Hagee: Celebrate Christmas or Leave the Country

John Hagee preached a pre-Christmas sermon in which he said that “if you pass a manger scene and someone is singing ‘Joy To The World,’ you can take your Walkman and stuff it into your ears, or you can call your lawyer, or you can just exercise your right to leave the country; planes are leaving every hour on the hour, get on one.” Fuck you, John Hagee. I’m not declaring a war on Christmas, but I am at war with this kind of stupid, xenophobic assholery.
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Rafael Cruz’ BS American History

As Right Wing Watch points out, Rafael Cruz is now just repeating David Barton’s bullshit about the founding fathers, Christianity and the Constitution. He says that the Declaration of Independence is little more than a collection of sermons (what?) and that over half of the signers of the Declaration were “seminary graduates” and “theologians.” That is a ridiculous lie. They graduated from universities that were founded as seminaries, but that does not make them “seminary graduates,” much less “theologians.” In fact, as Chris Rodda pointed out, only four of them went to college for seminary studies and only two of them finished it.
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Dr. Oz: Brain Scans Prove ‘Psychic’ is Genuine

Dr. Oz continues his descent into being a colossal fraud with a recent episode in which he brought on another quack doctor to do a brain scan on “psychic” con woman Teresa Caputo (the “Long Island Medium”) and “prove” that her “psychic” powers are real and true while she performs incredibly bad cold readings. Steven Novella describes the cold readings:
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Chaz Stevens, Please STFU

I agree completely with Hemant in his criticism of Chaz Stevens, the Florida atheist who got that Festivus pole made of beer bans put up next to a nativity scene at the state capitol and other places. Not for the Festivus poles but for an unhinged and moronic rant he videotaped himself giving in front of another nativity scene and put on Youtube. He then made that video private, but here’s Hemant’s transcript:
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Japanese Prime Minister Angers China, South Korea

The Japanese Prime Minster has created a minor international incident by visiting a Shinto shrine to dead Japanese soldiers from World War II. China and South Korea are apparently a bit sensitive to such symbolic visits for various reasons. But it’s the prime minister’s response to the whole thing that has me amused:
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Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Joseph Farah

The Bryan Fischer award is given to those who display a staggering lack of self-awareness, accusing their opponents of displaying their own worst traits. But rarely does someone engage in such behavior quite as blatantly as Joseph Farah of the Worldnetdaily, who accuses Joe Conason of being an “activist working undercover as a journalist.” The whole thing began when a news site accidentally sent out a Farah column under Conason’s byline.
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The ACA and the ‘Gay Agenda’

The Worldnetdaily has a new series of articles written by Jerome Corsi that makes the dog-whistle argument that the Obama administration is using the Affordable Care Act to help those dirty people with AIDS (HIV, actually; most do not progress to AIDS these days if they’re on medication). It starts with this bizarre note from the editor:
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Wingnuts: We Must Celebrate Christmas Because ‘Pluralism’

With the House having done virtually nothing but take useless votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a group of wingnuts in that chamber finally found something important to do: Adopt a non-binding resolution in favor of Christmas. Next they’ll be adopting a resolution in favor of kind grandmothers. But this is important, don’t you know, because of the “war on Christmas.”
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Farah on the True Meaning of Christmas

Joseph Farah’s Worldnetdaily has been simultaneously publishing articles that say Christmas is a pagan holiday and that there is a war on Christmas. But in a Christmas Eve (not Christmas Steve) column he says that the real story of Christmas is how Jesus gave up his omniscience so he could shit his diapers. Or something.
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