Blood Libel Redux: Demonizing Minorities is Easier Than Ever

Kris Kobach

The term “blood libel” was coined to describe a centuries-old false allegation that Jews murder Christian children to use their blood in the baking of Passover matzo (unleavened bread). Blood libels were invented and used to inflame hatred of Jews, and often led to mob violence and pogroms, many of which decimated entire Jewish communities. Blood libels are a tactic […]

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AL Senate Candidate Roy Moore: “Transgenders Don’t Have Rights”

Roy Moore Senate Campaign

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore – the man facing allegations of being a pedophile – argued at a press conference Wednesday that “The transgenders don’t have rights.” While some would read this statement as meaning transgender people are not a class of people recognized as being a protected class, based on his previous remarks about LGBTQ people, the comment should probably […]

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Virginia School Board Candidate Targets LGBTQ Teenager [UPDATED]

John Kinchen

[UPDATE – November 8, 2017 at 10AM ET] Barbara Rypkema defeated John Kinchen for school board, Timberlake District during voting last night. It’s unknown whether this campaign ad had an effect on voting, but regardless, the voters of Campbell County have spoken. [ORIGINAL STORY] John Kinchen, a candidate in the Campbell County School Board in Virginia, singled out a gay teenager […]

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Louisiana School District Called Out Again For Religious Proselytizing

Bossier Parish school prayer

The Bossier Parish, Louisiana school district is back in the news again this week as an elementary teacher faces allegations of conducting open prayer with students in her classroom. The allegation follows recent controversy where the parish’s high school faced national backlash over a letter sent to all students (and their parents) threatening to punish any student athlete who engages in silent […]

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Gay and Catholic? No Religious Funeral For You!

Catholic leadership in Madison, Wisconsin recently sent an email to priests detailing recommended guidelines for handling funerals for gay church members. In a display of heartlessness, the leaked message suggested that those who may have been active in the LGBTQ community be denied a religious funeral service. Leadership also communicated that same-sex partners be excluded from having any prominent role in the funeral ceremony, including mention […]

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Two Pastors God-splain Through the ‘Good Without God’ Debate

Fox News - Good Without God

Last week, Pew Research released survey results suggesting that 56% of Americans now feel that belief in God is not necessary to be a good or moral person. Obviously, this is something that secular people have been saying for years. In 2001, the same survey showed a 49% result for this question. What’s most interesting to me is that the increase is […]

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Texas High School Students ‘Stand Up to Atheists’

Texas High School Students ‘Stand Up to Atheists’ - Zero Atheists Care

If you read about the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s (FFRF) latest warning to a Texas high school, you most likely thought nothing of it, since it seems pretty clear-cut. LaPoynor High School in Larue, Texas, received a letter from FFRF demanding they take down the Christian flag that the school has been flying alongside the Texas and US flags on school grounds. The flag was […]

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Ken Ham Wants to Trick Your Kids Again This Halloween

If you recall, last year Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis offered up these despicable dino-bucks tracts that they sold to gullible Christians to use as trick-or-treat giveaways on Halloween. The fake $1 million bills had a sweet message to kids on the back: you’re going to hell. This year, he’s decided to suck the fun out of the holiday again by offering a […]

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Religion, Schools & Vouchers: Footing The Bill For Proselytizing

religious proselytizing - prayer in schools & promotion of religion using tax money via school vouchers

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has reported on Indiana’s school voucher program–the largest such program in the United States–and has followed that report with a wider-ranging, scathing editoriallisting additional issues with the program. The newspaper’s revelations didn’t surprise those of us who have been watching what I can only call “the voucher scam.” Whatever the motives of the people who originally supported these programs–and […]

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DOJ Releases Virulently Anti-Gay ‘Religious Liberty’ Memo

Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump

Capping off a week where the Department of Justice rescinded workplace protections for transgender people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a lengthy memo today outlining the DOJ’s intention to allow discrimination through use of ‘religious liberty’ exceptions. The wide-spanning memo never explicitly mentions LGBTQ people, but targets every industry and avenue LGBTQ people have been fighting legal roadblocks to promote […]

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