Arizona House Passes Bill to Give Tax Breaks to Property Owners Who Lease Their Space to Churches

You know what people in Arizona need? Tax breaks! And representatives in the state’s House are giving it to them… if they lease their private property to churches:

The measure would grant property owners who lease to churches but are not religiously affiliated themselves tax breaks approaching the ones churches get when they own property. The tax break applies only to space used for worship services.

… [The bill] could cost the state between $300,000 and $2.1 million in fiscal year 2016.

House Bill 2281 passed on a 33-25 vote after Republicans bullied some of their colleagues into voting for the horrible bill:

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No, the Anti-Gay Christian Version of the Boy Scouts is Not Promoting This ‘Sieg Heil’ Salute

Over the weekend, MSN and other news outlets posted a story about Trail Life USA, the Christian version of the Boy Scouts that bans gay members. Some of those outlets happened to include this awkwardly-timed picture taken during a singing of the song “Taps”:

Chairman of the board John Stemberger is now trying to do damage control (as if the group’s reputation was so great to begin with…):

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London Vicar to Defy Church Leaders By Marrying Atheist Same-Sex Partner

A gay vicar with the Church of England has publicly and openly committed to marrying his same-sex partner, even though it will likely cost him his position in the clergy.

Father Andrew Cain announced his engagement to Stephen Foreshew, his partner of 14 years, on Valentine’s Day. Foreshew is not only a man, but also an atheist, therefore a big double no-no for marriages within the Church. But Cain knows the risk he’s taking — namely the likelihood that he’ll lose his job — and he’s determined to proactively speak out about it rather than hide from the reality of his situation. And that certainly makes him all the more threatening to the Church.

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Pope Potty Mouth

He really is a man of the people. Pope Francis cussed during a speech the other day, albeit without meaning to.

The Pope’s message of charity was lost in translation on Sunday, as he accidentally muddled “caso” (“case”) with “cazzo” (“fuck”).



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New Atheist Billboard Campaign Shows That It’s Not Just Mormons Who Live in Utah

A new billboard campaign from American Atheists, in anticipation of their upcoming national convention, attempts to show Utahns that Mormons aren’t the only game in town:



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