GAY RIGHTS, LAW, & POLITICS: Alabama asks SCOTUS for a stay on gay marriage ruling.

Oh the Republican leadership in Alabama is not happy about the 11th Circuit doing the judicial equivalent of telling them to stop wasting the court’s time trying to delay a federal judge’s ruling which struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.  Gov. Bentley, who called Judge Granade’s decision “judicial tyranny” said: “I am disappointed by [Read More…]

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POLITICS: GOP Senator hates regulation, wouldn’t require restaurant employees to wash their hands.

Senator Tom Tillis was doing a Q&A at the Bipartisan Policy Center yesterday when he expressed his disdain for government regulation in business by saying he wouldn’t mind if restaurants didn’t make their employees wash their hands after using the bathroom so long as they put up a sign saying the restaurant didn’t have such [Read More…]

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FAITH: FOX News worried about Christianphobia among thinkers.

FOX is worried that academics might want Christians to die (rather than the tendency of people to think myths are just myths): I can’t find the cited study anywhere, and of course FOX doesn’t cite it.  Does anybody know to what they’re referring? Ironically, they then invite a representative of a religion with a dark [Read More…]

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FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Church in my hometown cancels funeral of a gay man. [UPDATED]

Everybody has been sharing this story with me: After a gay man from Mountain Home, Ark. died last week, local churches refused to allow the family to have a funeral in their churches. The local firehouse, which was built by the man’s father, refused to open its doors for fellowship after the funeral as is [Read More…]

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BREAKING: 11th Circuit denies Alabama’s request for a stay extension.

Alabama has said it would fight marriage equality to the bitter end.  The 11th Circuit just made it clear that the bitter end was today. Yes, yes…activist judges and all that.  One can only wonder how many judges have to make the same ruling before they’re no longer “activists.”  Because as it stands right now, [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Baby groundhog.

Seemed fitting considering yesterday was Groundhog Day. [Read more…]

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FAITH & POLITICS: South Carolina lawmaker asking judicial candidates if they have a personal relationship with god.

Jonathon Hill is the chief organizer of the Anderson County Tea Party and a freshly elected member of the South Carolina House.  In vetting candidates for the judiciary, Hill has engaged in a practice that would make fellow South Carolinian Lindsey Graham proud as can be: he’s asking them if they have a personal relationship [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: AL lawmaker opposes same-sex marriage because they’d have to treat them like spouses.

Alabama state senator Del Marsh (Republican, just to confirm your assumption) is complaining that if gay people are allowed to marry in Alabama, the state will be obliged to treat their marriages…well, just like everybody else’s marriage.  Marsh wonders if the state can afford that. “You gotta look at the financial aspect of this as [Read More…]

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FAITH: Vatican discovers stash of child porn in its walls while dealing with drug trafficking into the Holy See.

Some days you come across a story you couldn’t have dreamed up yourself.  Today is one of those days.  The prosecutor general of the Vatican has announced they’ve found child porn within the walls of the Vatican and are dealing with Vatican-initiated drug-trafficking. Two cases of child pornography possession were uncovered within the walls of the Vatican [Read More…]

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FAITH: Ken Ham upset about Super Bowl commercial that hints of evolution.

Fellow Patheos atheists Dan Arel and Hemant Mehta have already covered this, but I had some things I wanted to add. First, here’s a commercial aired by the cruise ship company Carnival during the Super Bowl, featuring the words of John F. Kennedy: I really don’t know why it is that all of us are [Read More…]

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FAITH: Anti-porn crusader faces second count of sex with a minor (13 years-old).

Donny Pauling used to produce porn (with legal, consenting adults).  But eight years ago he had a change of heart and decided Jesus was god and that porn was bad for the world.  He made it his life’s work to denounce porn and to preach of its evils. Then last December it came to light [Read More…]

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FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Huckabee has gay friends.

Thought Mike Huckabee didn’t like gay people just because he works to keep them second class citizens?  Ok, fine.  But did you know Huckabee has gay friends?  No, he does!  He recently assured CNN’s Dana Bash of this: “I don’t shut people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a [Read More…]

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FAITH & SPORTS: The god Russell Wilson worships.

For those who don’t follow sportsball, last night was the season finale of NFL. Russell Wilson is the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, one of the two teams playing in the game, and he is notorious for crediting god for everything.  The four interceptions he threw against the Green Bay Packers?  To quote Wilson, “That’s [Read More…]

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Groundhog’s Day: Global Warming Denialism, Part 926356

Over at the Christian Post, an author has a problem with Obama’s speech, namely, the facts about global warming. He provides a handy bulleted list. [Read more…]

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