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A nun does what Fox News couldn’t do: an interview with Reza Aslan

Sister Rose Pacatte and religious scholar Reza Aslan discussed Biblical literalism and other topics in an interview published by the Ignatian News Network on Thursday. Aslan and his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth have received massive amounts of attention thanks to a recent Fox…

Prosecutor: Alabama parents beat son to death for wetting pants

An Alabama couple has been charged with capital murder after a 5-year-old boy was allegedly beaten to death for urinating in his pants. According to WBRC, Anniston police responded on July 26 to a call that said 5-year-old Gregory Caver was having breathing problems. The boy later died after being…

Assange: Manning verdict ‘a collapse of the rule of law’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday blasted the United States for finding Army Private First Class Bradley Manning guilty of leaking thousands of diplomatic cables. In an interview with Vice, Assange said he was “not surprised” by the verdict and that “we succeeded” by overcoming the more serious charges, which…

Rep. Ellison sings adorably for Minnesota marriage equality

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was beaming from ear to ear on Thursday as he played the guitar and sang in his Capitol Hill office to promote a new law legalizing same sex marriage in Minnesota. “This land is your land, this land is my land / From California to the…

Florida education chief resigns after fixing charter school grades for GOP donor

Florida Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett resigned on Thursday after he was accused of changing a grading system while serving as Indiana school superintendent so that a Republican donor’s charter school would not receive bad marks, according to The Miami Herald. An Associated Press report earlier this week found that…

D.C. ex-gay rally draws fewer than 10 attendees

In spite of organizers’ predictions of thousands of marchers, a rally for the ex-gay movement drew fewer than 10 attendees on Wednesday. According to Right Wing Watch, Sandy Rios of American Family Radio and “ex-gay lobbying day” organizer Christopher Doyle said on Tuesday that “thousands of ex-gays are descending” on…

Georgia State student: Opposing ‘White Student Union’ is ‘ignorant and closed-minded’

The student who is responsible for creating a controversial “White Student Union” at Georgia State University has accused opponents of the group of being “ignorant and closed-minded.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday reported that official at the university had started receiving complaints soon after freshman Patrick Sharp started his club,…

Scarborough: ‘I’m not ashamed to say I love Dick Cheney’

Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Thursday suggested that President Barack Obama (D) was still not prepared to lead, and he was “not ashamed to say I love Dick Cheney.” During a discussion about how Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) were part of a…

Pennsylvania police chief suspended over profanity-laced, anti-liberal gun videos

The Pennsylvania police chief who made a profanity-laced videos while firing machine guns and ranting about liberals has been suspended without pay for 30 days. After a 55-minute executive session, the Gilberton Borough Council voted 5-1 on Wednesday to suspend Chief Mark Kessler for using “borough property for non-borough purposes…

Chris Christie dismisses Rand Paul’s invitation to bury hatchet over beers

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to call a truce over beers with Gov. Chris Christie, but the governor said tonight he isn’t having it. The senator from Kentucky today invited Christie to “patch things up,” after the Republicans — both possible…  …

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