Same-sex couples in Alabama could marry as soon as Monday, now that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a stay of a federal court ruling overturning the state’s same-sex marriage in two concurrent lawsuits. Read more
In 1949, five domestic house cats were introduced to tiny Marion Island, which is off the coast of South Africa, in an effort to control the local mouse population. By 1977, the cat population had ballooned to 3,400, placing the local species of birds in danger of extinction.
It’s an old story: something that was intended to solve a problem instead creates a host of new ones. Read more
The leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) made quite a splash last week when they announced they would support a law banning discrimination against LGBTQ people – with one condition.
Some analysts hailed the move. A few headlines writers even got a little carried away and asserted that the church had endorsed gay rights or forged a compromise that other conservative religious groups could use. Read more
An anti-drug program rooted in Scientology entered at least 30 New York City public schools last year, according to DNAinfo. Even though that program, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, advertises itself as a rather innocuous “non-profit public benefit corporation,” in reality it is a church-sponsored project. Read more
Perhaps you’ve heard of Bryan Fischer who, until recently, held a top spot at the American Family Association (AFA).
In fact, it’s slightly more likely you’ve heard of Fischer than you have his employer, at least by word of mouth. He likes to make an impact and in this endeavor he certainly succeeds. Right Wing Watch reports that just this week, he claimed on his radio broadcast that LGBTQ people have been “taken captive” by Satan himself. Read more
In 2012, a teacher at Saint Vincent de Paul School in Indiana named Emily Herx was fired solely because she chose to undergo in vitro fertilization, an increasingly common procedure that church officials consider a violation of their dogma. Read more
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has a long history of exploiting religious faith for personal political gain, and it seems he did so once again last week at an evangelical Christian prayer rally.
The event, called “The Response-Louisiana,” generated quite a bit of controversy from the start because Jindal used official state letterhead to invite residents to the fundamentalist confab. Read more
This week is “National School Choice” week. Although many of the participants and supporters of the event join solely to support public school choice options, like charter schools and magnets schools, the organizers’ true purpose is to push private school choice options, specifically vouchers. Read more
Americans United has long been skeptical that Ark Encounter, a proposed theme park in Kentucky that will feature a 510-foot replica of Noah’s Ark, could ever live up to the enormous projected attendance figures claimed by its leadership in order to secure public assistance. As it turns out, the numbers submitted by Ark Encounter were indeed wildly inflated. Read more