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GOP favorite in Nebraska Senate race claims religious belief justifies breaking any law

According to ThinkProgress, the winner of Tuesday’s Republican primary in Nebraska believes that the United States “cannot force citizens to violate their religious beliefs under any circumstance.” Republican “rising star” Ben Sasse is predicted to win the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mike Johanns in November by a wide…

Jailed Satanist: Denying me ice cream violates my Constitutional right to practice my faith

According to the Associated Press, a self-proclaimed Satanist recently filed a federal lawsuit against Nevada prison officials in which he argues that the preservatives and additives in prison food violate the tenets of his religious beliefs. Alex Snelson filed the handwritten complaint in the United States District Court in Reno.…

OR couple whose daughter died untreated wants faith-healing beliefs kept from jury

Attorneys for an Oregon couple accused of allowing their daughter to die of untreated diabetes complications don’t want jurors to hear about their faith-healing beliefs at trial. Defense attorneys argue that evidence regarding the religious beliefs and practices of Travis and Wenona Rossiter would be prejudicial, reported the Albany Democrat-Herald.…

Louie Gohmert’s logic: Companies are subject to laws so they can believe in God like people too

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) argued on Wednesday that corporations like Hobby Lobby should be able to legally practice religion — and be able to deny birth control to women — if they were also subject to criminal prosecution under U.S. law. During an interview with Family Research Council President Tony…

The Hobby Lobby Lawsuit Is A Trojan Horse

You have to hand to right wing pundits. They kick ass at the bait-and-switch, particularly with their own people. They knew that throwing a major fit over the contraception mandate, no matter how much it’s dressed up in “religious freedom” as an excuse, would be understood by their followers as…

French mayors can’t refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies because of their religious beliefs: top court

France’s top court ruled Friday that mayors cannot refuse to conduct same-sex marriages on the ground it goes against their religious or moral beliefs. The Constitutional Council’s ruling followed an appeal by mayors and registrars opposed to pathbreaking legislation legalising gay marriage on May 18. A five-page judgement said their…

Atheism and the art of persuasion

Greta Christina has a post on what I literally find the least interesting topic kicked around in atheist circles, the question of whether or not atheists should be "angry" or "friendly".  There's many variations of this argument, with some of the hardline friendly types suggesting that there's never any value…

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