Jehovah’s Witness Leader Defends Handling of Child Abuse Cases by Saying the Church Has Long Blamed Gay Men

The last time we posted about Jehovah’s Witnesses Governing Body member Tony Morris, he was complaining about the evils of higher education. But in the latest video for the JW online television network, Morris gets even worse.

During a discussion about child abuse and how Church members who go through that should always report it — so far, so good — Morris said the JW Church has long condemned abusive behavior.

To prove it, he brings up an issue of Awake! magazine from 1982 because, even then, the Church called for protecting children. He even reads from an article about “chickens” and “hawks” to support his argument (2:49 mark):



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Christian Theologian: Gay Marriage is a “Far More Serious” Problem Than Slavery

There’s been a series of questions going around the online Christian world following the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision. Some are from the anti-gay crowd while others are from LGBTaffirming Christians.

But you have to check out the answer theologian Douglas Wilson gives to one question from the LGBT-affirming set:



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Brevard County (FL) Commissioners Will Soon Formalize Plan to Block Atheists from Giving Invocations

Nearly a year ago, we learned that the Brevard County Commissioners in Florida (below) had limited their invocations to “faith-based” groups — and the Central Florida Freethought Community could only speak during the “Public Comments” portion of the evening.



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Take Note, Religious Right: Access to Birth Control Slashes Teen Pregnancy and Abortion Rates

For as long as contraception has been a thing, the Religious Right has tried to vilify it.

First, they said it was an affront to God’s Plans. When they realized that argument wasn’t working, they shifted to saying it would increase promiscuity. When that was shown to be incorrect, they pivoted to insisting on abstinence-only sex education (for the sake of the kids). Those programs have since been proven ineffective, but proponents continue to proclaim the curriculum necessary.

Well, hate to be the bearer of bad news, you crazy fundamentalists, but you are once again wrong. (Did I say hate? Just kidding. I meant love.)

It turns out that providing access to free birth control significantly lowers teen pregnancy and abortion rates:

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South Carolina Legislator Denounces Marriage Equality and “Abomination Colors” During Confederate Flag Debate

I think South Carolina State Senator Lee Bright is conceding the whole Confederate flag issue to the people who want to take it down from the State Capitol. This morning, as debate on the flag began, the misnamed Bright spent his three minutes whining about how the nation is going to hell in a handbasket because of marriage equality:



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