All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.

Creationism, Ayn Rand and gun control: Actual laws proposed this month

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wants Republicans to stop being the stupid party — but apparently the memo hasn’t gotten out to state legislatures around the country.

February has been a banner month for truly silly and anti-intellectual bills in state capitals across the country. Well, mostly across the South and Midwest. Some of these bills are based on the idea that birth control is poison, and that students should not fail for arguing in biology class that dinosaurs and humans coexisted. Others would stop gun control efforts by making it a felony to try to enact gun control.

This is not the Onion: Here are some of the actual proposals.

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Somebody could say, “I believe in God, because I’ve looked at philosophy and I’ve looked at the 5 ways of Aquinas and I’m just philosophically convinced that God exists.” Now what you actually find is that for quite a lot of people who say that, the coded message is: “Well, I grew up believing in God, I’m really scared that life is meaningless, that I’m gonna die and everything I do has no purpose… so I went and studied philosophy to find reasons to justify my beliefs, and then I pretended to myself that I believe because of the evidence.”

Peter Rollins

There’s a couple at my dad’s church that are getting divorced because the husband found out his wife had sex with her ex-boyfriend before they were married.

He found out during a “Christian newlyweds class” and blew up in front of everyone. From what I’m told, she mentioned it in passing when talking about past relationships and her husband stood up and said, “I didn’t know I married a whore.” and walked out in huff. He then went and sat in the hall to pout. The guy leading the class came out to talk to him to calm him down and the husband said to him, “How can I stayed married to her when she’s had another man inside her? She cheated on me by not telling me.” Eventually he came back into the class and while they were all discussing it (yes, the entire class decided it was a good idea for every one to ask questions and put in their two cents) he said, “…I’m not going to stay with someone that’s slept with everyone she’s ever met. We’ve only had sex 5 times, it’s not fair.” (They’ve been married for 12 years.) Oh, did I mention this guy wrote a book about how to maintain a healthy relationship? Because he did. 

Low self-esteem + sexual ignorance + christianity = this guy

edit* just to be clear, she had sex with her ex-boyfriend before her and her husband ever even met. 

Protestant Christians Lose Their Majority Status in the US

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise.

The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 percent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 percent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have their first presidential ticket with no Protestant nominees.

TSA hired priest accused of molesting girls to do pat downs

The Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) didn’t bother to do a background check on a priest who had been defrocked for molesting girls before they gave him a job, which included doing pat downs on children at Philadelphia International Airport.