Staver: ‘This is the Thing Revolutions Are Made Of’

Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel and the Liberty University School of Law has been spinning so fast in the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality rulings that he may well have dug a hole to China. In an interview with WND radio, he even says “This is the thing that revolutions are made of.” Oh, nonsense. The reaction from non-wingnuts is going to be a collective yawn. But he’s also spreading some manure around.
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Republican Xenophobia and Immigration Reform

Will Wilkinson notes a recent survey that shows that overwhelming majorities support all of the key elements of the immigration reform package being considered by Congress, including Republicans. 86% of Republicans, for example, support the path to citizenship. Then he provides an accurate explanation for what that has little to do with what Republican legislators are doing on it:
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Where Does the Court Go From Here?

Wednesday’s victories for equality in the two marriage cases are very important but they are also very limited. The DOMA ruling forces the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states that allow them but does nothing to overturn the bans on the practice in more than 30 states. Nor does the Prop 8 ruling. So where does the court go from here? All the way to equality, almost certainly, at some point in the future.
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Julia Galef: Reason is Not Enough

I’m moderating a panel discussion at FTBConscience on critical thinking with Jeremy Beahan, Dan Fincke and — I hope — Julia Galef. This video demonstrates why I want her to be there. She points out that it’s not enough to be able to recognize logical fallacies if you aren’t willing to sublimate your ego, admit that you might be wrong and genuinely consider the merits of an argument.
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Barton Can Lie With Charts Too

Warren Throckmorton catches David Barton finding a whole new way to lie to his ignorant and credulous audience, knowing full well they’ll never catch him at it. Take a look at this chart that Barton likes to show during his talks to claim that violent crime has gone up almost 700% since Bible reading was removed from schools.
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Fischer: Unconstitutional to Allow Marriage Equality

Bryan Fischer is nothing if not entirely consistent in his ability to be hypocritical and absurd. In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s rulings in the two marriage equality cases, he says governors should refuse to comply with a ruling in favor of equality because it would be unconstitutional. Why? Because it would end self-government.
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