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‘We live in theocratic times': Right-wing Christians are claiming religious freedom to ignore any laws they wish

Americans have famously been granted religious exemptions from military service, legal requirements to seek medical treatment for their children, zoning laws, education standards for homeschooled children, and even safety features for Amish buggies.
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‘I am not a racist': Prison guard suspended one day for Facebook ‘joke’ about lynching Obama

"Suddenly it’s legal to hang a black man from a tree again!"
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‘I’m a racist — so what?': This white supremacist leader is the media’s go-to guy for the Confederate flag

Media outlets routinely quote the views of Michael Hill in their coverage of the debate over the Confederate flag – even though the leader of the secessionist group League of the South (LOS) is an admitted racist who spews hateful rhetoric.
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Religious Trauma Syndrome: How some organized religion leads to mental health problems

Is toxic religion simply misinterpretation?
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Former member of ‘God hates f*gs’ church: We ignored our own moral impulses to follow the Bible

"To categorically deny a connection between those words from Leviticus and our beliefs, to say that we read into the text what we wanted to see, is I think to be blind to the nearly all encompassing power of that sort of blinding faith."
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Evidence of alien life detected on Philae’s comet — but spacecraft unequipped to study it

Astronomers studying the comet, named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, say its organic-rich black crust is most likely explained by organisms living beneath the icy surface.
Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Donald Trump deletes offensive ‘illegals’ tweet attacking rival Jeb Bush’s Mexican wife

Showing that he sometimes is made aware that he has gone too far, 2016 GOP presidential contender Donald Trump deleted an offensive tweet aimed at rival Jeb Bush’s wife.
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Scott Walker’s wife and sons disagree with him on same-sex marriage

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker drew criticism last week for his strident response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage – which he called a “grave mistake."
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We’re gonna need a bigger mattress: Texas lawmakers want to hide their gold from Obama but don’t know where

Texas lawmakers who voted in June to create a state-run gold depository beyond the reach of the federal government left the state comptroller’s office with a small problem: where do they store the gold?