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WATCH: Three Cleveland kidnapping victims release ‘thank you’ video

Three women who escaped from a decade of captivity as sex slaves of a Cleveland man released a video Tuesday thanking people for their support and respect for their privacy. One woman said she had been to hell and back but could now smile about the future. “Thank you for…

New abortion restrictions reignite culture wars

A crowd shouts ‘Shame, shame, shame!’ as law enforcement officers stand outside the North Carolina legislative building after the state Senate gave its approval to a series of abortion restrictions July 3.…  …

Zimmerman’s attorney: Low dose of marijuana can lead to aggression

The attorney for Florida murder suspect George Zimmerman says that even a small level of marijuana in the bloodstream could increase violent behavior. CNN host Piers Morgan on Monday night asked Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara why it was important that Trayvon Martin had a small amount of marijuana in his…

Rand Paul mocks Rick Perry: Can’t remember third good reason for him to be president

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Monday night lampooned the idea of Texas Governor Rick Perry running for president again. “Well, I don’t know about what I’ve decided yet, but if Governor Perry decides to run for president, I think there are three good reasons he could be president,” he said…

‘Friendly Atheist’ informs megachurch: We’ve heard all of it before

Hemant Mehta of the “Friendly Atheist” blog at Patheos sat down in front of thousands of Christians on Sunday to discuss his non-belief. Mehta talked about atheism with minister Randy Frazee at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. During the discussion, Mehta explained that many atheists were afraid to “come…

MSNBC host asks Eliot Spitzer: Should prostitution be legal?

Eliot Spitzer thinks he can regain the public’s trust. Just don’t ask him about legalizing prostitution. During an appearance on MSBNC to promote his campaign for New York City’s comptroller’s office, host Michael Smerconish asked Spitzer if prostitution should be legalized. “I’m not the right person [to ask],” Spitzer responded.…

Fox News contributor blames contraception mandate on ‘extraordinary creeping paganism’

Pagans and uppity feminists are responsible for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2012 contraceptive rule, according to Fox News contributor Liz Trotta. In a Sunday speech on Fox News attacking the Affordable Care Act, Trotta described the so-called contraception mandate as a “brazen violation of the separation…

Daniel Dennett: New Atheism has changed the face of America

The movement known as New Atheism has changed the political landscape of the United States, according to philosopher and prominent non-believer Daniel Dennett. Atheism isn’t a particularly new idea. The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus long ago suggested it would be best to ignore all the various gods and goddesses, since…

Ohio Republican slams ‘intentionally intolerant’ same-sex marriage ban

Former Ohio Attorney General and State Auditor Jim Petro on Monday publicly endorsed a campaign to repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. At a press conference, Petro said the ban was “inspired by vote getting reasons more than anything.” He said it was “bad for Ohio to take a…

Zimmerman’s mixed-martial arts trainer testifies he was ‘physically soft’

A mixed-martial arts (MMA) trainer testified for the defense on Monday that George Zimmerman “didn’t know how to really effectively punch” even though he had trained the former neighborhood watchmen for over a year. “He was just physically soft,” Adam Pollock told the court. “He was an overweight, large man…

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