Inside the Conservative Campaign to Launch “Jim Crow-Style” Bills Against Gay Americans

By Dana Liebelson

Kansas set off a national firestorm last week when the GOP-controlled House passed a bill that would have allowed anyone to refuse to do business with same-sex couples by citing religious beliefs. The bill, which covered both private businesses and individuals, including government employees, would have barred same-sex couples from suing anyone who denies them food service, hotel rooms, social services, adoption rights, or employment—as long as the person denying the service said he or she had a religious objection to homosexuality. As of this week, the legislation was dead in the Senate.

But the Kansas bill is not a one-off effort. [READ MORE]

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ROMANS 13:9-10

For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.


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Designer of Georgia’s Confederate License Plate Doesn’t Understand Why People Are Upset

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A new Georgia license plate featuring a large Confederate battle flag has ignited a controversy in the state — but its designer thinks the whole thing’s overblown.

“What’s the big deal?” asks Jack Bridwell, the state commander of the Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the designer of the specialty plates that benefit his organization. “If I offend anyone, I don’t understand why because we had the emblem on there for years.”

Georgia has offered a Sons of Confederate Veterans-backed license plate with an image of the Confederate flag since 2003. But a recent change in the state’s manufacturing process from embossed images to digital stickers necessitated a redesign. With it came renewed attention — and a fresh round of criticism.

(MORE:A Union Divided: South Split on U.S. Civil War Legacy)

“To display this is reprehensible,” Southern Christian Leadership Conference spokesman Maynard Eaton told…

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Nonprofit Helps Alcoholics Learn How to Brew Beer

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Through a Canadian community services organization, alcoholics are learning how to make beer and wine, an effort to stop them from guzzling products containing alcohol that are not safe for human consumption.

The Vancouver Sun  and The National Post report that The Portland Hotel Society runs “The Drinkers’ Lounge” at the Drug Users Resource Centre in Vancouver, where members pay about $10 for a beer or wine-making kit. A brewmaster walks them through the fermentation process, and in a month, they get to take home the alcohol they make while also donating a portion of it to an alcohol exchange in which members can swap alcoholic substances like hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol, or mouthwash for safe beverages.

Mark Townsend, Executive Director of the Portland Hotel Society, told the CBC that bringing members together gives them both a “sense of pride” and a sense of community that they may be…

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Why Facebook Wants WhatsApp and Other Fascinating News on the Web

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  1. Facebook to Buy WhatsApp

    It’s unusual when a company as young as Facebook drops $19 billion on an acquisition, especially when its on a company some folks hadn’t even heard of. But the messaging juggernaut called WhatsApp is huge (in terms of users and messages) and dangerous (in terms of the threat they posed to Facebook) and totally mobile (which is where Facebook needs to be). Here’s Buzzfeedon why Facebook had to have WhatsApp.

    + WSJ: What is WhatsApp? One highly addicted user explains.

    + Kara Swisher: “We have now established a price floor for what it costs not to have a mobile operating system in a world in which having a mobile operating system counts for an awful lot these days.”

    + Aside from the race towards mobile and the acquisition of a ton of active users, I think there are a couple interesting aspects…

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Ukraine’s Bloody Thursday Swells the Ranks of the Revolution

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On Thursday evening, Olga Gurina begged off work early, cooked a quick dinner for her teenage son and rushed to the Mikhailovsky monastery in her hometown of Kiev, where a field hospital had been set up to treat the wounded from that day’s revolutionary violence. She found herself at the center of a citywide mobilization. That morning, police had openly used live ammunition against protesters for the first time since the uprising began in November. Dozens of people were killed. But instead of frightening the protesters away, it brought them out by the many thousands to help the revolt in whatever way they could.

Gurina, a middle-aged retail manager, offered the paramedic’s training she remembered from her student years. The monastery’s refectory had been turned into an operating room, with beds laid out beneath the gilded icons of Orthodox saints. In the entryway, a nurse in a surgical mask asked…

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