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First ever photograph of light as a particle and a wave

Credit: Fabrizio Carbone/EPFL By Science Daily Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of[...]


Faith-Healer Parents Who Let Their Child Die Should Go to Jail

Credit: itsmejust | Shutterstock.com By Jerry A. Coyne In America, 43 of the 50 U.S. states confer some type of civil or criminal immunity on parents who injure their children by[...]


Mass castrations: officers crack code of silence of followers of Indian guru Ram Rahim

Photo: AFP By Jason Koutsoukis Many Indians will tell you that a sage guru can add a measure of potency to an otherwise mundane existence. Pity the 400 followers of the so-called[...]


Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher

Image credit: Pete Marovich By Justin Gillis and John Schwartz For years, politicians wanting to block legislation on climate change have bolstered their arguments by pointing to the work of[...]


Big, bright quasar from ancient universe stuns scientists

Photo: Zhaoyu Li / Shanghai Astronomical Observatory By Amina Khan Deep in the universe’s past, astronomers have discovered a luminous quasar powered by an enormous black hole that contains the[...]


Church & State

NYTimes Profiles State RFRA Debates

By Don Byrd Written by Don Byrd Yesterday, the Georgia State Senate passed a state Religious Freed[...]


Bigotry Debunked: Newspaper Investigates AU Chapter, Finds Out Its Members Don’t Hate Christians

Sarah JonesWall of SeparationSpurred by the American Family Association’s “Bigotry Map,&[...]


Alabama Supreme Court Rejects Religious Liberty Argument Against School Tax Credit Voucher Program

By Don Byrd Written by Don Byrd Via Religion Clause, the Alabama Supreme Court has upheld a tax cr[...]


What Roy Has Wrought: Alabama Supreme Court Tries Desperate Tactic To Block Same-Sex Unions

Rob BostonWall of SeparationLast night the Alabama Supreme Court issued a ruling ordering an end to [...]


State RFRA Bill Tracker

By Don Byrd Written by Don Byrd States considering RFRA bills: AR CO GA HI IN MI SD TX WV [...]


Hindu Hullabaloo: Idaho Lawmaker Objects To Non-Christian Prayer Before Legislative Session

Simon BrownWall of SeparationGovernment-sponsored prayer is all or nothing. That means legislative b[...]


Businesses back gay marriage as Supreme Court sets April 28 showdown

Businesses back gay marriage as Supreme Court sets April 28 showdown

(Reuters) One friend-of-the-court brief was filed on behalf of dozens of prominent conservatives, including billionaire political activist David Koch, which says that "conservative values are consistent with - indeed, are advanced by - affording civil marriage rights to same-sex couples."

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Businesses back gay marriage as Supreme Court sets April 28 showdown

Businesses back gay marriage as Supreme Court sets April 28 showdown

(Reuters) One friend-of-the-court brief was filed on behalf of dozens of prominent conservatives, including billionaire political activist David Koch, which says that "conservative values are consistent with - indeed, are advanced by - affording civil marriage rights to same-sex couples."

The post Businesses…

Businesses back gay marriage as Supreme Court sets April 28 showdown

Businesses back gay marriage as Supreme Court sets April 28 showdown

(Reuters) One friend-of-the-court brief was filed on behalf of dozens of prominent conservatives, including billionaire political activist David Koch, which says that "conservative values are consistent with - indeed, are advanced by - affording civil marriage rights to same-sex couples."

The post Businesses…

Businesses back gay marriage as Supreme Court sets April 28 showdown

Businesses back gay marriage as Supreme Court sets April 28 showdown

(Reuters) One friend-of-the-court brief was filed on behalf of dozens of prominent conservatives, including billionaire political activist David Koch, which says that "conservative values are consistent with - indeed, are advanced by - affording civil marriage rights to same-sex couples."

The post Businesses…

Businesses back gay marriage as Supreme Court sets April 28 showdown

Businesses back gay marriage as Supreme Court sets April 28 showdown

(Reuters) One friend-of-the-court brief was filed on behalf of dozens of prominent conservatives, including billionaire political activist David Koch, which says that "conservative values are consistent with - indeed, are advanced by - affording civil marriage rights to same-sex couples."

The post Businesses…

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