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‘America Bless God': Texas officials protest Supreme Court decision by refusing to marry anyone

Across the state, local media outlets are reporting that justices of the peace are taking Attorney General Ken Paxton’s words to heart, citing “religious objections” to avoid marrying anyone at all.
Mike Huckabee at a book signing at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

New York pastor seeks forgiveness after offending community with Mike Huckabee quote

The sign outside the Christian Church at Holbrook bore a quote from ultra-conservative presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. It didn’t go over well.
Ken Paxton speaks to CNN (screen grab)

Texas attorney general Ken Paxton could face felony indictment: prosecutor

A first-degree felony conviction in Texas can result in 5 to 99 years in prison.
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Militia goons mock combat vets who display ‘f*ggoty ass yard signs’ asking for fireworks courtesy

A Facebook group operated by right-wing military veterans mocked combat veterans who asked neighbors to be courteous when celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with fireworks.
Becky Wegner Rommel (Facebook)

Indiana woman interrupts housework to rant against same-sex marriage: ‘Cleanse us from all unrighteousness’

A tearful Indiana housewife lashed out at gays, liberals, Muslims, and “lukewarm” Christians in a wacky four-and-a-half-minute video posted on her Facebook page.
Charlotte, North Carolina church fire (Screenshot/ABC News)

US church burnings: A ‘long and dark’ history that never really stopped

“If you want to go after a really potent symbol, that’s the place you go. It’s sort of like burning the cross. You could say the cross is just a couple pieces of word put together. But that symbolism means something very important.”
Louie Gohmert (World Net Daily)

Anti-racist Tim Wise: Modern American conservatism is racist to the core

Sometimes racism isn’t about vicious bigotry and hatred towards those with different skin color than your own, let alone a willingness to walk into a church and massacre nine of those others because you think they’re “taking over your country.”
Pastor Valarie Bartley speaks to WIS (screen grab)

Latest blow to black AME churches in SC: Letters threaten to kill women pastors and their children

In recent weeks, tragedy has struck a number of AME — or African Methodist Episcopal – churches in South Carolina. Nine members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston were killed by a white supremacist in June.
Vau de Vire Society girls at Burning Man 2010 (Flickr/Neil Girling)

Feds won’t permit Burning Man festival unless they get 24-hour ice cream service and clean toilets

Lavish requests by federal authorities for flush toilets and 24-hour access to soft-serve ice cream at Burning Man are putting Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Nevada Republicans on the same side as hippies.