No, You Can’t Expel Someone for Not Saying a Prayer or the Pledge

Mayor John Rees of Winter Garden, Florida apparently thinks he has the power to have someone removed from a city council meeting if they don’t stand for an opening prayer or the pledge of allegiance. And it was all captured on video. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the mayor explaining why he was abusing his authority. Here’s the video:
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Gingrich Invents Speech by St. Ronald the Magnificent

Newt Gingrich criticizes Obama for his handling of ISIS and asks “What would Reagan do?” And by Reagan, he doesn’t mean the actual Ronald Reagan, he means St. Ronald the Magnificent, who exists only in the imaginations of Republicans. He even invents a whole speech he surmises that St. Ronald would have given:
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Farris Conveniently Condemns Homeschool Advocates After Sex Scandals

Michael Farris, the head of Patrick Henry College and the Home School Legal Defense Association has suddenly decided that it’s bad to be associated with the Christian patriarchy movement so popular among conservative homeschoolers, now that two prominent leaders have been caught up in sex scandals. But he wants you to know that he’s sorry it conveniently took so long.
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Dr. Debunks Right Wing Claim About Diseased Immigrants

Former House member JD Hayworth is now hosting a right wing talk show for Newsmax and he had an infectious disease specialist on his show, almost certainly expecting him to back up the xenophobic right’s ridiculous and bigoted claims about immigrants bringing diseases into the country. He’s shocked when the doctor does the exact opposite and debunks that nonsense. In fact, he said it was widespread poverty that spreads disease, not immigration.
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Dear Rick Santorum: Kids Can and Do Pray in School

Rick Santorum is busy promoting a new movie put out by the Christian film studio he isn’t qualified to run. And true to Santorum’s usual form, he doesn’t care if he has to lie to do it. The movie is called One Generation Away and it’s the usual faux-persecution claptrap we hear from the Christian right on a daily basis. Here’s what he had to say during an interview about the movie:
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Former Football Team Chaplain Goes Full Idiot

The Florida minister who was recently told that he can no longer be the chaplain for a public high school football team is getting the full martyr treatment on Fox News, first with a Todd Starnes column and then with an interview with the merry band of morons on that station’s morning show. The stupid is strong with this one.
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Mississippi School Quickly Caves on Religious Convocation

The public school district in Jackson, Mississippi wasted little time in agreeing to stop holding religious services for their mandatory convocation held at the start of each school year. In a letter to the American Humanist Association, the school promised to make sure all speakers refrain from religious messages during the event. You can read the letter from the school district here.

Italian Politician Really Needs an Exorcist

An Italian politician who got himself into hot water for a blatantly racist comment about a black government minister, saying she looks like an orangutan, now says that the minister’s father in Africa put a curse on him and he need the pope to send him an exorcist to get rid of the evil spirits who are tormenting him.
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Now is the Time on Sprockets When We Pander

Okay, pretend you’re Bobby Jindal. And in 2012, you lobbied for and signed into law a bill that opted the state of Louisiana into the Common Core curriculum. But in the last two years it’s become politically inconvenient to endorse Common Core if you want to run for president as a Republican. What do you do? You sue the Obama administration over Common Core.
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Fischer: Robin Williams Possessed by Demons

And we have yet another fundie moron declaring that Robin Williams was possessed by demons. I’m sure it will come as no surprise that the fundie moron in question is Bryan Fischer, who is kind of the king of fundie morons at this point. If I had Gordon Klingenschmitt’s ability to identify demons, I might think Fischer was possessed by a demon of stupidity.
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