Macklemore apologizes for anti-semitic costume

Anti-semitism? Rapper Macklemore has apologized after taking the stage in his hometown of Seattle wearing a dark wig, big beard and fake hooked nose as part of a costume that many saw as a collection of offensive Jewish stereotypes. According to reports, Macklemore “looked an awful lot like a hoary old anti-Semitic Jewish caricature” while giving a surprise performance at Seattle's EMP Museum last Friday, May 16. Macklemore and his producing partner Ryan Lewis performed at the opening night of t … [Read more...]

Marriage equality comes to Oregon: Federal judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban

In a victory for fairness and human decency a federal judge has struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. In his ruling, issued Monday, May 19, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said:"Because Oregon's marriage laws discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation without a rational relationship to any legitimate government interest, the laws violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution."Expressing a poignant sentiment, in … [Read more...]

‘Family values’ Texas talker hates the gays but loves the strippers

Christian hypocrisy: Amy Kushnir, the anti-gay Dallas TV host thrust into the national spotlight after freaking out over Michael Sam’s celebratory kiss, is caught on camera enjoying male strippers. Kushnir, the ‘family values’ champion who won the hearts and minds of anti-gay Christians after freaking out over gay football player Michael Sam sharing a celebratory on air kiss with his boyfriend, apparently has no problem getting frisky with male strippers while on air. Last week Kushnir recei … [Read more...]

Lead singer for Christian rock band gets six years for plotting wife’s murder

Tim Lambesis, singer for the Christian heavy metal band As I Lay Dying, has been sentenced to six years in prison for attempting to hire a hit-man to kill his wife. Lambesis was sentenced today (May 16) by Judge Carlos Armour of the San Diego Superior Court to six years in state prison for paying an undercover agent posing as a hitman to kill his estranged wife, Meggan. Lambesis, 33, pled guilty in February to a felony murder solicitation charge and had faced up to nine years behind … [Read more...]

Woman sentenced to death for renouncing Islam

A Sudanese court has sentenced a woman to hang for apostasy - the abandonment of one’s religious faith - for renouncing Islam and identifying as a Christian. The case, thought to be the first of its kind to be heard in Sudan, involves a pregnant, 27 year-old-woman named Mariam Yahia Ibrahim. Ibrahim identifies as Christian. However, the Khartoum court considers her to be Muslim, because her father was Muslim. In addition to hanging for apostasy, the judge also sentenced the woman to 100 l … [Read more...]

Pat Robertson says Christians should not accept gay family members

Pat Robertson

Implying that being gay is immoral, televangelist Pat Robertson says Christians should not accept gay family members because Christians should not “enable” the “homosexual lifestyle.” On Thursday Robertson told a 700 Club viewer that the most Christian way for her to behave toward a lesbian in her family is to refuse to be an “enabler,” telling the viewer that one way to show love for her relative is to refuse to accept her as being gay.“My niece just graduated from a Catholic university a … [Read more...]

GOP Senate candidate claims faith trumps law

On the road to a Christian theocracy: Nebraska Republican and 2014 Senate candidate Ben Sasse claims he is justified in breaking any law that conflicts with his religious faith. The Tea Party darling and Christian extremist is considered the heavy favorite to win retiring Republican Mike Johanns’s Senate seat this November. The following is an excerpt from Sasse’s website:“Ben Sasse believes that our right to the free exercise of religion is co-equal to our right to life. This is not a ne … [Read more...]

Harvard cancels Satanic ‘Black Mass’ after Catholics freak out

After a firestorm of criticism and pressure from Catholic and other Christian groups a controversial reenactment of a Satanic “Black Mass” that had been scheduled for Monday evening on the Harvard campus was abruptly canceled. “Everyone involved, outside of the Satanic Temple, got really scared,” Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the New York-based Satanic Temple, told the Boston Globe. “And I don’t necessarily blame them, because I understand that they were getting a lot of vitriolic hate mail, a … [Read more...]