Experiment proves Rep. Steve King (R-IA) wrong: you actually can’t get married to your lawnmower.

Congressman Steve King from Iowa doesn’t like gay marriage, not one bit!  In fact, he’s livid about the SCOTUS ruling in Obergefell.  If you think it’s because of his religion, you’re wrong – it’s because now people can marry anything, including their lawnmowers: Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is one of Congress’s most vocal opponents of [Read More…]

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Board of Commissioners in Lincoln County nix prayer altogether when they realize everybody’s allowed in.

The Board of Commissioners in Lincoln County, North Carolina is learning why keeping religion out of government is the most hassle-free way of maintaining government neutrality with regard to religion.  Sadly, the Board’s chairman is a man who expects deference to be given to his faith even while he actively disrespects people with a different religion: [Read More…]

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Kentucky clerk suing the governor for not letting her break the law.

This is too rich.  So, remember Kim Davis?  She’s the clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky (who is on her fourth marriage) who has said it’s her right as a Christian to refuse gay people a marriage license to which they are legally entitled (and which is Davis’ job to issue).  Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has [Read More…]

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Mormons reveal Joseph Smith’s magic rock.

As the story goes, Joseph Smith used a pair of magic rocks (the Urim and Thummim) to translate the golden tablets that would become the Book of Mormon (dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb).  Pressed to sustain its stories about the tablets and the magic rock (in ways other Christian denominations will never be pressed to do [Read More…]

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Ben Carson isn’t sure if the Constitution has authority over the bible.

This man is running for President.  There are people who will vote for him in the primary and who would vote for him in the general election.  It’s not Ben Carson so much who’s the problem, it’s the fact that there is enough support for him from American citizens (the type who claim to love [Read More…]

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Saudi government: free speech violates religious and ideological rights.

Surprise: a part of the Saudi government charged with propagating Islam is trying to convince other nations that blasphemy laws are a great idea: Saudi Arabia has reiterated its call for a global blasphemy law, claiming that free speech leads to violations of “religious and ideological rights.” Abdulmajeed Al-Omari, the director for external relations at [Read More…]

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74 Catholic parishes in New York to close due to low attendance, shortage of priests, and financial trouble.

After that last post, how about some good news? Teary-eyed and angry Catholic parishioners across New York attended final mass services on Friday in some of dozens of churches closing or stopping regular worship services. The closures follow an announcement by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York in November that it would consolidate 368 [Read More…]

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Jewish man stabs marchers in Israeli gay pride parade. One, a sixteen year-old girl, has died.

Every year in Israel a parade known as the March for Tolerance is held in Jerusalem.  People gather to march for equal rights in a country beholden to Jewish Orthodoxy.  However, to some with a mind contaminated by fundamentalist religion a message of love strikes them as a threat, an affront to decency that is [Read More…]

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Wheaton College cancels health coverage for 750 students rather than filling out a form.

So with the Affordable Care Act comes a religious exemption: if you’re a religious employer that doesn’t want to provide contraception you must fill out a form and the funding for that contraception will come from elsewhere.  It’s a win-win: people still get their birth control, religious people don’t have to provide it.  And so [Read More…]

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Catholic Church boycotting huge shipment of polio vaccine being dispensed to Kenya.

The World Health Organization is working with the government of Kenya to provide the country with a huge supply of polio vaccines to inoculate the nation’s children.  Less children getting sick is an awesome thing, but there appears to be a hurdle: the Catholic Church is urging the citizenry to boycott the vaccines: Roman Catholic [Read More…]

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