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Monthly Archive: January 2014

Jan 31 2014

Larson Selling ‘Exorcisms’ Over Skype

Bob Larson, the colossal fraud who claims to cast out demons, has found yet another way to bilk the credulous out of their money. He’s now offering exorcisms over Skype for a mere $295. And it’s all tax-deductible, of course, because it’s a ministry.

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Jan 31 2014

The State of the Union as Pep Rally and Stump Speech

I’ve made no secret of my complete disdain for the State of the Union address, pointing out that it’s almost entirely made up of empty rhetoric and is a boring and awkward affair for everyone involved. But if finally occurred to me the morning after the most recent one why I hate it so much: …

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Jan 31 2014

Judicial Panel Wants Marketing Christian Judge Fined, Suspended

Remember that judge in Florida who was accused of selling Christian books and other items from a company she owned to lawyers and others who had business before her court? The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission is recommending that she be reprimanded, fined and suspended over it.

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Jan 31 2014

CBN ‘News’ and the Noah’s Ark Myth

There have been lots and lots of news reports about the ancient Babylonian text about the building of a round ark, a text that predates the Biblical texts by nearly 2000 years. I’m sure it won’t surprise anyone to find out that Pat Robertson’s CBN “News” handled the find with their usual dishonesty:

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Jan 31 2014

Virginia Preacher Goes All Taliban

A pastor from Virginia named Paul Washer has gone full Taliban, telling his followers that a woman is committing a sin if she wears clothes that shows the shape of her body at all. So apparently no shorts or tank tops. Gee, might as well put them in a burqa, right?

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Jan 31 2014

Wingnut: Conservatives Being Assaulted by The Gay!

As I’ve said, I’m not a fan of the mass wedding at the Grammys (or of the Grammys, for that matter), but I’m really enjoying watching the anti-gay bigots lose their freaking minds over it. Selena Owens of Conservative Campaign Committee PAC (I’m guessing those are pronounced as hard ‘C’s) says it was an assault …

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Jan 31 2014

1.8 Million Militia Members to ‘Definitely’ Show Up

For the May 16 “Operation American Spring” protest we’ve heard estimates of 30 million, 20 million and 10 million. Now a spokesperson says that there are “1.8 million definite militia members” who are going to show up to remove President Obama from office. I’m sure he’s quaking in his boots.

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Jan 31 2014

Wingnuts See Demons Everywhere

I didn’t watch the Grammys because I don’t bother watching the Grammys. But apparently I missed lots and lots of demons. They were everywhere, it seems, shooting out from TV screens to scare the wingnuts. Bryan Fischer thinks Beyonce and Katy Perry have sold their souls to the devil.

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Jan 31 2014

Pop Stars, Bigots and Mass Weddings

I didn’t watch the Grammys because, well, I don’t know why anyone would watch the Grammys (it’s a lot like the Nobel Peace Prize going to Kissinger — once you’ve named Milli Vanilli the best new artist and given Jethro Tull the award for best heavy metal album, I no longer take you seriously). But …

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Jan 31 2014

Rush: Gay People Will Make Us Attack Them!

The utterly deranged Erik Rush went on a typical abusive husband style monologue on his radio show this week when complaining about Sally Kohn saying there should be a Disney movie where a princess marries a princess. He says those evil gay people are pushing people to get violent against them. People like…Erik Rush, of …

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Jan 31 2014

Beck: Criticism of Perkins Proves Him Right

Glenn Beck came to the defense of Tom Perkins, the billionaire who made the deluded claim that we’re on the verge of killing the ultra-rich just like Hitler did the Jews, on his show. He even said that the criticism of Perkins, and the fact that his own company distanced themselves from his comments, is …

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Jan 31 2014

Keyes: Obama Pot Comments Just Like Terrorists

Alan Keyes, who took a serious ass kicking when he carpetbagged into Illinois in 2004 to run against President Obama in a Senate race, has got himself all fired up again. This time it’s over Obama’s comments about pot being no more dangerous than alcohol. Naturally, that makes Obama like both Nazis and terrorists.

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Jan 30 2014

Colorado Pastor Impersonates Cop to Rob Gay Men

A Colorado pastor has come up with a brilliant way of combating the sin of homosexuality. He takes out ads on Craigslist to set up meetings with gay men, then flashes a fake badge and confiscates their phones, computers and money. Except that’s kinda sorta illegal to do.

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Jan 30 2014

Marcotte Pretty Much Destroys Hannity

What happens when a dullard like Sean Hannity, who is only capable of confidently repeating shallow talking points, falls into the hands of someone like Amanda Marcotte, who is actually capable of thinking clearly? The result is a serious beatdown, which can be found in this article at Slate by Amanda.

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Jan 30 2014

The Acton Institute and Religious Freedom

I was asked a local Grand Rapids news site, the Rapidian, to comment on an event hosted in Grand Rapids by the Acton Institute, a Christian right think tank, about “the growing threat to religious liberty.” After seeing an initial draft of the article I sent several statements, though probably only part of one will …

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