Interesting Case of a Florida Teacher

You may have heard by now about the teacher in Florida who was briefly suspended after posting some relatively obnoxious statements on his Facebook page about same-sex marriage. Here’s what he wrote on Facebook:

On July 25, Buell posted on his Facebook page, “I’m watching the news, eating dinner, when the story about New York okaying same sex unions came on and I almost threw up.”

“If they want to call it a union, go ahead. But don’t insult a man and woman’s marriage by throwing it in the same cesspool as same-sex whatever! God will not be mocked. When did this sin become acceptable???,” Buell added.

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Jesus Could Be Coming to Detroit

Lou Engle, one of the loonies behind Perry’s prayer rally, is planning a big revival event in Detroit. And he’s bringing with him a guy who says he talks to Jesus face to face all the time. Right Wing Watch reports:

Lou Engle, who is set to lead The Call: Detroit on November 11 with plans to convert Muslims to Christianity and ‘free’ gays from homosexuality, now has a co-host for the rally: faith healer David E. Taylor. Like Engle, Taylor believes that God is directly communicating with newly appointed apostles (the central theme of the New Apostolic Reformation), including him. Taylor’s official biography states: “Since 1989 from the time that he was 17 years old, he has been granted well over 1000 face-to-face visitation appearances from Jesus Christ personally.”

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Robert O’Brien Nominee: Pat Robertson

Pat Robertson joins the chorus of stupid:

Robertson: Ladies and gentlemen I don’t want to get weird on this so please take it for what it’s worth. But it seems to me the Washington Monument is a symbol of America’s power, it has been the symbol of our great nation, we look at that monument and say this is one nation under God. Now there’s a crack in it, there’s a crack in it and it’s closed up. Is that a sign from the Lord? Is that something that has significance or is it just result of an earthquake? You judge, but I just want to bring that to your attention. It seems to me symbolic. When Jesus was crucified and when he died the curtain in the Temple was rent from top to bottom and there was a tear and it was extremely symbolic, is this symbolic? You judge.

It seems to me that Pat Robertson’s brain is a symbol of religious right insanity. Now there’s a crack in it. And the earthquake hit his home state. Is this symbolic? You judge.

Coulter Hearts Behe

With evolution becoming a political issue again after Rick Perry’s ignorant babble on the subject, you knew it wouldn’t take long for Ann Coulter to say some really stupid things about the subject. And she’s all about the Behe, folks.

This week, we will consider one small slice of the mountain of scientific evidence disproving this mystery religion from the Victorian age.

Most devastating for the Darwiniacs were advances in microbiology since Darwin’s time, revealing infinitely complex mechanisms requiring hundreds of parts working together at once – complex cellular structures, DNA, blood-clotting mechanisms, molecules, and the cell’s tiny flagellum and cilium.

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McCain’s Libyan Adventure

Here was John McCain earlier this week criticizing Obama for not doing more militarily to overthrow Gaddafi:

This achievement was made possible first and foremost by the struggle and sacrifice of countless Libyans, whose courage and perseverance we applaud. We also commend our British, French, and other allies, as well as our Arab partners, especially Qatar and the UAE, for their leadership in this conflict. Americans can be proud of the role our country has played in helping to defeat Qaddafi, but we regret that this success was so long in coming due to the failure of the United States to employ the full weight of our airpower.

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Perry’s Private Meeting with Crazy Preachers

Texas Gov. Rick Perry spent this weekend at a private gathering of some of the craziest of the wingnuts at the ranch of his biggest financial backer, including David Barton and Rick Scarborough. We all know about Barton, but Scarborough is a Texas evangelist I talked about in my C-SPAN speech (Part one, part two) in 2007. That year he started a crusade to get conservative Christians elected to school boards and local commissions to influence policy.

He’s also craziest enough to be one of the many bigots to believe that God intentionally sent AIDS to punish gay people. Video below the fold.
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Worldnutdaily Columnist Waxes Stupid on Evolution

I know it will come as a shock to hear that a Worldnutdaily columnist would say lots of stupid things about evolution. You could have bowled me over with a proverbial feather when I saw it (/sarcasm). But Robert Ringer wants you to know that he approaches the subject from a purely intellectual perspective:

I don’t have a religious dog in the evolution fight, so from a very young age I came at the theory of evolution from an intellectual, common-sense point of view. Even though I was predisposed to believing in evolution, what I found when I began reading up on the subject was that virtually every book began with the premise that evolution was a fact.

To my surprise, however, the more I read, the more evolution sounded like something out of “Aesop’s Fables.” Inanimate matter “evolving” into an animal, and an animal evolving into a human being? It seemed to me to be an idea that required a size extra-large imagination.

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Judge Smacks Down Texas Legislators Even Harder

A couple weeks ago I reported on the Texas judge who delivered a sharp smackdown to some Texas legislators who filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit challenging a new anti-choice law they passed. Not to be deterred by reality, the legislators then filed the same motion again — and got it turned down again. And then to show just how immune they are to reason, they filed a third time. And this time the judge had had enough. In response to the second motion, the judge wrote:
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Gheen: Obama Wants War With ‘White America’

You probably don’t know who William Gheen is. He’s the head of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC. He spewed some serious crazy on a radio show recently and Right Wing Watch has the audio and transcript.

What Janet Napolitano has spent most of her time doing in the last couple of months has been, one, preparing the new spy network that’s available now, the new data-collecting, see everything you do online, beyond the normal terrorist list that they’re creating, they’re creating a much larger list now of people who might be troublesome here in the country. And putting out videos and propaganda telegraphing what I believe to be a conflict with White America they’re preparing for after they get another 10 or 15 million people in the country to back them up.

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Important New Ruling on Eyewitness Evidence

The New Jersey Supreme Court issued a very important ruling on how trial courts must handle eyewitness testimony. The Innocence Project reports on the development.

“Today the New Jersey Supreme Court has said that the legal architecture set by the U.S. Supreme Court 30 years ago to evaluate identification evidence must be renovated. This is a decision that will ultimately affect every state and federal court in the nation,” said Barry Scheck, Co-Director of the Innocence Project, which is affiliated with Cardozo School of Law. “The court has recognized the tremendous fallibility of eyewitness identifications, and based on the most thorough review of scientific research undertaken by a court, has set up comprehensive and practical guidelines for how judges and juries should handle this important evidence.”

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Researcher Accuses Clement of Distorting Her Work

There are a couple of interesting developments in the legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act in which the House has hired Paul Clement to defend the constitutionality of the law. The first is that Clement apparently tried to cite lots of research about the dangers of gay parents in his filings, but without making the sources of that research available for depositions and cross-examination. AmericaBlog reports:
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The Racial Injustice of the War on Drugs

This report from the Washington City Paper could have been written about any large city in the country.

But even with a high arrest rate, some people in D.C. can probably safely get high without worrying that the cops are coming. Those people are white people. In 2007, 91 percent of those arrested for marijuana were black. In a city whose population demographics are steadily evening out, that’s odd. In fact, adjusting for population, African Americans are eight times as likely to be arrested for weed as white smokers are.

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Really, Politico?

It’s bad enough that the Worldnutdaily gives Chuck Norris a weekly column, but Politico? Seriously? Yep. And it’s the same ignorant nonsense we’ve gotten used to already. This one is all about how Obama has a secret plot to get your guns.

It’s been said that guns have two enemies – rust and politicians. Rust never sleeps, and neither do those who would seek to restrict our constitutional rights. So let me tell you about a meeting you weren’t invited to, where those people were planning an attack on our rights that’s very much “under the radar.”

It happened in July at the United Nations headquarters in New York, at a meeting to draft of what they call the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.

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Why the Evolution Question Matters

Kevin Williamson at the National Review Online has a rather odd position about Rick Perry’s recent creationist talk. He basically says, “Okay, so Perry is an ignorant blowhard — but you shouldn’t be asking him such questions in the first place.” Here’s the first part:

I’ll get into the question of tossing around these kinds of cultural hand grenades in a second, but first, let me note something that in my view is more important: Neither of Perry’s statements is true. Texas does not, as a matter of statewide policy, teach creationism alongside evolution. The state board of education has rejected creationist materials and adopted a rather conventional curriculum on the subject. And Texas did not retain a legal right to secede from the Union in 1845, though there is a cherished myth to the contrary. Texas’s annexation was a slightly complicated affair: An annexation treaty was proposed, and the secession myth is usually traced back to it. The treaty did not in fact contain such a provision, and, in any case, it was rejected by the U.S. Senate, and Texas was brought into the Union by a joint resolution of Congress (which seems kind of flimsy to me, but it’s worked out alright). Before the governor goes wading into such troubled waters, he ought to be in full command of the facts.

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