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Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 26 2012

Oklahoma GOP: Outlaw Fetal Food Products

We may have a new entry in the ongoing contest for the title of the country’s looniest state legislator. Staking his claim to a title previously held by his colleague Sally Kern, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey has proposed a bill that would outlaw the use of human fetuses as food. Nope, I’m not making …

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Jan 26 2012

Four CT Officers Arrested by Feds

I wrote last year about the case of four cops in New Haven, CT who arrested a priest who was videotaping them as they harassed a bunch of Equadorian immigrants. The officers lied on their police reports, claiming that they thought the video camera was a gun — but the video showed the officer who …

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Jan 26 2012

Soldier Attacked by Christians in North Carolina

Justin Griffith has the incredible story of Steven Hewett, a veteran who fought in Afghanistan who wanted a Christian flag removed from a memorial to soldiers like him. He was attacked incredibly for it. A documentary was made about it and it’s staggering to watch, especially the interviews with people who attacked him.

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Jan 26 2012

Gary Cass Contradicts Himself

Gary Cass, the ridiculous leader of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, says that Romney must renounce Mormonism’s hostility toward Christianity. Mormonism is anti-Christian, you see, because it rejects the trinity. He writes:

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Jan 26 2012

Mitt Loves the America You Love. Or Something.

This is apparently an actual quote (Correction: not a real quote) from Mitt Romney during a speech in Iowa, offered by Mark Steyn at NRO: “I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.” I don’t care who …

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Jan 26 2012

Sullivan on Today’s Republican Party

Andrew Sullivan has a fascinating post about the nature of today’s Republican party in the wake of Newt’s win in South Carolina. Noting the tension between what is often called the “Republican establishment” and the largely ignorant rank-and-file they must appeal to, he states the obvious:

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Jan 26 2012

Chuck Loves Newt

Newt Gingrich has picked up the single most important celebrity endorsement, with all that fact says about the mentality of right-wing voters in America. Forget Gary Busey, he’s got Chuck Norris now. He begins his endorsement with all the stupidity we would expect from him:

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Jan 26 2012

Mormons and the Civil Rights Act

The Boston Globe posts an incredible letter from one of the Mormon “prophets” to then-Michigan Gov. George Romney in 1964, taking him to task for his support of the Civil Rights Act. I took the time to convert the PDF to text so I could copy it here because I want to be able to …

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Jan 26 2012

Greta Tells the Ahlquist Story

Our own Greta Christina has a thorough review of the Jessica Ahlquist situation at Alternet. As always, it is well written and tightly reasoned. I especially like this part:

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Jan 25 2012

Santorum: God Gives Rape Babies as Gifts

You know, when I saw reports that Rick Santorum had answered a question about rape and abortion and his daughter, my first reaction was “meh.” But then I saw the actual quote. It’s one thing to say that a woman should make the choice to carry and deliver a baby conceived by rape; it’s another …

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Jan 25 2012

What If Newt Wins Florida?

Other than the fact that Barack Obama and his top campaign staff will need medical attention for the priapism they develop, what would happen if Newt wins the Florida primary, as the polls currently suggest he will do? Former McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt predicts an apocalypse:

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Jan 25 2012

Supreme Court GPS Ruling Narrower Than Believed

It looks as though I may have jumped the gun a bit on that Supreme Court GPS ruling, mostly because I didn’t have time to read the full ruling when I initially wrote about it. Tom Goldstein at ScotusBlog writes that it is narrower than the media reports indicated. He details the three opinions and …

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Jan 25 2012

Fighting Religion in Schools

Al Stefanelli writes about the targets of his activism in the coming year, which garnered the attention of the Christian Post. But I think his activism is partly misguided. He cites two primary targets involving religion in public schools, the Child Evangelism Fellowship and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. But the actions of these two …

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Jan 25 2012

More Death Threats for Challenging Christian Hegemony

Remember the woman in Buncombe County, North Carolina who challenged the schools there giving exclusive access to the Gideons to hand out Bibles by bringing in pagan books for them to hand out? Just like Jessica Ahlquist, she’s getting death threats too.

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Jan 25 2012

George Romney Taught How to Change Positions

Mitt Romney has become famous for flip flopping on everything other than his hair style, but his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, flipped on something big — Vietnam. But as Rolling Stone explains, there is a big difference in how he handled it versus how Mitt handles things. He explained exactly why he changed …

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