Hey Look! Another Barton Lie!

There’s an old line about people who lie habitually to the effect that they would rather cross the street to tell a lie than stand still and tell the truth. This applies quite well to David Barton, who I doubt could write a grocery list without somehow distorting things. Right Wing Watch quotes from a recent talk he gave at a church, talking about the Supreme Court’s ruling in Abington Township v Schempp:
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Robertson: Pray Away Demons From Secondhand Clothes

Pat Robertson, responding to a question from a viewer, said recently that it’s a good idea to pray over any items you buy secondhand, like clothes, because demons may have attached themselves to them and it’s important to “rebuke any spirits that happened to have attached themselves to those clothes.”
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Dawkins Lawsuit Settled in Michigan

I’m sure many of you have heard about the lawsuit that was filed by CFI – Michigan (full disclosure: I’m on the advisory board) and the national CFI office against a country club that breached a contract they had signed to hold a dinner with Richard Dawkins at their facility. CFI put out an official statement about it on Tuesday:
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Michigan Republicans Overwhelmingly Support Vote-Rigging Scheme

The Republican and Democratic parties in Michigan held their state conventions this past weekend. The Democrats wisely got rid of their chairman, Mark Brewer (covering him for most of the last few years was highly annoying; he was the king of the outrageous and badly reasoned press release). And the Republicans showed overwhelming support for a proposed scheme to hand out the state’s electoral votes by electoral district rather than by popular vote.
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How the Government Impedes Scientific Research on Marijuana

This past weekend was the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference in Washington, DC, and a theoretical physicist from Cal Tech gave a talk in which he laid out the many ways that the federal government impedes scientific research into the potential medical benefits of marijuana and then uses that lack of research to justify continued obstruction.
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How to Turn an Atheist Into a Christian

Steve Cable of Probe Ministries has a long essay about how to convert different types of “leavers” — those who were Christian and left for various reasons. It’s all based on a book called Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith…And How to Bring Them Back by Drew Dyck. And he groups post-modernist and modernist thinkers together, with a strategy for how to convert them back to Christianity:
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‘We Can’t Expect God to Protect Us in a Crisis’

The Worldnutdaily is still working overtime to raise money to keep Joseph Farah’s Ten Commandments billboard campaign going. He says the intent is to “prick the conscience” of the country, starting with Las Vegas (yeah, good luck with that). And in their latest faux article on the subject, they offer this quote:
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Is the Persecution of Early Christians a Myth?

That’s the thesis of a new book by Candida Moss, a professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Notre Dame, called The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom. Moss argues that the claims of widespread persecution and martyrdom of Christians by the Roman empire in the first couple centuries after Jesus’ death are vastly exaggerated and often simply made up.
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First Lady Oscar Appearance Prompts Right Wing Outrage

Sunday night I was flipping channels and I happened upon the Academy Awards show just as they were giving away the Oscar for best picture. As you probably know, they did a surprise live shot from the White House and Michelle Obama, along with Jack Nicholson, gave out the award. The first thing I thought was “I can’t wait to see how the wingnuts turn this into something evil and horrible.” It took about half an hour for Breitbart.com to jump all over it.
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Barber’s Hate Letter to LGBT Teens

Many of us recently offered our thoughts on what we would say about sex and sexuality to a teenager and one of the common themes was to make sure that if that teen were gay, that was okay and normal and should never be a source of shame. Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel does the exact opposite in his open letter to gay teens. Most of it is just lame preaching like this:
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