U.S. Air Force Test Misidentifies Fifth Amendment, Implying that Religious Liberty is “Commonly Violated”

Quick: the Fifth Amendment protects which commonly violated civil liberty?

If you answered “the right not to incriminate yourself,” founding father James Madison, who wrote the Bill of Rights, would’ve appreciatively clapped you on the shoulder. But the U.S. Air Force might just tell you that you’re an oaf.

An Air Force test question about constitutional rights has led to accusations that the service is not only confused about religious freedom protections, but also believes civil libertarians are predators.

Thirty-one people have contacted the Military Religious Freedom Foundation about an Air Force security administration test that confuses the First and Fifth Amendments, said Mikey Weinstein, the group’s founder and CEO.



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Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert Files Bill to Put Up Ten Commandments Display on Capitol Grounds

Today is the last day for Arkansas politicians to file bills for this legislative session, meaning we should be on the lookout for any shenanigans.

And, oh, what’s this…?

State Senator Jason Rapert (a Republican, of course) has filed a bill to install a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the State Capitol:



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Ontario Medical College Adopts New Rule Saying Doctors May Not Refuse Service on Moral or Religious Grounds

Last year, in Canada,

[D]octors in two major cities made national headlines by denying medical care based on religious grounds.

First,

A Calgary doctor working at a walk-in clinic who refused to prescribe contraception based on her personal beliefs posted a sign in the window informing patients “that the physician on duty today will not prescribe the birth control pill.” Women looking for the pill were instead provided with a list of other clinics willing to prescribe it.

Then,

Three family doctors in Ottawa were also refusing to provide artificial contraception in any form, including the “morning after pill.”

To put an end to this morass of conflicting moral and religious beliefs, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario announced Friday after a 21-3 vote that the personal opinions of a doctor may not hinder a patient’s access to care. Medical staff who refuse certain services, including the prescription of birth control, could face disciplinary consequences.



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Sam Simon, Co-Creator of The Simpsons and Atheist Philanthropist, Dies at 59

Sam Simon, one of the creators of The Simpsons died yesterday from colorectal cancer at the age of 59.

Simon knew his disease would kill him at a young age so he vowed a long time ago to give away most of the hundreds of millions of dollars he had made, especially to causes supporting animal rights.

A profile of him in Vanity Fair last year explained his non-religious outlook on life:

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Catholic Bishop Says Being Gay is Like Having Down Syndrome: It’s Not What God Intended

Here’s some unsolicited advice: If you don’t understand a topic, stop pretending to be an expert in it. So if you’re an unmarried virgin, your advice on sex and marriage ought to be taken with a huuuuuge grain of salt.

Irish Catholic Bishop Kevin Doran (below) didn’t take any of that advice. During an interview with the NewsTalk Breakfast radio show, his ignorance on a variety of subjects came through loud and clear.

Like when he said gay couples with kids weren’t really parents:

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