We’ve Got a Matching Grant

A generous reader of Dispatches has been kind enough to offer a $500 matching grant for my Foundation Beyond Belief fundraiser. The goal was $2000 and we’re just over $1000 now, so that would be enough to beat the goal. So every dollar you donate right now will be doubled! Click here to donate. And thank you so much to Michael Fuller for his incredible generosity.

Another Right Wing Plan to Take Over Territory

We’ve already had the Free State Project, where people planned to take over a state and turn it into a libertarian paradise, and Christian Exodus, which planned to take over South Carolina and turn it into a theocracy. Now we have a right-wing plan to take over a county in Arizona and then refuse to comply with federal law.
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Pipeline Under Lake Michigan May Be Leaking

In 2010, a pipeline owned by Enbridge leaked over 800,000 gallons of tar sands crude into the Kalamazoo River. One of my reporters for the Michigan Messenger, Eartha Melzer, tracked all the pipelines crossing the state and found on that goes right under the Mackinac Bridge in Lake Michigan/Huron. That pipeline now has a “pinhole leak.”
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Trump Still Pretending He Might Run for President

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:

“A lot of people think I have fun with [talking about running for president] and I enjoy the process, but the country is in very serious trouble so I am considering it seriously,” the celebrity mogul said at the Economic Club of Washington on Monday night.

No you aren’t.
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Jindal Pretends Prayer Rally Isn’t Political

The New Orleans Times-Picayune decided to ask Gov. Bobby Jindal about some of the controversial things that were on the website for his upcoming prayer rally, which is being paid for by the American Family Association. His spokesperson dodged those questions and pretended that the rally is totally non-political.
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Greatest C-SPAN Moment Ever

Okay, this is hilarious. Brad and Dallas Woodhouse are political pundits who disagree on virtually everything and they went on C-SPAN to debate a range of subjects. Then their mother called in and harangued them, saying that she hopes they get it out of their system so they can have a peaceful Christmas. When her voice comes on the line, one of them does a facepalm and says, “Oh God, it’s mom.”
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A Friend in Need

I know I call my readers’ attention to important fundraising projects a lot, but I hope everyone understands that I don’t do it because I expect everyone to contribute every time. I do it because I think it’s important to give when we can and different needs will motivate people in different ways. But this one involves one of my dearest friends in the world, so it’s more important to me than most.
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Lisle’s Incoherent Ideas About Religion and Government

Jason Lisle of Answers in Genesis offers an introduction to “God’s law” on his blog. It’s mostly gibberish, but I find one of his comments in response to a reader to be absurdly inconsistent. To begin with, he insists that because the Bible says you have to tithe 10%, any government that taxes anyone over 10% is “apostate.”
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Americans United Debunks FRC Report on Military Religious Freedom

My friends at Americans United for Separation of Church and State have released a detailed and thorough report debunking an earlier report put out by the Family Research Council that has been widely cited to make it look as though Christians are being censored by the military. The opposite is true.
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