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This is a "truncated" Josh Dugger Sex Scandal Mega Post.

"Family Values Activist Josh Duggar Had a Paid Ashley Madison Account"

In 2013, conservative reality TV star Josh Duggar—of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting fame—was named the executive director of the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying group in D.C. which seeks “to champion marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society.” During that time, he also maintained a paid account on Ashley Madison, a web site created for the express purpose of cheating on your spouse.

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Crazy follow-up developments:

Treat this as a mega-post and add all new Duggar developments in the comments, but feel free to commit new sources  submissions uproarious enough to their own posts.

Kansas Governor Brownback issues religious objection executive order

[I tagged this story with 'opinion' because it was posted in Equality Kansas News by the Equality Kansas organisation. They are well informed and quoted the whole order. My personal note: I've known for years that Brownback is not only deeply religious conservative, he is in fact a radical zealot of the highest order who truly believes that the U.S. Government should be a Christian theocracy. I've heard from inside sources that this man has actually proposed that language from the bible should be directly quoted into the state's constitution. If people could hear the shit he says behind closed doors, they would be disturbed.]

July 7, 2015.
Early this afternoon, Governor Sam Brownback issued a “religious objection” executive order. The Governor, who earlier this year criticized and rescinded former Governor Sebelius’ 2007 non-discrimination order as an abuse of executive authority, has taken it upon himself to abuse the United States Constitution.

Our initial interpretation of this order is simple: It’s one part scare tactics, one part ducking his constitutional responsibility.

According to the order, clergy will not be required to officiate at same-sex marriages. No kidding. This has never happened, is not happening, and will never happen. This part of the order is nothing but political scare tactic.

The rest of the order is more problematic. The plain language seems to suggest that religious organizations that have contracts to provide taxpayer-funded social services will be able to deny taxpayer-funded services to LGBT Kansans. We are still having this analyzed by our attorneys, but if this proves to be the case, the Governor should be prepared to find himself on the losing end of more expensive litigation.

We are incredibly disappointed by Governor Brownback. Instead of treating LGBT Kansans fairly, his only act has been to double-down on treating us as second class citizens.

We’re having our attorneys evaluate the specifics of the order. What follows is the full text. Be prepared to be angry.

Preservation and Protection of Religious Freedom
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Oklahoma’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the state must remove its Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol because it violates the state Constitution, which bans using public property for the benefit of a religion.

In a 7-2 decision, justices found that the statue violated Article 2, Section 5 of the state’s Constitution, which says: “No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.”

The justices ruled that “the Ten Commandments are obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths.” The lawsuit was brought by the ACLU of Oklahoma on behalf of four plaintiffs. An Oklahoma County judge ruled last September that the monument could stay in place.

“I think that at the end of the day it is the right decision simply because it acknowledges limits on the government’s power to effectively decide what religious edicts are right and wrong,” said Brady Anderson, the legal director for ACLU of Oklahoma, according to the Tulsa World.

A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin reacted with disappointment.

“Gov. Fallin is disappointed with the court’s opinion that a privately funded monument acknowledging the historical importance of the Ten Commandments is not allowed on Capitol grounds,” spokesman Alex Weintz said, according to the World’s report. “She will consult with the attorney general to evaluate the state’s legal options moving forward.”

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt vowed to file a petition for a rehearing, saying that “the court completely ignored the profound historical impact of the Ten Commandments on the foundation of Western law,” according to local reports.

Before the statue was installed in 2012 as a gift from Republican state lawmaker Mike Ritze and his family, legislators argued that it was not religious, but historic. Additionally, the U.S. Supreme Court found that a similar monument in Texas did not violate the establishment clause because it was intended to convey a historic and social meaning and did not constitute a religious endorsement.

The 6-foot-tall monument’s installation prompted other groups, from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to Satanists, to try to get permission to build their own monuments on the grounds of the state Capitol to mark what they also characterize as historical events.

The marker was replaced in January after a man drove across the Capitol lawn and smashed it with his car last October, telling officers that Satan made him do it. In March, a judge dismissed a case from an atheist group that wanted to remove the marker, saying that the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the case.

“From the start, we expected this case would likely go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Mike Reynolds, a former state lawmaker who helped replace the marker, in a statement to local media.

By Nick Gass. 6/30/15 3:53 PM EDT.

Kate Williams was 21 weeks pregnant in 2011 when she had an ultrasound anatomy scan to check on the progress of her baby. The news was not good: Her unborn son had Potter syndrome, a fatal condition in which the kidneys fail to develop in the womb.

The doctor told Williams, then 31, that her baby had no kidneys and no bladder and would not develop lungs, and there was very little amniotic fluid left to support his life. She was told she could either choose to induce labor right then and go through a full delivery, only to have the baby die in the process, or she could undergo anesthesia and have an abortion procedure.

"I was absolutely devastated to get that news," Williams told The Huffington Post in an interview. "I called my regular OB-GYN to discuss with her if there was any chance this might not be true. But she looked at the ultrasounds and told me, 'No, this is the situation.'"

Williams, a retail store manager with a 9-month-old son at the time, decided to have the abortion procedure to avoid having to go through the labor and delivery. Because she lives in Philadelphia, where there are abortion providers who are trained to perform the second-trimester procedure, and because the abortion was covered by her insurance, she could afford to make that choice. "If I wasn't in Philadelphia, who knows where I would have had to go," she said.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that bans the procedure Williams chose to have. The so-called Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act aims to prohibit doctors from performing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of rape, incest or when the mother's life is in danger. There is no exception for severe fetal anomalies, and the bill requires a neonatal doctor to try to save the fetus if there is any chance it could survive outside the womb.

Republicans claim the 20-week limit is based on the disputed theory that fetuses can feel pain at that point in their development.

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By Laura Bassett. Posted: 05/13/2015 1:36 pm EDT.

Indiana's Anti-Gay Law Prompts Thousands Of Businesses To Stand Up For Diversity

Indiana's controversial "religious freedom" bill was signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence last Thursday, but one grassroots campaign promoting inclusion is growing in its aftermath -- and rapidly.

Open For Service, an initiative aimed at supporting "businesses that open their doors for everyone -- black, white, gay, straight, Christian, atheist, disabled," is selling stickers to businesses so they can display their stance against discrimination for the public to see. Participating businesses also get their name placed into an online business directory accessible to consumers.

Since the campaign's March 11 launch, 3,121 businesses have signed up to be included in the directory and purchased a $10 sticker -- which reads, "this business serves everyone" -- a representative of Open For Service told The Huffington Post in an email.

“I am still playing catch-up from everything that is happening,” Josh Driver, the Indianapolis-based philanthropist behind the initiative, told NUVO News of the campaign's quick growth.

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Reactions To Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law
GOP Law Will Keep State Safe from Teh Evil Gay Money and Embrace Perpetual Poverty Until the Gays Go Away.

Gay Money Is No Good in Indiana

GenCon, the world’s biggest convention for tabletop gaming and a massive moneymaking machine for the State of Indiana, has responded to a bill that legalizes discrimination against LGBT customers by threatening to leave the state—and take their $50 million-a-year convention elsewhere.

This isn’t because GenCon is run by political progressives or “social justice warriors” trying to make a difference. It really, really isn’t. If GenCon leaves Indianapolis it’ll be for the same reason it came to Indianapolis and abandoned its original home of Wisconsin, the home state of founder of D&D Gary Gygax (peace be upon him).

Because it makes business sense.

It should be obvious why it would make business sense for a convention like GenCon to flee Indiana if a bill legalizing LGBT discrimination passes. GenCon is only in Indianapolis in the first place because of the longstanding tradition of GenCon in the Midwest, despite the difficulty of finding space for large conventions out here. It came to the Indiana Convention Center because there wasn’t room anywhere in Milwaukee, a convention center that strains to accommodate its 50,000 attendees and was expanded in 2011 partly just because of GenCon.

It’s been brought up many times that it would make a lot of sense for GenCon to move to Seattle, where GenCon LLC is actually headquartered, as are Wizards of the Coast, the current makers of D&D, and which already hosts the even more massive Penny Arcade Expo.

What might finally tip the scales in favor of breaking with tradition and abandoning flyover country for the coast? Telling conventiongoers, exhibiters and VIP guests that their sexual orientation might get them refused service by local merchants.

Really, it shouldn’t be a surprise that not just GenCon but the Indianapolis travel bureau have spoken out against this bill. It’s literally a bill declaring the intention of for-profit businesses to turn away potential customers. It is, bluntly, an anti-business bill.
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Gay Sodomite Zombies Will Also Have to Pay a One Million Dollar Fine, Before Being Shot in the Head.

California lawyer proposes punishing homosexuality by shooting people in the head
The state received a proposal that would make acts of sodomy punishable by death, along with a check for $200

Despite the fact that criminal sodomy hasn’t been allowed in California for years and that laws regarding the subject have generally fallen out of favor across the country, a delusional California lawyer submitted a ballot initiative this week to the state’s department of justice, proposing what he calls the “Sodomite Suppression Act.”

The proposal, from Matt McLaughlin of Huntington Beach, calls for the execution of all Californians performing homosexual acts. McLaughlin was even kind enough to attach a $200 check to the absurd document, as if the government procedure were to double as mass-murder-for-hire.

The lone homophobe has outlined his horrifying “bill” in seven measures, including the following tenets (obtained by the Huffington Post):

The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, govern of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha. [...]

Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all us should be killed by God’s just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating wickedness in our midst, the People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head of by any convenient method. [...]

This law shall be known as ‘The Sodomite Suppression Act’ and be numbered as section 29 in Title 3 of the Penal Code, pertaining to offenses against the sovereignty of the state. The text shall be prominently posted in every public school classroom. ALl laws in conflict with this law are to that extent invalid.

McLaughlin’s attempt to criminalize homosexuality and make sodomy punishable by death would require more than 350,000 signatures in California’s next gubernatorial election, equaling 5 percent of the number of total votes. His obscene suggestion to actually murder individuals who engage in sodomy is only made more outrageous by his insistence that these “offenders” be shot in the head.

Judging by the fact that “Matt McLaughlin of Huntington Beach” has absolutely no presence on the Internet and remains virtually untraceable despite a few elusive clues, it’s likely this farce will end as a meme. Still, the implications are deeply frightening.
... Also Argues In Favor Of Keeping Women Silent In Church

An Arizona pastor is making headlines after claiming that "we can have an AIDS-free world by Christmas" if gays were "executed."

The New Civil Rights Movement first reported that Pastor Steven Anderson, who runs Tempe's Faithful Word Baptist Church, made the shocking claims during a sermon delivered Nov. 30.

Arguing that members of the gay community are "filled with disease because of the judgement of God," Anderson said, "Anybody who's a homo or bi -- it's all the same category -- sodomite is what the Bible would call them."

Citing Leviticus 18:22, he then added, "It was right there in the Bible all along ... It's curable right there... if you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldn't have all this AIDS running rampant."

It isn't the first time that Anderson, who "holds no college degree but has well over 140 chapters of the Bible memorized word-for-word" according to his church's website, has ruffled feathers.

Earlier this year, he argued that "remarriage is adultery," noting, "I don’t care if our society embraces divorce, and even Christians are getting divorced at the same rate as the world, I'm not gonna change!"

He has also argued in favor of keeping women silent in church.

"Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection," he said in a sermon. "But I suffer not a woman to teach nor to usurp authority over the man."

By Curtis M. Wong. Posted: 12/03/2014 3:30 pm EST.

Source. Also, another article where he prays for President Obama's death, calls women on birth control "nothing but lying, whorish gossips", and "Jews are all liars". Videos at the source and here.
Because on a relentlessly grim day, we need a little levity. (The best part is the role of the conservatives on the Supreme Court.)

The Satanic Temple is in a battle with the state of Florida. Last holiday season, the Department of Management Services, an arm of the state government, allowed religious groups to construct displays of faith in the central rotunda of Florida’s infamous Capitol Building. First a Christian group erected a nativity scene that endorsed Christianity. Then an atheist group hung a winter solstice banner celebrating the Bill of Rights and freedom from religion. Inspired, another atheist built a Festivus pole made of beer cans, and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster added a small pile of holy noodles to the capitol’s halls.

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Corporations to Bring Back Child Labor in the Name of Profits God!

Judge: Hobby Lobby Decision Means Polygamous Sect Member Can Refuse To Testify In Child Labor Case

Citing Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court’s decision last June holding that the religious objections of a business’ owners could trump federal rules requiring that business to include birth control coverage in its health plan, a federal judge in Utah held last week that a member of a polygamist religious sect could refuse to testify in a federal investigation into alleged violations of child labor laws because he objects to testifying on religious grounds.

The case involves the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), a religious sect with as many as 10,000 members. Although the FLDS church splintered from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — the domination commonly known as Mormons — due to a century-old dispute over polygamy, the FLDS sect resembles a cult of personality much more than it does any mainstream religion. Warren Jeffs, FLDS’s leader and “prophet,” is currently in prison after he was convicted of sexually assaulting two underage girls — the youngest of whom was 12 years-old — that he claimed have taken as wives. Jeffs taught that African Americans are “the people through which the devil has always been able to bring evil unto the earth,” and he preached that marrying a person of the same sex is “like murder.”
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