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Unrepentant And Unpunished: Charges Dropped Against Fla. Vandal In Satanic Temple Case

Susan Hemeryck, the self-described “Catholic warrior” who vandalized a display by the Satanic Temple in the state capitol rotunda in Tallahassee, Fla., is getting off scot-free.

You read that right. All charges against Hemeryck were dropped, even though she admitted to police officers that she attacked the display because she considered it offensive. Read more

Turning The Tables: Okla. Lawmaker’s Proposal Would Have Required Businesses To Give Public Notice If They Intended To Discriminate Against LGBT Persons

As some business owners nationwide argue that they have a “religious freedom” right to refuse service to LGBT customers, one Oklahoma lawmaker fought back with a proposal that would have required businesses to issue public notice if they intended to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Read more

Bumpy Lane: Religious Right Operative Seeks To Build (Another) Church-Based Political Machine

Here’s what the country doesn’t need right now: another zealot aiming to mobilize right-wing pastors to become a force in electoral politics.

Yet that’s what the country is getting. Read more

Marriage Mess: Okla. Bill Tries But Fails To Remove The State From The Wedding Business

The Oklahoma House has passed a bill that would, critics claim, throw the current laws on civil marriage in the state into chaos. HB 1125, sponsored by State Rep. Todd Russ (R-Cordell), would require couples to have a member of the clergy or another registered officiant solemnize the wedding and issue a marriage certificate.  The bill would eliminate marriage licenses altogether. Read more

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