A Miscellany 287
The week's news in religious bigotry and stupidity
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Supposedly a Jew should not be speaker of the Texas legislature... because he is not a Christian conservative.
The Governor of Kentucky has promised that state taxes will subsidise a new Answers in Genesis theme park dealing with the mythical (that's my word, not one the promoters of the park would use) Noah's Ark...
... but in an apparent sop to those who know the park is promoting nonsense, he announced the park will not be allowed to discriminate based on religion. (You can't make this stuff up)
Meanwhile, at the national level, some members of Congress apparently have nothing better to do than to count how many times the President mentions God, and to criticize him for not doing it often enough.
On the judicial front, a father's agnosticism was apparently a factor in a judge's decision to deny him joint custody of his children.
And those wonderful followers of the god who hates everyone have announced their intention to picket the funeral of a woman who lost a brave fight against cancer.