When the Duggars are Too Liberal For You

I’ve avoided writing anything about this whole situation with the Duggars, but this tangential matter drew my attention. As extreme as the Duggars are in their politics and theology, there are people even further off on the fringe than they are, like the wife of Pastor Steven Anderson, who wants gay people stoned to death among other heinous views:
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Ben Carson = Sarah Palin

The more I hear from Ben Carson, the more obvious it is to me that he’s really just the second coming of Sarah Palin. Like Palin, he appears to write his speeches using a Wingnut Madlibs game. His speeches are nothing but a jumbled series of well-worn cliches with virtually no original cognitive content at all. The latest begins with this:
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Bakker Exploits ISIS Fears to Sell Survival Supplies

In the old days, Jim Bakker scammed his followers by selling them memberships in the resort he built, which landed him in prison for many years. Now he’s out and he’s got a whole new scam: survival supplies. He hosted a conference for preppers last week and did everything he could to sell fear in order to sell supplies:
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Joyner Apologizes to Putin, Muslim Fascists for America Becoming Gay

You’d think that after years of chronicling the bizarre pronouncements of the Christian right, I could’t be shocked anymore. But Rick Joyner managed to leave my jaw agape by agreeing with Vladimir Putin and the Muslim terrorists and actually apologizing to them for America becoming so gay.
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Rosenberg: God is Going to Destroy America Over Abortion

The Family Research Council’s annual Watchmen on the Wall conference always attracts a mix of Republican politicians and bigoted and simpleminded Christian right ranters. This year, Joel Rosenberg declared that God is going to destroy America over abortion in the next two years and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.
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Is the ‘Benedict Option’ a Real Possibility?

Damon Linker, a writer I rarely take seriously, has a long and interesting article about the Benedict Option, which is apparently now under discussion among the Christian right. The basic idea is that Christian conservatives should withdraw from the culture wars and focus on building “communities” (you’ll see why I put that in quotes later) that help preserve themselves ideologically.
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