Breitbart Site Engages in Absurd ‘Vetting’

One of the features at Breitbart.com these days is something they call “the vetting.” It’s a series of articles purporting to show the real Obama by digging up obscure pictures and statements from decades ago that show that he’s really a Muslim, communist, socialist, atheist or whatever bugaboo they’re going for this week.
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Sanchez v Douhat on Religious Ethics

Julian Sanchez, who works for the Cato Institute and the Reason Foundation, and Russ Douthat, conservative columnist for the New York Times, have been having an exchange, preceded by one between Douthat and Slate’s Will Saletan, about the validity of religious ethics. And Sanchez is absolutely pummeling him at this point. It began with this statement from Douthat:
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Equality Doesn’t Undermine Marriage a Bit

We are forever hearing the bigots declare that allowing gay and lesbian people to marry will destroy the institution of marriage, or even civilization itself. But as more and more states and other countries have legalized it and — surprise, surprise — straight people are still getting married. Slate looks at the numbers:
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Appeals Court Grants Standing in Ten Commandments Case

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling in a very interesting case involving a Ten Commandments monument in Fargo, North Dakota, granting standing to a group called the Red River Freethinkers in a legal challenge to such a monument on city property. Like most other such monuments, this one was donated to the city by the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in the early 60s.
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Fischer’s Loony Conspiracy Theory on Holder

Bryan Fischer continues to be a reliable daily weather vane for seeing which way the wingnut mind is blowing. On one of his recent shows he offered up a bizarre and clearly false conspiracy theory on Attorney General Eric Holder, saying that he refuses to prosecute anyone if the victim in the case was white — because he just hates white people so much.
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Legislators Want to Legalize Govt. Propaganda

Buzzfeed reports on an amendment that has been submitted to this year’s defense authorization bill that would repeal two federal laws that prohibit the use of government propaganda inside the United States (it’s legal in other countries and both the Pentagon and the intelligence services have entire agencies that engage in it, especially in countries where we are at war).
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