What Marketing Pitches Reveal About the Religious Right

A long time ago I signed up to be on Peter Popoff’s mailing list, which led to getting some truly hilarious letters in the mail (I especially enjoyed the vile of “holy water” that would bring miracles into my life). Rick Perlstein signed up for emails from a bunch of right wing sites and magazines and he got exactly the marketing pitches I would have predicted based on the ads you see on those sites now. Like this one:
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The Convenient Federalism of Conservatives

I am always amused when conservatives wax eloquent about the wonders of federalism. They talk grandly of the states as the laboratories of democracy and the evils of federal control of whatever they’re against in the first place. But only when the outcomes match their preferences. When an issue comes up that they feel strongly about, they’re all about federal control. Marriage equality is a perfect example, as wingnut Star Parker demonstrates at the Worldnutdaily:
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Lively: Praise God for Strip Club Explosion

Last week a massive explosion in Springfield, Massachusetts leveled a strip club and injured 18 people, most of them firefighters, police officers and gas company workers. Unhinged lunatic and arch-bigot Scott Lively wants you to know that he is responsible for it because he prayed to God for this to happen:
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How Will the SCOTUS Handle Marriage Equality?

The U.S. Supreme Court may decide as early as Friday which of the many cases involving marriage equality under appeal that they will hear. Chris Geidner has a rundown of all the various cases they could take on, which are the most likely, and what all the scenarios are for how they will handle them.
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Akin May Write a Book

Teagan Goddard reports that Todd Akin is considering writing a book now that he has lost both his House seat and the Senate seat he would almost certainly have won if he had not revealed his ignorance and extremism to the world. That is, of course, the first step to becoming a star on the Christian rubber chicken circuit, giving speeches for $5000 a pop. As one of the leading members of the Family (aka the Fellowship), he won’t be out of work long. He’s too well connected.

Christian Fraud to Address Pentagon Prayer Breakfast (Update: Not Anymore)

The Pentagon is hosting a prayer breakfast on Wednesday and the keynote speaker will be Ray Giunta, a man with a rather sordid past and another in a long line of Christian frauds who bought a worthless degree and then went around calling himself a doctor. Amanda Terkel reports:
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The Conservapedia of Fact Checking

There’s a new site called Conservative Fact Check that will likely provide a good deal of entertainment. The creator of the site, some guy named Chuck Rogers that few people have heard of, says it is “dedicated to providing a conservative alternative to enormously liberal-biased fact checking sites like snopes.com, factcheck.org, and politifact.com.”
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Your Epic Wingnut Rant of the Week

Man, I’ve seen some incredibly delusional sermons in my day, but this one may take the cake. It’s from the Deliver Us From Evil conference in October. This is Steve Foss, senior pastor of Upper Room Church in Keller, Texas. Republic of Gilead spotted this and has a partial transcript. This is interspersed between momentary lapses into speaking in tongues, which makes it all the more hilarious. It’s all about the Nephilim, alleged human-angel hybrids that died in the great flood and then became demons, now infecting pop stars:
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Morton a Victim of His Own Demon

I meant to write about this a couple weeks ago and forgot, but PZ’s post reminded me. Like PZ and Aron Ra, I knew Glenn Morton as an ally, and a very important one, in the fight against creationism. I worked with him on a couple different projects over the years. And I, too, am saddened that he has now deleted all of his writings on the subject and lashed out in a fit of irrational rage at those he previously worked with. PZ explains the nature of Morton’s Demon, an idea that Glenn came up with:
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