Happy Blasphemy Day!

For the first time in 3 years, I’m not speaking anywhere for International Blasphemy Rights Day. I’m going to spend the day helping put together the 4th quarter newsletter for CFI Michigan (yeah, I know — I live an exciting life). If you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate blasphemy day, may I suggest wearing this shirt:
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Republicans Still Searching for Real Voter Fraud

As we’ve documented many times, the Republican party is constantly claiming that voter fraud is rampant in America. And from time to time, a specific Republican official will come up with a scary sounding number, a list of thousands, or tens of thousands, of names that may have committed voter fraud. And then that number gets cited again and again, as though it represented real voter fraud. AP reports on one such example from Colorado recently:
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Arab League Leader Demands Criminalization of Blasphemy

I’ve heard people in the past wonder about the wisdom of celebration International Blasphemy Rights Day, which is today. The last couple weeks have, with spectacular timing, underscored the importance of standing against religious authoritarianism and in favor of free speech. Now the head of the Arab League has called for global criminalization of any speech that hurts the delicate feelings of religious believers (or at least Muslims).
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Thiessen Spreads Another Anti-Obama Lie

Marc Thiessen, the former Bush speechwriter and torture apologist who was inexplicably given a spot as a columnist for the Washington Post, is behind the currently popular lie that President Obama has “skipped more than half of his daily intelligence briefings.” Glenn Kessler, writing at the same paper, shows why this is nonsense:
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Boykin Measures the Religion in Islam

Retired Gen. Jerry Boykin continues to spew some of the most outlandish rhetoric in the country. He’s long claimed that Muslims should not be covered by the First Amendment, repeating the tired and absurd line that Islam isn’t a religion but is a political ideology, but now he’s actually put a number to it:
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Bizarre Wingnut Quote of the Day

From the utterly whacked Rep. Allen West, informing us of what he would have said in Obama’s place if he’d spoken at the UN:

My statement to the United Nations would have been, “The future does not belong to those who attack our Embassies and Consulates and kill our Ambassadors. The Angel of Death in the form of an American Bald Eagle will visit you and wreak havoc and destruction upon your existence.”

Uh. Okay.