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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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Atheist Legislator in Arizona Blocked from Giving Invocation That Doesn’t Reference a Higher Power

February 9, 2016

In 2013, when Arizona State Rep. Juan Mendez delivered an atheist invocation on the House floor, the celebration was short-lived. One of his religious colleagues gave a second Christian invocation the following day. As if God would use it to offset the secular invocation in some sort of weird karmic rebalancing.Things went a little better when Mendez delivered a secular invocation in 2014.So when Mendez signed up in January to give the invocation that took place yesterday, you'd think there'd be no problem at all.Instead, House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro blocked him from giving the speech, citing an unofficial rule that all invocations had to be made to a Higher Power.
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