Religious freedom and gay marriage have taken a couple of turns while we were looking at other things. Here are 3 Quick Takes.
1. Vampire Atheist Case Against 9/11 Cross Tossed by Judge
The bizarro case filed by American Atheists claiming that the sight of the 9/11 Cross caused them to experience “depression, headaches, anxiety and mental pain and anguish” was tossed out of court by a federal judge. The case had sought to have the cross removed from the 9/11 Museum in New York City.
2. Florida Atlantic University Drops Charges Against Student Who Refused to Stomp on Jesus’ Name
Ryan Rotela, a devout Mormon student, refused to stomp on the name of Jesus as he was requested as part of a class exercise. After complaining to administrators, Rotela says he was suspended from the class. The university has now dropped all charges against Rotela and apologized.
3. New Zealand, Uruguay, legalize gay marriage.
New Zealand’s Parliament voted 77-44 to legalize gay marriage on April 17. Uruguay Chamber of Deputies voted to legalize gay marriage on April 10.