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Jul 12, 2017

Encore release July 12, 2017.

The sports world continues to be rocked by controversy over gay rights. NFL punter Chris Kluwe (who's straight, for what it's worth) claims he was let go because of his advocacy for gay rights. (Kluwe is also the author of the humorous and thought-provoking essay collection Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies, (available in hardcover and for Kindle). Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, recently retired footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has revealed that he's gay and is calling for people to put pressure on Russia over that country's anti-gay developments ahead of the Sochi Olympics. (And speaking of athletes, 95-year-old Belgian masters athletics champion Emiel Pauwels decided to end his own life rather than suffer the physical, emotional and financial pain of terminal cancer. With his family's support, Pauwels organized a farewell party and was allowed to die in accordance with Belgian law. Would that it were so in America.)

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Oklahoma continues to be in the news. A Satanic organization has unveiled their design for a monument they want erected, on state property, in response to a Ten Commandments monument. At the same time, American Atheists has announced a lawsuit aimed at getting the Ten Commandments removed (and if they're not, AA will apply to have their own monument).  Finally, a federal judge has issued a scathing smackdown of Oklahoma's decade-old constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, virtually guaranteeing a Supreme Court showdown.

Last but not least, David recommends Daniel Loxton's article about the Immanuel Velikovsky, a brilliant man who nonetheless championed crackpot ideas. Check out Loxton's article in the latest issue of Skeptic.