This is What the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Looks Like in Every State

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, at both the state and federal levels, has provided cover for Christian business owners who want to discriminate due to their faith. RFRA has been used to defend everything from anti-gay pizza shop owners in Indiana to the anti-women owners of Hobby Lobby.

The scary thing is that various forms of RFRA are all over the country.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State just published a map documenting the kinds of RFRA statutes in every state, and you get a sense of just how pervasive this faith-based legislation is:

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Ronda Rousey Offers Religious Response to Manny Pacquiao’s Anti-Gay Comments

After comparing gay people to animals earlier this month, boxer Manny Pacquiao offered a half-apology, noting that he was just exercising his faith and that he would pray for gay people. After that, Nike dropped their sponsorship of him. At that point, Pacquiao doubled down on his homophobic beliefs, posting a Bible verse that calls for putting gay people to death (along with a verse that reflects on being hated for God’s sake). And then, after a while, he took it down.

When Olympic medalist and former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey was asked about the comments, she offered a far different religious perspective than Pacquiao’s:

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Christian Pastor Defends Slavery Because the Bible Condones It

In the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia‘s death, much has been made of his doctrine of Originalism, interpreting the Constitution as the Founders envisioned it, even though they couldn’t have known about the issues we’re dealing with today. One of the biggest rebuttals to Scalia’s theory has always been the issue of desegregation. The Founders clearly didn’t want to see the children of slaves and the children of slaveowners on equal footing, but no decent person today would support segregated schooling. So how would Scalia have voted in Brown vs. Board of Education, the case that eliminated segregation in schools? His response was always very awkward as he tried to square the circle and reconcile his Originalism with a case that clearly went against it.

Which brings me to Pastor Steven Anderson.

He’s someone who always says the Bible is 100% true. He’s a fundamentalist’s fundamentalist.

But doesn’t the Bible condone slavery? How does he handle that issue?

He responded in a sermon clip posted to YouTube:

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The Duggars Are Returning to Television… Sort Of

It was last July when all the scandals with the Duggar family finally hit the fan and TLC officially canceled their reality show 19 Kids and Counting. It was surprising, really, that it hadn’t happened earlier, immediately after it was revealed that Josh Duggar had been accused of molesting five girls (including four of his sisters) when he was younger — while some of them were sleeping, no less.

TLC stopped airing episodes of the show in May, when the story became national news, but there was question of whether the Duggars had appeared on TV for the last time.

As we soon learned, TLC wasn’t going to let this cash cow run dry anytime soon.



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This Pastor is Sleeping Outside in the Cold to Represent His Church Excluding LGBT People

It’s the job of a church leader to model empathy, kindness and compassion — something that can be hard to do when your church teaches discrimination. But one pastor wants to show his church what it really feels like to be cast away by your congregation.

Rev. Michael Tupper, the pastor of Parchment United Methodist Church in Parchment, Michigan, is calling attention to his church’s exclusion of LGBT people by sleeping outside his home in a tent for 175 consecutive nights. In February. In Michigan.

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