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Monthly Archive: August 2011

Aug 28 2011

Please. Please, Please, Please, Please.

This would make me so happy: Joe Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, is considering a run against U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur in 2012, according to Republican Party sources. Jon Stainbrook, chairman of the Lucas County Republican Party, said there is “high-level interest in the national Republican Party” in a potential Wurzelbacher candidacy. “We …

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Aug 28 2011

Parsonage Tax Breaks Too Generous

The Wall Street Journal reports on a new ruling from a tax court that makes the parsonage allowance for ministers unlimited. The U.S. Tax Court ruled that Phil Driscoll, an ordained minister and Grammy Award-winning trumpeter who went to prison for tax evasion, didn’t owe federal income taxes on $408,638 provided to him by his …

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Aug 27 2011

The Futility of Prayer

An old schoolmate posted on her Facebook account that she is praying for Hurricane Irene to go back out to sea and not hit the US, where it will likely do enormous damage. But there is no doubt that in every single hurricane that has ever threatened anywhere, huge numbers of people in every location …

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Aug 27 2011

Why the Family Research Council is a Hate Group

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters provides 16 reasons why the Family Research Council deserves to be called a hate group, including their continued use of Paul Cameron’s worthless “research” and their advocacy of putting gays in prison.

Aug 27 2011

More Weird PR Email

I’ve noted before that once you get a radio show you start to get on mailing lists for public relations people, who then send you emails promoting the people they’re paid to promote. And about half the time they’re promoting something that is the exact opposite of what you’d be interested in talking about. Here’s …

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Aug 27 2011

Three Cheers for Tim Hardaway

You may remember that a few years ago former NBA star Tim Hardaway made some anti-gay comments on a radio show and took a lot of heat for it. He said: “You know, I hate gay people, so let it be known. I don’t like gay people and I don’t want to be around gay …

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Aug 27 2011

And the Nostradamus Award Goes To…

Balko spotted this hilarious article from Newsweek in 1995, where Cliff Stoll declares that the internet is never going to amount to much. Online shopping? Only a fool would think that’s ever gonna catch on. After two decades online, I’m perplexed. It’s not that I haven’t had a gas of a good time on the …

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Aug 26 2011

Stars and Stripes on Military Atheists

Stars and Stripes magazine has an article that looks at the fight for equal treatment by atheists in the American military. For instance, it mentions an atheist group at Ft. Meade that is not allowed to use on-base facilities to meet: It’s this rejection of supernatural belief that pushes the group off base instead of …

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Aug 26 2011

The View From Planet Wingnuttia

If you want a perfect view into the mind of someone who lives full time on Planet Wingnuttia, where up is down and black is white, you should read this column by Sher Zieve. It’s positively breathtaking in its wrongheadedness. Let’s just start from the top. And now Obama has decided — as he promised …

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Aug 26 2011

Glenn Beck’s Messiah Complex

You have to see this video of Glenn Beck speaking in Israel, where he gives a very Jesus-like speech telling the audience that if they follow him they will be mocked and persecuted and quite possibly even killed. I’ve gotten death threats too, Glenn. Lots and lots of them. That doesn’t mean I’m right, it …

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Aug 26 2011

Gay People Caused the Earthquake

If you bet that the second wingnut to blame this week’s earthquake on gay people would be Jewish, congratulations. Rabbi Yehuda Levin, who is every bit as whacked as any Christian wingnut, says it was all about The Gay. But he doesn’t hate homosexuals, he says; he just blames them for massive death and destruction. …

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Aug 26 2011

Carpenter: Prop 8 Lawsuit Bad for Equality

Dale Carpenter, a proponent of marriage equality and law professor, makes a very interesting argument that the legal challenge to California’s Prop 8 that banned same-sex marriage has — so far — done more harm than good for the cause of equality. His main argument is that the trial has diminished efforts to affect change …

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Aug 26 2011

Televangelist Attacks Barton, Hagee, TBN

One of the big names in evangelism is attacking David Barton, John Hagee and the Trinity Broadcasting Network for their support of Glenn Beck. Bill Keller, leader of the world’s largest interactive Christian website for 12 years, Liveprayer.com, with over 2.4 million subscribers worldwide reading his Daily Devotional, is calling for a boycott of Christian …

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Aug 26 2011

How Much the Pentagon Spends Pushing Christianity

This was done last week but I really should link to it. Chris Rodda has an important post based on her work with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation about how much money the Pentagon spends on programs that advocate and promote Christianity. It’s much worse than you could possibly have imagined. It’s tens of millions …

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Aug 26 2011

The Lowdown on Dominionism

Lisa Miller’s column in the Washington Post about dominionism has gotten a lot of comment in secular circles. Let me add my voice to the mix. She writes: Here we go again. The Republican primaries are six months away, and already news stories are raising fears on the left about “crazy Christians.” One piece connects …

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