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Supreme Court to Hear Case on Baker Refusing Same-Sex Couple

July 5, 2017

Last Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of a Colorado baker who holds that his refusal to make a same-sex wedding cake was not discrimination, but rather an expression of his freedom of speech.

The case centers around a 2012 encounter between baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, and couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig. Because same-sex marriage was not yet legal in Colorado, Mullins and Craig were planning to marry in Massachusetts but to celebrate the union in Colorado. When they asked Phillips of Masterpiece...

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Federal Court Rules Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster Not a Religion

Federal Court Rules Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster Not a Religion

April 19, 2016

Last week, a federal court ruled that Pastafarianism—the religion of those who profess belief in the deity of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM)—is not a real religion. 

The religion came into popularity when the Kansas State Board of Education gave preliminary approval for schools to teach alternative theories to evolution, including the theory of intelligent design. Bobby Henderson, then a 25-year-old with a bachelor’s degree in physics, wrote an open letter to the Kansas board...

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