Kentucky Judge Refuses To Conduct Non-Religious Wedding

Kentucky Judge Refuses To Conduct Non-Religious Wedding

After requesting a secular marriage ceremony, a couple planning to marry in Trigg County, Kentucky was shocked when a judge refused to marry them claiming he couldn’t perform the ceremony without religious context. The judge – County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander – reportedly told the couple,  “I include God in my ceremonies, and I won’t do one without him.” Mandy Heath and her fiancé Jon are […]

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Becoming The Enemy: Evangelicals No Longer Hold Moral High Ground

evangelical moral high ground lost over support for Donald Trump

A recent article in The Atlantic considered a question that many people have asked in the wake of the 2016 Presidential election: One of the most perplexing features of the 2016 election was the high level of support Donald Trump received from white evangelical Protestants. How did a group that once proudly identified itself as “values voters” come to support a candidate who […]

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The Republican Attack on Universities, Education & Intelligence

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Yesterday brought news of a recent poll in which a majority of Republicans blamed universities for taking the  nation in the “wrong direction.” Think about that. I don’t know Henry Giroux, but his recent article in Salon was what we used to call a barn-burner, and it provides a context for that sorry and depressing poll result. It began: Donald Trump’s ascendancy in American politics has […]

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Moral Mondays: Taking The Morality Mantle Back From The Right

Moral Mondays

Most Americans have heard of North Carolina’s Reverend William Barber, whose passion and activism were recently profiled in the Washington Post. Barber founded “Moral Mondays” at the North Carolina State Capitol to protest what he labeled “immoral” legislation that would further disadvantage the poor; his movement aims to give voice to the previously voiceless, and to effect change. I was particularly struck by […]

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The Piety Police: The GOP’s Obsession With The Prosperity Gospel

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Those of us who live in Indiana are well aware of Mike Pence’s hostility to the rights of LGBTQ citizens, but the national press is still learning about “Pastor” Pence’s fundamentalist religious views on women and gays. Just a few days ago, a Newslo reporter dug up an old Pence speech: Digging up Mike Pence’s past political work has become a sport in […]

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Supreme Court To Hear Case About LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Laws

Masterpiece Cakeshop

Yesterday the Supreme Court announced it would hear the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. At the center of that case lies the question: does a private business have the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people? We’ve covered Masterpiece at each stage of its legal journey over the years as business owner Jack Phillips insisted his religious beliefs should […]

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Religious Liberty And the Marketplace

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Most of us have heard the military admonition against “fighting the last war.” The point is obvious: generals and political actors need to evaluate and respond to the reality in which they live; getting stuck in the past–fighting the last war– is a formula for failure.That admonition also suggests one way of analyzing America’s current political situation. Much of our […]

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Pensacola Man Harasses AHA Attorney Over Church-State Cross Case

Pensacola Man Lou Cobb Harasses AHA Attorney Over Church-State Cross Case

Following a decision earlier this week that deemed a cross in Pensacola was an unconstitutional establishment of religion on taxpayer-funded public space, a man took to Facebook to harass one of the attorneys that argued for the cross’ removal. Lou Cobb – who identified himself as a Christian to local media – explained that after he learned of the decision he […]

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Mississippi Religious Liberty Bill HB1523 To Become Law

Mississippi HB1523

Despite at two lawsuits filed to stop it, Mississippi HB 1523 (also known as the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act”) may become law thanks to a federal appeals court ruling this week. The bill enables legal discrimination against same-sex couples, transgender men and women, and any unmarried couple who engages in sexual relations outside the boundaries of marriage. […]

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Atheist Doc ‘A Better Life’ Has Screened in 100 Cities: Lessons from the Road

A week ago Sunday in Pensacola, Florida, Chris Johnson presented his documentary, A Better Life, to Humanists of West Florida for his 100th screening and film discussion, about two years after debuting the film in London on May 2, 2015. The documentary is part of a larger project, composed of a “trinity” if you will, which started as a photography […]

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