How Times Have Changed

10 years ago, when the same-sex marriage issue became a huge wedge issue that Republicans used to drive their people to the voting booths, it would seem almost impossible how much things have changed. But look at how Republican power brokers are reacting to the spate of anti-gay “religious freedom” laws being proposed in the states:
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Secular Organizations for Sobriety Needs Help

Like many of you, I have friends who have benefited greatly from Alcoholics Anonymous and similar programs. But I also think it’s very important to have secular alternatives to those programs and, unfortunately, Secular Organizations for Sobriety/Save Our Selves is in dire financial need to continue operating. Ophelia put up a guest post that explains the situation:
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VanderPlaats: Defund Courts for Rulings I Disagree With

Iowa wingnut extraordinaire Bob VanderPlaats is mad that Rand Paul isn’t proposing to defund the federal district courts in Kentucky because one judge there overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Appearing on Steve Deace’s radio show he delivered this diatribe that is staggeringly stupid on multiple levels.
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West: Hagel a ‘Traitor’ For Suggesting Budget Cuts

The Obama administration is proposing budget cuts that aren’t really cuts at all and wingnut Allen West is losing his mind about it, even calling Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel a “turncoat” and a “traitor” for the “unconscionable” cuts that will “weaken America.”
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ADF: Christians ‘Second Class Citizens’ if Not Allowed to Discriminate

One of the hallmarks of the Christian right is that they are continually trying to borrow the language of those they seek to oppress. Joseph LaRue of the Alliance Defending Freedom does this when he claims that Christians will be “treated as second class citizens by their government” if they aren’t allowed to treat others as second-class citizens. Up is down. Black is white. War is peace.
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Wingnuts: Grammys Prove God’s Judgment on America

John Robe and Jerry Newcombe of Truth in Action ministry are quite upset about the Grammy ceremony, which included a mass wedding with some gay couples in it. They’re upset by this terrible assault on values. Funny, I felt the same way when they gave the Grammy for best heavy metal album to Jethro Tull and named Milli Vanilli best new artist.
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Those Serious Defense Spending Cuts

The media is breathlessly reporting on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s newly announced Pentagon budget proposal, which — OMG! — reduces the number of troops to the lowest number since before WW2! These are very deep, major cuts in spending, you guys. Except, of course, they aren’t. From Hagel’s speech announcing the “cuts.”
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