As I write this, there are multiple terrorist attacks going on in Paris, with several dozen dead and many more currently being held hostage in the Bataclan theater.
You can argue that people who want to wear a colander on their heads for driver’s license pictures are just trolling the government, but followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster do raise some interesting questions: When should the government be allowed to say your religion doesn’t count? What separates a parody religion from a real religion? And if someone says she’s an adherent of a particular religion, why should government officials be allowed to say otherwise?
When Lindsay Miller, a Pastafarian, wanted to wear the colander for her driver’s license picture in Massachusetts, she was rejected at first. It wasn’t until the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center and other cooperating attorneys stepped in that the situation was resolved:
During Bryan Fischer‘s radio show today, a caller complained about higher education in the country because only “stupid” people go to college. Which is something you’d expect one of his listeners to say.
But that’s not what this post is about. In his response to the caller, Fischer made a side comment about atheists. The segments begins at the 4:55 mark:
Well, that was quick.
Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen is trying to turn back time after he told foster parents Beckie Peirce and April Hoagland that their new daughter would be taken away from them and placed with a heterosexual couple because it was in the best interest of the child.