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Zack Wahls: Defenders of Boy Scout’s gay ban rely on ‘biblical literalist fundamentalism’

Zach Wahls, the founder of Scouts for Equality, said Tuesday he expects the Boy Scouts of America to lift their ban on openly gay members. The proposed change has been endorsed by President Barack Obama, but decried by social conservatives like Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). “A lot of folks…

Tennessee Republican compares homosexuality to ‘shooting heroin’

The author of the so-called “Don’t Say Gay Bill” said Tuesday that homosexuality was “very dangerous” and compared it to injecting heroin. During an tense interview with TMZ, Tennessee state Sen. Stacy Campfield (R) said homosexuality was dangerous because of HIV/AIDS. “The homosexual community gets AIDS at a 50 times…

Physicist Lawrence Krauss on teaching creationism: It’s a form of child abuse

In brief video published by Big Think on Monday, physics professor Lawrence Krauss said that teaching school children incorrect facts about the age of the planet was a form of abuse. Krauss noted that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) recently declined to say how old the Earth was, insisting it was…

Immigrant rights groups re-make ‘So God Made a Farmer’ Super Bowl ad

Dodge crafted a video that became one of the most-talked-about Super Bowl ads on Sunday, but immigrant rights groups responded with their own version of the ad, pointing out that Dodge’s whitewashed version of farming doesn’t necessarily reflect today’s reality. Isaac Cubillos posted his version of the ad, similarly set…

City workers tow car after painting ‘handicapped parking’ markings around it

A Tel Aviv woman says that surveillance video proves that city workers used paint to designate her car’s parking spot as being reserved for disabled before having it towed. In video posted to Facebook on Monday night, several workers are seen painting white lines around Hila Ben Baruch’s car and…

Immigrants protest House hearing with ‘undocumented and unafraid’ chant

A House judiciary hearing into immigration reform was briefly interrupted when a group of young immigrants began chanting, “Undocumented and unafraid” at a California lawmaker who opposed the DREAM Act. Think Progress reported on Tuesday that the group of teenagers directed its chant at Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), one of…

Robertson prays for Boy Scouts, warns that gay pedophiles ‘will come in as scoutmasters’

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Tuesday said that he was praying for the Boy Scouts of America because “predators” and “pedophiles” could infiltrate the organization if the ban on LGBT members and leaders was dropped. During his 700 Club television show, Robertson incorrectly stated that Congress was behind the Boy Scouts…

3-year-old S.C. boy killed after mistaking pink handgun for toy

A 3-year-old boy in Greenville, South Carolina was shot in the head and killed on Friday after he started playing with a pink handgun because he thought it was a toy. Police responding to the shooting at Haywood Plantation Apartments said that Tmorej Smith was found with a gunshot wound…

Tech company forced to repay Mexican workers after getting caught paying them in pesos

A California tech firm that boasts Gen. Colin Powell as a board member was ordered to pay more than $60,000 in back wages and penalties after the U.S. Department of Labor found it had paid a group of tech workers from Mexico less than $3 an hour in pesos for…

Coulter to Obama: Gun background checks mean ‘universal extermination… screw you!’

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter is telling President Barack Obama, “Screw you!” because she says that his plan implement universal background checks for all gun purchases “means universal confiscation, universal extermination.” Following Obama’s Monday speech in Minnesota calling on Congress to implement “real and lasting change” on gun control, Fox News…

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