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Bogus Defense: U.S. House Holds Hearing On Bill That Would Violate First Amendment and Harm LGBT Persons

Yesterday was the one-month anniversary of the shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people. This has been a difficult month for the LGBT community, yet on the anniversary, House Republicans held a hearing on a bill aimed at allowing discrimination against same-sex couples and their families in the name of “religious freedom.”

Perkins’ Platform?: Religious Right Leaders Stymie Efforts To Pull GOP To The Center

Political pundits who are convinced that the Religious Right is shrinking might want to take a look at the latest draft of the Republican Party platform. It’s evidence that this movement has lost little of its political might.

A platform subcommittee in Cleveland rejected amendments to soften the party’s language on abortion and LGBT rights; it also added language backing Donald Trump’s proposal to restrict immigration from Muslim-majority countries.

If At First You Don’t Succeed?: Pro-Voucher Group Attempts To Circumvent Colorado Supreme Court

Yesterday Americans United asked a federal court in Colorado to dismiss an attempt by a pro-voucher group to circumvent the Colorado Supreme Court by filing a case in federal court. The plaintiffs are a group of Douglas County parents who argue that the district’s voucher plan, which applies only to secular schools, as mandated by the Colorado Supreme Court, violates the U.S. Constitution. But if you are thinking that this isn’t our first time addressing this issue in Colorado, you are right.    

The Great Pokémon Freak-Out: Gotta Catch ‘Em All – And End Up In Hell!

Last night after dinner my 18-year-old son grabbed his smartphone and announced that he was going outside to capture Jigglypuff.

I rolled my eyes. “Pokémon Go, right?”


As Paul went out the door I had to laugh internally because even though I really don’t understand how this new “augmented reality” app works (and don’t really care to), I remember something he does not: The great Religious Right Pokémon freak-out!

Education For Everyone: In Defense Of ‘Government Schools’

Over the weekend, The New York Times ran a story about a trend among far-right conservatives in Kansas who call public schools “government schools.”

The idea is that a shift in terminology will change opinions. After all, to many people, “public” equals good, while “government” equals bad.

As Erica Massman, a moderate Republican, told The Times, “They are trying to rebrand public education.”

Inappropriate Appropriations: U.S. House Approves Spending Bill Limiting Reproductive Rights While Boosting School Vouchers And Pulpit Politicking

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an important appropriations bill (H.R. 5485) yesterday that will help fund the federal government for the next year. Tucked into this legislation are three troubling provisions that would weaken church-state separation and harm true religious liberty.

Some members of Congress are working to limit true religious freedom.

A Flood Of Nonsense: Ken Ham’s False Dichotomy

Ken Ham’s $102 million Ark Encounter theme park in Williamstown, Ky., opens today. The official launch of this boat on dry land has led to a spate of media attention for the Australian creationist and would-be Noah.

Ham’s “ark park” was the subject of a lengthy New York Times story recently, during which Ham admitted, yet again, that the entire project has one goal: converting people to his brand of fundamentalist Christianity.