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Dreaming Of Dr. King: Religious Right Attempts To Co-Opt Legacy Of Slain Civil Rights Leader

As years pass, historical figures start to get a little fuzzy around the edges. This is especially true of those men and women who loom large over public consciousness. Activist groups, eager to co-opt these important historical personages, start subtly rewriting history. Read more

Limits On Liberty?: Nearly 20 Percent Of Americans Think Religion Should Not Be The Subject Of Satire

In the wake of a terrorist attack in Paris that resulted in the murder of 12 people at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a lot of people on this side of the Atlantic are wondering what limits, if any, should be placed on our freedom to mock religion. Read more

Tyranny In Texas: State Bill Would Punish Employees Who Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

As federal courts tell more and more states that they must allow same-sex marriage, it seems one of the few remaining holdouts is bracing for the inevitable. Texas, which hates to be messed with and loves to hate “non-traditional” marriage, has come up with a bill that would punish state clerks who issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Read more

What If God Doesn’t Want It?: Ala. Town Declares Itself Property Of The Almighty

Officials in the town of Winfield, Ala., passed an interesting resolution last month: They declared that God owns their community.

“Whereas we acknowledge God is the owner of the City of Winfield and that it is a City under God. We acknowledge that at all times, He is in control,” reads a resolution that passed the city council unanimously. Read more

Hatred Extinguished: Atlanta Fire Chief Terminated For Distributing Anti-Gay Book To Employees

Some fundamentalist Christians are clueless when it comes to free speech. They seem to think they have the right to say whatever they want without any sort of consequences. But as Atlanta’s fire chief recently learned, public officials can’t spread anti-gay propaganda in the workplace and keep their job. Read more

Free Press, Free Society: Paris Attack A Reminder Of First Amendment’s Importance

Three gunmen broke into the headquarters of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo yesterday and murdered 12. The attack is almost certainly revenge for the paper’s decision to publish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammed and Muslims; its offices had previously been firebombed, and the gunmen identified themselves as members of Al Qaeda.
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Bye, Bye Bob: Faith Can’t Save Former Va. Gov. McDonnell From Federal Prison

One-time Pat Robertson golden child Robert F. McDonnell’s fall from grace reached its conclusion yesterday as the former Virginia governor was sentenced to two years in federal prison for what has been described as “lending the prestige of the governor’s office” to a local businessman in exchange for money, trips and fancy toys. Read more

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