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.
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.