The Mythical Hero of the Right

Guess who said this:

Rather than talking about putting up a fence, why don’t we work out some recognition of our mutual problems? Make it possible for them to come here legally with a work permit. And then, while they’re working and earning here they can pay taxes here. And then when they want to go back, they can go back. Open the borders both ways.

If you guessed Ronald Reagan, award yourself a cookie. He said in during a debate with George H.W. Bush during the 1980 election. And this was what Bush said about it:
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Sekulow: Constitution Will Be Amended to Add Sharia Law

Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice went on the 700 Club to tell their credulous followers that radical Muslims are going to amend the U.S. Constitution to impose Sharia law on America. With a straight face.

Sharia law is a real situation in the United States. You have leading Imams that are considered moderate saying Sharia law is compliant with the U.S. Constitution, and the reason the reason they say that is because they know the constitution can be amended through a process, so that’s what they mean by Sharia being compliant with the U.S. Constitution. Sure, you amend it to comply with Sharia law. So that’s why they say that…We’re seeing it play out right now and it’s horrifying.

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Pope Wants Christians to Gang Up on Secularists

Pope Benedict thinks Christians should put aside their differences to fight the real enemy: Us.

All faiths have to work together to stanch the tide of secularism sweeping the world, warned Pope Benedict XVI on Friday (Sept. 23) during the second day of a tour through his native Germany…

“The most urgent thing for ecumenicalism is, namely, that we can’t allow the push of secularism to force us, almost without noticing, to lose sight of the major similarities that make us Christians, and which remain a gift and a challenge for us,” the pope said.

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Happy Blasphemy Rights Day

I almost forgot that today is International Blasphemy Rights Day, probably because, for the first time in a few years, I’m not speaking anywhere as part of the day’s festivities. I was invited to speak at the University of Illinois but I had to turn it down because I had another engagement a few days later that I would need the time to prepare for. Alas, that later event got postponed and now I wish I’d accepted the invitation. I actually have video of the “stand up skeptic” presentation I did last year for CFI Michigan for the occasion but I haven’t taken the time to get it converted and uploaded to Youtube.

Anyway, happy International Blasphemy Rights Day!

Douthat on Capital Punishment

Russ Douthat of the New York Times has a badly argued post about the death penalty in the aftermath of the Troy Davis execution. First, he says that Davis should have been given a new trial. Obviously true. But then he says this:

I strongly agree with death penalty critics like Will Wilkinson that the general decline of capital punishment in the United States over the last three centuries is a sign of moral progress. (It’s a very good thing that we aren’t hanging people for property crimes any more.) But it seems to me that there’s a real moral difference between reducing the application of the death penalty because we’ve decided that certain uses are inherently unjust (which is what drove the decline of executions for most of American history) and eliminating its use entirely because we’ve decided that our legal system isn’t competent to implement it (which is part of what’s driving the decline of the death penalty at the moment). The former trend represented a genuine revolution in how we treated the guilty; the latter trend just reflects our anxieties about possibly executing the innocent.

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Palin’s Utter Lack of Irony

In a Fox News interview, Sarah Palin actually criticized the media for turning the Republican presidential race into a reality TV show. She also accuses the media of not vetting the candidates well enough. She’s right, of course — that’s exactly what the major media does with campaigns and most journalists don’t do their job in truly vetting what is important about candidates.

But this being said by a woman who was put on a presidential ticket with almost no one, including McCain, knowing anything about her? By a woman who quit her job as governor to literally do a reality TV show? You can’t write a joke that funny. She also said this:
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The Man Obama Has Become

I’ll give you three guesses who said this about President Bush:

We don’t expect the President to give the American people every detail about a classified surveillance program. But we do expect him to place such a program within the rule of law, and to allow members of the other two coequal branches of government – Congress and the Judiciary – to have the ability to monitor and oversee such a program. Our Constitution and our right to privacy as Americans require as much.

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Joyner: Founding Fathers Were Dominionists

Attention, Chris Rodda. Wingnut preacher Rick Joyner says the founding fathers themselves were dominionists:

To a large degree our nation, America, was built on or by those whole held to dominion theology. Most of the Founding Fathers were devoted Christians, this is really you would have to call them dominionists. Now it drove them to try to build and establish a government that was built on biblical principles because they really thought they were building the Kingdom of God here.

Funny, the wingnuts of that day were convinced that the Constitution was an ungodly document that would bring down the wrath of God on the nation.

Separation of Church and State is Not “Anti-God”

The White House has new website where you can set up petitions to tell the administration what you would like them to do or change and some of the items receiving the most signatures involve the separation of church and state. And the Christian Post is quite unhappy about that.

A petition created on Sept. 22 by “Dimitar T,” entitled “Edit the Pledge of Allegiance to remove the phrase ‘Under God,'” has attracted more than 13,000 votes and is the fourth most popular petition on the White House’s “We the People” website.

The peition claims, “The Pledge of Allegiance is said every day in schools across America. It is a government sanctioned speech, and should remain neutral in matters of religion. In its current state, it supports the existence of God, which goes against several religions, and supports others. This bias should not be supported by the country according to the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

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Roy Moore’s Religious Bigotry

Wingnut extraordinaire Judge Roy Moore may be even more crazy than I originally thought. From the ReligionLaw listserv comes this story from Prof. Paul Finkelman:

When I was the main expert in the Ten Commandments monument case in Alabama (Glassroth v. Moore), Chief Justice Roy Moore said that the Ten Commandments monument could not offend any religion because all religions believe in the Ten Commandments. When asked about Hindus or Buddhists he said “they are not real religions so they are not protected by the First Amendment.”

The man who said that was actually elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Perry’s Hilarious Position on Marriage Equality

Rick Perry got into trouble with the Teavangelists when he said that the states should decide whether to allow same-sex marriage, not the federal government. So listen to this amusing attempt to extricate himself from the problem:

I asked spokesman Mark Miner if Perry still held held to his view that states should be allowed to decide the issue of gay marriage. He said, “Governor Perry is personally opposed to gay marriage, and worked in Texas to pass a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Governor Perry supports a federal Defense of Marriage amendment, but until that passes, Governor Perry support states’ ability to protect themselves with laws that define marriage between a man and women. Most importantly, Governor Perry believes we cannot support gay marriage being imported to other states against their will — where those states are forced to recognize gay marriages licensed in other states. That’s why a federal amendment — which requires a majority of states to ratify — is in order.”

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Farah: Palin Should Sue Over Lies I’ve Never Seen

This statement from his latest column tells you pretty much all you need to know about Joseph Farah:

I think Sarah Palin should sue the daylights out of Joe McGinniss and his publisher for their reckless disregard for the truth they showed in his new book –which, for the purpose of this column, shall remain nameless.

No, I have not read the book, nor do I intend to read it.

Then you have no idea what is true and what is not. I don’t either. And I also don’t intend to read it. I have no idea which claims in it are true and which are false. But I’ll make this prediction. Despite her lawyer’s threats, there isn’t a chance in hell that Palin is going to sue McGinnis, for one simple reason: It would open her up to discovery and subpoenas. It’ll never happen.

Obama, Clinton and Racism

Melissa Harris-Perry has an article in The Nation arguing that President Obama is being held to a different standard than Bill Clinton was because of white liberal racism. I think she’s wrong. Oh, I’m sure there may be some white liberals who do hold such a double standard, but I don’t see any compelling reason to believe that this explains why Obama is receiving so much criticism from the left. I think he’s receiving that criticism because he deserves it and that would be true if he was purple with pink polka dots. I also think she’s ignoring the historical record almost completely.

She begins by arguing that Obama’s career demonstrates the lack of overt electoral racism.
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