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Tiger-Goat Friendship is Gay Propaganda, Warns Russian Lawyer

February 9, 2016

It was one of those unusual stories out of the animal kingdom that seemed to elicit a reaction of awwww from everybody: A Siberian tiger at Russia's Primorsky Safari Park befriended a goat back in November.The goat, Timur, had been intended as food for the tiger, Amur, but won the big cat over with a show of courage when he
... took over the enclosure at a safari park near Vladivostok, forcing the tiger to sleep on the roof of his own lean-to. The media was soon full of footage of the two playing together, and Timur’s fans have even begun a campaign to elect him to parliament, arguing that he would be braver and more honest than current MPs.
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For Certain Christians, Lying for Jesus is Justified in the Abortion Wars

February 9, 2016

Leviticus 19:11 makes clear: "Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another."There's quite a bit of the Bible that conservative Christian activists tend to leave out, but Biblical prohibitions against lying are routinely given short shrift by those intent on seeing God's will done on Earth. We don't have to look far for examples of it -- from Christians arguing that LGBT people are predators to politicians pretending that being gay is a choice, these lies are common.The Washington Post has a good look at another popular outlet for faith-based lying: the abortion debate, and the notoriously deceptive idea of "crisis pregnancy centers." Reporter Petula Dvorak examines the work of one Virginia activist, Pat Lohman, in particular.shutterstock_296153609
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Christian Kid Says That Criticizing Him for Bullying Gay Students is Itself a Form of Bullying

February 5, 2016

It's one of those popular but illogical "gotchas" of the conservative repertoire: You must "tolerate" intolerance or you're not truly tolerant.This is illogical because it suggests an unattainable, self-defeating view of tolerance that does not at all resemble actual tolerance (or how the real world operates). Like a society that abhors violence, but allows that violence in self-defense as a valid means of maximizing non-violence, a society that values tolerance must refuse to support intolerance if it wishes to remain tolerant. Accepting intolerance isn't a form of tolerance; it's the downfall of tolerance.Anti-abortion website LifeSiteNews has a piece, purportedly written by "a Christian kid" who prefers to remain anonymous for "fear of retaliation," devoting a good deal of time to pushing this line of thought. He says that efforts to protect gay students from intolerant Christians are themselves intolerant of people like him.shutterstock_266832950
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