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Seal for the village of Whitesboro, New York, as seen online.

NY mayor defends village seal showing man choking Native American: It’s really a ‘friendly wrestling match’

"If they looked at the seal and went with an opinion based solely on what they're looking at, I could understand why people would have concern about it," Whitesboro Mayor Patrick O'Connor said.

Alabama mayor whines after activists push city to remove Christian flag from police headquarters

"That would just about ruin us,” James Gilchrist said. “That’s what they do, they pick on these smaller towns that can’t defend ourselves."
The Confederate flag goes up again in Ocala, Florida at the Fallen Officers Memorial, a public site (screenshot/WKMG video footage)

It’s unanimous: Florida county votes to resurrect the Confederate flag at public police memorial

Members of the Marion County Board of County Commissioners voted on Tuesday to re-raise a Confederate flag over the Fallen Officers Memorial in Ocala.
Johnny Griffith officiates wedding for Jessica Vargas and Tonya Hayes (Longview Journal/screen grab)

Texas church fires musician for officiating same-sex marriage until his ‘spiritual values line up’

Griffith asserted that supporting same-sex marriages was “the best representation of the example Christ portrayed in the Gospels, portraying the spirit of love, light and peace.”
Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin

GOPers refuse to remove 10 Commandments — and will fight to change constitution instead

A judge ordered Oklahoma to remove a Ten Commandments monument from state capitol grounds, but the governor is defying that order.
Reza Aslan speaks to CNN (Screenshot/YouTube.com)

Reza Aslan urges Muslims to embrace LGBT rights: ‘Either we are all equal, or the whole thing is just a sham’

In an open letter to fellow Muslims, religious scholar Reza Aslan defended the Supreme Court’s historic same-sex marriage ruling, saying that discrimination against gays is no different than bigotry expressed against their own faith.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaks to supporters after winning re-election in the U.S. midterm elections in Topeka, Kansas, on Nov. 4, 2014. Photo by Mark Kauzlarich for Reuters.

Kansas Gov. Brownback issues ‘religious freedom’ order covering anti-marriage equality clergy

The order prohibits Kansas from discriminating against an individual clergy, religious leader or a religious organization that chooses not to participate in a gay marriage based on their beliefs, Brownback said in a statement.
Dick Cheney (Fox News)

Dick Cheney should — and eventually will — be tried as a war criminal: former International Court judge

Thomas Buergenthal, who served as a judge at the International Court of Justice for the first 10 years of this century, said he believes the former U.S. vice president could be brought before the International Criminal Court.
Linda and Owen Golay (screenshot/Facebook)

‘I won’t be a slave to the party:’ Iowa Republican defends his Confederate float at Fourth of July parade

Iowa Republicans are distancing themselves from the Marion County GOP’s Fourth of July float, which was pulled through the streets of Pella and Pleasantville by a truck flying three Confederate flags.