Reading Time: 2 minutes The recent release of WNBA basketball star Brittany Griner, who had been jailed in Russia on charges of possessing and smuggling cannabis, raises questions about the role of cannabis in this region. The Soviet Union has the distinction of being among the world’s biggest manufacturers of hemp, which is used for oil, cloth, and food. […]
The Satanic Temple: The Law is on our side. The courts are not
Reading Time: 7 minutes About five years ago, a lawyer for The Satanic Temple attended a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar hosted by the “Alliance Defending Freedom” (ADF), only to unexpectedly find that the event’s primary topic of discussion happened to be The Satanic Temple. The ADF is a theocratic Christian Nationalist litigation group that fights to bring expressions […]
What does being a ‘person’ do?
Reading Time: 8 minutes In 2008, a Macedonian court found a bear guilty of damaging beehives. Since it had no owner and belonged to a protected species, the state was made to pay the fine instead. Legal history abounds with stories of animal trials, especially in the Middle Ages and early Enlightenment, when both secular and Ecclesiastical variants played […]
Andrew Seidel on the Naked Diner Podcast
Reading Time: 2 minutes Andrew Seidel from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) talks about his new book ‘The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American’ on this week’s Naked Diner Podcast.
The Satanic Temple is Now a Registered Tax-Exempt Church
Reading Time: 7 minutes The Satanic Temple is now officially recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt church. It is as legitimate as a religion can get in the United States.
Breaking: Arizona Governor Signs “No Promo Homo” Repeal
Reading Time: 2 minutes Wednesday the Arizona House voted to repeal Arizona’s controversial “No Promo Homo” statutes. Today the state Senate followed suit and Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ) just announced that he has signed the bill, eliminating what amounted to a ban on teaching about homosexuality in sexual education classes across the state.
Arizona Attorney General Won’t Defend Controversial “No Promo Homo” Law
Reading Time: 3 minutes Last month two gay-rights organizations sued the Arizona Board of Education over the state’s ban on HIV/AIDS education that “promotes a homosexual lifestyle”. Attorney General Mark Brnovich has determined that the AG’s office will not be defending against the legal challenges.
Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act Languishes in Committee
Reading Time: 6 minutes Representative Alcee Hastings (D-Florida) introduced H.R. 727, the Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act was introduced to the house in January, yet has made little to no progress getting out of the Education Committee.
Supreme Court Denies Nebraska’s Appeal of Beatrice Six Ruling
Reading Time: 3 minutes In 1985, 6 people were wrongfully found guilty of a heinous sexual assault and murder. The reasons for their wrongful conviction? Pseudoscience, false memories, and overly exuberant coercive investigations.
The Dominionism Series-Part 4: Christian Reconstructionism and the NAR
Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s been a while since I published part 3 of this series and I’m sorry that it’s been so long. However, as we’re now starting to see the implications of strategies of christian nationalists it seems like a good time to get back to talking about it. In recent weeks (just weeks!) we’ve seen rulings of Christian privilege assert itself in cases of capital punishment, LGBT+ rights, and more than once in regard to reproductive rights. So I’m going to publish part 4 and 5 of this series this week. If this subject is important to you please go back and read the whole dominionism tagged series here on For Infernal Use Only.