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Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 30 2013

BLAG’s Terrible Argument Against Marriage Equality

The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, the attorneys hired by the House of Representatives to defend the Defense of Marriage Act after the Obama DOJ decided not to, is offering up some unusual arguments to defend the law. In a brief (PDF) filed with the Supreme Court, they argue:

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Jan 30 2013

ADA Promotes Truth and Innocence by Association

The American Decency Association, a tiny little fringe group based not far from where I live, is bringing fake “ex-terrorist” Kamal Saleem to West Michigan for several appearances and they’re offering up a silly and irrelevant response to criticism of Saleem and his “life story.” The Grand Rapids press writes about it and links to …

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Jan 30 2013

Suit Filed Over Alleged Scientology Real Estate Scam

I wrote recently about an alleged real estate scam by the “Church” of Scientology. Now a couple who are former members have filed a federal lawsuit over it in Florida and are promising more lawsuits to come from others who contributed large amounts of money for the program.

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Jan 30 2013

Exchanging Scripts on Dividing Up Electoral Votes

With several Republican state legislatures considering proposals to divide up their electoral votes, would it surprise you that both parties have proposed similar things in the past and have now flipped their positions entirely out of political convenience? In Colorado, for example, the Democrats tried to do the same thing in 2004 when it would …

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Jan 30 2013

Klingenschmitt: Obama Making Satan and God Equal

Our old pal Gordon Klingenschmitt, who last year declared that President Obama was possessed by as many as 50 different demons, now says that Obama’s half-hearted defense of marriage equality is putting Satan and God on equal footing. And that’s bad.

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Jan 30 2013

Confusing Intent and Tactics

One of the things that we often see — and often engage in ourselves, if we’re being honest — in political and religious arguments is the assumption that any disagreement over tactics is really due to a disagreement over goals. If we think an idea we oppose will lead to some negative result, we often …

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Jan 30 2013

Rabbi Spero’s Profoundly Non-Historical Claims

The Worldnutdaily publishes a column by Rabbi Aryeh Spero that claims that liberals have redefined conservative terms and it’s time for the right to “reclaim our conservative moral language.” But he stands history completely on its head in making his argument.

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Jan 30 2013

The Worldnutdaily and ‘Hostility to Religion’

The Worldnutdaily has an article about an en banc ruling that I wrote about last year in a case where a Wisconsin high school held a graduation ceremony at a church. The district court and an appeals court panel upheld that as constitutional, but a rare en banc panel of 10 judges overruled both lower …

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Jan 30 2013

Another JAG Officer Butts Heads With Administration

One of the most remarkable, and most ignored, stories of the last 12 years has been the astonishing number of military officers in the JAG corps that have stood up against the military tribunals at Gitmo, first under Bush and now under Obama’s modified system. No fewer than five highly decorated officers resigned their commissions …

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Jan 30 2013

GOP Leaders Turning Against Electoral Rigging Plan?

With Republican-controlled legislatures in several states considering legislation to divide their electoral votes up by congressional district, which would make it much easier for Republicans to win the presidency even if they lose the popular vote by large margins, a few Republican leaders are coming out against such proposals. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is …

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Jan 29 2013

Wingnuts: Stray Bugs Prove Obama is Demonic

Just in case you thought the wingnuts had hit bottom in how ridiculous they could become, let me disabuse you of that notion. The Worldnutdaily reports — of course they do — that a couple flies buzzing around President Obama over a few years prove that he’s really Beelzebub.

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Jan 29 2013

Boehner, Paul Pander to the Religious Right

Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Rand Paul were among the legislators that spoke to those who gathered in Washington, DC for the March for Life, an anti-choice rally held last Friday. And they told the Christian right throng that was gathered exactly what they wanted to hear:

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Jan 29 2013

Are Sarah Palin’s 15 Minutes About Up?

Fox News is not renewing its contract with Sarah Palin to provide commentary on their various shows after two years of giving her a great deal of air time. And Real Clear Politics is reporting that she was the one who rejected their contract renewal offer:

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Jan 29 2013

AZ Legislator Wants Religious Loyalty Oath to Graduate

From the Department of Creepy Authoritarian Ideas: A group of Republican legislators in Arizona have proposed a bill to require a loyalty oath — complete with a promise to God — before anyone in that state can graduate from high school. HB 4267 says:

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Jan 29 2013

Michigan Rep. Gives Away the Game on Electoral College Reform

Michigan is one of several states where the Republican-controlled legislatures are considering changing the way electoral college votes are determined. The proposal here is to have the electoral votes divided up by congressional district rather than a winner-take-all where whoever wins the popular vote gets all of the state’s electoral votes. The arguments they’re using …

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