Moore: God is Punishing Us

Former and almost certainly future Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, an unabashed theocrat, joins the long list of wingnuts who are convinced that anything bad that happens must be God’s punishment on us. Conveniently, that punishment is being meted out because of all the things Moore himself opposes, abortion and gay marriage.
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AFA Peddles Christmas Crap

The American Family Association wants you to know that they’ve got lots of wonderful Christmas gifts for you to buy that help fund their hate campaigns against gays, liberals and anyone else they don’t like. I wonder if they’ll be selling those burning crosses again this year. This is what they started selling in 2008, right after Obama was elected:
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Canadian Appeals Court Rules for Boissoin

I’ve written many times over the years about the case of Stephen Boissoin, a Canadian pastor who was brought up on charges of violating that nation’s hate speech laws for writing a letter to a newspaper condemning homosexuality. I actually didn’t know the case was still going on, but an appeals court in Alberta just handed down a ruling in his favor on those charges, saying that his statements did not violate the law.
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Barton’s Bizarre Biblical Economics

David Barton must have some kind of secret decoder ring. How else to explain how he derives the most absurd ideas from various Bible verses, which he claims support his right wing political and economic positions? On a television show recently, he bizarrely declared that only companies that are government-regulated had to be bailed out in 2008 and 2009:
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CFI Indiana Fights for Right to Perform Weddings

My friends at CFI Indiana have filed suit for the right of secular celebrants to perform weddings in that state, something the law forbids currently, and they recently had the oral arguments in the case. Under current law, marriages can only be performed by clergyman, a judge, a city or court clerk or a mayor. But the law even lists specific religions that can do it, including Quakers, Mormons, Muslims, Bahais and, for some reason, the German Baptist church. Indiana Public Radio has a report:
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Trump’s Bombshell Announcement Fizzles

As I predicted, Donald Trump’s self-publicized bombshell announcement on Wednesday turned out to be nothing more than way for him to get more attention. He is offering $5 million to charity if Obama releases all of the records of his life, which will land with as much of a thud as Mitt Romney’s $10,000 bet with Rick Perry. Also predictably, the Worldnutdaily jumped all over it with this breathless headline:
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Lowry’s Meaningless Rhetoric

I’m glad to see that National Review editor Rich Lowry managed to watch a debate without seeing starbursts (presumably because Romney didn’t wink at him the way Sarah Palin did), but I have to point out the empty platitude in his review of the third debate. This isn’t unique to him, of course; it’s the kind of thing pundits and candidates say all the time but it is beyond trite:
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John Rocker: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

I’m so happy that the Worldnutdaily decided to give racist former Major League Baseball pitcher John Rocker his own column. He’s as much of a dolt as the other members of their has-been brigade (Chuck Norris, Victoria Jackson, Pat Boone), but his writing is much funnier to read because it’s just so obvious that he’s trying so hard to sound smarter and better educated than he actually is. You’re gonna love this sentence:
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