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Outrage Manufacturers: Far Right Uses Prayer Breakfast Comments To Fuel Its Ongoing Anti-Obama Crusade

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

Change Of Heart: Wisc. Voucher Pioneer Grew Disillusioned With ‘School Choice’

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

Beware Of Mormons Bearing Gifts: Why The LDS Gay Rights ‘Compromise’ Isn’t Useful

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

Going Unclear: Scientology Program Infiltrates NY Public Schools

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

Fischer Foul: Far Right Hate Group Demotes Fringe Radio Host Ahead of Israel Trip

Perhaps you’ve heard of Bryan Fischer who, until recently, held a top spot at the American Family Association (AFA).

In fact, it’s slightly more likely you’ve heard of Fischer than you have his employer, at least by word of mouth. He likes to make an impact and in this endeavor he certainly succeeds. Right Wing Watch reports that just this week, he claimed on his radio broadcast that LGBTQ people have been “taken captive” by Satan himself.    Read more

Education Vouchers: Public Money for Private Discrimination

In 2012, a teacher at Saint Vincent de Paul School in Indiana named Emily Herx was fired solely because she chose to undergo in vitro fertilization, an increasingly common procedure that church officials consider a violation of their dogma.   Read more

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