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Apr 17 2014

Arpaio Gives Interview to Anti-Semitic Paper

In the completely unsurprising news of the day, fascist Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is more than happy to give interviews to far-right, conspiracy-mongering, anti-Semitic websites like American Free Press. Right Wing Watch reports:
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Apr 17 2014

Donohue’s Delusions

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League — really just an angry, red-faced guy with a P.O. Box and a fax machine who likes to put out press release — is a bit delusional. The Catholic Church has no problem with priests abusing children anymore. “I don’t know of a single institution which has less of a problem” with sexual abuse than the Catholic Church, he said in this interview. Wow.
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Apr 17 2014

Russian Anti-LGBT Demonization Leads to Violence

It’s been clear for some time now that Russia’s harsh anti-gay law passed last year is creating an atmosphere that encourages violence against gay people and that the Russian government has little inclination to protect them from it. Right Wing Watch quotes human rights activists on the nature of that atmosphere:
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Apr 17 2014

Secularists Fight Sabbath Laws in Israel

Israel is having a similar fight to the one over so-called “blue laws” in the United States in decades past, with secular Jews protesting against laws that forbid businesses from being open on the Jewish sabbath, which is sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.
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Apr 17 2014

Alleged Kansas Killer Is an Odin Worshipper

Though we tend to think of white supremacists as Christians, and a whole lot of them are, a fair number of them are also Odin worshippers. The alleged killer in Kansas who opened fire at a pair of Jewish centers last week is one of them. He thinks Christianity is bad because it was invented by Jews. CNN quotes his autobiography:
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Apr 17 2014

University of Alabama Joins Late 20th Century

The University of Alabama has been dragged kicking and screaming into the mid-1960s, sparking hope that someday they might join the 21st century in a few decades after the student senate approved a resolution calling for fraternities and sororities on campus to be racially integrated. Yes, in 20-freaking-14.
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Apr 17 2014

Schlafly: Equal Pay Will Rob Women of Husbands!

Phyllis Schlafly can always be counted on to say incredibly stupid things on pretty much any issue she happens to be talking about at any given moment, especially if it keeps women as second-class citizens. Listen to this appalling argument against equal pay for women:
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Apr 17 2014

Hagee: Blood Moons Start of End Times

Early Tuesday morning we had the first of four “blood moons” — eclipses where atmospheric conditions make the moon look blood red — and a whole bunch of Christian conservatives of the premillenial variety have been heralding it as the sign of…well, something really important. John Hagee is one of them.
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Apr 17 2014

Trump Still Pretending He Might Run for President

Donald Trump is in the middle of yet another public plea for attention by pretending he might run for president. He went to a New Hampshire event populated by other Republican presidential wannabes like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee and talked about something he undoubtedly knows all about:
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Apr 17 2014

Swanson: Gay People are Like Axe Murderers and Cannibals

The thoroughly unhinged Kevin Swanson is quite upset with Nabisco for using a same-sex couple in one of their commercials. And in the course of his usual idiotic screed he compares gay people to both axe murderers and cannibals. Oh, and Nabisco will suffer for their insolence.
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Apr 17 2014

Beck’s Bizarre View on the Nevada Standoff

Over the weekend, Glenn Beck wrote an open letter about the standoff in Nevada. On the plus side, he is firmly against the far-right gun nuts flocking there to take on the evil gummint. On the minus side…wow, is it a weird, incoherent diatribe. Seriously, see if you can make any sense at all out of this.
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Apr 17 2014

Perkins, Huckabee Display Boycott Hypocrisy

One of the most amusing things to me about the Christian right is how utterly oblivious they are to their own contradictions (alternatively, how cravenly dishonest they are about them). On Tony Perkins’ radio show, he and Mike Huckabee said that Christian conservatives would never target a company over its support of gay rights. Yes, your head should be hitting the desk right about now.
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Apr 16 2014

Barber’s Site Features Christian Reconstructionist

Is there any limit to how extreme Matt Barber’s new site BarbWire can get? Apparently not. They’ve got a genuine Christian Reconstructionist, Lee Duigon, writing for them now. And he thinks Christians who aren’t anti-gay enough — and to a Reconstructionist, I assume that means Christians who don’t think they should be stoned to death — are “servants of Satan.”
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Apr 16 2014

Schlichter: Democrats Will Go Full Atheist Soon

Kurt Schlichter, whose very first credit on his bio is that he was “personally recruited to write conservative commentary by Andrew Breitbart” (not terribly impressive, I’m afraid) writes at Townhall.com that by 2024, the Democratic Party will be officially atheist. The column is pretty much the God’s Not Dead movie, or a Chick tract, turned into a bit of hackneyed political commentary.
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Apr 16 2014

Why a GOP Senate Takeover Does Matter

A few weeks ago I opined that a Republican takeover of the Senate wouldn’t change much of anything because the House already stands in the way of almost anything Obama wants to do. But Jonathan Chait points out that there’s one role specific to the Senate that could be a very big deal if the Republicans take over:
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