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The South Carolina and American flags fly at half mast as the Confederate flag unfurls below at the Confederate Monument June 18, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina (AFP Photo/Sean Rayford)

South Carolina senate votes to remove Confederate flag from statehouse grounds

South Carolina lawmakers took a major step on Monday toward passing legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies at the state capitol in Columbia and has long been denounced by critics as a symbol of slavery.
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Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar (Twitter.com)

Jill Duggar is leaving for a lengthy mission trip ahead of possible lawsuit against molester brother

The 24-year-old Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, will leave for an undisclosed country for a lengthy stay with their infant son, who was born April 6.
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Si Robertson (Facebook)

Duck Dynasty star Si Robertson: Atheists don’t exist because they use calendars

"Our calendars are based on Jesus Christ."
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Tony Perkins  (Fox News)

‘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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(Photo: Manatee County Sheriff's Office)

Sex on a Florida beach leads to two-and-a-half years prison time

Jose Caballero, 40, was arrested in Bradenton Beach in west central Florida last July after other beachgoers complained that he was fondling and starting to have sexual intercourse with a woman on the beach in the middle of the afternoon.
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Michael Hill (screenshot/Facebook)

‘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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Young depressed woman taking advice from her psychologist (Shutterstock)

Religious Trauma Syndrome: How some organized religion leads to mental health problems

Is toxic religion simply misinterpretation?
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Members of the Westboro Baptist Church protesting on a street (John Lemieux/Flickr)

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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European comet tracker 'Rosetta' (Wikipedia Commons)

Scientists throw water on astronomer’s claims about alien life on Philae’s comet

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.
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