Marriage Equality and Marijuana: the Obama Youth Consensus

Almost every conservative I knew in college favored both same-sex marriage and the legalization of marijuana without hesitation. Secular Jewish conservatives were especially adamant about supporting same-sex marriage, though plenty of others fully agreed. There were the odd religious conservative holdouts, but virtually all supported the aforementioned two issues, even for reasons of pure pragmatism. Those few who opposed same-sex marriage were much more defined by their involvement in Christian organizations than their identification with conservative politics, not withstanding their self-description as “conservative.” Among the minority who opposed same-sex marriage, not many were especially incensed about its inevitability. [Read more...]

LeFlore County Commissioners in Oklahoma Doubt Anyone Will Care About Their Ten Commandments Monument

The LeFlore County commissioners in Oklahoma want to get sued.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to them, either — they know what they’re doing is wrong but they’re hoping that, since no one’s complained yet, we’ll all be silent in the future, too.

The whole controversy involves a Ten Commandments monument that the commissioners want to place on the courthouse property: [Read more...]

The Origin of Love

British singer-songwriter Mika released a song last month that was brought to my attention now because the lyrics promote Humanism. The idea behind it is that people should love each other for the sake of love and not for God. [Read more...]

Zack Kopplin Speaks About His Anti-Creationism Battles

My friend Zack Kopplin has been leading the charge against the teaching of Creationism in Louisiana ever since he was in high school. A couple of months ago, he spoke to the Humanists of Houston about his battles: [Read more...]

Uganda Passes ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill

By the end of 2012, Uganda’s internationally contentious “Kill the Gays” bill will become law.

The highly religious, highly Christian country has been trying to get this bill passed since 2009, and it faced a great deal of criticism on an international level along the way: several European countries threatened to reduce aid to the country if the bill was passed.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga described the bill’s passing as a “Christmas gift” for the Ugandan people. [Read more...]


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