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Monthly Archive: October 2013

Oct 30 2013

Scott Walker Talks to God

My former colleague Dave Weigel has a column at Slate about Scott Walker’s new book, Unintimidated, which he wrote with the staggeringly dishonest former Bush speech writer Marc Thiessen. He discusses the incident when Ian Murphy pranked him by pretending to be David Koch, which caused him great embarrassment. But it was all for a …

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Oct 30 2013

GUEST POST: Atheism, Autism and the Soul

This is a guest post by Kile Jones, a religious studies PhD candidate at Claremont Lincoln University and founder of the Claremont Journal of Religion. He’s also a contributor to the Feminism and Religion blog. It’s a really fascinating essay about what our understanding of autism means for conceptions of the soul.

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Oct 30 2013

Farah Admits to Being Wrong

Joseph Farah has admitted to being wrong about something. Unfortunately, he was actually right the first time and his correction is based upon evidence so weak as to be utterly laughable. He used to claim that same-sex marriage was without precedent; now he claims that same-sex marriage was practiced “in the days of Noah.”

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Oct 30 2013

DOJ Notifies Defendants of Warrantless Wiretap Evidence

This is a very interesting development that could lead somewhere important. The Department of Justice is now informing defendants if any evidence in their case was procured through a warrantless wiretap. Why is this important? Because it gives them standing to challenge illegal surveillance.

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Oct 30 2013

Air Force Makes Religion Optional in Oath

In a victory for secularism prompted by action from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the Air Force Academy has made the phrase “so help me God” optional in the Cadet Honor Oath. Naturally, the wingnuts are freaking out over it, like the American Family Association.

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Oct 30 2013

Name-Changing Judge Facing Ethics Charges

Remember the judge in Tennessee who unilaterally forced a child’s name to be changed from Messiah to something else, over the objections of both parents (who were in court to argue over the child’s last name)? She’s now facing formal judicial ethics charges over it.

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Oct 30 2013

DeLay: God Has Called Me to Lead

Former House Speaker Tom DeLay told a Tea Party meeting the other day that now that his conviction for corruption has been overturned, God has called him to lead a “constitutional revival” in the United States. I’m sure, though, that having God on his side is not enough; he’ll need lots of financial contributions too.

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Oct 30 2013

Star Parker Thinks The Gay Has Turned Europeans Into Zombies

Joseph Farah and his mustache did an interview with Star Parker, self-professed former “welfare queen” turned wingnut activist, and she made some truly bizarre statements. She apparently thinks that giving gay people equality has caused people in Europe to stop talking to one another and become zombies.

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Oct 30 2013

Oh Boy, an ‘Ex-Gay’ Anthem

The “ex-gay” movement now has a theme song, an anthem, that they’re talking up. It’s written and performed by Dennis Jernigan, who says he used to be gay but isn’t anymore. The song is horrible, five and a half minutes of melodramatic cliches about the need to “embrace your destiny” set to a tune that …

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Oct 29 2013

Cindy McCain Petitions Husband for ENDA

Well this must make for interesting dinner table conversation. Cindy McCain has signed a Human Rights Campaign petition asking her husband, Sen. John McCain, to support the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would add sexual orientation as a protected category in federal law.

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Oct 29 2013

OMG! Obama Tried to Nuke South Carolina!

This is actually a couple weeks old, but I somehow missed it when it bubbled up from the fever swamps of the right wing fringe (if there is such a thing as a fringe on the right anymore). Several Tea Party and survivalist websites are claiming that Obama gave orders to the military to drop …

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Oct 29 2013

Another Bizarre Glenn Beck Rant

When Glenn Beck gets going on one of his stream-of-consciousness rants, the results are simply bizarre. In this video, he says the country is going to be reborn. And it couldn’t happen before because “God didn’t have anyone to entrust the country to, until now.” And now he does because Beck is leading the way. …

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Oct 29 2013

Bauer: Holidays Are For Political Discussions

Carol Bauer, wife of B-team Christian right activist Gary Bauer, sent a “prayer alert” to members of the Campaign for Working Families, one of their many non-profit groups that keep the money flowing in, telling them to take advantage of the holidays to provoke political discussions with young people to convince them that Obama is …

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Oct 29 2013

Rabbi Lapin’s Case of Nazi Tourette’s

Rabbi Daniel Lapin is the Christian right’s favorite Jewish theocrat. He goes on the air with Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn and many others and says one idiotic thing after another. Here he is on the air with Glenn Beck arguing that liberalism is a “twisted and diseased pathology” that leads to — what else? — …

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Oct 29 2013

Bradlee Dean Tries to Square the Circle

Is there anything more ridiculous than watching wingnuts claim simultaneously that President Obama is establishing a gay dictatorship and turning America into a Muslim country with Sharia law? Bradlee Dean, who has claimed that Obama was secretly gay himself, ties himself in knots trying to make both arguments.

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