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Towleroad-roadicon Playboy's Chip Rowe's excellent interview with Richard Dawkins.

 Towleroad-roadicon In California, kids will soon be protected from "reparative therapy" -- but aren't their parents churches often just as dangerous?

 Towleroad-roadicon For legal purposes, Arizonians may be pregnant up to two weeks before conception

 Towleroad-roadicon Lynyrd Skynyrd bails on RNC.

 Towleroad-roadicon The best bit of political writing last week came from Gawker, and included these lovely lines:

It's a pernicious bit of false piety in America to assume that wealth confers goodness and goodness wealth; that the two evidence an indivisible value to anything other than profit. Asking how Romney became wealthy and how he manages wealth transgresses nothing. It is not an unreasonable intrusion or a heretical line of inquiry. There is not and will never be a minimum number of zeroes to your net worth that confers either absolution or immunity.

MagicJammeh Towleroad-roadicon Last week, the nutso Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who claims to cure AIDS with magic and wants to chop off gay people's heads, pledged to execute all his country's death row inmates before September.

 Towleroad-roadicon It seems nine death row inmates have been executed so far. The EU responds:

"I strongly condemn the executions which have reportedly taken place on Thursday 23 August 2012, following President Jammeh's stated intention to carry out all death penalties before mid-September," EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

"I demand the immediate halt of the executions," she added.

The European Union has previously condemned death sentences passed in Gambia, but Sunday's statement went further by indicating that action might follow.

"In light of these executions, the European Union will urgently consider an appropriate response," 

 Towleroad-roadicon Brian Brown's "civil" description of those GOP legislators who voted for marriage equality in New York: "Slippery" "slithery" "traitors."

 Towleroad-roadicon Hip-hop's long journey to acceptance:

"People are learning how to live and get along more, and accept people for who they are and not bash them or hurt them because they're different," Snoop Dogg said in a recent interview ... 

"When I was growing up, you could never do that and announce that," Snoop said of [Frank Ocean's recent public acknowledgment of his homosexuality]. "There would be so much scrutiny and hate and negativity, and no one would step (forward) to support you because that's what we were brainwashed and trained to know."

 Towleroad-roadicon FOX News correspondent thinks Neil Armstrong's death provides an excellent opportunity to attack Barack Obama. 

 Towleroad-roadicon Madonna has been singing "Holiday" for a really long time. How long? Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...


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  1. WTG Arizona! Those women were starting to think that what happened in their own uteri was their own business, but you showed them how Republican "small government" can worm its way into any old nook and cranny!

    Now when can we all start being legally dead for a year for tax purposes?

    Posted by: Dagoril | Aug 26, 2012 6:20:39 PM

  2. calling it "the doubts of Dawkins" is not accurate at all

    the interview shows no doubts what so ever and he explicitly says that if we ever hear that he has switched to theism then think he has gone senile in his old age

    Posted by: say what | Aug 26, 2012 7:09:49 PM

  3. WTF is with the random story about Vadge and Holiday? She's not even singing it on her current tour. This is so random.

    Posted by: Huh? | Aug 26, 2012 8:01:21 PM

  4. Shouldn't Arizonans consider some regional alliance with Texas--and maybe Kansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee? It would make implementation and enforcement of Christian Levitical/Sharia law so much simpler.

    I have said for some time that the next "logical" step for the radical Pro-Life theocrats is to declare that "life begins as soon as you THINK o intercourse".

    Masturbation would then resume its old status as a horrible affliction to be punished with all the standard methods as well as any modern variations and innovations that might be profitable to interested parties.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Aug 26, 2012 8:52:03 PM

  5. Why is towleroad linking to Playboy.com? Playboy promotes female bisexuality as normal but totally ignores male bisexuality. Such a paradigm distorts human sexuality and contributes to discrimination against gay and bisexual men.

    We don't need this disgusting and sexist double standard in society. I'm surprised towleroad has done this.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 26, 2012 8:52:16 PM

  6. As for the notion that hip-hop is becoming less homophobic, you've forgotten one thing. Most of the homophobic and sexist pigs who once dominated hip-hop have now moved to the dance music genre. Just be aware of this.

    Homophobia hasn't disappeared, sad to say. It's simply moved to another house down the street.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 26, 2012 8:54:06 PM

  7. Jason: take a deep breath, have a cup of tea, and sleep well.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Aug 26, 2012 8:56:17 PM

  8. This is an excerpt of the brillant speech given by Richard Dawkins in a protest rally against the Pope during his visit to Britain in 2010:
    "He’s an enemy of gay people, bestowing on them the bigotry that his church used to reserve for Jews before 1962. He’s an enemy of women, barring them from priesthood as though a penis was an essential tool for pastoral duties."

    Posted by: simon | Aug 26, 2012 10:51:10 PM

  9. Jason: get a grip! Why would a mag that features naked girls care about male bi-sexuality? Really now!

    Posted by: GABE | Aug 27, 2012 3:14:33 AM

  10. That's like asking why ESPN-TV doesn't give weather reports?! You really need to give your head a shake.

    Posted by: GABE | Aug 27, 2012 3:36:22 AM

  11. We actually do calculate gestational age in obstetrics as around 14 days prior to fertilization, which is what the bill in Arizona states. I'm not sure what the issue about that is. The bill has so much more worrisome langguage that we should be focusing on.

    Posted by: Winston | Aug 27, 2012 6:52:56 AM

  12. There is a point where atheism becomes so adamant, feverish and fervent that it transforms itself into yet another religion with varying sects, old texts and odd beliefs.

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 27, 2012 7:17:32 AM

  13. No. Religion requires spirituality, without spirituality you cannot have a religion. Atheism necessarily excludes spirituality. Saying that atheism is a religion is like saying a bike without wheels is still a bike: it's a f*cking chair! (thanks to Jon Stewart for that one)

    Posted by: Winston | Aug 27, 2012 7:38:11 AM

  14. That is why she is the Queen of Pop!

    Posted by: Eric | Aug 27, 2012 7:38:17 AM

  15. @JASON: still waiting for your explanation.

    Posted by: GABE | Aug 27, 2012 11:18:29 AM

  16. Madonna is the hardest working woman is pop!

    Posted by: jaragon | Aug 27, 2012 5:42:21 PM

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