Boykin Wants ‘God’s Army’ to Rise Up Against Evil, Hitler

Former Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, who was punished by the Pentagon for claiming that his troops in Somalia were fighting for God, is now a VP of the Family Research Council. In that role, he gets to travel to places like Springfield, MO (where Skepticon is held, coincidentally) and spew extremist rhetoric like this:
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Florist Gets Small Penalty for Violating Anti-Discrimination Laws

To hear the Christian right tell it, the Gaystapo is trying to destroy anyone who owns a business and refuses to follow the law and provide their services to gay people. They’re going to bankrupt them and probably thrown them in a FEMA concentration camp too. In reality, they pay a small fine, like this prominent case in Washington:
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Eric Hovind Teaches ‘Critical Thinking’ in Public School

Hemant reports that last week, Eric Hovind gave a seminar — Hovind says it was about “critical thinking” — to a public school in Georgia during the school day. And one of his readers filed a FOIA request and got a copy of the presentation. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear it’s all about creationism.
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Once Again, Automakers Easily Meet CAFE Standards

Every time the federal government announces an increase in the CAFE standards for auto mileage and emissions, conservatives, libertarians and auto business lobbyists claim that those standards are virtually impossible to meet and will drive up costs in a huge way. And every time, that turns out not to be true. And so it is again.
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Obama Files State Secrets Privilege in Private Lawsuit

For the first time I’m aware of, the federal government has intervened in a private defamation suit and got the entire case dismissed by asserting the State Secrets Privilege. With no information being given even to the lawyers on either side, the judge dismissed the case based solely on the government’s claim that it could reveal classified information.
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OK Frat Learned Racist Chant at National Frat Gathering

In an incredibly unsurprising story, it turns out that those guys from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma didn’t make up that racist chant on their own, they learned it on a cruise sponsored by the national fraternity and it’s something routinely used at SAE chapters around the country.
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How to Know When You’re a Prophet

I loves me some Cindy Jacobs. This self-declared “prophet” provides an endless supply of statements to mock. Hemant found a great video of her interviewing another self-declared “prophet,” who explained when she first knew she had the gift of prophecy. It was when she could tell what was going to happen in movies she was watching.
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