Today is Darwin Day, which some people observe in order to celebrate Charles Darwin’s contributions to science. So this seems like a good opportunity to remind everyone that even 156 years after the publication of On the Origin of Species, some politicians are still struggling with the concept of evolution – and trying to force creationism into public schools. Read more
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Same-sex marriage should have been legal in the state of Alabama on Monday. But at the behest of far-right state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, many probate judges have refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses. A few have stopped issuing licenses for straight couples, too, until the legal confusion is resolved. Read more
The Religious Right’s favorite doctor, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, has a well-documented history of making hateful statements. As a result, he finds himself listed in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) “Extremist Files.” Read more
Right on cue, the right wing is in high dudgeon over comments President Barack Obama made during last week’s National Prayer Breakfast that are supposedly anti-Christian and offensive.
The president was pointing out that the terror and bloodshed of groups like ISIS is hardly unique from an historical perspective. Read more
I’ll be honest: I’m not a huge fan of the National Prayer Breakfast. It’s a privately sponsored event, but every year the president attends and there’s often a lot of talk about God and country. It seems like another example of the annoying “civil religion” that so plagues our nation. Read more
Same-sex couples in Alabama could marry as soon as Monday, now that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a stay of a federal court ruling overturning the state’s same-sex marriage in two concurrent lawsuits. Read more
In 1949, five domestic house cats were introduced to tiny Marion Island, which is off the coast of South Africa, in an effort to control the local mouse population. By 1977, the cat population had ballooned to 3,400, placing the local species of birds in danger of extinction.
It’s an old story: something that was intended to solve a problem instead creates a host of new ones. Read more
The leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) made quite a splash last week when they announced they would support a law banning discrimination against LGBTQ people – with one condition.
Some analysts hailed the move. A few headlines writers even got a little carried away and asserted that the church had endorsed gay rights or forged a compromise that other conservative religious groups could use. Read more
An anti-drug program rooted in Scientology entered at least 30 New York City public schools last year, according to DNAinfo. Even though that program, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, advertises itself as a rather innocuous “non-profit public benefit corporation,” in reality it is a church-sponsored project. Read more