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Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar 31 2013

Arguments Against Interracial Marriage Identical to Arguments Today

Mediaite offers a list of ten quotations and challenges you to figure out which ones were made against interracial marriage and which were made against same-sex marriage. It’s pretty tough because the arguments are almost word for word the same. To wit, a statement from the ruling in State v Jackson, MO in 1883:

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Mar 31 2013

Atheist Discrimination at the Post Office?

A German company that makes shoes for atheists — yeah, I don’t really get the connection either — noticed that a lot of the packages they sent to customers in the United States were getting lost in the mail, so they decided to do a little experiment and found that packages marked with tape that …

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Mar 31 2013

Jackson: No Sexual Abuse With Mother and Father

Bishop Harry Jackson, one of the most cravenly bigoted people in the anti-equality movement, delivered a fiery sermon to the small crowd at the rally against marriage equality in DC earlier this week, claiming that in regular mommy-daddy homes, sexual abuse of children does not happen.

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Mar 31 2013

JoMo Gets Press Coverage in the UK?

It’s been many years since I’d heard anything about Joseph Mastropaolo, an annoying young earth creationist troll who shows up on blogs promoting science, demands that you debate him and then declares you a “debate dodger” (he used to keep a list online) if you don’t. I can’t imagine why the Guardian decided to give …

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Mar 31 2013

Perkins: ‘Revolution’ if Court Backs Marriage Equality

The dire predictions from the wingnuts should the Supreme Court allow gay people to get married continue to pour in, though I suspect Tony Perkins thinks it would be a good thing if the revolution he says will occur actually happens. He went on — where else? — the Janet Mefferd show and spouted this:

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Mar 30 2013

Cruz Plays Pretend on Reagan

Sen. Ted Cruz may be new to the senate, but he’s apparently well-schooled in the mythical version of Saint Ronald Reagan. FactCheck takes a look at a recent statement by him that stands history completely on its head in claiming that Reagan reduced spending and debt.

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Mar 30 2013

Beck: Bachmann Ethics Investigation a Muslim Brotherhood Plot

Glenn Beck says his pal Michele Bachmann is only under investigation for allegedly misusing PAC funds to pay campaign staff and other campaign law violations because of a Muslim Brotherhood plot to destroy her. With no evidence, of course, because evidence is a communist plot.

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Mar 30 2013

Erickson: Help, Help, We’re Gonna Be Repressed!

Erick Erickson, who is genuinely one of the biggest assholes on the planet, climbs up on his rooftop and screams for the whole world to hear, “Help, help, we’re being going to be repressed if gay people are allowed to get married!” Pastors thrown in jail, churches disbanded, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!

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Mar 30 2013

CNN’s Story on Todd Stiefel

Dan Merica of CNN’s Belief Blog did a story about Todd Stiefel, the young philanthropist from North Carolina who supports many worthy secular, atheist and humanist causes. The headline calls him the “money man behind atheism’s activism,” but he’s much more than that. He’s really become an important leader and thinker as well.

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Mar 30 2013

Mikey Gets Email

Another day, another hateful and anti-Semitic email sent to Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. We all get hate mail from time to time, but Mikey’s last name seems to attract a particular type of bigoted lunatic that I rarely seem to provoke (or don’t provoke in the same way).

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Mar 29 2013

Support ReasonFest, Get a Book

ReasonFest, the second largest free conference for atheists and skeptics, is coming up in April and they could use some help with the fundraising. So I’ve decided to help out and offer some books to those who donate $25 or more. I get sent so many books that I’ll probably never have time to read …

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Mar 29 2013

Brown: We’ll Pass FMA if Supreme Court Rules Wrong Way

Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage is nothing if not an eternal optimist. He’s sure that the Supreme Court is going to rule against marriage equality, but if they don’t do that he says they’ll just go ahead and pass the Federal Marriage Amendment to the constitution. This is from the Steve Deace …

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Mar 29 2013

WND, Jones Still Pushing False Ammunition Conspiracy

The Worldnutdaily is promoting and republishing material from Alex Jones’ InfoWars website pushing this ridiculous conspiracy theory that the Obama administration is purchasing massive amounts of ammunition to use against American citizens.

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Mar 29 2013

A Remarkable Exchange in the DOMA Case

There was one rather remarkable exchange during the oral argument on the DOMA case between Justice Kagan and Paul Clement, representing the House Republicans in defending the law. Clement was arguing that Congress had a firm rational basis for passing the law, but Kagan quoted the House report on the passage of the bill:

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Mar 29 2013

Massie: Godless Liberals Try to Destroy Easter

From the people who brought you the widely acclaimed War on Christmas, it’s the War on Easter. Apparently, we “godless liberals” are waging a war we didn’t even know we were in. And Mychal Massie, one of the Worldnutdaily’s columnists, throws lots of absurd rhetoric and ahistorical claims at it:

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