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    Utah prosecutor slams BYU for holding up rape prosecution while they investigate victim’s partying

    A Utah County attorney slammed Brigham Young University for delaying the prosecution of an alleged rapist while the school goes after the victim for breaking the school’s infamous “Honor Code” for partying, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.
    According to Deputy Utah County Attorney Craig Johnson, he has asked the Mormon church-affiliated to school to hold off their investigation of the victim until the conclusion of the trial — slated to begin next month — and that the school refused.

    a Utah County sheriff’s deputy, who is a friend of the accused attacker, gave BYU a copy of the police case file in which the woman admitted to activities that are in violation of the school’s rules.

    While the school conducts its own investigation, the woman has been banned from registering for future classes or attending school until she meets with them, making it difficult for her to stay in Utah.

    “we have a victim that is going to be revictimized any time she talks about the rape

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/utah...e+Raw+Story%29

    iow, "Breaking our bullshit "honor code" rules is more serious than, overrides breaking criminal laws".



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    The Hypocrisy Behind Utah’s Move To Declare Porn A Public Health Hazard

    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) is expected to sign a piece of legislation on Tuesday that will formally declare pornography to be a “public health hazard” in his state.

    This resolution, introduced in January by Senator Todd Weiler (R), rushed unopposed through the state Senate and House to make it to Herbert’s desk in a matter of months. Though it won’t impose a formal ban or criminal punishment, the legislation is a formal way for lawmakers to announce their disapproval of pornography.


    Sen. Weiler’s resolution focuses heavily on how pornography warps children’s understanding of sex.


    “Exposure to pornography often serves as children’s and youths’ sex education and shapes their sexual templates,” it reads. “It teaches girls they are to be used and teaches boys to be users. This early exposure [to pornography] is leading to…an increase in problematic sexual activity at younger ages.”


    Weiler, one of the majority Mormon members of state legislature, has compared pornography addiction to tobacco addiction and has said marriages destroyed by pornography will burden the state government.


    “Ultimately, if someone gets divorced, that affects the government because we end up with more children and spouses on welfare and other things,” Weiler told the Salt Lake Tribune. So, after all, it's All About The Benjamins


    Unlike hard drugs, he said that pornographic images could “haunt you for the rest of your life.”

    But the idea that pornography is a serious addiction has been rejected by multiple psychology organizations and researchers.


    Plus, the risks of pornography are easily dwarfed when compared to the state’s

    history of skyrocketing STD rates among teens and

    a 36 percent rate of unintended pregnancies.

    Viewing pornography is one of the few sexual behaviors that isn’t partnered with these outcomes.


    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2016...solution-utah/



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    Noah's Ark

    a controversial theme park that’s subsidized by taxpayers, but which is nevertheless openly discriminating in its hiring.

    The Kentucky Associated Press reported, “Want to serve food or operate rides at Kentucky’s new Noah’s Ark attraction? Then you must first pledge your Christianity.”

    The theme park will be searching for 300 to 400 workers to fill food service, ticketing and other theme park-related positions at the 510-foot long Ark Encounter before it opens in July and Ken Ham, founder of the ministry Answers in Genesis, says employees will be required to sign a statement saying they’re Christian and “profess Christ as their savior.”


    The religious group, which will run the ark’s operations, won a federal court ruling in January that clarified that it can make religious-based hires even as it seeks a Kentucky tourism tax incentive worth millions.

    Ken Ham said last week that he’s “requiring” employees to be Christians, even if their specific jobs have nothing to do with religion.


    A report from Raw Story added job seekers

    must submit a “creation belief statement” and

    “salvation testimony” before being hired,

    in addition to endorsing the official Answers in Genesis “Statement of Faith,” which among other things,

    dictates that the planet is roughly 6,000 years old.


    On Twitter, Ken Ham wrote, “Secular media think it’s big news that a Christian organization with a specific Christian purpose @ArkEncounter will employ Christians -DUH!”

    And while that may not seem controversial, this story is a little different. As longtime readers may recall, the Answers in Genesis ministry sought and received taxpayer support for the project, and state officials, in the name of boosting tourism, approved $18 million in tax subsidies to bolster the theme park’s finances.

    The state of Kentucky pulled back, however, after it learned that Ark Encounter intended to discriminate in hiring. If the ministry wants taxpayer money, the state said, it can’t discriminate against the same taxpayers supporting the project.

    Answers in Genesis took the matter to court, arguing that Kentucky was discriminating against the ministry because the group wants to discriminate. Inexplicably, a federal judge appointed by President George W. Bush ruled in the ministry’s favor, ordering the state to subsidize employment discrimination.

    Maybe this will be reversed on appeal? Actually, no – because new Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) likes the ruling and has no interest in challenging it.

    And so, the theme park will discriminate against Kentucky residents, even as Kentucky residents help pay for the theme park.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-s...d=sm_fb_maddow




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    Church Militant claims God gave his mother cancer so that he would stop being gay



    The Church Militant has posted a new video in which he thanks God for giving his mother stomach cancer and dying so that he would be brought back to the Catholic Church.

    Michael Voris, president and founder of St. Michael’s Media and producer of the website Church Militant, took to YouTube to reveal details of the sinful life he lived prior to his “reversion” to Catholicism.

    He was posting the video now, he said, because there were forces seeking to “publicly discredit me, the apostolate, and my work here.”

    He says that he had always publicly spoken of his life prior to his reversion as a time in which he was living in “mortal sin.”

    He just hadn’t thought that “a full public confession of details was necessary.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/chur...e+Raw+Story%29

    This Catholic Church doctrine: the child must be saved even God kills the mother.



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    Evangelicals stunned that they’ve finally alienated everyone, including those in their own ‘party’

    After years of lecturing everyone about right and wrong and “family values” and attempting to statutorily impose their own beliefs on America, Christian fundamentalists are now shocked to find out that they’ve been abandoned by pretty much everyone, including the Republican party. Katie Zezima reports on fundie dysphoria in the wake of Donald Trump’s ascension to titular head of the Republican party.

    “In a sense, we feel abandoned by our party,” [Pastor Gary] Fuller said. “There’s nobody left.”

    Fuller and other conservatives whose voting decisions are guided by their Christian faith find themselves dismayed and adrift now that Trump has wrested control of the Republican Party.

    It is a sentiment that reaches from the small, aluminum-sided church with a large white cross on its front that Fuller and his wife built on the Nebraska plains to the highest levels of American religious life.

    Even progressive Christians — evangelicals and Catholics, among others — who don’t necessarily vote Republican are alarmed that Trump is attracting many voters who call themselves religious. […]

    “This year the Republican Party has not just surrendered on the culture wars, they’ve joined the other side.

    And that’s a unique situation,” said Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

    “This year” may turn out to be a gross underestimation of the cultural change that’s taking place within the GOP and America, frankly.

    Trump and his followers have mostly rejected the notion that they need to embrace the fundamentalist agenda in order to win and—perhaps more to the point—that winning on fundie terms is even worth it.

    Ted Cruz’s failure to convert his demonization of transgender individuals into votes in Indiana wasn’t simply a local miscalculation, it was fundamental misunderstanding of where the nationwide electorate stands on LGBTQ issues. While the public is still learning about gay and transgender people, voters seem less vulnerable to “the sky is falling” messages that social conservatives employed with same-sex marriage, for instance.

    As a poll found this week, 57 percent of Americans oppose mandating which bathrooms transgender individuals should use and 75 percent support equal protection laws for transgender Americans in jobs, housing, and public accommodations.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/0...28Daily+Kos%29

    Christian supremacist Taliban take it up the Family Values anus.



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    Well, boutons, aren't you happy that repubs have shunned the conservative candidates and voted for some one like Trump who obviously isn't a conservative?

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    Well, boutons, aren't you happy that repubs have shunned the conservative candidates and voted for some one like Trump who obviously isn't a conservative?
    Their boy, Christian Taliban supremacist, dominionist Krazy Kruz never had a chance.

    But the Christian Taliban and Repugs still have and will make lots of shitty mischief at the Congressional, state, and local levels. eg, TX is going to have Bruner on board of SBOE. red, slave states is where the Christian shit is strongest.

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    Anti-government couple read Bible in court to show they’re ‘one person — but we have two brains’



    A couple accused of squatting in a $900,000 Arizona home read a Bible in court to claim they must be able to speak to one another in prison because they are one person — but have separate brains.
    Randall and Jennifer Skates claim they are exempt from court jurisdiction after they were accused of moving into a bank-owned home in Prescott and claiming it as their own, reported The Daily Courier.

    They cite legal theories associated with the “sovereign citizen” movement to challenge their prosecution, although they deny actually being so-called sovereign citizens.


    The 37-year-old Randall Skates and his 45-year-old wife argued during their arraignment last month that the court had no jurisdiction because the U.S. and Arizona flags in the courtroom had gold fringe around them, which they claimed meant it was a maritime court.


    They also disputed whether they were the same people identified in charging documents because those names were typed in all capital letters.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/anti...e+Raw+Story%29




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    Kentucky's Creation Museum Guy Just Spent Millions Building a Life-Sized Noah's Ark That Teaches One Basic Tenet—You Will Burn in Hell

    The righteous who claim Jesus—who make it through the Ark's door before it shuts—will find salvation just like Noah’s family did. As for the rest, they are sure to find themselves burning in Hell for eternity.





    Future phases of Ark Encounter promise the addition of such attractions as a Tower of Babel, a first-century Middle Eastern city, a journey through biblical history, a children’s area, an aviary, and a large petting zoo.

    According to Ham, as of July 2015 the “Lord has blessed us in providing $70 million of the approximately $90 million needed to complete the life-size Ark project,” which is the first phase of the theme park.

    What is the point of this massive project? Ken Ham and others at AiG have been explicit that the primary purpose of the Ark Encounter is evangelism,

    "When you think about the message of salvation, the cross of course is the greatest reminder of the message of salvation. But other than the cross, I believe the Ark of Noah is the greatest message, the greatest reminder of the message of salvation.

    Because you think about it:

    God at the time of Noah said he’s going to send a global flood because of the wickedness of man, and so he had Noah build this great big ship and that representatives of the land animal kinds were to go on board this particular ship, and then Noah and his family went on board. They had to go through a doorway to be saved. Actually, Noah’s Ark is a picture of salvation as Noah and his family had to go through a doorway to be saved. So, we need to go through a doorway. Jesus Christ said, 'I am the door. By me if any man enter in he will be saved.'"

    For Ham, the door on Noah’s Ark served as a passageway to salvation. Salvation came to those who crossed its threshold; damnation to those who did not. More than this, and based on John 10:9—wherein Jesus says that he is a door—Ham reasons that the door of the Ark is like Jesus.

    http://www.alternet.org/books/kentuc...rk-teaches-one

    Above all, this Christian supremacist theme park is just another way to separate the faithful from their money, which is the supreme American god, worshipped above all else.



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    Texas TV host to school board candidate: ‘Are you Christian enough to represent this district?’

    The host of a Texas political show on Sunday asked Keven Ellis, a candidate for State Board of Education in District 9, if he was “Christian enough” for the job.During a Sunday face-off between Ellis and far-right opponent Mary Lou Bruner onWFAA’s Inside Texas Politics, both candidates made their case to voters for the May 24th runoff for the GOP nomination.

    Ellis argued that schools needed to be properly funded, but that the district had a responsibility to see that money was spent wisely.
    Bruner, who has warned that pre-K programs indoctrinate children into the “homosexual agenda,” called for slashing “special programs” and early childhood education.

    “Ms. Bruner has said that she wants creationism taught in science class,” Inside Texas Politics host Bud Kennedy noted. “And that her views represent those of the district. Are you Christian enough to represent this district?”

    “Yes, I am,” Ellis insisted. “I’ve taught Sunday school and Bible quiz in my church in 20 years. And I believe it’s my responsibility to teach my faith to my children. The catch of when you get religion in school is whose religion is going to be taught?”


    Bruner disagreed: “When we only teach theory — it’s a theory, theories are unproven — but in the science class, if only one theory is taught then we’re teaching a religion. It is the religion of atheism.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/texa...e+Raw+Story%29



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    Two Tennessee ministers caught seeking underage girls for sex in sting operation




    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/two-...e+Raw+Story%29

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    A new level of homophobia in Kansas: Christian high school says it reserves right to expel students with gay family members

    A private Christian high school in Kansas reserves the right to expel students for living with gay family members,

    Before enrolling in Wichita’s Trinity Academy, students and their parents must sign a “Statement of Understanding” that affirms their support for the school’s “orthodox Christian beliefs and practices.”

    http://www.salon.com/2016/05/23/a_ne...amily_members/



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    Now Texas Schoolkids Will NEVER Learn What A Coked-Up Gay Whore Obama Is, Unfair!

    Texas kiddies, you have missed the opportunity of a lifetime. In a Republican runoff election for the state school board, voters had a simple choice: Keven Ellis, whom we’ll call “some guy,” and Mary Lou Bruner, that AMAZING East Texas lady who knows President Obama has a nasty coke habit that he pays for by sucking the D for cash money. She saw it on the internet!

    But we guess the supposed grown-up voters of Texas don’t even care about their kids learning REAL KNOWLEDGE, because they voted for Some Guy on Tuesday, instead of Mary Lou! What is this world coming to?

    The East Texas Tea Party activist and former schoolteacher had been favored to succeed in the race after nearly winning the March 1 primary outright and accumulating heavy support from influential conservative groups that typically hold big sway in low-turnout runoff elections. But Ellis, a Lufkin chiropractor who presides over the local school board, maintained a double-digit lead over Bruner throughout Tuesday night, and that lead widened as vote returns rolled in. He ended the night about 18 points ahead of Bruner.

    http://wonkette.com/602216/now-texas-schoolkids-will-never-learn-what-a-coked-up-gay-whore-obama-is-unfair

    Deep South Lufkin TX? Keven Ellis surely will bring intelligent, progressive ideas on education to SBOE.



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    Oklahomastan

    During a recent debate in the state House over an obviously unconstitutional anti-abortion proposal – which was later vetoed – state Rep. David Brumbaugh (R)
    told his colleagues,

    “Everybody talks about [Oklahoma’s] $1.3 billion deficit. If we take care of the morality, God will take care of the economy.”

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/oklahoma-doesnt-do-all-craziness-accident?cid=sm_fb_maddow




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    this week is a faith-based argument from one of North Carolina’s top elected officials, in defense of the state’s deeply controversial anti-LGBT statute.

    The discriminatory measure, generally known as HB 2, has generated considerable national discussion, though North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has struggled at times to offer a compelling defense.

    Right Wing Watch reported this week that his right-hand man, North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest (R), appeared on a far-right conspiracy theorist’s radio show on Wednesday, where the Republican official took the debate in a theocratic direction.

    He said that [measures such as Charlotte’s anti-discrimination measure, which prompted HB 2] were approved because “we have a lack of moral compass in our country right now, we’ve taken our eyes off God in America, we have turned our back on God, we have forgotten God in a lot of ways, so the moral compass is broken here.”

    Forest went on to say that anti-LGBT laws like North Carolina’s only “discriminate against behavior, not against people,” comparing them to traffic laws: “If I want to go out and drive 95 miles an hour down the interstate in North Carolina because I feel like doing that, I don’t have the right to do that. It doesn’t mean the law is discriminating against me, it’s discriminating against my behavior of wanting to drive 95.”

    Arguments like these are problematic for all sorts of reasons. First, in a country that separates religion and government, it’s not up to state officials to decide whether or not people have “turned their backs on God.” Dan Forest is, after all, the lieutenant governor, not a minister.


    And second, the “discriminate against behavior” line has been a common refrain used by opponents of civil rights for LGBT Americans for years. The reality, of course, is that choosing how fast to drive a car is in no way similar to a person’s sexual orientation or sexual identity.

    In the same interview, Forest also blamed the media for the HB 2 controversy, rather than the policymakers who approved the measure.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-s...d=sm_fb_maddow

    These fucking Christian Taliban, legislating their narrow, hateful morals, are totally, willfully confused about where civil govt stops and Christian Sharia starts.



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    Anti-government couple read Bible in court to show they’re ‘one person — but we have two brains’



    A couple accused of squatting in a $900,000 Arizona home read a Bible in court to claim they must be able to speak to one another in prison because they are one person — but have separate brains.
    Randall and Jennifer Skates claim they are exempt from court jurisdiction after they were accused of moving into a bank-owned home in Prescott and claiming it as their own, reported The Daily Courier.

    They cite legal theories associated with the “sovereign citizen” movement to challenge their prosecution, although they deny actually being so-called sovereign citizens.


    The 37-year-old Randall Skates and his 45-year-old wife argued during their arraignment last month that the court had no jurisdiction because the U.S. and Arizona flags in the courtroom had gold fringe around them, which they claimed meant it was a maritime court.


    They also disputed whether they were the same people identified in charging documents because those names were typed in all capital letters.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/anti...e+Raw+Story%29




    Inbreds

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    New York Jews own Cuomo

    New York Governor Ends Public Funding for Sanctions Campaign Against Israel



    Mr. Cuomo made his announcement in a speech at the Harvard Club in Manhattan to an audience including local Jewish leaders and lawmakers, describing the B.D.S. movement as an “economic attack” on Israel.

    “We cannot allow that to happen,” the governor said, adding that, “If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you.”


    Several states have moved to support Israel and prevent their governments and agencies from doing business with companies or individuals that endorse the boycotts. Similar bills have been introduced in both houses of the New York Legislature, and a Republican-sponsored bill passed the state Senate, which that party leads, in January.


    But on Sunday, Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, flexed his executive power — a more familiar demonstration in the governor’s second term — joking that passing legislation can “often be a tedious affair,” and saying instead he wanted “immediate action” on B.D.S., while challenging other governors in other states to do the same.


    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/...+the+Headlines

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    The Fight Against BDS Just Took A Frightening Turn In New York

    many critics are worried his effort will seriously threaten free speech.

    The executive order requires the New York State Office of General Services to create a blacklist of institutions and companies involved in the BDS movement “using credible information available to the public” and make that list available to everyone online. All state agencies will be required to divest from such companies, which will have to submit “written evidence” to be appeal to be removed from the list.

    Regardless of one’s position on BDS, the order could be concerning because it ultimately requires the blacklisted institutions to prove their own innocence or else face repercussions, and it punishes companies on the basis of their political beliefs.

    serious threat it poses to free speech and political activism.

    one of the greatest threats to free speech in the West has been the censorship of those critical of the Israeli occupation. In the United States, at least 20 states and two local governments have passed or are considering legislation targeting the BDS movement.

    http://thinkprogress.org/world/2016/06/06/3784963/new-york-cuomo-bds/

    This is BLUE New York.

    I'm sure plenty of red/slave states (Bible Humpers love, defend, protect Israel because that's where Christ is returning) are noting Cuomo's criminalization and punishment of free speech.




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    North Carolina Christian Taliban sliming non-Christians as Philistines, implying non-Christians are incapable of being moral, ethical people.

    Rep. Virginia Foxx: 'I'm Not Willing' To Leave America 'To the Philistines

    Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., devoted her speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference today to telling activists not to lose faith in the political process and to remember that elected officials — or, more specifically, Republican elected officials — know that America needs a “moral and spiritual foundation in order to survive and thrive.”

    She had a message for those who think that “politics is a dirty business”: “If people of faith are not involved in political life, then you’re leaving it to the Philistines. And I’m not willing to leave it to the Philistines.”

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/conten...ca-philistines

    Here's a beautiful example of slave state Christianity:

    Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton Should Be Shamed Out of Office

    The column tells the story of a woman named Cassandra Butts, who recently passed away from leukemia at the age of 50. In 2014, prior to her diagnosis, the president proposed to name Butts the U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas—which sounds to these ears anyway to be a pretty sweet gig. That was when the nonsense began.

    First, Tailgunner Ted Cruz put a hold on all nominations because he was upset with the deal the president cut with Iran, and because the Tailgunner is an unlikable algae of a human being.

    Later, our man Cotton jumped in and slapped a hold on Butts and a couple of other nominees for ambassadorships.


    Let's let Bruni tell the tale from there. From the Times:

    [Cotton] had a legitimate gripe with the Obama administration over a Secret Service leak of private information about a fellow member of Congress, and he was trying to pressure Obama to take punitive action.

    But that issue was unrelated to Butts and the Bahamas.

    Cotton eventually released the two other holds, but not the one on Butts.

    She told me that she once went to see him about it, and he explained that

    he knew that she was a close friend of Obama's

    — the two first encountered each other on a line for financial-aid forms at Harvard Law School, where they were classmates—

    and that blocking her was a way to inflict special pain on the president.

    (By the way, according to Bruni, Cotton's office basically confirmed Butts's account of their meeting, but the coatholders also made sure Bruni knew that Cotton "had enormous respect for her and her career." Yeah, blow me, Gomer.)

    Tom Cotton weaponized a dying woman's final days in order to "inflict special pain" on the president. Tom Cotton is a petty, sadistic swine who has the basic conscience of a cholera outbreak. He should be shamed from office, and he should be shunned by decent people.

    God, I hope there's a hell, and that it's as advertised by Dante.

    http://www.esquire.com/news-politics...ing-appointee/



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    goddam, these fucking Christian Taliban, esp the slave state fuckers, are sick fucks

    GOP senator directs a provocative ‘prayer’ at Obama

    “You know, I think we are called to pray. We are called to pray for our country, for our leaders, and yes, even our president,” Perdue said during the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to the Majority conference in Washington. “You know, in his role as president, I think we should pray for Barack Obama.”

    But not just any prayer, he suggested, telling attendees that “we need to be very specific about how we pray.”

    As the audience laughed and applauded, the Republican senator told attendees, “We should pray like Psalms 109:8 says. It says, ‘Let his days be few, and let another have his office.’”

    Bible Gateway has this version online:

    “May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.

    “May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.

    “May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven[a] from their ruined homes.

    “May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.

    “May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.

    “May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation.

    “May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.”

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-s...d=sm_fb_maddow

    He was, y'all know it, just kiddin, pandering for playful, hateful laughs at the knitter's expense.



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    Texas high court sides with family who let kids skip schoolwork in wait of 'rapture'

    The Texas Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a family who were homeschooling their children but not teaching them, since they believed they would soon be “raptured.”

    The Lone Star State’s highest court voted 6-3 in favor of the family on a technicality. Laura and Michael McIntyre claimed their Fourteenth Amendment right had been violated when the El Paso school district attempted to discover whether their children were learning.

    Texas has a nationally disproportionate number of homeschoolers: around 300,000, or roughly one-sixth of the national total, according to The Texas Home School Coalition.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2016/0624/Texas-high-court-sides-with-family-who-let-kids-skip-schoolwork-in-wait-of-rapture



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    Far-right justices warn of ‘an ominous sign’

    MSNBC’s Irin Carmon highlighted yesterday’s “unusual” statement.

    “This case is an ominous sign,” Alito wrote in an unusual, 15-page response to the court refusing to hear Stormans v. Wiesman…. “If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead,” Alito continued, sounding a lot like a man who foresees a bleak future for his side, “those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern.”

    No, actually, they almost certainly don’t.


    As is always the case, especially in Supreme Court disputes, the details matter. In Washington, state law still allows individual pharmacists to raise religious objections to helping a customer, so long as some other employee can step in and provide the prescribed medication.

    The plaintiffs in Stormans v. Wiesman, however, wanted to go much further – refusing to stock Plan B altogether, regardless of public needs.


    The state’s policy is based on the entirely reasonable idea that consumers should have access to medications that are safe and legal, and pharmacies shouldn’t have the authority to simply turn people away.

    The far-right trio on the high court obviously disagree, and Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern explained the broader implications of their dissent.

    Alito, Thomas, and Roberts seem to believe that, under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, states are proscribed from requiring for-profit religious businesses to treat all customers equally.

    If this unholy trinity ever managed to rewrite the First Amendment this way, they could effectively bar states from protecting women, gays, and other minorities from religious-based discrimination. […]


    Neither [Alito], Roberts, nor Thomas thinks refusal of service is a big deal when patients can hop back in their cars (presuming they have them) and drive to the nearest pharmacy that will deign to provide them with the proper medication. (Live in rural Washington? Hope you can find another pharmacy before the Plan B window closes!)

    This cavalier dismissal of women’s interest in nondiscrimination flies in the face of precedent.

    The court used to say that when a religious accommodation burdens other people’s rights, the accommodation itself violates the separation of church and state.

    Now Alito wants to push that rule through the looking glass, arguing that there’s a possibility states must give religious employers the right to burden others – a burden that will fall disproportionately on women and gays.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-s...d=sm_fb_maddow

    "religious freedom"!

    Same level of LIE as TX Repugs wanting to protect women by denying them abortions, contraception, perinatal care, STI/HIV testing!

    Damn, the Repugs have put some really nasty Christian Sharia judges on SCOTUS.

    Actually, these 3 assholes, and Scalia, are Papists, so more precisely, they are the Papal Taliban

    Scalia's death was a huge step forward for America.

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    Courtesy of TPM Reader MM we have this amazing tweet from a state rep doofus down in Florida named Dave Kerner ...


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    Elizabeth Warren

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    Bruce & I got married 36 yrs ago today. I’m sure glad I asked — & sure glad he said yes. Happy anniversary, Sweetie!pic.twitter.com/0b1qNVMEgo
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    @elizabethforma the man is supposed to ask the woman. Stop trying to trample our religious beliefs. #tcot
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    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/...+%28TPMNews%29



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    Mega-rich Mormon wants to turn Vermont farmland into prophet’s ‘City of Zion’




    Wealthy Mormon tycoon David Hall is buying up farmland all over Vermont in efforts to bring his dream of a sustainable high-density community of Mormons to life. It won’t be a cult, however.

    all of the land around her being purchased by the same company owned by Hall. He isn’t just partial to Vermont, Hall hopes to build the same type of communities all over the world. When Antal found NewVistas with “architectural models with fake people walking around,” she wasn’t sure what to think.

    His blueprints were crafted to emulate the so-called Plat of the City of Zion, which was part of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith’s vision from 1833. Hall confessed he had more than 150 engineers working on the project.

    the money for NewVistas comes from Novatek, a fossil fuel drilling equipment company he had for over 40 years before selling it last year. Thus far he’s spent $100 million on this project and expects to drop in $150 million more.

    “Joseph Smith was just the wildest guy out there,” he said in an interview. “Lots of things he did were stupid, but in my view, he was a sage or a seer and didn’t even understand what came to him.” (but it comes to Hall! )

    “When this square is thus laid off and supplied, lay off another in the same way, and so fill up the world in these last days, and let every man live in the city, for this is the city of Zion,” the passage reads.

    Each person will get 200-square feet of living space in pods

    The local government will be run by a board and hierarchies of leaders with strong Mormon family values.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/mega...e+Raw+Story%29



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    Federal Court Says Trans Worker Can Be Fired Based on Owner’s Religious Beliefs

    When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2014 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that the owners of secular for-profit businesses could challenge laws they believed infringed on their religious liberties, civil rights advocates warned that the decision was just the start of a new wave of litigation.

    On Thursday, those predictions came true: A federal district judge in Michigan ruled that a funeral home owner could fire a transgender worker simply for being transgender.


    The language of the opinion is sweeping,

    https://rewire.news/article/2016/08/...ality+Check%29

    Extremist rightwingnut SCOTUS assholes fuck Americans yet again. Christian Sharia rules!





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