Santorum, Torture and Selective Catholicism

Here’s another example of how Rick Santorum picks and chooses which parts of Catholic doctrine he accepts and which he doesn’t. In May of last year, he came out in support of waterboarding and other forms of torture and said that John McCain just didn’t understand how well they worked.
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Sheldon Adelson: World Class Whiner

You’d think that if you were one of the world’s richest men and you’re spending tens of millions of dollars to influence a political campaign, the last thing you could pull off is a martyr pose. But that’s exactly what Newt Gingrich sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson tries to do in a Forbes interview:
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Jeffress Lies About School Prayer Ruling

Robert Jeffress of the Southern Baptist Convention keeps up the long tradition of Christian right propagandists flat out lying about the Supreme Court’s Engel v Vitale ruling. The usual line is that the decision banned prayer in public schools (it didn’t), but Jeffress adds another layer of dishonesty by adding the word “voluntary” to the claim.
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TN School Refuses to Print Editorial by Atheist

Lenoir City High School in Tennessee apparently has a real First Amendment problem on its hands. It has refused to allow the school newspaper to print an article by the editor of that paper that dealt with anti-atheist bigotry and the school’s pervasive Christian atmosphere.
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Judge Rules for Muslim in Atheist Assault

Christina posts over at JT’s place about an appalling case in Pennsylvania, where a judge has dismissed assault charges against a Muslim man after he attacked an atheist wearing a Muhammad costume during a parade. And he did so while blaming the victim for having provoked the attack. Here’s a local TV report on the ruling:
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Romney’s Inauthentic Pandering

This video just cracks me up. It’s Mitt Romney trying far too hard to ingratiate himself with voters in Michigan, talking about how he loves lakes and cars — and how the trees are just the right height in Michigan. Huh? Yeah, exactly. He’s just so bad at trying to act like a human being. It’s worse than just coming off as a used car salesman, he comes off as a robot programmed to pander.
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Santorum: Right to Privacy Doesn’t Exist

Rick Santorum claims, like nearly all conservatives, to be in favor of “smaller government.” That is a lie, of course, as he continues to prove every day that he advocates more and more restrictions on private morality in the name of his twisted religious views. And here he is in 2003 flatly declaring that there is no such thing as a right to privacy:
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The Barbarism of the Old Testament

I have often been asked why I left Christianity. One of the primary reasons, something I found impossible to explain or reconcile, is the astonishing barbarism of the Old Testament conception of God. Philip Jenkins has a new book out, Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses, that explores that issue and Patrick Allitt reviews it in The American Conservative.
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Loesch “Responds” on Virginia Medical Rape Law

After Charles Johnson correctly quoted Dana Loesch saying that it’s okay for Virginia to allow government-mandated rape of women seeking abortions because, after all, they allowed a man to insert something into their vaginas so it’s okay if the government does it, Loesch lashed out on Twitter with some vile accusations that might well be libelous.
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