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Friday, May 18, 2012

Michael's Picks

by Michael De Dora

* The United States loses over $71 billion per year in tax exemptions for religious groups, according to a new article in Free Inquiry magazine.

* The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is investigating the Girl Scouts because it’s not sure the group is Catholic enough. No, really.

* Taxpayer-funded crisis pregnancy centers are using religion to oppose abortion, according to the American Independent.

* Marriage has always been a relationship between one man and one woman, you say? Then apparently you haven’t read the Bible.

* T.M. Luhrmann discusses how liberals and Democrats might be able to reach out to the evangelical community this election.

* Surprise! A House Republican has introduced a bill that would protect Planned Parenthood funding.

* Who – if anyone – is to blame when robots make mistakes? RedOrbit reports.

* For the third year in a row, polling shows that a narrow majority of Americans consider gay and lesbian relations morally acceptable.


  1. "The United States loses over $71 billion per year in tax exemptions for religious groups [...]"

    Ungained revenue is not the same as a loss.

  2. Ah yes, the bible on the "marriage of one man with one woman": I remember back at college hearing a distinguished academic theologian telling us how he had been rapidly shunted off from a talk given to a girls' school where he pointed out that bigamy was nowhere proscribed in the bible....I don't think he was ever invited back.


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