles Times ran an editorial opposing the seal with the cross. He referred to the newspaper as “secular extremest” [sic], whatever that means for an intangible object.

Now, the LA Times has responded to Antonovich since they found out about the insult after it was “included in court filings about the seal,” and their latest editorial is glorious:

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Texas Board of Education Rejects Proposal Allowing Experts to Fact-Check Textbooks

The Texas Board of Education has long been a punchline for the rest of the country.

There was the time when it was led by Creationist Don McLeroy, who did all he could to dismantle the teaching of proper science in the classroom. There was the time after he left when the Board approved textbooks suggesting Moses influenced the writing of the Constitution. There was the time the Board was led by evolution-doubter Barbara Cargill. And we’re currently at a time when the Board is led by Liberty University graduate Donna Bahorich, who thinks so highly of public schools that she home-schooled her own kids before enrolling them in a private school.

But the latest decision by the Board tells you the problem isn’t just with who’s leading the group, but most of the people on it.

The Board just rejected a proposal that would allow experts to fact-check textbooks before they’re approved for use in the state’s public schools.

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