It’s religion day at TPM (ok, not really). Here are the stories:
Republicans in Michigan seem more worried about religion than whether a student is bullied:
The bill lays out what exactly constitutes bullying, but in one key part it says that the legislation does not prohibit First Amendment rights, and “does not prohibit a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of a school employee, school volunteer, pupil, or a pupil’s parent or guardian.”
A Republican running for governor in Kentucky doesn’t seem to know how religious tolerance works (he had criticized the Democratic governor for being at a Hindu ceremony and he thinks it helps to say the governor should have tried to convert them?):
When Williams said he wasn’t criticizing Hindus but did what Christians should do by inviting them to “love and know Jesus,” people nodded. When he asked if “isn’t it time that someone stood up for (Christians) for a change?” some applauded.
and doesn’t seem to know the difference between individual and government support of religion:
“I just brought to people’s attention that it’s rather odd that a governor that wouldn’t stand up for Bell County’s schools ability to say a prayer before a football game and didn’t want to call a Christmas tree a Christmas tree, he wanted to call it a holiday tree, and when he was attorney general didn’t want to post the Ten Commandments, climbed down in a pit and to do a Hindu prayer,” Williams said.
Finally, the Family Research Council seems to have a very weird sense of supporting the family. The post notes the person who was honored with an award by them owes a lot of money in child support, but I think this is worse:
“We thank Cong. Walsh who has voted consistently to defend faith, family and freedom,” FRCA President Tony Perkins said. “Cong. Walsh and other ‘True Blue Members’ have voted to repeal Obamacare, de-fund Planned Parenthood, end government funding for abortion within the health care law, uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, and continue support for school choice. I applaud their commitment to uphold the institutions of marriage and family.”
So, making it so more people have health insurance is anti-family? Public schools are bad for the family? Allowing gays to become a family is bad for the family? All very interesting.