Ohio Republicans Now Want Burials and Cremations for Aborted or Miscarried Fetuses

Anti-abortion legislators in Ohio are pushing a bill to force burial or cremation for miscarried or aborted fetuses. Ostensibly, it’s all about providing a “respectful way” to dispose of fetal remains; but the move is part of a series of moves against Planned Parenthood by Ohio Republicans.



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Forget Screwing Up the Miss Universe Pageant; There Are Better Reasons to Dislike Steve Harvey

While everyone is piling on Steve Harvey for botching the most important part of the Miss Universe pageant last night, it’s important to remember that there are other (much more valid) reasons to dislike the guy.

Announcing the wrong winner was an honest mistake, but Harvey very deliberately told women they shouldn’t date atheists in a 2009 interview on The Tyra Banks Show when he was promoting his book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment.

At one point in the interview, he told women they needed to know certain things about the men they were dating before they pursued anything serious. That’s not bad advice. But his example? If he’s an atheist? Don’t even think about it.

The clip begins at the 5:57 mark:



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Alabama’s Abstinence-Only Sex Education Classes Are Hurting Students Across the State

Half of Alabama’s high school students have had sex, half of those sexually active students didn’t use a condom. The STD rate is also very high, with Montgomery, the state capitol, ranking highest in the nation. The state’s teen birthrate (34.3 births per 1,000 people) is higher than the national average (26.5).

Oh. And they teach abstinence-only sex education there. But I’m sure that’s just a coincidence…

Al Jazeera America’s Ashley Cleek explores how Alabama continues sticking to the abstinence agenda even though the data shows the plan isn’t working:

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Why Atheists Must Vote

In a ballroom in a Washington, D.C., hotel, more than 2,500 people sit anxiously. There is a palpable tension in the room while the attendees wait for the next speakers to be introduced. They sit politely, applauding the few red-meat lines in Arizona Senator John McCain’s speech, but they’re not here to hear from the 2008 GOP presidential nominee; McCain has never been particularly popular with this audience.

The two speakers following McCain — Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, of Florida and Texas, respectively, both running for president in 2016 — were much more in line with the priorities of the conference attendees in the room.

For an Atheist like me, listening to the speakers at the 2015 Values Voter Summit (VVS) — held in September by the Family Research Council, Liberty Institute, and a host of other far-right religious organizations — can only be described as surreal.



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Mark Regnerus Is Sad He’ll Never Get Another Raise

To much of the world, Mark Regnerus is a laughingstock.

He’s the University of Texas researcher who, in a deeply flawed and thoroughly debunked study, tried to prove that children fare better with different-sex parents than same-sex parents.

The study was so bad, in fact, that Regnerus’ own university disavowed his work and cited the American Sociological Association’s statement that “the conclusions he draws from his study of gay parenting are fundamentally flawed on conceptual and methodological grounds.” Ever since, his research hasn’t been considered valid in cases opposing the rights of same-sex couples.

In a recent interview with WORLD, a Christian publication, Regnerus threw himself a pity party, saddened that he’s lost the respect of the scientific community and that his life will never be the same since he published the paper. Here are some select gems from the interview (the interviewer’s questions are italicized):

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