Indiana Pizza Shop Says Owners’ Christian Belief Prevent It from Catering Gay People

“Memories Pizza, a pizza shop owned by the O’Connor family in Walker, Indiana, says they’re happy Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because it backs up their beliefs, and if they were asked to cater a gay wedding, they wouldn’t,” Andy Towle of Towleroad reports.

Unlike a ban on catering for gay people, the Bible has a ban on mixing dairy and meat, which is common on most pizzas.

CERN Researchers Confirm Existence of the Force

“Though four fundamental forces—the strong force, the weak force, the electromagnetic force and gravity—have been well documented and confirmed in experiments over the years, CERN announced today the first unequivocal evidence for the Force,” Cian O’Luanaigh of CERN reports.

The best April Fool’s Day joke I’ve read so far.

Tokyo’s Shibuya District to Recognize Same-Sex Unions

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“Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn’t before, because same-sex marriages weren’t recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman,” The Japan Times reports. Great news!

Image: Flag of Shibuya.

University of Southampton Cancels Conference Questioning Israel’s Right to Exist

“The conference, due to take place next month, described itself as ‘unique because it concerns the legitimacy in international law of the Jewish state of Israel’,” Haroon Siddique of the Guardian reports.

The event was cancelled after a petition by the Zionist Federation gathered more than 6,400 signatures.

Had it been any other country, this absurdness had been apparent to everyone. But for some reason (it’s not anti-Semitism, I’ve been told repeatedly), the Jewish people are the only ones whose independence and self-determination is legit to put in question.

Indiana Legislators to Clarify New Law Decried as Anti-Gay

“Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma (R) said the legislature would act as soon as this week to ‘clarify’ the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which grants individuals and businesses legal grounds to defend themselves against claims of discrimination,” Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Sandhya Somashekhar, and Mark Berman of The Washington Post report. “The fix, Bosma said, would make clear that the law does not allow people to discriminate against gays, as critics contend.”

UKIP Leader Safeguarded by Extreme-Right Thugs

“Anti-UKIP activists who last week protested Nigel Farage at a pub have now been targeted by far-right group Britain First, who vowed to protect the UKIP leader,” Joseph Patrick McCormick of Pink News reports.

UKIP Demands an Apology from Swedish Public-Service Broadcaster

Sweden’s media watchdog has given public broadcaster SVT a rap on the knuckles for labelling Britain’s UKIP an “extreme right-wing populist party” and the party now wants a public apology from the broadcaster, The Local reports.

I’m no fan of the leftist reporting at SVT, but UKIP is an extreme right-wing populist party!