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It’s time we stopped giving trademark bullies a free pass

Trademarks are funny things. At their best, they’re great: a clever way to incentivise companies to divert some of their profits to preventing fraud and sharp dealing. At their worst, though, they’re terrible; a means for companies to steal the very words out of our mouths through legal bullying. Let’s…

‘NRA’ draws louder cheers than ‘Christian values’ at Perry’s Liberty University event

Rev. Jerry Falwell may have founded Liberty University, but students there seemed more interested in firearms than Christ during a Wednesday event featuring Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry. Mention of the National Rifle Association (NRA) drew noticeably louder cheers than did the notion of “Christian values,” which only prompted a…

Marcus Bachmann defends clinic from accusations of being anti-gay

The husband of Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told the Star Tribune that his Christian counseling center is not focused on converting patients into heterosexuals. Though there has been no evidence of Marcus Bachmann himself practicing reparative therapy, ABC News presented undercover video last week of a counselor…

Atheists file lawsuit against Gov. Rick Perry over Christian prayer summit

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to prevent Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry from taking part in a planned evangelical Christian prayer rally he initiated in Houston. Perry proclaimed August 6 as a “Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance”…

Marcus Bachmann’s clinic practices “reparative” anti-gay therapy: reports

Two reports were published claiming that Bachmann & Associates, the Christian counseling clinic owned by Rep. Michele Bachmann’s husband, practices “reparative therapy,” or psychological treatment targeted at reorienting homosexuals. The claim isn’t new — in fact, Marcus Bachmann has refuted it in the media for years. In 2006, he told…

Canada seeks to breed a better honey bee

Following a massive bee die-off in parts of the world, two Canadian universities on Wednesday launched an effort to breed honey bees resistant to pests and diseases. Led by the universities of Guelph and Manitoba, the program will try to breed a better bee through genetic selection. It will also…

S. Korea dog meat festival bites the dust

A South Korean dog meat festival has been cancelled following growls of protest from animal rights activists, one of the would-be organisers said Tuesday. The Korea Dog Farmers’ Association had scheduled for Friday a festival aimed at promoting traditional dog meat consumption, said Ann Yong-Geun, an adviser to the association.…

Florida group flies plane over Disney World to warn visitors of ‘Gay Day’

The Florida Family Association spent $7,000 to have an aircraft to fly near Disney World on Friday and Saturday with a banner that warned visitors of “Gay Day.” “Gay Day” is a six day celebration of gay and lesbian pride held in Orlando, FL, with Saturday spent at Walt Disney’s…

Industry group disputes claim cell phones cause cancer

WASHINGTON — A global wireless industry group Thursday disputed the significance of a report released by a UN health organization citing a potential cancer link from use of mobile phones. CTIA-The Wireless Association said the UN agency “conducts numerous reviews and in the past has given the same score to,…

Christian group: Buy ‘Jesus chicken’ from Chick-fil-A

The American Family Association, a conservative Christian group, is urging people to show appreciation for the fast food chain Chick-fil-A by purchasing their products during the week of April 25-30. The so-called “buycott” is in response to an “attack by homosexual activists against the Christian-owned Chick-fil-A company,” the group said.…

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