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Ed Brayton

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Name: Ed Brayton
Date registered: June 30, 2011
URL: http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches

Biography

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

Latest posts

  1. Wingnut Legislator Compares EPA to Terrorists — July 30, 2014
  2. FBI Investigating Mike Adams’ Threats — July 30, 2014
  3. In a Rare Move, Congress Actually Does Something — July 30, 2014
  4. 4th Circuit Upholds Overturning of VA’s Marriage Ban — July 30, 2014
  5. Dreher: ‘Traditional Christianity’ All About Sex — July 30, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. It Appears I’ve Started An ‘Atheist Cult’ — 842 comments
  2. Shermer and the Myth of Feminist Persecution — 405 comments
  3. Target’s New Gun Policy — 396 comments
  4. Major Changes at Freethought Blogs — 391 comments
  5. Professor: Rape is Okay if Woman is Unconscious — 375 comments

Author's posts listings

Jul 29 2014

WND Columnist Goes All Macho on Michael Sam

Carl Jackson, one of the seemingly infinite number of Christian right radio hosts in existence, is quite agitated that anyone would dare to criticize former NFL coach Tony Dungy, another Christian righter himself. Because Christians are apparently untouchable and if you dare to criticize one, you are “crucifying” and “persecuting” them.

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Jul 29 2014

How Hobby Lobby Could Make Electoral Gender Gap Wider

When the Hobby Lobby ruling came down a few weeks ago, I quickly pointed out that this could be a boon to Democrats in this year’s midterm elections. A new poll provides support for that claim, showing a significant majority of women less likely to support someone who supported Hobby Lobby’s position in the case.

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Jul 29 2014

Sex Work Should Be Legalized

Like many of the other bloggers on this network, I think it’s high time that sex work be legalized for both principled and pragmatic reasons. The principle is obvious — it isn’t the government’s, any government’s, business what two consenting adults want to do with each other in private. Here’s part of the pragmatic case:

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Jul 29 2014

FL Legislator Wants D’Souza Film Shown in Schools

A Republican (of course) legislator in Florida loved Dinesh D’Souza’s latest bit of inane propaganda against Obama so much that he wants it to be shown to every student in that state’s public school. In fact, he wants to pass a law making it mandatory.

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Jul 29 2014

Poor Gretchen Carlson is Being Persecuted

There’s yet another ridiculous Christian persecution film out and it’s called, cleverly enough, Persecuted. It’s a dark, dystopic tale of a future where all Christians will be framed for murder if they don’t bake cakes for gay weddings, or something. The Worldnetdaily loves it, of course, and they claim that Gretchen Carlson of Fox News, …

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Jul 29 2014

Klayman: Obama ‘Literally Destroying the World’

Larry Klayman, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Mat Staver, sometimes lets his rhetoric get away from him just a bit. In his latest Worldnetdaily column, he declares that Obama is “literally destroying the world” before launching into a list of reasons he thinks Obama is a Muslim.

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Jul 29 2014

Reagan: Far More Undocumented Immigrants Than Obama

PolitiFact takes a look at a claim by Deirdre Imus that under President Reagan, illegal immigrants weren’t “pouring in” to the United States like they are now under Obama. The reality? Illegal immigration was far higher under Reagan than under Obama. The number of people arrested crossing the border averaged more than a million a …

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Jul 29 2014

The Pathetic Life of John Rocker

Disgraced former major leaguer and racist asshole John Rocker finally made it to Cooperstown. No, not into the Baseball Hall of Fame, but on the sidewalk in front of a store, where he set up a table selling xenophobic t-shirts and a hard night of drinking with him.

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Jul 29 2014

Morse Not Worried About History

Jennifer Roback Morse of the National Organization for Marriage-affiliated Ruth Institute was interviewed on a Christian radio show recently and was asked whether she was concerned about being judged by history as being on the side of bigotry and discrimination. She put on a brave face:

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Jul 28 2014

Rape Helping Fuel Child Refugee Crisis

Here’s one major aspect of the child refugee crisis on our southern border that is rarely mentioned: The role that sexual violence in Central America is playing in driving young girls to flee north. The New Republic sheds some light on the issue.

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Jul 28 2014

GOP Rep. Thinks American Officials are From India

Rep. Curt Clawson, a Tea Party-backed Republican congressman from Florida, made a complete ass out of himself during a committee hearing by talking to two senior administration officials, both of apparent Indian descent, as though they represented the Indian government rather than ours.

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Jul 28 2014

Mainstreaming the Fringe Backfires on the GOP

I’ve been arguing for the last four years that the Republican party has created a major problem for itself by trying to ride the enthusiasm of the Tea Party movement to electoral success. It’s been a successful strategy, but it has brought the far-right fringe into the mainstream of the party and now the horse …

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Jul 28 2014

NV Candidate Worried About Fluoride and Chemtrails

A Republican candidate for the Clark County Commission in Nevada named Cindy Lake, who has been endorsed by none other than Ron Paul, went off at a recent event about the evils of fluoride in the drinking water and expressed concern about the dangers of chemtrails.

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Jul 28 2014

Yes, Some People Should Be Shunned

As is usually the case, Greta Christina says what I’ve either said or wanted to say much more eloquently than I could. Following up on my post about the appalling behavior of the “Amazing Atheist” and the equally appalling defenses of that behavior being offered, she makes the case for shunning.

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Jul 28 2014

Warren Mayor Compares Atheists to Nazis, KKK

Jim Fouts, the mayor of Warren, Michigan, which is currently being sued because he refuses to allow a reason station along with a Christian prayer station at city hall, responded to that lawsuit by comparing atheists to Nazis and the KKK.

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