May 4, 2017
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We're part of a coalition of groups supporting the Johnson Amendment, and here's our letter to Congress. Here's a joint letter from hundreds and hundreds of groups, including us, also supporting the Johnson Amendment. See our logo up there?
The always-aggrieved Bill Donohue called us "militant secularists"!
The wisdom of our legal director Nick Little was sought for a VICE article on a funeral home's refusal to cremate someone because they were gay:
Little explained that, while freedom of religion is core to American values, "it isn't a license to discriminate, or a 'get out of jail free' card to avoid compliance with civil rights laws. Dressing up a desire to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals, or against women, or against racial groups in the garb of religious belief doesn't make it any more palatable, and our laws shouldn't make exceptions for it."
Ron Lindsay, our former boss, puts himself through the obviously painful task of reading Rod Dreher's book on "the Benedict Option," in which TRUE Christians retreat from secular society, mainly because of THE GAYS:
In light of Dreher’s troubled relationship with many aspects of modernity, what’s so special about recent events that has caused him to decide that now’s the time to sound retreat? Same-sex marriage. For Dreher, same-sex marriage is unendurable. That marriage is “between one man and one woman” is a “core teaching of the Christian faith” and the legalization of same-sex marriage demonstrates that our society is irredeemably hostile to Christians. Really? That’s what Christianity is all about?
Yesterday Trump had a closed meeting and dinner with a bunch of Evangelical bigshots. Time reports:
Most of Trump’s evangelical advisory board flew in for the event, including Trump’s longtime spiritual advisor Paula White, Southern Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress, evangelist Franklin Graham, Focus on the Family Founder James Dobson, former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, South Carolina televangelist Mark Burns, Faith and Freedom Coalition chairman Ralph Reed, and others. They were joined by top White House officials, including Vice President Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon.
Desiree Fairooz is found guilty of laughing at Jeff Sessions. Not kidding. Could get a year in prison. For laughing at Jeff Sessions. "Disrupting Congress" they call it.
A. Odysseus Patrick at NYT excoriates Australia for giving preference to Christian refugees from Syria and Iraq, which is ostensibly because they are greater victims of persecution, though experts say that's not really true.
Jezebel's podcast Dirtcast goes after the snake oil hawking of Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop.
Matthew Nisbet explores the mindfulness movement for Skeptical Inquirer.
Susan Gerbic picks apart the tricks in the "psychic readings" of Tyler Henry, the young grief vampire.
As someone with autism and ADHD, I was kind of hoping these fidget spinners might be a helpful thing. Probably not, which was to be expected I guess.
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That's all I got time for, folks.
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