Make them talk about evolution: Why won’t a single Republican presidential candidate admit that Darwin’s right?

(Credit: AP/Reuters/J Pat Carter/Brian Snyder/Chuck Burton/James Lawler Duggan) SALON They don’t believe in science, and pander to evangelicals — as a result, the Republicans remain a party of stupid “You say man evolved from an ape . . . but if we evolved from an ape, why is an ape still an ape and a… More Make them talk about evolution: Why won’t a single Republican presidential candidate admit that Darwin’s right?

Federal appeals court says pharmacy owners cannot use religion to deny medicine

THE RAW STORY The state of Washington can require a pharmacy to deliver medicine even if the pharmacy’s owner has a religious objection, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, the latest in a series of judgments on whether religious believers can opt out of providing services. The ruling, from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court… More Federal appeals court says pharmacy owners cannot use religion to deny medicine

Buddhist Student Wins Settlement With Louisiana School District That Called His Religion ‘Stupid’

I’ve followed this story from the beginning, so I’m happy to see that Constitutional law still applies in this instance… Think Progress A Buddhist student and his family won a settlement last week against a Louisiana school district where the student’s religion was ridiculed in class as “stupid,” the teacher taught that evolution is “impossible,” and that the bible… More Buddhist Student Wins Settlement With Louisiana School District That Called His Religion ‘Stupid’

Anderson Cooper Slams Senator Who Doesn’t ‘Know Anyone In Arizona That Would Discriminate’

The New Civil Rights Movement Monday night, CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewed Arizona Republican state senator Al Melvin, who is running for governor and is the only candidate actively supporting SB-1062, the anti-gay “religious freedom” license to discriminate bill. Senator Melvin could not give Cooper any examples of religious discrimination that SB-1062 would prevent in the… More Anderson Cooper Slams Senator Who Doesn’t ‘Know Anyone In Arizona That Would Discriminate’

Tennessee Court Fires Judge Who Wouldn’t Let Parents Name Their Baby ‘Messiah’

I will always contends that the Court has no right to interfere  with a mother naming her child even if it sounds ridiculous to most people… Think Progress In August, a Tennessee couple appeared before a child support magistrate judge to resolve a dispute over the baby’s surname. But Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew… More Tennessee Court Fires Judge Who Wouldn’t Let Parents Name Their Baby ‘Messiah’

School Allegedly Told Buddhist Student His Faith Is ‘Stupid’ & He Should Convert Or Switch Schools

So, what happened to the Constitutional privilege of the free exercise to practice one’s religion  (or not) for EVERY AMERICAN?   These folks will not let us ever forget the so-called “right to bear arms”, but just like the Taliban, anything other than their proscribed religion is an abomination to them.   This really boils my blood!… More School Allegedly Told Buddhist Student His Faith Is ‘Stupid’ & He Should Convert Or Switch Schools

10 worst right-wing statements of the week — Marxist pope edition

You can’t make this stuff up. I challenge any conservative leaning person or blog to match the insanity featuring similar left-wing statements… Salon Pope Francis came down on the dangers of trickle-down economics — and conservatives promptly lost their mind This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Before the Thanksgiving floats, there was the usual parade of… More 10 worst right-wing statements of the week — Marxist pope edition

WTH is going on? – To some conservatives, Vladimir Putin is ‘the defender of Christian civilization’

Daily Kos Oh look, the radical conservative American quote-unquote-“pastor” who helped form a vicious anti-gay movement in Uganda that led to the killing of publicly outed gay Ugandans is a huge fan of Vladimir Putin. Last month a federal judge allowed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit to proceed against [Scott Lively] that alleges the pastor persecuted gays in… More WTH is going on? – To some conservatives, Vladimir Putin is ‘the defender of Christian civilization’

“Pro-Life” Is A Lie, Here Are 10 More Accurate Descriptions They Won’t Like

Addicting Info There’s a lot of terms floating around that people use to describe themselves when they want to make their position sound more appealing, even if those terms are a completely (and very deliberately) misleading. One such lie term is “pro-life.” John Fugelsang said it best: “Only in America can you be pro-death penalty, pro-war, pro-unmanned… More “Pro-Life” Is A Lie, Here Are 10 More Accurate Descriptions They Won’t Like

Obama’s prayers: charity, humility, and longer skirts for Malia

Our president was both poignant and funny when he spoke at the annual National Prayer Breakfast yesterday… Christian Science Monitor At the National Prayer Breakfast, he admitted that his ‘faith journey has had its twists and turns,’ but he also said a frequent prayer is that he ‘might walk closer with God.’ President Obama offered a… More Obama’s prayers: charity, humility, and longer skirts for Malia