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A proposed theme park based on the story of Noah’s Ark discriminates in employment in favor of fundamentalist Christians and should be ineligible for tax incentives from the state of Kentucky, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In a letter to Gov. Steve Beshear and the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority, the group wrote, “Per the required Statement of Faith, an applicant must profess, inter alia, that homosexuality is a sin on par with bestiality and incest, that the earth is only 6,000 years old, and that the bible is literally true in order to be considered for the job.”

“Ark Encounter’s participation in the tax incentive program would compel taxpayers in the state to support both religious discrimination and a religious ministry,” the letter noted…

“State tax subsidies should not be used to support religious discrimination or proselytization,” said Americans United Associate Legal Director Alex J. Luchenitser. “The state aid sought by the Ark Park would do exactly that. It should be denied.”

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Proposed Ky. ‘Ark Park’ Engages In Religious Employment Discrimination | Americans United

Amen to that.

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latimes:

"Why do you want to kill this boy?"
Amid the revenge killings racking the Central African Republic, Christian and Muslim clerics haven taken a stand, seeking to mend the religious divide.
Photo: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

“Among those trying to stop the cycle of violence are two of the country’s most senior clerics, a Christian and a Muslim who not only work together in the name of peace but also lived together for several months.
When Imam Oumar Kobine Layama received death threats in December, he and his family moved into the riverside residence of Dieudonne Nzapalainga, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Bangui.
The unlikely pair already had been traveling the country together — the archbishop at the wheel of a dusty 4x4, the imam seated beside him — trying to persuade their faithful to set aside their fear and hatred.”
Heroes.

latimes:

"Why do you want to kill this boy?"

Amid the revenge killings racking the Central African Republic, Christian and Muslim clerics haven taken a stand, seeking to mend the religious divide.

Photo: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Among those trying to stop the cycle of violence are two of the country’s most senior clerics, a Christian and a Muslim who not only work together in the name of peace but also lived together for several months.

When Imam Oumar Kobine Layama received death threats in December, he and his family moved into the riverside residence of Dieudonne Nzapalainga, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Bangui.

The unlikely pair already had been traveling the country together — the archbishop at the wheel of a dusty 4x4, the imam seated beside him — trying to persuade their faithful to set aside their fear and hatred.”

Heroes.

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"The Not My Bosses’ Business Bill was just introduced in Congress to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision gutting women’s right to birth control coverage — and it has HUGE momentum. The bill states that federal laws, including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act cited by the Supreme Court, do not allow employers to refuse to cover health care — including birth control — guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act. It would ensure women at corporations like Hobby Lobby continue to have critical access to affordable birth control."

UltraViolet | Tell the Senate: Pass the bill to reverse Supreme Court’s birth control ruling

SIGNED!

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huffingtonpost:

Read the ‘Star Trek’ star’s response on the Hobby Ruling here.

"We are a nation that respects religious beliefs, but also the right not to have those beliefs imposed upon you by others. Our personal beliefs stop at the end of our noses," Takei concluded."

huffingtonpost:

Read the ‘Star Trek’ star’s response on the Hobby Ruling here.

"We are a nation that respects religious beliefs, but also the right not to have those beliefs imposed upon you by others. Our personal beliefs stop at the end of our noses," Takei concluded."

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So stoked about the Hobby Lobby ruling today. Officially going to incorporate myself so I can get a religious exemption for my student loans debt they violate my deeply held religious conviction that all debts are supposed to be forgiven every seven years, as per the book of Deuteronomy.

Excellent. 

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huffingtonpost:

RUTH BADER GINSBURG WRITES SCATHING 19-PAGE DISSENT IN BIRTH CONTROL CASE

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The Supreme Court delivered a blow to universal birth control coverage on Monday, ruling that closely-held corporations can refuse to cover contraception in their health plans for religious reasons. But Justice…

Yeah, that’s the face I made this morning too.

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doctordisaster:

Nick Offerman’s primer on the Bill of Rights for congressional correspondents.

(Skip to 9:05 for the good stuff — tumblr’s code prevents time jumps)

So great. Notice the crowd does not laugh very much! LOL.

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proud-atheist:

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…Yeah.

proud-atheist:

If God could see us now
http://proud-atheist.tumblr.com

…Yeah.

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The lawsuit, Morgan v. Martinez, was brought on behalf of Leesburg, N.J., resident Shannon Morgan, an atheist. In November 2013, Morgan attempted to register for an “8THEIST” plate on the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s website, only to have it rejected because it is “objectionable.” She then entered “BAPTIST” as a proposed plate in the commission website, and that plate was deemed permissible.

Morgan contacted the commission for assistance with registering her “8THEIST” plate and was told by an employee that it was unknown why her request had been denied. Other attempts made by Morgan to get approval for her plate were ignored.

This is not the first time an atheist plate has been denied by the commission. In August 2013, American Atheists President David Silverman applied for a plate that said “ATHE1ST,” which commission found “offensive.”

“The Commission thus has a practice of denying personalized license plates that identify vehicle owners as atheist, thereby discriminating against atheist viewpoints and expressing a preference for religion over atheism,” AU says in its lawsuit.

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Americans United Asks Federal Court To Approve New Jersey Atheist’s Custom License Plate | Americans United

WTF, New Jersey.