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Nightclubbing For Jesus?: A Fla. Hot Spot Disguised As House Of Worship Loses Its Tax Exemption

When you picture a typical church, what comes to mind? If it’s not "naked paint parties,” then you would probably side with Florida officials who recently revoked the tax exemption of a “church” that appears to have been a nightclub trying to skirt tax laws.   Read more

Traditional Failures: Fundamentalist View Of Marriage Still Out Of Touch

A new poll shows that support for marriage equality is at an all-time high: It’s at 59 percent, in fact.  The U.S. Supreme Court is going to take the matter up next month, and many feel that no matter what the high court says, same-sex marriage is inevitable. Read more

Fundamentalist Bailout: Ark. Bill Asks Religious Right Legal Group To Defend Hypothetical Ten Commandments Monument

An Arkansas lawmaker’s proposal that would result in the placement of a Ten Commandments monument on public land looks like a jobs bill for a Religious Right legal organization.

Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) filed a last-minute measure yesterday that would allow for the Decalogue display on the grounds of the state capitol in Little Rock. Read more

Suffer The Children: ‘Good Christian’ Legislator In Ark. Accused Of Giving Away Adopted Girls

An Arkansas lawmaker with a history of causing church-state conflicts is in hot water this week in the wake of allegations that he “re-homed” – a euphemism for gave away – two adopted girls to a former employee who later raped one of the children. Read more

What Roy Has Wrought: Alabama Supreme Court Tries Desperate Tactic To Block Same-Sex Unions

Last night the Alabama Supreme Court issued a ruling ordering an end to same-sex marriages in the state.

This was a very curious action. As you may recall, a federal court earlier this year declared Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court both declined to stay this ruling. This paved the way for same-sex marriages to begin in Alabama on Feb. 9. Read more

Hindu Hullabaloo: Idaho Lawmaker Objects To Non-Christian Prayer Before Legislative Session

Government-sponsored prayer is all or nothing. That means legislative bodies that want to begin meetings with an invocation must either be inclusive of all viewpoints, or prohibit official prayers completely. But don’t tell that to one Idaho senator who seems to have a real problem with the prospect of a Hindu prayer before a senate session. Read more