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Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 31 2012

What Leviticus Bans

Christian bigots love to quote Leviticus 20:13, which says that gay men should be put to death (but not gay women, of course), but rarely do they cite the enormous list of other things that Leviticus makes illegal and sometimes punishable by death. Here’s a list of 76 things banned in that book of the …

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May 31 2012

MO to Vote On ‘Right to Pray’ Amendment

An amendment to the state constitution of Missouri that purports to support a “right to pray” in that state will be on the ballot in August, when the state holds their presidential primary. That amendment would almost certainly pass anyway, but the fact that it’s happening on a day when Republicans have far more reason …

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May 31 2012

Mormons Believe Constitution Comes From Jesus

Andrew Sullivan points to a very interesting statement from Ezra Taft Benson when he was president of the Mormon church, which makes it official church doctrine. I often joke about the Christian nation crowd believing that the Constitution was delivered to George Washington by Jesus himself while Washington was praying at Mt. Sinai, but it …

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May 31 2012

Drew Zahn’s Creationist Idiocy

Drew Zahn is a former pastor and current Worldnutdaily “reporter” and columnist. In his latest bit of stupidity, he claims that the movie Men in Black III supports creationism. After discussing the plot of the movie, which involves time travel, he makes this silly argument:

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May 31 2012

Obama Wants to Extend Bill He Promised to Filibuster

This will come as a shock to no one who has been paying attention. Glenn Greenwald reports that the Obama administration is seeking quick and uncontroversial passage of a bill extending the FISA amendments passed in 2008, a bill he originally promised to filibuster and then dutifully voted for.

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May 31 2012

Romney Refuses to Repudiate Trump’s Birtherism

ThinkProgress notes yet another flip flop by Romney, this time on the subject of whether a candidate should repudiate the obnoxious views of those who support them. When Rick Perry was introduced by Robert Jeffress, who said that Romney was a member of a cult, Romney demanded that Perry repudiate those statements:

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May 31 2012

Indian Skeptic to Challenge Blasphemy Law

I reported a few weeks ago about Sanal Edamaruku, head of Rationalist International, who is being charged with blasphemy for debunking a Catholic “miracle” — a statue of Jesus with water leaking from its feet. He faces up to three years in prison, but is preparing to challenge the validity of that law in the …

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May 31 2012

Teaching Bigotry to Kids

I’m sure you’ve probably seen this video by now. It should disturb the hell out of you. It’s a 4 year old singing “Ain’t no homo gonna make it to heaven” in church — to the wild cheering and laughter of the congregation, which gave him a standing ovation. Disgusting.

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May 31 2012

Are Soldiers Heroes?

Chris Hayes sent the right wing blogosphere into its latest hissy fit by making a perfectly reasonable statement about being uncomfortable with calling all soldiers heroes on his MSNBC show on Sunday. For the record, here’s the actual statement he made:

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May 31 2012

Holy Shit, They’re Idiots

You have to see this video of one of the congregants at the church of North Carolina pastor and first class lunatic Charles Worley, who recently said that gays and lesbians should be put in concentration camps. She appears to have the IQ of a turnip:

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May 31 2012

How Citizen Review Boards Get Undermined

Many big city police departments have civilian review boards to look at accusations of police brutality and misconduct, with varying degrees of authority and effectiveness. They are often established in response to high-profile cases as a means of assuaging public concerns. But once they’re created, they are often undermined by a lack of authority and …

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May 31 2012

Jackson Delivers Weird, Bigoted Screed

The Family Research Council’s annual Watchmen on the Wall conference was a cavalcade of crazy bigotry. Bishop Harry Jackson, one of the most vitriolic and bigoted voices in the black clergy, delivered this incoherent screed about Obama’s announcement of support for marriage equality and how it dishonored black clergy.

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May 30 2012

Why Would Anyone Think This is Appropriate?

There’s been a lot of talk in the atheist/skeptical community lately about the need for harassment policies at conferences, led by some of the bloggers here at FTB. And then this happens and just leaves my jaw on the floor wondering what planet these people are from. Elyse at SkepChick tells the appalling story:

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May 30 2012

The Irrational Tribalism of Partisan Politics

NPR demonstrates perfectly how a simplistic psychological tribalism is at work when most people think about politics. And the polls show this on nearly every issue, changing our answers to questions depending on whether it helps or hurts the party we identify with:

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May 30 2012

How To Attract Attention from DHS

The vast network of agencies that collectively form what Glenn Greenwald calls the National Surveillance State, in its Big Brother wisdom, has come up with a list of keywords that they look for while monitoring postings on social media sites. The list is broad enough to make virtually everyone trigger a hit at some point.

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