Oregon judge who refused to officiate same-sex weddings sanctioned by the state.

An Oregon judge who refused to officiate the weddings of same-sex couples after the Obergefell ruling due to his Christian beliefs has been sanctioned after a recommendation from the State Supreme Court: A judicial oversight panel investigating complaints against Marion County, Oregon, Judge Vance Day, has recommended that the State Supreme Court remove Judge Day [Read More...]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Making a new friend.

I’m in St. Louis tonight and tomorrow morning and staying with some friends.  One of their dogs, Peach, has made me her new best friend: She came and snuggled me last night and kept my feet warm.  I miss Michaelyn like crazy when I’m away from the house, but Peach at least made it better [Read More...]

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Utah Republican to introduce bill that would give straight couples an advantage in adopting kids.

A Utah Republican is going to introduce a bill that would give straight couples the edge in adopting children: A Republican representative wants to make clear in Utah law that the state favors couples in traditional marriages when it comes to placing children for adoption and foster care. The effort by Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber [Read More...]

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FFRF gets “God Bless America” banner off a US post office. My brother goes to work with people upset about it.

In yet another victory for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, they’ve gotten the post office (a government building) to take down a banner that says “God Bless America” (which is explicitly religious, which the government can’t do): A complaint filed in Pittsburg, Kan. says a sign at the post office that says “God Bless America” [Read More...]

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Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster recognized as an official religion in the Netherlands.

Big congrats to the prophet, Bobby Henderson, for the one more country getting a dose of the loving Noodles: Two days ago, pastafarians were told by the country’s Chamber of Commerce that they would be granted official status. They had been trying for several years. Although a momentous time for the church of FSM – [Read More...]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: The best sleep you’ll ever get.

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Update on Bundy militia shootout: 1 dead, 1 injured, 9 arrested.

Last night federal officers arrested many of the Bundy militia during a traffic stop.  In the process the militia opened fire on the police.  The police returned fire injuring one and killing another: The shootout appears to have taken place on a highway in rural Oregon – away from the federal refuge the armed militia [Read More...]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Baby fell asleep on a train.

Good morning!  Half day on the blog due to voice lessons. I hope everybody has a good one! [Read more...]

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BREAKING: Many of the Bundy militia arrested after shootout with police.

There was apparently a shootout tonight between members of Amon Bundy’s militia and local police.  Dan Arel is keeping tabs on it.  One of their leaders was apparently shot multiple times: Oregon officials have stated that shots were fired during a traffic stop in which Bundy and several of his followers were pulled over near the [Read More...]

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If atheism is a religion then Christians have lots of religions.

This made me lawl. View post on imgur.com [Read more...]

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Police pick up a drunk man with a pellet gun on his way to join the Bundy militia. Hilarity ensues.

Police have arrested a real American hero who was just on his way to join an armed insurrection against the government: Law enforcement arrested a man on his way to join the standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon on Monday who appeared to be intoxicated and told officers that he was going to [Read More...]

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A handy rebuttal to the idea that Christianity makes people more moral.

There’s a pernicious myth that just refuses to die, primarily because so many Christians refuse to acknowledge the obvious — that without the promise of heaven there’s nothing to motivate people to do good. Ironically, it must be presumed that anybody uttering this would become a serial killer if they determined heaven was a lie. [Read More...]

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Indiana’s anti-gay “religious liberty” bill wound up costing the state around $60 million.

While the anti-gay crowd has been down-playing how much money Indiana lost for its ill-fated “religious liberty” bill that was really a discrimination bill in disguise (and a pretty thin disguise at that), some groups have been trying to objectively piece together about how much hatred toward gay people cost the state. That figure is [Read More...]

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What was really significant about the grand jury hearing for the people who faked the Planned Parenthood videos.

You’ve probably heard by now that the people who made those fake videos about Planned Parenthood selling fetal parts for profit have been indicted by a grand jury: Prosecutors in Harris County said one of the leaders of the Center for Medical Progress — an anti-abortion group that made secretly recorded videos purporting to show [Read More...]

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