Why the district ruling in Puerto Rico, upholding their gay marriage ban, made absolutely no sense.

Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez, a district court judge in Puerto Rico, has ruled that Puerto Rico’s gay marriage ban is constitutional.  As you might expect, his ruling is full of bizarre lines of reasoning.  Forgive me if I just jump right in.  In his ruling  Pérez-Giménez said: The plaintiffs have brought this challenge alleging a violation [Read More...]

Pat Robertson: Gay rights advocates are “Terrorists, radicals, and extremists.”

Ol’ Pat is at it again: Except this time he’s using arguments a lot of Christians are using right now.  So let’s hit up some of them. It’s one thing to want to persuade somebody to believe like you do, that’s what Christianity is about, to bring the Gospel message and say this is good [Read More...]

They’ve been shown the Idaho ministers story is a lie, but that doesn’t seem to deter them.

This morning Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association (whose primary goal seems to be stopping loving families from forming) took to twitter to continue spreading this lie (which has been picked up and spread even by blogs here at Patheos): This is simply not true.  The city even responded to these allegations yesterday: On [Read More...]

New research: factual beliefs and religious beliefs not handled the same way by the brain.

An interesting article came out yesterday that explains how factual beliefs and religious beliefs differ within the brain: Consider the following two statements of “belief”: Devon believes that humans evolved from earlier primates over 100,000 years ago. Devon believes that humans were created less than 10,000 years ago. These claims are clearly at odds. Since [Read More...]

Rebecca Hamilton spreading the Idaho ministers lie as well.

Oh Rebecca Hamilton.  She’s like the go-to blog here at Patheos for opinions that are not the slightest bit researched.  But those are the type that tend to confirm god’s will, and that’s the real goal anyway, right? Anyway, she threw in with this lie about the Idaho business turning away gay people – that [Read More...]

When given the choice between lying or admitting you’re not persecuted, Jesus would want you to lie.

In Idaho the owners of a for-profit business which performs wedding ceremonies thinks the law shouldn’t apply to their business because they’re religious.  Pastors of churches in Idaho are going merrily along giving praise to discrimination against LGBT people and calling it the love of Jesus, but two business owners break business laws against discrimination [Read More...]

Malaysian state: go to mosque or go to jail.

The Malaysian state of Kelatan is set to criminalize Muslim men skipping out on attending mosque. Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) issued a statement today opposing the announced plans of the government of the Malaysian state of Kelatan to enforce a provision of a 1994 law that criminalizes the failure of Muslim men to go for Friday prayers in [Read More...]

Chaplain for Sooners’ football team lured man from home in order to steal his drugs.

Being the chaplain for a college football team is tough work.  There’s all the proselytizing to athletes, the praying to Jesus, the telling people that Christianity is required for morality.  In the case of Kent Bowles, the chaplain for the Oklahoma Sooners’ football team (do they have separate chaplains for different sports?  God damn, Oklahoma), [Read More...]

Christian radio host arrested for sexually abusing a three year-old.

Up until recently Josh Kimbrell was the host of Common Cents on Christian Talk 660AM/92.9FM in South Carolina.  He was also chair of the Palmetto Conservative Alliance.  A fine, upstanding man of Jesus who was forced to abdicate both roles because…well…he was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a three year-old. According to the arrest warrant, Kimbrell, under [Read More...]

Rebecca Hamilton is nowhere near accurate in her description of “atheist bullying.”

Rebecca Hamilton over at the Catholic channel of Patheos is outraged.  Did you know that atheists are bullying Christians?  Apparently we are (how the minority bullies the majority, I’ll never know).  I read her piece and, as it turns out, the problem isn’t so much atheists bullying anybody as it is Rebecca Hamilton not being [Read More...]