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Christian Post Reporter

Southern Poverty Law Center Biased in Labeling Family Research Council a 'Hate Group,' Academic Study Argues

The Southern Poverty Law Center's "Hatewatch" fails to use objective criteria in determining which organizations should be labeled a "hate group," George Yancey, professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, finds in a new study, "Watching the Watchers: The Neglect of Academic Analysis of Progressive Groups," published in the January issue of the journal Academic Questions.

In a Flip of Position, Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Now Want Federal Gov't to Decide; Opponents Prefer States

A majority of same-sex marriage supporters now want the federal government to decide whether or not to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples for all states while opponents of SSM would prefer to leave the issue to each state. This is the opposite of where each side of the debate stood seven years ago, according to research conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute.

Should a Baker Be Required to Bake a Westboro Baptist 'God Hates Fags' Cake If It's Against Their Religious Beliefs?

Should government be able to force some business owners to either violate their conscience or shut down if they refuse service for a same-sex wedding? Joe La Rue, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, suggests the issue can be put in a clearer light by asking this question: should a baker be required to bake a cake for Westboro Baptist Church with icing that reads, "God Hates Fags," if it violates their religious conscience to do so?

Issue Analysis: Arizona Bill Does Not Give Businesses License to Discriminate Against Gays

Some have claimed that a bill recently passed by the Arizona legislature would give businesses broad license to not serve someone for being gay. This claim, though, may be a misreading, according a CP legislative analysis. While the bill is an attempt to broaden who is covered under its religious freedom protections, in all cases it actually narrows when a religious belief could be used to refuse service.

NYT's Nick Kristof Sparks Debate: Are Political Scientists Relevant?

Scholars, especially political scientists, have become irrelevant to public debates, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof argued Saturday. After scolding the academic discipline for not engaging the public and using new tools, such as Twitter and blogs, political scientists went to their blogs and Twitter feeds to let Kristof know that they are doing exactly what Kristof complains they are not doing.