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Nov 10, 2014

The Republican victories in the 2014 midterms are bad news not just for church-state separation, but also for reason-based policies on climate change and a host of other issues.

Meanwhile...

A self-proclaimed Satanist has damaged the controversial Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma capitol. We recommend legal means in removing such monuments, not vandalism.

Voters in Alabama have overwhelmingly approved an amendment that will ban application of "foreign law" (like, oh, say, Sharia law) in Alabama courts and prohibit the state from giving full faith and credit to out-of-state acts (like, oh, say, gay marriage) that conflict with Alabama law. Look for this one to be declared unconstitutional after much waste of attorney hours and taxpayer funds.

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has upheld gay marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. This is in stark contrast to rulings by other Circuit Courts that have declared such bans unconstitutional. This sets the stage for what will certainly be on of the most-watched Supreme Court showdowns in recent years.

For movies with a freethought spin, David recommends Snowpiercer (starring Chris Evans) and Hercules (starring Dwayne Johnson).